Original Four and then More
The Council was first organized in 1954 by United Auto Workers (UAW) Locals from the counties of Perth, Oxford, Elgin and Middlesex. (P.O.E.M.)
P.O.E.M. Council was the First Regional Recreation Council within the UAW. The acronym “P.O.E.M.”, represents the different counties from which the UAW Locals originate.
Today P.O.E.M. Council also represents workers from the counties of Brant, Huron, Norfolk, Waterloo and Wellington.
In total P.O.E.M. Council represents over 34,000 workers.
The P.O.E.M. Sports Council was originated in 1954.
The Locals that first belonged to the Council were from Stratford (Perth County), Woodstock (Oxford County), St. Thomas (Elgin County), and London (Middlesex County).
Thus the name of P.O.E.M. was originated by the counties involved: Perth, Oxford, Elgin, Middlesex.
UAW Local 397 from Brantford joined the Council in 1955 and other areas soon followed.
The Council remained the same size for many years until the late 1960’s. The early 1970’s saw P.O.E.M. Council starting to grow. Today we have 17 various affiliated Locals.
Local 27 – London
Local 88 – Ingersoll
Local 302 – Represents over 3,500 workers from the London & area
Local 636 – Woodstock
Local 1520 – Talbotville
Local 1524 – Kitchener
Local 1859 – Tillsonburg
Local 1917 – Guelph
Local 2163 – Ingersoll
Local 4207 – Wingham
Local 4451 – Stratford
The Council has officers: President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary, Treasurer and three (3) Trustees. The Elections for Officers is held every two (2) years.
The Council has its’ own By-Laws, each Local is allowed two (2) delegates. The Local’s must notify P.O.E.M. Council of their delegates.
P.O.E.M. Council meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month; except for July & August. The meetings are held at a different Local Union Hall each month and move around to as many Locals as possible in a year. Each Local pays an affiliation cost to be a member of P.O.E.M. Council which is one cent per member per month.
The P.O.E.M. Council runs a variety of Sporting events.
Curling, Hockey, Cribbage, Euchre, 5 pin & 10 pin Bowling, Golf, Horseshoes, Baseball, Fishing, Trap Shoot, Indoor Golf, Tubing, Washer Toss and Soccer.
Most of our Tournaments we break even on the costs. On the Baseball and Hockey tournaments, which are our largest, we could have up to 40 teams. On these two (2) tournaments we make some profit, which is used to offset any loss, which may occur on the smaller tournaments.
At a National Recreation Level we have in the past hosted such Tournament events as:
5-pin & 10 pin Bowling, Baseball, Hockey, Golf, Curling, Texas Hold’em, Trap Shoot, Euchre & Cribbage.
Our Community is important
Unifor P.O.E.M. Council has been involved and continues to be involved with many groups in the community such as:
Big Brother and Big Sisters
George Bray Sports Association
Heart & Stroke Foundation
Bob White’s Charity Golf Tournament
Women’s Community House – London
Women’s Emergency Centre – Oxford County