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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 2019-2021 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 us 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 thanks must go to our most active volunteers — Secretary/Treasurer John Rains, RUPA News Editor George Cox, Membership Chairman Larry Whyman, E-Blast Chairwomen Phyllis Cleveland, RUPA Travel Rep Pat Palazzolo, Website Coordinator Jon Rowbottom and the Facebook RUPA group coordinator Cort de Peyster — who are truly the backbone of the association. There are only two paid part-time staff positions with our webmaster Ryan and our Sec/Treas John Rains.

Ryan has done an excellent job of providing a visually pleasing, up-to-date, and informative website and John coordinating our financials and transacting administrative details.  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 Chairpersons, 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, Don Wolfe, 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


John Gorczyca

President, Retired Pilots Association

UAL Retired 2014