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Chapter 1757
MIDDLE PENINSULA

GLOUCESTER COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY SPEAKS AT NARFE CHAPTER 1757 MEETING

Gloucester County’s Commonwealth Attorney, Holly Smith, was the featured speaker at the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Chapter 1757 May 15th luncheon meeting. She discussed the 2018 General Assembly changes in criminal law, as well as crime trends; recent scams and prosecutions; current focus on crime prevention; drug prosecutions; efforts to combat drug abuse; murders; and other violent crimes.

Attendees were advised of important information on how to best protect themselves and their property. They learned that the more information we have about crimes will help protect us from falling victim to the various crimes and scams in our area.

After earning her law degree from the College of William and Mary, Ms. Smith’s dedication to public service brought her to pursue a career as Commonwealth Attorney. She has developed broad experience in prosecuting drug offenses, sexual offenses; child abuse cases; traffic offenses; white color and property crimes and has a history of successfully prosecuting these cases.


Chapter 1757 members listen intently to Gloucester Commonwealth Attorney Smith (left) as they follow along with the well-prepared handouts.

CHAPTER 1757 ELECTS OFFICERS FOR 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 September through May.  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 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.

List of Officers

President
Bob Howe
Vice President
Mike Barnett
Secretary
Jim Bradbury
Treasurer
Mary Lou Sinisi
Legislation
Open
Membership
Catherine (Kitty) Price
Service Officer
Mary Lou Sinisi
Alzheimer's
Hank Furniss
Program Chair
Don Mitchell
Public Relations Chair
Gloria Wajciechowski
Chapter E-mail address

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