|The first issue of the Arizona NARFE News was
published and every NARFE member should have received
their copy in late March or early April. A copy was
mailed to every voting, non-voting, and eNARFE member in
Arizona. So it is very important that you keep your
mailing address current. For those of you that go to
cooler places during the summer months, you will need to
notify NARFE Headquarters of your change in address in
order to receive the newspaper. The toll-free number is
Also, the 57th Biennial Arizona Federation Convention sine die (adjourned) on Tuesday, May 5th with 70 delegates attending plus many spouses and guests. We enjoyed getting to know our Keynote Speaker, National Secretary/Treasurer Jon Dowie and his wife Doni. The election of Federation officers and District Vice Presidents (DVPs) were held and according to the Federation Bylaws these officers will officially take office on June 1, 2015, as follows: Federation President, Etta Bryant (Tucson Chapter 55); Federation Vice President, Thad Andreski (Valley West Chapter 1395); Secretary, Beverly Disbrow (Mogollon Chapter 1235); Treasurer, Jerry Goebel (Sierra Vista Chapter 1400); DVP I, Ronnie Castaneda (Sun City West Chapter 1789); DVP II, Cris Gumbmann (Roadrunner Chapter 1874); DVP III is vacant; DVP IV, Peter Lamb (Bradshaw Chapter 2106); and DVP V, Coral Van Hooser (Tempe Chapter 1505).
Resolution #1 “National NARFE-PAC Chair” was renamed to “National NARFE-PAC Financial Report” and amended and finally adopted. This resolution requests a more detailed accounting of the NARFE-PAC expenses (amounts to candidates as well as monies used for administrative expenses, fund raising events, pins, duffel bags, etc), on a yearly basis, as is reported to the Federal Election Commission. This resolution will be sent to the National Office to be voted on at the National Convention in Reno, Nevada, in 2016. The Resolution Committee reported that Resolution #2 “Chapter Life Membership” is a chapter-level resolution and not applicable to the Federation or National and therefore it was not brought before the convention.
Prior to the start of the Federation Convention, the Federation Board Meeting was held with brief reports from our Region VII VP Rodney Adelman and all elected and appointed Federation officers. A motion was made and adopted for the Federation President and/or by recommendation of the Federation Board to appoint Congressional District Liaisons (CDLs) for the nine (9) congressional districts in Arizona and a so-called job description was adopted. The following were appointed: CD 1, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick – Vacant; CD 2, Rep. Martha McSally – Vern Pall, Tucson Chapter 55; CD 3, Rep. Raul Grijalva – Vic Peterson, Sun City West 1789; CD 4, Rep. Paul Goser – Vacant; CD 5, Rep. Matt Salmon – Vacant; CD 6, Rep. David Schweikert – Lois Gossett, Sunnyslope Chapter 1686; CD 7, Rep. Ruben Gallego – Vacant; CD 8, Rep. Trent Franks – Ronnie Castaneda, Sun City West Chapter 1789; and CD 9, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema – Coral Van Hooser, Tempe Chapter 1505. To be qualified for these positions, you must be a registered voter and reside in the respective Congressional District. If any NARFE member is interested in any of these vacant positions, please contact Federation President Etta Bryant at firstname.lastname@example.org
Now you ask, what is a Congressional District Liaison (CDL)? The purpose of the CDL is to be the key NARFE representative who presents NARFE’s position to the Member of Congress and their staff representing that congressional district. Each CDL will coordinate legislative efforts among the NARFE chapters within their Congressional District. This is NOT meant to prevent any chapter from contacting their local representative and we urge every member to continue contacting their representative and sending those emails and making phone calls to protect our benefits.
There were no proposals submitted for hosting the 2017 Federation Convention and the Federation is looking for a chapter or a district to step up and offer to host this convention in 2017. At the Federation Board meeting, a committee was appointed to review and update the Arizona Federation Convention Guidelines on the Federation website at www.narfeaz.com under “Free”. A Convention bid should include proposed dates, cost of rooms, room taxes, amenities, availability of automobile and RV parking, food and beverage availability, convenience for walking to areas of interest, adequacy of lodging and meeting rooms, safety for the disabled, and an indication of the sponsoring group’s (Chapter and/or District) ability to perform the necessary duties to conduct a Federation Convention.
At the convention, Region VII VP Rodney Adelman announced that Debra Corner of Roadrunner Chapter 1874 had been named as Region VII Configuration Advisory Board (CAB) member. If anyone has suggestions on improving the Online Activity Module (OAM) on the NARFE website, you can contact Debra at email@example.com. Congratulations Debra!
Also, there is a new email system. GEMS has been replaced by NARFE Email System (NES) and is an enhancement to the past options in the OAM and GEMS. NARFE has adopted a new email policy because they have experienced a growing number of members who are opting out of all emails from NARFE. The new system will allow members to easily unsubscribe from receiving email messages from NARFE. This will help ensure that those who feel their inboxes are simply too full with NARFE email messages will not mark NARFE as a spammer, delete their email address from member records or – even worse – cancel their memberships. NES also uses email categories with distinctively identifiable banners to help reduce repetitive information from being delivered from various levels of the Association. A basic tutorial on how to use the new software is available on the NES menu. There are new features on NES that were not available on GEMS.
NARFE National Parliamentarian and Arizona Federation Parliamentarian Paul Lamb conducted a session on “Chapter Bylaws & the Use of Form F-21” which was very informative. His power-point presentative noted that a chapter’s bylaws should be as generic as possible while including the important issues for each chapter. Form F-21 together with the Checklist (Appendix B) can be found on the NARFE website; Log In, type “Forms” in the Search: Type Key Words and click “Go”; click on “Forms By Form Number”; and then click on “Chapter Bylaws: A Preferred Standard (PDF Fillable Form).
At the 2014 National Convention, delegates voted for Strategic Planning using the Future of NARFE report as its foundation. That Strategic Planning process is now underway. This is NOT the beginning of a new process but a continuation. This process will be aided by an independent facilitator, Sabatier Consulting. There is a special email address – firstname.lastname@example.org – for individuals across NARFE to provide input. NARFE encourages and welcomes your thoughts. For those without email, letters may be mailed to the attention of: Strategic Plan, at NARFE Headquarters, 606 N Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. I have been contacted, as a Federation President, by Sabatier Consulting and asked several general questions as part of their process to gather information.
NARFE National President Thissen has appointed a Strategic Planning Team and a Strategic Planning Committee. The SP Committee is made up of one representative from each of the ten (10) regions and our Region VII representative is Ted Van Hintum. He can be contacted at email@example.com. The SP Team and SP Committee will work together, considering all input forwarded from the field, to craft the first of what will become bi-annual plans. Quality strategic planning, with its many phases, is an ongoing process.
As your newly elected Federation President, I will continue to serve to the best of my ability. Thank you for your support and for taking the time to read Arizona NARFE News.
UPDATED: May 12, 2015