Boeing has an active and vibrant retiree population in the Puget Sound region. More than 350 of those retirees – a sellout crowd – gathered at the Museum of Flight recently for the region’s third annual Boeing retiree luncheon. Attendees heard a Boeing Commercial Market Outlook update by Commercial Airplanes Marketing deputy vice president, Darren Hulst while at the same time supporting foster children in the region.
Hulst highlighted company developments, the changing business environment, and key issues facing the company. He then thanked retirees for making that outlook possible, “Thank you all for helping to bring us to a space where we can be a leader in industry. You helped get us to where we are today.”
An additional bonus, said retiree Scott Dittberner, was connecting with old friends while meeting new ones. The planes that formed the backdrop for the event didn’t hurt either. “I love anything with wings and aerospace.” Richard “Dick” Mathias, a retired technical fellow, said, “I’m proud of the Boeing Company and its achievements.” There are currently approximately 60,000 Boeing retirees in the state.
Bill McSherry, Commercial Airplanes vice president of Government Operations capped the event, “This year has been one of milestones and achievements for Boeing in the Puget Sound region. We would not be where we are today without the hard work and dedication of our retiree community.”
One hundred percent of the contributions raised at the event, and then matched by the Employees Community Fund, went to Treehouse, a local nonprofit dedicated to the nearly 10,000 children in Washington’s foster care.
By Cathy Rudolph