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Mel and Barb Cannon (AFSCME Local 12)

Mel and Barb Cannon are pictured on the left end.

BACKGROUND:

Mel Cannon is an Electronics Technician at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC). He maintains and repairs UIHC’s dialysis equipment.

Barb Cannon recently retired from the University of Iowa University Housing and Dining. She was the front desk clerk at Currier Hall where she assisted residents and visitors.

Mel and Barb have been married for almost thirty-three years.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITY: CLASSIC CHASSIS CRUISERS

Mel has been restoring cars since 1973. In 2001, Classic Chassis Cruisers was founded as a car club for those in the Iowa City area. Mel was one of the first members to join after the initial founders.

The club holds a drive-in every month that is free to the public. The events raise funds for the Hospice of Iowa City through the sale of 50/50 raffle tickets. The hospice was selected as the group’s main charity because many of the club’s members had family and friends who had been cared for by the hospice. Those entering a car in the drive in are asked to donate to the hospice or provide a canned food item for the Crisis Center of Johnson County.

Barbara assists with the selling of raffle tickets and T-shirts at the drive-ins. Mel and Barbara solicit businesses for donations as well.

Mel also volunteered for the Iowa City Federation of Labor University of Iowa Homecoming parade float. Barbara crocheted four afghan baby blankets that were donated to the Homeless Children’s Trust in 2014.

WHY THEY VOLUNTEER—IN THEIR OWN WORDS:

“It is great that I can do something I am passionate about and also help raise funds for the hospice and the crisis center.” - Mel Cannon

“Classic Chassis Cruisers is a great way to meet and catch up with friends. It’s fun and for a good cause.” -Barb Cannon

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