EST Todd Pancake Updates Members on COVID-19 & Vaccines

Read EST Pancake’s signed letter to IKORCC members here:
EST Pancake on COVID Vaccines

Brothers and Sisters,

For the last 140 years, safety has been the solid foundation on which the United Brotherhood of Carpenters was built. On a jobsite our members know the importance of safety. Whether it’s our hardhats, safety glasses, or harnesses, we know that in order to keep ourselves, our brothers, and our jobsite safe that we must take every precaution to do so.

The Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters has risen to every challenge COVID-19 has thrown our way. From ensuring apprentice & instructor safety at our training centers, ramping up PPE on jobsites, and even building large-scale temporary hospitals, IKORCC members have proven to be essential and continue to provide a skilled workforce in tough times.

Although the world has adjusted to the “new normal,” the coronavirus is still ever-changing and evolving. As the number of contractors and end user’s safety requirements increase, we as a council must be ready to face a new challenge. The coronavirus vaccine is on its way to having full approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by September 2021.

Now with more than 331 million doses administered in U.S, the vaccine has proven safe and effective against symptomatic infections, decreasing hospitalizations and death. More than 99% percent of Americans who have died from COVID-19 were unvaccinated. The science is clear – the vaccine saves lives.

As President McCarron said, “All of our jobsites have safety requirements – hard hats, specific PPE, or background checks. This is no different. This is a safety requirement so that all of us can work together and go home safe at the end of the day.”

We strongly encourage you to get educated on the COVID-19 vaccine, and ask your doctor questions. The choice is up to you. But, please understand that every day more of our end users are requiring a vaccinated work place.

It’s time we all step up to the challenge and continue to protect ourselves, our families, our community, and the future of the IKORCC by getting vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.

Below you’ll find useful information about the COVID-19 vaccine and where you can get yours.


M. Todd Pancake

Executive-Secretary Treasurer

Message from EST Todd Pancake

Brothers and Sisters,

I hope this finds you all in good health. As we reflect over our past year, we can’t help but wonder what our next challenge will be. COVID-19 has had a major impact on almost every aspect of our day to day routines this past year. Our council has risen to the challenge, from shutting down our training centers in March, and reopening with enhanced safety measures in May. We continued to provide a skilled work force through some tough times.

We were carved out as an essential workforce by governors in all three states, allowing our members to keep working through some very uncertain times. The trustees of our annuity funds saw fit to provide a COVID hardship for annuity access for members in need. We made the necessary adjustments to our Welfare Funds to see that members were able to maintain their coverage should they become infected by the virus.

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IKORCC Covid-19 Update

COVID-19 Update with EST Todd Pancake

IKORCC’s EST Todd Pancake updates members on COVID-19. EST Pancake answers commonly asked questions and gives tips to members dealing with the coronavirus.


A Message from IKORCC EST Todd Pancake

IKORCC EST Todd Pancake

EST Todd Pancake walks in the Terre Haute Labor Day Parade with his family and Local 133.

Brothers and Sisters,

On April 1st, 2019, I was appointed to fill the Executive Secretary Treasurer’s position vacated by then EST Mark McGriff with his appointment as the Midwestern District Vice President. I’ve been a proud member of the UBC and Carpenters Local #133 for 39 years. I completed my apprenticeship in 1984 and worked with general contractors including Circle B & Terstep. I also had a few pile driving opportunities. Building layout and concrete were definitely my favorite areas.

In 1991, I became a training instructor and worked for 15 years before I was hired as the Director of Education for the IN/KY Training Trust. After 12 years, I went to work for then EST McGriff as his Chief-of-Staff.  In July 2019, IKORCC delegates elected me to the EST position for a four-year term. It’s an honor and privilege to serve as your new EST.

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