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President’s Message

Welcome to RUPA!

It is truly my honor and privilege to serve as the RUPA President for the 2017-2019 term, serving our United Airlines retirees and their families. RUPA allows us to enjoy the camaraderie and friendships formed over decades on the flight deck and continue that into our retirement years.

We have the added benefit of our monthly publication, the RUPANEWS, that keeps up abreast of new developments in the industry and specifically United Airlines, E-Blasts for timely information and of course our annual directory. RUPA can also serve as a conduit to United Airlines management to voice concerns on behalf of pilot retirees.

We owe much of these benefits to dedicated staff of several volunteers who keep our association running smoothly. Special kudos must go to our most active volunteers — Secretary/Treasurer John Rains, RUPA News Editor Cleve Spring, Membership Chairman Larry Whyman and E-Blast coordinator Phyllis Cleveland — who are truly the backbone of the association. Our only paid part-time staff is our webmaster Ryan. He has done an excellent job of providing a visually pleasing, up-to-date, and informative website.

RUPA involves not only the magazine and our website, but includes local RUPA get-togethers, usually lunches once a month, held in various parts of the continental U.S. and Hawaii. Some local groups also schedule group outings or various holiday parties. Rick Bouska researches and arranges RUPA cruises — generally one every two years — which have been a resounding success.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact any of the Area Representatives, Committee Chairmen, Board of Directors, or the RUPA officers — we will be happy to hear from you and answer your questions or share your ideas!

Our new Vice President, John Gorczyca, and I are looking forward to preserving and improving the tradition of over 50 years of RUPA through activism and fiscal responsibility, keeping RUPA on a healthy course toward the next half century.

Bob Engelman
Retired United Pilots Association
UAL Retired 2013