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Federation President's Message
Welcome to our new unofficial newsletter format. The Arizona Federation Executive Board (AZ FEB) did not make a decision at our January board meeting on our new newsletter format or how often it would be published. So, for now, keep checking the Arizona Federation website www.narfeaz.com for new information.

The Arizona Federation will be holding our Biennial Workshop and Annual Meeting on June 6, 2018, at the American Legion Post #44 in Scottsdale, AZ. All the information and registration forms can be found by clicking this link, www.narfeaz.com/convention.html. This information will also be emailed to each chapter president on March 1st plus an National Email System (NES) message will be sent to all those with an email address listed in the NARFE database, unless you have it blocked. ALL Arizona members, both chapter members and national members, are invited to attend. We will spend most of the morning discussing the pros and cons of the candidates running for National Office and the proposed resolutions. The candidate’s statements are included in the March issue of the NARFE magazine and the resolutions are on the NARFE website. Remember, the Bylaws Committee Report is only one side of the issue. Also, there are many rumors flying around. Come and join us for a polite discussion of these issues and learn what is fact and what is not. But, please remember to vote. The ballot will be included in the June issue of the NARFE magazine that you should receive around May 20-21, 2018. You will be able to start voting online as of May 10, 201. The voting instructions will also be in the June issue of the magazine.

With four (4) candidates running for National President, it is quite unlikely that any one of them will get 50% plus 1 vote to win. Thus, there is a resolution called Preferential Voting for a second vote. If so, the newly elected officers will not be known at the FEDcon 18 National Conference. Since our National Bylaws do not include any means for a second vote, we will need to vote for this resolution. It is my understanding that we will be asked to rank the four candidates, 1 to 4, in the order that we would like them to win. And somehow a winner will be determined. Confusing? Certainly. Well, our Federation Parliamentarian Paul Lamb, will do a short session to explain this method of voting at the Workshop. One more reason to attend the Workshop in Scottsdale before you vote. You have until June 30, 2018, to vote.

Also, the FEDcon 18 National Conference will be August 26 – 28, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in Jacksonville, Florida. I hope you are planning to attend. Registration between now and March 31st for NARFE members is $150 each. Starting April 1st, the registration is $175. Further information is on the NARFE website and in your magazine.

Since we last communicated, we have had two District Vice Presidents (DVPs) resign. The AZ FEB has electronically voted to re-district the state for chapters. Since we now only have 13 chapters, it did not appear necessary to have four DVPs. Thus, we now have only two districts as follows: District 1 DVP Cris Gumbmann – Tucson 55, Yuma 266, Scottsdale 1234, Sierra Vista 1400, Roadrunner 1874, and Casa Grande 1905. District 2 Coral Van Hooser – Mogollon 1235, Saguaro Mesa 1469, Tempe 1505, Sunnyslope 1686, Sun City West 1789, and Bradshaw 2106. The Federation President will be the DVP for Havasu 1413 and I am planning a chapter visit for their April meeting.

Like the first National Conference, Arizona will be having our first Arizona Federation Conference in 2019 where all members will be able to vote. Likely it will be in May or June 2019. The AZ FEB is attempting to decide the format of this new conference. No one has offered to host this thus the Federation will have to take the lead. We are looking at a half day and a half day event or one full day. Also, thoughts are being given to having someone such as the Federal Benefits Webinar people do a session or maybe Social Security do a session. Does anyone have a preference? Any ideas from our members are welcome.

Mentioning the 2019 Arizona Federation Conference, we will be electing new officers for 2019 – 2021. And the Arizona Federation will be looking for a new Federation President as I will NOT be running for re-election and there may be others that will not be running for re-election. And wouldn’t it be wonderful to have more than one candidate for each office – Federation President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Please consider putting your hat/bonnet into the ring. Those of us holding these offices now will be glad to assist you.

If any member has questions or needs further information, please feel free to contact me as above. Until the next time, thank you for reading this, have a great summer and if you are traveling, travel safely.

May we keep all those that are ill or will be undergoing surgery in our thoughts and prayers and wish all a speedy recovery.

Shortly, it will be Income Tax time. This means that EVERY chapter without exception MUST file an IRS Form 990-N or ePostcard. You cannot file the e-Postcard until after your fiscal year ends (after December 31, 2017). The ePostcard is due by May 15, 2018. This is usually done by the chapter treasurer. Valley West Chapter and Mohave Valley Chapter also will need to file this report showing that the chapter has closed.

Dates to Remember & Mark Your Calendars:
June 6, 2018– 2018 Biennial Workshop – American Legion Post #44, Scottsdale, AZ – Information will be available in early February – Discussion of the Resolutions and Candidates to be voted on and Training
August 26 – 30, 2018 - 2018 NARFE Premiere National Conference in Jacksonville, Florida




 


 

 
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UPDATED: April, 2018