National Association of Active and

Retired Federal Employees

Virginia Federation of Chapters

Chapter 595 Colonial Beach, Virginia 22443

Serving Westmoreland, King George, and Colonial Beach

Volume 26, Issue 6 - June 2021

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June 8, 2021 
12 PM at the Hunan

  Our June meeting will be a celebration of 100 years of NARFE. 


President’s Letter: June 2021
Dear NARFE Members,
As I write this message to you today, I have just come home from our Colonial Beach Memorial Day Ceremony sponsored by the American Legions in Colonial Beach and King George where I placed a wreath to honor our NARFE members who have passed away.  If you are not familiar with the annual ceremony at the war memorial, this is when we place wreaths at the cannon to honor those who have passed away.  Because we did not have a ceremony last year, the names of our members from 2019 and 2020 were recognized.  I saw a few of you there but I hope that next year, more of you will come out.

So, are you ready to party??  Our June meeting will be a celebration of 100 years of NARFE.  We will present some historical information and we will have goodie bags, cupcakes and patriotic decorations.   This is going to be a very special meeting so I hope you can join us on Tuesday, June 8 at noon at the Hunan.

On to other business. In February of 2020, we discussed the 2020 Virginia Federation of NARFE (VFN) Conference which was initially scheduled to be held in Richmond, April 5-8 2020.   Because of the pandemic it was cancelled and was to be rescheduled for April 2021.  However, in January 2021, the VFN Board realized that April would not be possible because the pandemic was still going on and the vaccine had just become available.  So new dates were established.  The VFN Conference will now be held on October 10-13, 2021 still in Richmond.  Since this is our last meeting before September and the registration deadline will be before our September meeting, I will have registration materials to hand out at the June meeting.  Early Bird registration ends on September 1, 2021 so there is still time to get the reduced registration rate of $60.00.  This fee includes the cost of the reception on October 11 and the banquet on October 12.  If you are a couple, the early bird rate is $110.  That’s a bargain, right?   The hotel rate is $99.00 a night.  That is another bargain.  At our meeting in February 2020, we voted to submit an ad from our chapter for the program book. 

We did this and the ad and the fee have been saved and forwarded to the new conference.  We also collected money to support the conference and this money has also been saved and forwarded to the new conference. However, if you missed the opportunity to become a conference supporter you can now give Stan a check and your name will be added to the program book.  Here are the categories for supporters:  Super Angels: $25.00; Angels: $20.00; Cheerleader: $15.00; Booster: $10.00 and Supporter: $5.00.  We also have some new supporter categories: Platinum: $100.00; Gold: $75.00 and Silver: $50.00. Each Chapter’s participation is critical to the success of the VFN Conference so please consider supporting the conference.

At this year’s conference we are expecting some VIP guests, including officers and staff from the National NARFE Office.  Several state and national legislators have been invited and we are waiting for confirmation.  As I get new updated information, I will pass it along.   We have a full schedule of interesting and stimulating workshops and seminars with everything from estate planning to photography.  I know that you will enjoy the conference.

Do you have a friend who worked for the federal government?  Maybe you want to bring them along to enjoy our special party.  Maybe they want to join NARFE!

Finally, don’t forget to bring your food bank items for King George Dept  of Social Services.    I am looking forward to seeing you at our next meeting on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.
Leslie Ravenell, President
Colonial Beach Chapter 595

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FOOD BANK, FOOD BANK, FOOD BANK!! Please don’t forget!


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Leslie Ravenell
Vice President
Jim Lynch
540 775-7002
Secretary Maria Wendt
540 220-6855
Second VP
Ann Mills
240 463-5614
Stan Palen
540 775-7027
Jean Starkey
804 224-0845
Service Officer
Richard Ravenell
804 224-3069
Joan Mudd   
540 663-5476
Lloyd Wright

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