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Federation President's Message
Congratulations! First I would like to congratulate Rodney Adelman for being elected as our new Region VII VP effective November 1st. I am sure that he will do a great job but he leaves very big shoes to fill for me as your new Federation President. I will do my best and ask for the help of everyone.

Next I want to congratulate our two photographers that got photos in the 2015 NARFE calendar. They are Jean Curtis, Tucson, AZ, Roadrunner Chapter 1874 and John Kumke, Surprise, AZ, Chapter 1019.

By the time that you read this newsletter the 2014 Federation Biennial Workshop will have been held. I want to thank all those members that took the time to attend this training. The Evaluation Sheets will be reviewed to determine what members would like in the future.

Health Fair Season. As your 2014 Health Fair Coordinator, I have emailed to each District VP and Chapter President a list of the agency’s health fairs in their area. We ask each chapter to coordinate with their DVP in notifying these agencies as to whether or not NARFE will be attending and if they will attend, who will represent NARFE. This is a great opportunity to RECRUIT new members.

Remember the Special Recruitment Incentives, $10 from National and $10 from the Federation, for recruiting a NEW working employee or retiree. These incentives are for any NEW member recruited from September 1 to December 31, 2014. Be sure to include your Membership ID number. You can’t get credit if you don’t include this. The applications must be received and processed by December 31st to be eligible. For every member you RECRUIT, your name will be entered to win a Kindle Fire tablet.

RECRUIT Your Spouse! Why should your spouse join NARFE? Several years ago, a bill was introduced in Congress to make cuts to survivor benefits. NARFE fought this bill and defeated it! NARFE has fought and continues to fight for all survivors, including those who are nonmembers. Still we have many survivor annuitants and designees eligible for NARFE membership who choose not to join NARFE.

This group stands to win or lose the same way as retirees. Many survivors who never worked for the federal government mistakenly believe that one membership is sufficient and fail to understand that survivor benefits are affected the same way as federal retiree benefits.

(Taken from Recruiting & Retention Journal/August 2014) What is NARFE’s role in the federal community? NARFE is the only organization solely dedicated to protecting and preserving the pay and benefits of all federal workers and retirees. Each member can significantly make a difference in NARFE’s mission. Remember, numbers count! RECRUIT & RETAIN!

FEEA Donation Confusion. Check donations are being made out simply to “FEEA” with no fund designation as to whether it is for the “Scholarship Fund” or “Disaster Fund”. If you use the coupon in the magazine, be sure and check the appropriate box and otherwise a letter should accompany the check indicating which fund should receive these monies and who should get the credit-chapter or individual person. Also, on the memo line of your check you should indicate whether it is for the “Scholarship Fund” or “Disaster Fund”.




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UPDATED:  November 10, 2014