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McNemar, Jones honored

October 07, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

Charles W. "Woody" McNemar and Connie A. Jones were the center of attention at Wednesday's United Labor Dinner of the Central Maryland AFL-CIO Council.

Both McNemar and Jones credited others for their successes.

The council honored McNemar and Jones as Labor Persons of the Year at its dinner, held at the Elks Lodge on Robinwood Drive near Hagerstown.

McNemar spoke briefly, thanking his family members for their support; past council president A.G. "Bobby" Fouche for encouraging him to run for office with the council in the 1960s and 1970s; and, especially, the union workers represented at Wednesday's dinner.

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"Without you guys, I couldn't have done (anything)," McNemar said drawing a mixture of applause and laughter.

McNemar, a Martinsburg, W.Va., native and a South Hagerstown High School graduate, served as president of the Central Maryland AFL-CIO Council from 1975 to 2003, according to a biography released by the council. He also has been involved with the United Way and Big Brothers of Washington County, the West End Little League and the United Cerebral Palsy Board, among other groups, the biography states.

Jones also thanked union workers and her family for years of support and Wednesday's honor.

"I joined the union to make a difference," she said. "This, tonight, proves to me that I did make a difference even if it felt like, at times, I didn't."

Jones also tipped her cap to McNemar, who she credited for teaching her about serving the union workers.

Jones, a native of Morgantown, W.Va., moved to Hagerstown in 1962. She served as recording secretary for the council from 1983 through 2003, according to her biography released by the council. Jones also has been shop steward at Maryland Ribbon, and was involved with the Community Action Council, and service groups including AMVETS Post 10 Ladies Auxiliary, among others, the biography states.

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