Friday, April 20, 2018

NARFE Webinar

FREE for NARFE Members
TSP: Maximizing Your Retirement Savings
A NARFE Federal Benefits Institute Webinar
Presented by Tammy Flanagan
Thursday, April 26 at 2 p.m. ET
Your TSP account plays an important role in financing your retirement – but how well do you really understand it? Learn about withdrawal and other investment options from federal benefits expert Tammy Flanagan, and feel confident about your TSP decisions.
For federal employees, TSP savings and investment choices are fairly straightforward. Once retired, withdrawal options can be much more complicated. Whether you are preparing for retirement or already there, this webinar is a must see. Sign up today for this one-hour presentation and Bonus Q&A session on April 26 at 2 p.m. ET.
Register for the live presentation today.
You Will Learn:
  • How the provisions of the new TSP law impact your withdrawal choices
  • The pros and cons of staying in the TSP
  • Distribution options - the advantages and disadvantages
  • Are low fees a good reason to stay with TSP?
  • And more ...

NARFE members may attend the live webinar FREE, but registration is required. Register here. The webinar will be recorded and available to view online within 24 hoursof the broadcast. Registration is not required to view the recorded session.
Nonmembers may register for $39.95Registration includes a full-year of NARFE membership.
Please forward this email to your friends and colleagues who may benefit from the information in this exclusive NARFE webinar.
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Confused about your TSP options? Federal benefits and retirement expert Tammy Flanagan helps you gain control of your financial future with easy-to-understand guidance on decisions you can make about your TSP. Attend this exclusive online presentation with a BONUS post-webinar Q&A online chat on April 26 at 2 p.m. ET.Sign Up Today.
  

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Voting

Vote Nationally, 
vote in the primaries, 
Vote in the "off year" elections.

This year there will be a ballot in your 

June issue of NARFE Magazine.

Fill in the ballot

Put a stamp on it

Mail it




    As you may know, NARFE is entering election season, with balloting scheduled to open May 10, 2018. Please visit the 2018 Balloting webpage on the members-only website to download the following information: 
    NARFE election FAQs – This is an evolving document that was recently updated on 4/16/18. 
   Four additional ballot items – A preview of material that will be included in the June issue of the magazine. This includes ballot questions 1-3 and proposed bylaw resolution NEB01 
    Each member of the association in good standing as of March 15, 2018, may vote in the upcoming election. Please become educated on the issues and candidates so that you will be an informed voter, and please exercise your right and responsibility to vote, either online or by mail. 
  Your federation president and RVP have received this information as well. I encourage you to review these materials thoroughly and contact them with any questions. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

National Bylaws Click on photo


Vote

"Reject Resolution 18-24
I am attempting to read a few of these resolutions each day and attempt to understand them and decide how I might want to vote.  One that I would recommend that you read is 18-24.  It is listed under those to “Adopt”.  This was written by Ted Van Hintum – a candidate for National President, a former Colorado Federation President, and chairperson for the Bylaws Committee that reviewed these resolutions.  Of course, this would be recommended for adoption.  And I might point out that when he was Colorado Federation President, the Colorado Federation rewrote and voted on new bylaws that did away with DVPs.  This resolution appears to me to do away with the Federations establishing new chapters and making chapter visits.  (Does this mean that we all need to do away with DVPs?)  Also, under chapters it will require chapters to have a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer or secretary/treasurer.  Presently the Standing Rules to not list what officers a chapter must have but it was my understanding that a chapter needed a president, secretary and treasurer or secretary/treasurer.  Now, chapters have had to close because they could not get enough members to fill those 2 or 3 positions, how do they think some of our chapters are going to get all these positions filled and if not, will they have to close?  All good questions but no convention to discuss them at before we vote as we vote prior to the conference.   
This is only one of many resolutions that you will be voting on between May 10th and June 30th.  Just because the Bylaws Committee recommends that you either adopt or reject each one does NOT mean that is the way you have to vote.  And I now understand that there will be boxes to ADOPT ALL or REJECT ALL on the ballot.  I would hope that NO one will check these boxes.  Terrible decision.
Now recently 4 additional resolutions were added to be voted on but the National Office has only notified the RVPs and put them up on the NARFE website but without any notice to anyone else.  RVP Rodney Adelman did forward this email to the Federation Presidents.  I questioned why this has not been put out to ALL members.  As of last week, the National Office was supposed to be putting out an NES message to notify members of this but nothing yet.  These will be on your ballot for voting but no explanation and no chance to discuss these unless you attend the Arizona Federation Workshop. 
Be an educated voter!  Do your research."

NewsWatch April 17, 2018 Click on Photo


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

District I Spring Sprint Traditional Awards

The Most Members Present at the Spring Sprint Award goes to Marshall County Chapter 1587 with 12 members present.
The highest percentages of the total percentage of members present at the meeting goes to Trigg County Chapter 1730.
The oldest Female Chapter member present is Jean Taylor
The oldest Male Chapter Member present is Robert  Curtsinger

The youngest Female Chapter Member present is Ann Curtsinger
The youngest Male Chapter Member present is Ron Hubbard

A huge Flower is one of  the prizes given with the 50/50 Raffle Drawing
The 50/50 Raffle raises a lot of money for Alzheimer Research 

Small door prizes are dawn from a bucket of tickets. Small flowers for Spring are always nice to receive. The prizes normally are the center piece at each table.


Half of the money collected is one of  the prizes given with the 50/50 Raffle Drawing
The 50/50 Raffle raises a lot of money for Alzheimer Research


Some folks give up something special to auction off
to raise money for Alzheimer Research.


Sometimes we award nice gifts to special Chapter members or Speakers






District I Spring Sprint

District Vice President  Joe Horcher hit the gavel against the polished wooden block and the meeting came to order.
A silent prayer, a moment of silence and then the Pledge of Allegiance started our Spring Sprint.
Our Annual Spring Spring meeting of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) will recognize and celebrate those United States citizens who are dedicating their working lives in the service of their country or who have retired from Federal service, and continue to fight for their rights by being members of NARFE.
We believe that working for the betterment of this country is the proper thing to do.
We continue to believe in these principles by being members of NARFE.
Each month meeting brings a renewed view of our life.
This celebration is a measure of our grateful thanks for these individuals’ long-time
Federal service and to recognize and honor them.
I ask all members of Congress to join us in this celebration.
Are you a member of NARFE? If not, join today!
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association is the only organization dedicated solely to protecting and enhancing the health care and retirement benefits of federal employees and their survivors.
Picture Below is District Vice President Joe Horcher who is listening to U.S. Army Retired Real Estate and tax Consultant Major Michael Conley.


U.S. Army Retired Real Estate and tax Consultant Major Michael Conley.


Alan is speaking about Alzheimer's


And we are listening.




Allison Purcell and Tom Diaz 


Spring Sprint - $12,000,000 Dollars

The Chapters of District I of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association had their Annual Spring Sprint. Pictured below is Alan Toliver a speaker for the Alzheimer's Association Greater Kentucky/Southern Indiana Chapter.
His presentation was called, "Alzheimer's 10 Signs" Alan's mother had Alzheimer's so Alan though of which way was the best way to combat the disease and the answer was make folks aware and raise money for Alzheimer's research. NARFE as a whole raises money by collecting at their meetings, collecting aluminum cans and holding 50/50 raffles. Since 1985 NARFE has raised over $12,000,000 dollars.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

NARFE Legislative Hotline April 13, 2018












Message from NARFE President Richard G. Thissen

“This week, the Federal Salary Council reported that federal pay is 31.86 percent lower on average than pay in the private sector. This reflects years of pay freezes and small, insufficient pay increases for the federal workforce. Now, President Trump wants to enact another pay freeze in 2019. NARFE members should contact their legislators and urge them to not further widen the pay gap through a pay freeze that unfairly burdens our public servants at a time when our economy is strong and private-sector employees are experiencing significant wage growth.”

Federal-Private Pay Disparity 

The Federal Salary Council reported that federal employees' salaries are 31.86 percent lower on average than those of similar private-sector workers. The council is comprised of compensation experts and union officials that represent federal workers. Click here to access an article in The Washington Post that covered the most recent meeting of the council. The council uses data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to issue recommendations to the President’s Pay Agent.

NARFE members should contact their legislators to ensure that the pay gap between the federal workforce and private-sector employees does not widen through a pay freeze in 2019. This would unfairly single out the federal workforce during a time of economic prosperity and private-sector wage growth. Unlike the rest of the president’s budget proposals, a federal pay freeze can be enacted by the president without congressional action. This is why it is vital that NARFE members contact their legislators and request a modest federal pay raise through the appropriations process to counter a pay freeze. Please click here to access the Legislative Action Center and contact your legislators regarding President Trump’s proposed 2019 pay freeze.

Federal employees suffered through a three-year pay freeze in 2011-2013, which significantly widened the gap between federal and private-sector pay. Subsequently, federal employees received a series of low, unsatisfactory pay raises despite increased costs for their pensions and continued attacks on pay and benefits. Federal employees contributed $120 billion in deficit reduction in this decade.

Maintaining competitive pay for federal employees is imperative to recruit the best and brightest into public service and to sustain fairness for our federal community.

OPM Director to Speak at FEDcon18

NARFE is pleased to announce Jeff Pon, Ph.D., director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), has joined the exceptional lineup of speakers at FEDcon18. On Monday, August 27, Pon will address attendees, recognizing the important work of federal government employees and addressing workforce changes proposed by the Trump administration. An advocate for transforming government to keep pace with next-generation technology and human capital demands, Pon is committed to advancing the public’s understanding of the honorable, positive work of civil servants.

Join your fellow Feds in Jacksonville, Florida, August 26-28 for FEDcon18, an all-NEW training conference for the federal community. Featuring 30 sessions and workshops and 5 top-tier keynote speakers, FEDcon18 delivers 2.5 days of personal and professional development designed to expand your knowledge of federal benefits and advocacy issues and enrich your health, wealth and lifestyle. We’ve extended the early bird rate through April 15 so you can take advantage of these savings. Don’t delay, register today!

Grassroots Corner

Did you recently attend a congressional town hall, community event or meeting on behalf of NARFE? Please complete the Congressional Meeting or Event Feedback Form after any interaction with legislators and staff. When you complete this form, which is located on NARFE’s advocacy page under “Surveys,” your interactions are recognized by the Advocacy Department staff and ultimately help ensure that NARFE's lobbyists are aware of advocacy efforts in your congressional district/state. Your dedication to NARFE and advancing our legislative agenda is appreciated.

Obtaining the Hotline

This weekly advocacy message is emailed to NARFE members, posted on the NARFE website and available to NARFE members via telephone by calling 1-800-456-8410 and selecting option 4. Past editions are archived online for NARFE member access. If you have any questions regarding the information in this Hotline, please email NARFE’s Advocacy Department at advocacy@narfe.org or call 1-800-456-8410 and select option 3.



Saturday, April 14, 2018

Join Narfe

Our monthly meetings of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) will recognize and celebrate those United States citizens who are dedicating their working lives in the service of their country or who have retired from Federal service, and continue to fight for their rights by being members of NARFE.

We believe that working for the betterment of this country is the proper thing to do.
We continue to believe in these principles by being members of NARFE.
Each month meeting brings a renewed view of our life.
This celebration is a measure of our grateful thanks for these individuals’ long-time
Federal service and to recognize and honor them.
I ask all members of Congress to join us in this celebration.

Are you a member of NARFE? If not, join today!


The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association is the only organization dedicated solely to protecting and enhancing the health care and retirement benefits of federal employees and their survivors.


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

$100 Raffle Ticket Winner for April

 FEDERATION ALZHEIMER'S

 
Rick Bingham of Burlington, KY is the April winner.
Please share this with your members.
This was the last drawing for the 2017/2018 year. The first drawing for 2018/2019 will be held during the second week in May.
Please get the sold tickets for the 2018/2019 drawing to me by April 30, 2018. Please continue to sell tickets and if you need additional tickets, let me know and I will get them to you immediately.