|This is our first issue of the Arizona NARFE News which begins a new era for the Arizona Federation. With this newspaper, we can now reach all our members with news, helpful information and events affecting our lives. Our publisher, M. D. & Associates, LLC, will mail our newsletter to every voting, non-voting, and eNARFE member in Arizona at no cost to the Arizona Federation of Chapters. So it will be very important that you keep your mailing address current.
You will receive the Arizona NARFE News at the address on your current NARFE magazine from National Headquarters. If you change your address, please notify Member Records toll-free at 1-800-456-8410, or send an email message to email@example.com, or mail the notification to NARFE National Headquarters, 606 N. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, Attention: Member Records.
The Arizona NARFE News will be published quarterly. Every Arizona member, chapter, federation or chapter officer is welcome to submit information and photographs for our newspaper. All material should be submitted to the Arizona Federation Editor, Robert Elgines, by the due date.
Now that the 113th Congress has ended, it appears that it ended more quietly and less painfully than previous years with regard to federal employee and retiree issues. But we know our fights will resume in the 114th Congress and are readying ourselves for the battles ahead. The Arizona Federation board voted to subsidize four members, with priority given to the Federation's new leadership, up to $1,000 each, to attend the 2015 NARFE Legislative Conference on March 14-17. Past President Adelman sent an email to the Federation board members and Chapter Presidents asking for nominations or self-nominations for aspiring attendees. The four NARFE members selected to attend are Arizona Federation President Etta Bryant, Vic Peterson, Coral Van Hooser, and Lois Gossett. Vic Peterson is the Arizona Federation State Legislative Chair and National Legislative Chair for Sun City West Chapter 1789, Coral Van Hooser is Past President of Tempe Chapter 1505, and Lois Gossett is National Legislative Chair for Sunnyslope Chapter 1686.
As a reminder to ALL NARFE Chapters, every chapter is required to file an IRS return even if you did not have any taxable income in 2014. Chapters that do not meet the requirements for filing the 990 or 990T form must file Form 990-N, also known as the e-Postcard, electronically with the IRS annually. Form 990-N is not available in paper form. It is only available online at: http://epostcard.form990.org/. The filing deadline for all IRS Forms is the 15th day of the 5th month after the end of your fiscal year. Hence, if your fiscal year ends on December 31, 2014, you must file by May 15, 2015. If you need assistance, please let the Federation know.
The Arizona Federation together with Host Chapter 1400, Sierra Vista, are preparing for our 57th Federation Convention "NARFE - Celebrating 40 Years in Cochise County" to be held May 3-5, 2015, at the Windemere Hotel & Conference Center, located at 2047 South Highway 92, Sierra Vista, Arizona. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 1-800-825-4656 and using the Group Name "NARFE". The room rate is $75/night plus taxes and these rates are good 3 days before and 3 days after. Our keynote speaker will be our National Secretary/Treasurer Jon Dowie. And, we are also attempting to obtain the proper equipment needed to Skype in one of our National Legislative members.
The Call to Convention Letter information was emailed out to all chapter presidents and chapter secretaries together with all federation elected and appointed officers on February 1st. This information included further information regarding the hotel reservations, the Credentials and Registration Form, Program Book - Ad Order Form, and the Patrons List. The Call to Convention Letter included the number of delegates for each chapter. The authorized number of delegates is based on the M-110 report as of December 31, 2014. Each chapter has one delegate for each 50 voting chapter members or fraction thereof; example, a chapter with 151 voting members would have 4 delegates; plus a Delegate-at-Large (DAL). Please read this information carefully and if you have questions, please let me know.
A separate email was sent requesting volunteers to serve on the Convention Committees as follows: Ballot & Tellers, 2017 Convention Site, Oversight, Resolutions, and Rules committees, along with further information on submitting Resolutions and Meritorious Service Awards. This email included a Summary of 57th Arizona Federation Convention Deadlines. Please make sure that your chapter submits all information in a timely manner.
A "draft" Agenda was sent out with the above information. This is still subject to changes. There will be a President's Meeting on Sunday from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to sit in on the meeting. It is a good way to hear and learn what a chapter president does and their concerns. Also on Sunday there will be an Arizona Federation Board Meeting from 1:00 to 4:00 pm and this meeting is also open to anyone. Sunday evening there will be an optional No-Host Social Hour, "Fiesta Buffet" followed by professional entertainment.
Monday morning will be our District Caucuses, an hour presentation on Chapter Bylaws & the Use of Form F-21 by Paul Lamb, Arizona Federation Parliamentarian, and hopefully an hour Skype presentation with someone from our National Legislative Department. The official convention will start at 1:00 pm and be followed by an optional No-Host Social Hour, Banquet, Installation of Officers, Awards Ceremony, and more professional entertainment.
Tuesday morning we will discuss any Resolutions that have been presented and vote on them and hear some reports from Alzheimer's, FEEA, and NARFE-PAC, etc. Chapters are encouraged to develop meaningful resolutions which will improve NARFE whether at the National or Federation level.
During the convention we will be electing new Federation Officers (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer) and on Monday morning you will be electing your District Vice Presidents (DVP). Several of the current DVPs have indicated that they are not running for re-election. This is a great chance to represent your district. If you are interested or thinking about it, talk with your current DVP and ask them questions.
You can also go to the Arizona Federation website at http://www.narfeaz.com/, on the left side click on "Free", scroll down and click on "Arizona Federation General Guidelines (01/12)". These guidelines give a general job description for each Federation position. Also, the Federation Bylaws are there and you can click on "Arizona Federation Bylaw & Policies 0913a"; the Bylaws are at the very end of this document.
I have appointed Thad Andreski, Federation Vice President, as Chairman of the Nominating Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the five DVPs - Ronnie Castaneda (email@example.com), Jane Pall (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dee Elgines (email@example.com), Beverly Disbrow (firstname.lastname@example.org), and David Foulk (email@example.com). If you are interested in any of these positions, please submit a short narrative stating what position you are interested in and a description of the positions that you have held in your chapter(s) and/or your government work.
It is hoped that you will find the information in this paper helpful and even motivating. In fact, we expect to learn much from each other as we share what each chapter is doing with members all over Arizona. We welcome your input, your constructive criticism, and your insight. Feel free to contact any member of the Arizona Federation Board with your concerns. We pledge to do our very best to provide accurate and timely responses to your queries.
Thank you for your support and for taking the time to read Arizona NARFE News.
UPDATED: February 25, 2015