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Join fellow guild members at Aug. 21 Indianapolis Indians game

The Indianapolis Newspaper Guild invites duespaying members and their families to enjoy a day at the ballpark on Sunday, Aug. 21, when the Indianapolis Indians take on the Leigh Valley Iron Pigs (the Pigs’ manager is former Cubs 2nd baseman Ryne Sandberg!). The guild will buy tickets for members and their family. Everyone who attends also gets $10 in “Baseball Bucks” to spend at the park. The game starts at 2 p.m.; gates open at 12:30 p.m. Arrive Early:  The first 2,500 fans get a souvenir slippers.

Reservations required. RSVP to Guild steward Vic Ryckaert at


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“Celebrating Service, Looking to the Future” event this Saturday at IUPUI

The first of what we expect to be two programs aimed at former Star employees looking for their next career will be held Saturday at IUPUI’s campus.

“Celebrating Service, Looking to the Future” will offer some perspectives on careers in news, public relations and, generally speaking, life after the Star from people who know – former Star staffers themselves.

The event will be held at room IT 160 in IUPUI’s Informatics Building, which sits at the corner of Michigan and West Streets. It will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with lunch provided by the Guild.

Former Star staffers Kevin Corcoran and John Strauss are spearheading this effort, with help from many others. They’re putting together a panel of folks to address key topics such as “The Next Steps.”

This effort is also intended to offer a thank you for your good work and some fellowship time, since many folks didn’t have a chance to say a proper goodbye to their friends and colleagues.

Already, there’s a Facebook page, “Celebrating Service, Looking to the Future,” where you can find more information and let us know if you’re coming. If you have other questions, contact John Straus at or myself

Hope to see you there.

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Bobby King elected Indy News Guild president

Bobby King was unanimously elected today by the Indy News Guild officers to fill remaining time left on Tom Spalding’s term as president. Congratulations and thanks!

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Indy News Guild 34070 to elect new president

The Indy News Guild 34070 is proud to announce that a Guild member has stepped up to the challenge of leading the Indianapolis News Guild.

Newsroom reporter Robert “Bobby” King is the sole candidate to express interest in the position of president, which was advertised via e-mail and in person amongst the membership. Per Guild bylaws, enough officers, stewards and duespayers to serve as impartial eyewitnesses will congregate at 3 p.m. Feb. 16, 2011 at our offices at the Musician’s Hall, 325 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis.

King will be elected via nomination, a “second” and vote from the five current officers. At that moment, Tom Spalding will turn over the reins to his term (which runs through June 2013) to King. We’ll later issue a news release.

Please mark your calendars if you’d like to come to this event, and spread the word. This should take no more than 30 minutes.

Congratulations in advance to Bobby.

For the Guild,
The officers and stewards of Indy News Guild 34070

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Indy News Guild seeking a new president; meeting schedule for Feb. 16 at guild hall

Indy News Guild 34070 needs a new leader to fill departing president Tom Spalding’s term that runs through June 2013. Tom notified the unit that his last day with Gannett/Indianapolis Star will be Feb. 18, 2011.  According to the Guild by-laws, any member in good standing can fill the position.

This is an extremely important position but it’s not an overly complicated one. The ideal applicant is a self-motivated leader with passion to defend our contract and advocate for our 165-employee unit. No experience is necessary. We’ll train you, and the position comes with the built-in support of four seasoned officers on the team — two vice presidents, a secretary and a treasurer. There are no preferred candidates – it’s an open invitation. Keep in mind, it’s a volunteer and part-time role.

The only major heavy lifting that is required on your part is to let Spalding or vice president Adam Yates know of your interest, hopefully as soon as possible. The replacement will be named (and sworn in) during a 3 p.m. meeting scheduled for Feb. 16, 2011 at the Musicians Hall, 325 N. Delaware St. We also want to build up the number of stewards, who are also trained and act on the Guild’s behalf, so please let Spalding or Yates know of that interest.

Please mark your calendars, and spread the word.

For the Guild,
The officers and stewards of Indy News Guild 34070

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