November 2020 Newsletter
December 2020 Newsletter

Chapter 1757
MIDDLE PENINSULA

Serving Current, Former & Retired Federal Employees, Spouses and Survivor Annuitants
On the Middle Peninsula

Chapter 1757 meets the THIRD TUESDAY of the month from April through December 2021. PLEASE NOTE: This is a change from the previous schedule. Meetings begin at 11:30 a.m. at Olivia’s in the Village, Main Street, Gloucester Court House, VA 23061.  Members order from a large array of choices on Olivia’s menu.  Most meetings feature an interesting and informative presentation and are generally announced in the Gloucester-Mathews Gazette Journal Newspaper.  Reminders of meetings and speakers are sent via email to all members with email addresses.   For those members without email addresses, telephone calls are made to remind members of the next meeting.  The December meeting is the annual Christmas and Holiday Party. 

NARFE CHAPTER 1757 ENTERS PARADE IN THE GLOUCESTER PARKS AND RECREATION
VIRTUAL SHOEBOX PARADE.


Covid did not shut down the yearly Holiday Parade in Gloucester, VA. Instead of the traditional Holiday Parade as in years past, the office of the Gloucester Parks, Recreation and Tourism decided to have participants submit floats that were no larger than a Size Ten shoebox. Our Local Chapter 1757 entered a NARFE Chapter 1757 Shoebox Float highlighting the benefits of NARFE. Jim and Edie Bradbury along with Mary Lou Sinisi were hard at work designing and executing a shoebox float for NARFE Chapter 1757 that met the dimension requirements set by the Gloucester Parks and Recreation Department.

The shoebox floats were filmed using historical Gloucester backdrops and each float included a narrative about the float. Local TV channels broadcast the parade in an effort to ensure the safety of the public using shoebox-sized floats.

Although the event was not held in-person to promote Covid safety, the community was encouraged to participate by watching the virtual parade using one of Gloucester’s community TV stations. The parade was broadcast on Gloucester Parks, Recreation and Tourism’s Facebook page, (www.facebook.com/GloPRT) Page down to December 5, and the website (gloucesterva.info/pr). It is about 5 minutes in on Hometown Holiday Mini Virtual Parade. Also, all parade floats were on display from 1:00 to 5:00 pm on Sunday, December 6, on the lawn of Split Ends (on the corner of DuVal and Main Street). We will do a Viewers Choice vote that day. Votes will be $$$, so bring your change and vote. All votes will be donated to Bread For Life Food Pantry, so not only are you helping raise the spirits of our community, you are helping to feed those in need. Well Done! Floats may be picked up on Wednesday, December 9 from 8:00a to 4:30 pm at the Stewart Building, aka PRT Office, 6382 Main Street. Remember you can access the virtual parade by accessing one of the local community links so you can view the parade over the next few days. Covid did not shut us down completely. Everyone did a great job and the floats were wonderful. Gloucester did have a proper kick-off of the holiday season after all and Covid did not completely shut us down.

Also, all parade floats will be on display from 1:00 to 5:00 pm on Sunday, December 6, on the lawn of Split E nds (on the corner of DuVal and Main Street). We will do a Viewers Choice vote that day. Votes will be $$$, so bring your change and vote. All votes will be donated to Bread For Life Food Pantry, so not only are you helping raise the spirits of our community, you are helping to feed those in need. Well Done! Floats may be picked up on Wednesday, December 9 from 8:00a to 4:30 pm at the Stewart Building, aka PRT Office, 6382 Main Street.
Happy Holidays to all of our members and we pray that all of you will remain well and safe throughout 2020, 2021 and beyond.

Pictures of NARFE Chapter 1757 Shoebox Float for Virtual Gloucester Holiday Parade.

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INSTALLATION OF CHAPTER 1757 OFFICERS FOR 2020

At the December 2019 monthly meeting Jeanne Garrison, (pictured on the left) Area One VFC Vice President installed Chapter 1757 officers for 2020. Pictured from Left to Right are; Gloria Wajciechowski, Public Relations Chair; Mary Sinisi, Treasurer; Jim Bradbury, Membership Officer and Acting Vice-President; Bob Howe, President; Deb Thompson, Secretary. Not pictured: Hank Furniss, Alzheimer's Chair; Howard Mowry, Legislative Officer.

GVFD CHIEF CLEMENTS GUEST SPEAKER AT JANUARY 15 NARFE MEETING

Will you ever need the services of the Gloucester Volunteer Fire Department or the Rescue Squad? Your answer will probably be, "I don't know!" None of us can predict what the future holds for us, but if we ever need their services, we certainly want them to be there for us. The article below gives some information about our next guest speaker, GVFD Chief J. D. Clements. Please join us at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at Olivia's in the Village to learn more about the challenges facing our local GVFD. We look forward to seeing you on the 15th.


GVFD Chief J. D. Clements to be Guest Speaker At January 15th NARFE Chapter 1757 Meeting
Gloucester Volunteer Fire Department (GVFD) Chief J. D. Clements will be the guest speaker at the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Chapter 1757 meeting on Tuesday, January 15th at 11:30 a.m. at Olivia's in the Village, Main Street, Gloucester.

In 1988, Gloucester Volunteer Fire Department expanded the department by adding a station on Ark Road and was recruiting new members for the station. It was then that J. D. Clements joined the GVFD.

Since joining the department, Clements took many classes in firefighting, vehicle extrication and hazmat awareness. He was promoted from a firefighter to a station Captain in early 1990 and was appointed station Chief in 1995, serving in that capacity until 2007.

In 2008, he was elected Chief of the Department and continues to serve in that capacity today. As Chief, his responsibilities include the oversight of three stations and approximately one hundred and fifty members. Over the years, his leadership role has evolved from tactical to strategic to ensure the department continues to meet the needs of the growing Gloucester community.

Clements will address problems faced by the GVFD as the Gloucester population grows and ages. He will also talk about the needs he perceives for the future and what NARFE members and the local population can do to help.

We invite all members as well as active and retired federal employees and their guests to attend the NARFE Chapter 1757 meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 15th at Olivia's in the Village. We never know when we will need the services of the GVFD. Please come out and support your NARFE Chapter and hear all about your Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.

CHAPTER 1757 2019 Officers


The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Chapter 1757 conducted their 2019 swearing in of officers at their annual Holiday Party on December 18th. Pictured Left to Right: Mike Barnett, Vice President; Donna Hull, Service Officer; Jim Bradbury, Secretary; Catherine (Kitty) Price, Membership Chair; Jeanne Garrison, Area One VFC Vice President; Mary Sinisi, Treasurer; Don Mitchell, Program Chair; Bob Howe, President. Not pictured Hank Furniss, Alzheimer's Chair; Gloria Wajciechowski, Public Relations Chair

NARFE CHAPTER 1757 HOSTS PROGRAM OF GLOUCESTER COUPLE’S PERSONAL JOURNEY OF LIVING WITH ALZHEIMER’S

At the NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees) Chapter 1757 April 17th meeting, Donald and Christy Talbott of Gloucester will share their experiences and emotions from their personal journey of dealing with Alzheimer ’s disease. Don was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease at the age of 41. Since his diagnosis, the Talbotts have dedicated themselves to Alzheimer’s Advocacy and Research, being involved in studies at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. In 2017, their story was included in a Nationwide PBS documentary called Alzheimer’s: The Caregiver’s Perspective. They have received numerous awards for their dedicated advocacy and support of Alzheimer’s Research.

Since 1985 NARFE members have played a major role in seeking a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. Through its partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, NARFE supports research into the cause, prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease as well as a cure for Alzheimer’s and related disorders. Public education on the need for research is also an important focus.

In collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association, NARFE members have donated more than $12 million to the NARFE Alzheimer’s Fund with 100 percent of NARFE donations being allocated to research. At the 2016 NARFE National Convention, delegates voted to extend NARFE’s current goal to $13 million in 2018.

Chapter 1757 invites all active and retired federal employees and annuitants, to attend the April 17th meeting at 11:30 a.m. at Olivia’s in the Village, Main Street, Gloucester, to hear the Talbotts heart-touching journey of living with Alzheimer’s Disease. The information you hear at this meeting will enhance your knowledge of Alzheimer’s Disease and the Alzheimer’s Disease TrialMatch program. TrialMatch operated by the Alzheimer’s Association, is a free, easy-to-use clinical studies matching service that connects individuals with Alzheimer’s, caregivers, and healthy volunteers with current studies. The database of clinical trials includes more than 225 promising clinical studies being conducted at nearly 700 trial sites across the country. The Talbotts regularly present to groups to spread awareness and education about Alzheimer’s Disease.

Chapter 1757 cordially invites active and retired Federal employees to attend our Chapter 1757 meetings.

Here is a partial list of recent Local Chapter 1757 Activities

LOOK AT WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED:

   If you have not been a regular attendee at our Local Chapter 1757 luncheon meetings you have missed out on receiving a ton of good information from speakers and information from and about your local chapter.

LIST OF ELECTED OFFICIALS

 

 

U.S. Senators

 

Senator Mark Warner (D)
919 E. Main St, Suite 630
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804 775-2314
Fax: 804 775-2319
Email:
www.warner.senate.gov

 

Senator Tim Kaine (D)
507 East Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804 771-2221
Fax: 804 771-8313
Email:
www.kaine.senate.gov

 

U.S. House of Representatives
1st District

 

Rob Wittman (R)
508 Church Lane
Tappahannock, VA 22560
Phone: 804 443-0668
Fax: 804 443-0671

 

 

VA State Delegate
98th District

 

M. Keith Hodges
P.O. Box 928
Urbanna, VA 23175
Phone: 804 277-9801
Fax: 804 695-0216
Email:
DelKHodges@house.virginia.gov

 

 

NARFE VFC Area 1 Meeting Held in Gloucester

Gloucester was selected as the site for the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Virginia Federation of Chapters (VFC) Area 1 meeting. Area 1 is comprised of more than 1,350 members in four chapters from the Peninsula to the Northern Neck. Members of local Middle Peninsula Chapter 1757 attended. Arlene and Johnny Arthur, VFC Co-Service Officers, presented a program on what Chapter Service Officers can do to help members. NARFE is the only organization solely dedicated to protecting and preserving the pay and benefits of all federal workers and retirees.


(Left to Right) Local NARFE Chapter 1757 members attending were: Jim Bradbury, Chapter 1757 Secretary; Donna Hull; Deb Thompson; Mary Sinisi, Chapter 1757 Treasurer and Service Officer; and Bob Howe, President


NARFE VFC Area 1 Vice-President, Jeanne Garrison, is flanked by VFC Co-Service Officers Arlene and Johnny Arthur, who presented a program on what Chapter Service Officers can do to help NARFE members.

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CHAPTER 1757 PARTICIPATES IN DECEMBER 2ND GLOUCESTER CITIZEN’S CHRISTMAS AND HOLIDAY PARADE

 

The purpose of our participation was to recruit new members for our local NARFE Chapter 1757.
Chapter 1757 members walked next to our mobile unit to hand out candy canes with a NARFE recruitment message attached.  Our mobile unit was adorned with NARFE recruitment posters and messages, American Flags, and festive Christmas decorations. 

 

Parade Participants Pictured Left to Right:  Jim Bradbury, Jennie Howe, Mary Sinisi,
Edie Bradbury, Al Wajciechowski (not pictured: Bob Howe and Gloria Wajciechowski)

 

Pictured is the back of the mobile unit displaying Chapter 1757 Banner and the message, “Protecting Federal Benefits” adorned with fireworks and red, white and blue stars.

 

The side of the NARFE Chapter 1757 mobile unit (pictured above) was adorned with NARFE banners and posters, and decked out with festive Christmas decorations.

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DECEMBER 2017 ANNUAL CHRISTMAS AND HOLIDAY PARTY

   On December 19, 2017, Chapter 1757 members and guests celebrated at the Annual Christmas and Holiday Party.   Participants competed in games in hopes of winning one of the fabulous prizes pictured below.

 

 

Chapter 1757 members and guests were all in a festive mood at the Annual Christmas Party and enjoyed games, home baked goodies and their opportunity to win fabulous prizes.”

A Chapter 1757 member tries his skill competing for a prize by being the closest at pinning the nose on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as fellow members and guests look on.

CHAPTER 1757 OFFICERS OF 2018

At the Chapter 1757 Annual Christmas Party, Jeanne Garrison, VFC Area I Vice-President, installed Chapter 1757 officers for 2018.  Pictured Left to Right, Jeanne Garrison; Mike Barnett, Vice-President; Bob Howe, President; Mary Lou Sinisi, Treasurer and Service Officer (marylouwho@cox.net) ;  Jim Bradbury, Secretary.  (The Public Relations Chair is Gloria Wajciechowski.) Not pictured, Gloria Wajciechowski, Public Relations Chair; and Catherine< (Kitty) Price, Membership Chair

CHAPTER 1757

MIDDLE PENINSULA CHAPTER 1757
Serving Current, Former & Retired Federal Employees, Spouses and Survivor Annuitants
On the Middle Peninsula

Chapter 1757 meets the THIRD TUESDAY of the month from April through December. PLEASE NOTE: This is a change from the previous schedule. Meetings begin at 11:30 a.m. at Olivia’s in the Village, Main Street, Gloucester Court House, VA 23061.  Members order from a large array of choices on Olivia’s menu.  Most meetings feature an interesting and informative presentation and are generally announced in the Gloucester-Mathews Gazette Journal Newspaper.  Reminders of meetings and speakers are sent via email to all members with email addresses.   For those members without email addresses, telephone calls are made to remind members of the next meeting.  The December meeting is the annual Christmas and Holiday Party. 

List of Officers

President
Bob Howe
Vice President
Jim Bradbury
Secretary
Deb Thompson
Treasurer
Mary Lou Sinisi
Legislation
Howard Mowry
Membership
Jim Bradbury
Service Officer
vacant
Alzheimer's
Hank Furniss
Program Chair
Don Mitchell
Public Relations Chair
Gloria Wajciechowski
Chapter E-mail address

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