National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association

Virginia Federation of Chapters

VFC Notes-May 2005

 

Serving Current, Former & Retired Federal Civilian Employees-

Spouses and Survivor Annuitants

 

President

Ann M. Collins

 

 

1st Vice President

R. David Smith

 

 

2nd Vice President

Vincent R. Agnelli

 

Secretary

Robert H. Miller

 

Treasurer

Robert C. Basford

 

 


President’s Message

THANK YOU to the Convention delegates for your confidence in my abilities to lead the Virginia Federation.  I am, indeed, privileged to serve as your President for the coming year.  And, like so many of you, I worked hard for 33 years as a Federal civilian and issues relating to my annuity are most important to me.  I am really puzzled when I hear people say “why join NARFE” when logically it would appear to warrant a statement more like “why not!”

Over the past 51 years, the Virginia Federation has been the leader in many of NARFE’s programs.  I especially appreciate the outstanding work done by outgoing VFC President, Joe Beaudoin, and those past presidents before him.  And we are grateful that some of those past presidents have served on the VFC Board the past year:  Oscar Honeycutt, Ernie Kerekes, Jim Rice, and the late Jim Richards.  Their leadership helped to create the solid foundation of our organization that we will build on during the next year as we continue to face the challenges of NARFE membership in the 21st century.

There may be some changes in the way we do some things, however, that action should not be interpreted to mean that procedures in the past were wrong.  Rather, we will look at the past in appreciation and draw from those successes and learn from those challenges.

Our underlying theme for the coming year will focus on raising the general awareness of NARFE in Virginia in everything we do.  We want NARFE to become a household name and our voices on the Hill and the General Assembly to become a “roar of thunder unlike any ever heard.”  A well-known identity backed by a large membership will give those voices clout!  Numbers count! Therefore, as grass roots advocates, WE  have to do it because no one else will do it for us.  It has to be up close and personal and our message has to be clear and consistent.   You will be hearing more on how to do that in the coming weeks from your area vice presidents (AVPs).  How many people do you know that can tell you what the NARFE logo really means when they see it?  It should indicate instantly that NARFE is the only organization that exists solely to protect and preserve our earned retirement benefits.  NARFE is our safety net.  And, in today’s political and economic environment, we may be depending on NARFE more than ever before. 

At the April 27th VFC Board meeting, we welcomed eleven new incumbents to the 22-position voting Board.  Those names are reported in the article on VFC Convention News, elsewhere in this newsletter. Between now and the July 25 Board meeting, I have requested the VFC Vice Presidents to work with their oversight areas on these topics for discussion at the July meeting:  Goals for membership and other programs; the role of the Area Coordinators; and training of officers and committee chairs. Your comments are welcome on how the VFC can provide the best service and representation for our chapters and members.  Discuss these topics with your AVP—your liaison and “voice” at the VFC Board meetings! I look forward to visiting with our grass roots advocates at their home chapters. 

Ann M. Collins, VFC President

 

 

v      The most wasted of all days is the day when we have not laughed.

 

Pictures from the 2005 Convention

Outgoing President Joe Beaudoin passing the gavel to the new VFC President, Ann Collins

 

Joe Beaudoin at the convention enjoying his first minutes as immediate past president

 

Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine addressing convention delegates

Attorney General Jerry Kilgore shares a humorous moment with convention delegates

 

Francis Gary Powers, Jr. Banquet Speaker, relates the story of father as a U-2 pilot and a POW

 

VFC Top Recruiter of 63 members, Marie Collins, Pre-Retirement Seminar Coordinator is congratulated by Pres. Joe Beaudoin

 

 

First Vice President’s Report

Following the VFC Convention, we have a new slate of officers serving the chapters at the State Federation level.  In my new roll as 1st Vice President, I am looking forward to shifting gears and working with the ten Area Vice Presidents and the Electronics Committee.  I will also be responsible for overseeing next year’s convention that will be held at the Holiday Inn Select Hotel in Midlothian on April 24-26 2006.  The seven chapters in Area III have volunteered to sponsor the convention.

Seven of the AVPs were re-elected for the coming year during area caucus meetings:  I-Ralph Hoyle, II-Ernest Kerekes, III-Bob Boyd, V-Jim Nobles, VII-Glenn Zech, VIII-Bill Martin, and IX-Bill Masterson.  New AVPs elected were VI-Elaine Caudill and X-Bill Willis.  Area IV did not elect a new AVP during their caucus meeting; therefore, hopefully this will be resolved in the next few weeks.

My primary goals for the next year are communications, assistance, training and membership growth.  I want to work with the AVPs in assisting the chapters in getting the job done through training chapter officers and committee personnel, planning effective meetings, membership recruitment and retention efforts, and addressing legislative initiatives.

Rather than direct what needs to be done, we would appreciate input as to how the federation can assist chapters.  Preferably, the chapter’s first point of contact for assistance should be with their Area Vice President.  I am also available to assist the AVPs and the chapters.  You can contact me as follows:  R. David Smith, 13921 Krim Point Trail, Midlothian, VA 23114-5531, phone or e-mail R. David Smith .

Some of my personal activities this past year as your 2nd Vice President include:

Worked with the five VFC Program Chairs in delivering the programs.  Attended all VFC Board meetings, the National NARFE Convention in Reno, the National Legislative Conference in Crystal City and Capitol, and five Area Council of Chapters meetings.  Served as speaker for two pre-retirement seminars, three special chapter recruitment meetings, six regular chapter meetings and a Federal Executive Association meeting.  Participated in five meetings with Governor Warner.  Attended several General Assembly Committee meetings, one VFC State Legislation Committee meeting, four AARP planning meetings for legislative actions, a number of chapter meetings, NVAN meeting, and the Senior Navigator Compass Rose Ceremony.  Conducted a training class for Chapter Presidents/Vice Presidents.

R. David Smith, 1st VP

 

v      You can begin to move mountains when you begin carrying away small stones.

 

Second Vice President’s Report

When you are the new 2nd VP for the Virginia Federation and your responsibilities include, among other things, oversight of a dynamic group of Program Chairs, you know you need a great deal of help.  Fortunately for me (and the rest of Virginia’s NARFE members), the VFC has had “returnees” like Charles Delaplane, National Legislation Chair; Wilton Ward, Alzheimer Chair; and Past VFC President Oscar Honeycutt ~ “Our Man in Richmond” is there to advise newcomer J. Carroll Graham, State Legislation Chair.

Others, like myself, who are new to the Board, include Carolyn Wilson, Public Relations Chair; Dennis Martin, Membership Chair, and Pre-Retirement Seminar Coordinator Barbara Nugent.  Since chapter experience is not quite the same as functioning at the Federation level, on-the-job training for us newcomers will take place at a fast and furious pace.

In the near future, all Virginia Chapters will be receiving additional information regarding the VFC Membership Recruitment Project which began when we mailed the first letter during the last week of February 2005.  This project, which was outside the realm of activities of the VFC Membership Committee, is receiving 50/50 funds as well as great cooperation from the National Office.  As you may or may not be aware, National provided us with prospect lists and “drop” lists for 2002 up through June 2004, all of which had been previously sent to the chapters on the M-112s, as a normal part of doing business on a monthly basis.

Our plan was to send two letters, about 1 month apart, to all potential members on the list.  The second letter was mailed during the third week of April 2005.  The total cost for printing and mailing both letters was around $9,800 (shared 50/50 with National).  As of May 7, we have received 230 applications at $33.00per app for a total of $7,590, and the checks are still coming in.  We will be sending the Area VPs copies of the list of new members so they can share the information with the chapters in their areas.

At the VFC Convention in April, Mary Kay Parker from Metro Chapter 1665 gave me a terrific suggestion.  She would like to have the names on our mailing list in her chapter area of those who do not join by the end of this project.  She would like to follow up at the local level.  We thought this was such a great idea that we are going to send the information to all chapters because contact at the local personal level often achieves what a general letter cannot.

We look forward to working with all of you this coming year, and we welcome any ideas or suggestions that you have that will help us help you!

Vincent R. Agnelli 2nd VP

 

 

Secretary's Report

The 51st Annual Convention, Virginia Federation of Chapters, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) opened Monday Afternoon, April 25 at the Holiday Inn Select Koger Center, Richmond, Virginia and concluded Tuesday Evening, April 26 with the Banquet and installation of VFC Officers by Bill Austin, NARFE Region X Field Vice President

Highlights of the Convention were guest speakers Tim Kaine, Lieutenant Governor, and Jerry Kilgore, former Attorney General of Virginia, and banquet speaker, Francis Gary Powers, Jr., Founder, and The Cold War Museum.  Congressman Tom Davis (VA-11) again hosted the Monday night reception for attendees.

VFC Bylaws were changed to clarify Area Caucus balloting at the Annual convention. A resolution to cap Virginia real estate assessments for senior homeowners (persons 65 and older) was adopted. Not adopted were resolutions to restructure the VFC Board of Directors and support alternative modes of transportation for Virginia.

The Nominating Committee composed of members along with alternates was elected by the ten area caucuses.  Chair is Shirley Atkins, Hampton, Chapter 682, and Vice Chair is Jim Rice, Fredericksburg, and Chapter 1270.

The 52nd Annual  VFC Convention is scheduled for April 24-26, 2006, at the Holiday Inn Select KogerCenter, Richmond, Virginia.

Robert H. Miller,VFC Secretary

 

Wingdings'>v                  As we get older, our bodies get shorter and our anecdotes get longer.

 

National Legislation

With the first of eight calendar quarters behind it, the 109th Congress finds itself, as usual, snarled in partisan rancor, with political disagreements impeding a deal of work.  A few things have been accom-plished, but I suspect reform of the bankruptcy laws wasn’t high on the agenda of many NARFE folk.

Several bills have been introduced that bear on NARFE issues.  We now have complementary bills that would repeal both the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP).  H.R. 147 by Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA) has been picking up co-sponsorship rapidly, and it is matched in the Senate by S. 619, sponsored by Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA).  The Californians have many people in their State and local governments (including teachers) affected by the GPO and WEP, and many are well disposed toward NARFE’s position on those issues.  Unfortunately, the Californian with the greatest influence on Social Security matters is Rep. Bill Thomas (R-CA), chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, who is not so well disposed.  The increase in 10-year cost estimates for these bills (from $60 billion in the last Congress to $70 billion now) is not likely to improve his outlook. 

Premium Conversion is the second issue that has complementary bills in both the House and Senate, both sponsored by Virginians, Rep. Tom Davis (R-11th), and Sen. John Warner (R).  The bills are H.R. 994 and S. 484.  For some reason Premium Conversion did not receive much early support from the rest of the Virginia delegation, but Reps. Thelma Drake, Randy Forbes, and Virgil Goode, and Sen. George Allen all signed up as co-sponsors recently.  As of this writing (May 5), Reps. Bobby Scott, Bob Goodlatte, Eric Cantor, and Rick Boucher were still outstanding.  I hope constituents of those gentlemen will diplomatically seek their support, so that Virginia’s Congressional delegation will once again show 100 percent co-sponsorship for Premium Conversion.

The third issue addressed by bills in both houses is the WEP.  Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) have introduced bills (H.R. 1714 and S. 866) which would alter the WEP significantly.  The bills’ titles claim to repeal the WEP, but in fact they would revise or reform it.  The bills propose a complex revision of the WEP formula, and its effect on people subject – or potentially subject – to the WEP is currently uncertain.  I hope to get more information about these bills in the near future, and will distribute what I find out by the VANARFE net.

 

 

Other bills have been introduced in the House, but have no corresponding measures in the Senate.  They include taking the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund off-budget (Rep. Michael Bilirakis, R-FL), premium share shift to increase the federal contribution for FEHBP premiums to 80 percent (Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-MD), tax relief for retirees paying long term care premiums (Rep. Terry Lee, R-NE), and a provision to allow re-employed FERS employees to replace, and earn credit for, retirement contributions which may have been withdrawn (Rep. James Moran, D-VA).

In sum, if you live in the 3rd, 6th, 7th, or 9th Districts, please call or write your Congressman and ask him to co-sponsor H.R. 994.  If you don’t, please call or write your Congressman/Congresswoman and thank him or her for that support.

Charles Delaplane, National Legislation Chair

 

v     I've learned.... That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done. Andy Rooney

 

STATE LEGISLATION REPORT

Since Carroll Graham, our new State Legislation Chair, is in the process of getting organized, Oscar Honeycutt is on vacation, and there are deadlines to meet, I get the opportunity to comment on some important matters of state (Virginia, that is).

First, an important reminder from VFC 1st VP Dave Smith that there will be Republican and Democratic primaries throughout Virginia on Tuesday, June 14, 2005.  According to our information, you must declare which primary you wish to vote in.  You will not be able to vote in both primaries.

You may recall that during the 2005 Virginia General Assembly session, the Virginia Federation supported legislation to improve senior benefits and to regulate nursing homes, assisted living facilities and at-home-care.  It appears that we will continue to support this type of legislation in 2006.

In addition, the attendees at the April 2005 State Convention unanimously adopted a resolution to “initiate action in the General Assembly to cap real estate assessments for persons aged 65 and older who own and occupy their residences, and that such cap remain in effect until the real property ownership is transferred, at which time any new assessment would take effect.”  (Submitted by Chapter 1823, Northern Neck and modified on the floor.)

Both candidates for Governor, Tim Kaine and Jerry Kilgore, have their own proposals for real estate tax relief.  However, according to staff people in Richmond, in discussion with Oscar Honeycutt and Carroll Graham, it was

pointed out that any constitutional changes (which this would be) requires passage two years in a row in the General

Assembly and a referendum before Virginia voters.  It appears that the only realistic way senior citizens are going to get real estate tax relief any time soon is through their local governments.

Last, but not least, an interesting survey of political insiders, including members of Congress, was taken recently by The National Journal, a nonpartisan weekly.  (If you have never heard of this publication, it may be because a yearly subscription costs around $1,800.)  The political insiders were asked to rank the top five contenders for their party’s 2008 Presidential nominations.  The GOP respondents picked Virginia Senator George Allen as number one.  Senator John McCain (Arizona) came in second, and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (TN) came in third.  On the Democratic side, Senator Hillary Clinton (NY) was first, former Senator John Edwards (NC)  was second, and Virginia Governor Mark Warner was third! 

Since only Virginia and New Jersey will elect governors this year, the media coverage will drive politics in the commonwealth to a new level.  In addition, with two major political players involved in national politics, every legislative issue for the next several years, voted up or down, in Virginia will reflect favorably or otherwise on our two “favorite sons.”  Could be good, could be bad for Virginia’s citizens.  Stay alert and stay tuned!

Vince Agnelli, VFC 2nd VP for J. Carroll Graham

 

VFC Convention News

The 51st Annual VFC Convention was held April 25-27, 2005 at the Holiday Inn Select Koger Center in Midlothian with the theme “A Salute to our Chapters – The Grass Roots.”  There were over 300 registered delegates, delegates at large and guests with actual attendance reaching 267 representing 54 of the 56 chapters in Virginia.

There were three special convention speakers: Lt. Governor Tim Kaine, Former Attorney General Jerry Kilgore and Gary Powers, Jr. (son of the noted POW).  Both Kaine and Kilgore thanked the delegates for their service to the country and gave an overview of their platforms for making improvements in the State of Virginia if elected as Governor in the fall.  Mr. Powers was the convention banquet speaker and he provided information about his father as a U-2 pilot and POW.  He also talked about the Cold War Museum that he is in the process of establishing.

Congressman Tom Davis (VA-11) again hosted a reception for convention attendees.  State Senator Jeanne Marie Devolites-Davis accompanied him.  Both gave brief remarks to the delegates and guests.

In appreciation for accepting the challenges of Chapter leadership, the VFC Executive Board hosted a breakfast  saluting the Federation’s Chapter Presidents, with 46 of the 56 Presidents in attendance.

Federation executive officers elected were Ann Collins, President; Dave Smith, 1st VP; Vince Agnelli, 2nd VP; Bob Miller, Secretary; and Bob Basford, Treasurer.  Current Area Vice Presidents re-elected in caucus sessions were:

I-Ralph Hoyle, II-Ernest Kerekes, III-Bob Boyd, V-Jim Nobles, VII-Glenn Zech, VIII-Bill Martin, IX-Bill Masterson.  New AVPs elected were VI-Elaine Caudill and X-Bill Willis.  Area IV did not elect a new AVP during their caucus.

Appointments for Committee Chairs are: Membership- Dennis Martin; Public Relations - Carolyn Wilson; National Legislation – Charles Delaplane; State Legislation – Carroll Graham; Alzheimer’s – Wilton Ward and Pre-Retirement Coordinator – Barbara Nugent.  An appointment is still pending for Service.  National Legislation

 Major emphasis for the 109th Congress is to retain current benefits in health and annuities; passage of premium conversion (S 484 Sen. John Warner and HR 994 Rep. Tom Davis); elimination of WEP and GPO (S 619 Dianne Feinstein, D-CA and HR 147 Buck McKeon R-CA).  Contacts with our Senators and Representatives are really needed.

Membership Recruitment and Retention - While most of the federations are losing members, Virginia held fast; however, we did not experience anticipated growth.  Year 2004 started with 19,820 members and ended with 20,076.  One new chapter Falls Run 2343 was established in July.  Recognition was given to top chapter percentage recruitment: Falls Run, Manassas, Suffolk, Midlothian, and Piedmont.  Recognition was given for top chapters with members switching to dues withholding: Peninsula, Midlothian, Charlottesville, Colonial Beach, Harrisonburg, Dulles, and Colonial Heights.  The program book contained a list of the 19 top individual recruiters during 2004; however, Marie Collins, VFC Pre-Retirement Coordinator was way ahead with 63 persons recruited.

There were seven resolutions presented for decision during the convention. They are as follows:

VFC-05-R-1 – Clarify Area Caucus Balloting – Adopted to replace Bylaws Article V, Section 8 with clarification concerning voice voting when only one nomination for AVP or Nomination Committee and requiring balloting by chapter strength when there are two or more nominations for a position.

VFC-05-R-2 – Cap on Real Estate Tax Assessments for Senior Home Owners – Adopted as amended to initiate action to pursue legislation in the General Assembly to cap real estate assessments for persons age 65 and over who own and occupy their residences, until such time as property ownership is transferred.

Resolution (no number) – Adopted that the official name of NARFE be legally changed in the VFC Constitution and Bylaws to National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association.

Resolution (no number) – Adopted to amend Bylaws Article I, Section 2 to require payment of chapter dues by May 31st each year instead of June 30th.

Three other resolutions presented were defeated that related (1) to significantly change the VFC organization; (2) to establish new procedures for dealing with changes in committee position proposals; and (3) to initiate action to pursue legislation to develop an interstate railway network and support a complementary interstate highway system at the national level.

Virginia Quilt Drawing – Advance ticket sales for NARFE-FEEA resulted in $2,510, exceeding the $2,000 goal.  Tickets were also offered at the Convention to benefit Alzheimer’s Research resulting in another $526 for the quilt campaign.  All of the drawing tickets were combined in a container and  Gail Martin, one of the quilters from Louisa Chapter 2065, drew the winning ticket.  NARFE-FEEA contributor,  Betty Atkinson from Seaside Chapter 1827, was the lucky lady!

Winner of the Holiday Inn  Select lodging package certificate (over $200 value) was Willie Cole, Colonial Heights Chapter 1472. 

The Memorial Service included recognition of 336 NARFE members in the 56 Virginia chapters who passed away during the past year.

Alzheimer’s – The 2004 goal of $45,000 was exceeded with $49,106 contributed.  Special recognition was given to three chapters that raised over $5,000:  Midlothian, Winchester and Woodbridge. The committee has established $55,000 as the 2005 goal.  Funds raised for Alzheimer’s:  50/50 ticket sales $600; silent auction $1,700. Contributions to the Jim Richards Memorial Fund for Alzheimer’s have now reached $5,025. 

For more information from committees, see other articles in this newsletter.

 

Alzheimer’s News

We had a good time at the convention overall, especially so for Alzheimer's. The response to the silent auction, the quilt raffle and the 50-50 was exceptional. 58 items were donated for the silent auction. Betty Atkinson, chapter 1827-Seaside- was the quilt winner.

The net processes for Alzheimer's totaled $2685.00; $1754.00 from the silent auction, $531.00, from the quilt raffle, $300.00 from the 50-50 and a GEHA donation of $100.00.

A hardy thanks goes to all who contributed items and to those who bought items and tickets. A special thanks goes to all those who assisted with the silent auction and ticket sales. It would not have been a success without your help.

The VFC Alzheimer's Committee meeting was well attended-36 attendees representing 21 chapters. The open discussion covered many Alzheimer's related items and chapter involvement the committee established a VFC goal of $55,000 for Alzheimer's research in calendar year 2005.the 2004 goal was $45,000 and the year end total donated was $49,160.00.

The Midlothian, Winchester, Woodbridge, Northern Neck and Louisa chapters received citations during the convention for their exceptional efforts in fund raising.

Substantial research is growing for prevention and a cure for Alzheimer's, a long and expensive process. A total of five NARFE sponsored projects have been approved in the past year or so.

There has been an outpouring of memorial gifts for Alzheimer's in memory of Jim Richards, Falls Run chapter 2343, a long time, very active supporter of NARFE and a past VFC president. The total of the gifts at this time writing is $5400.

Again, thanks to all who help make our Alzheimer's program a success in Virginia.

Wilton Ward, VFC Alzheimer's Chair

 

Text Box: Got a Label?
Past VFC Membership Chair Joan Marvel suggested to Regional VP Bill Austin that NARFE needs a slogan that has instant name recognition, i.e., "You are in good hands with Allstate." Mr. Austin liked the idea, and a new contest was born.
If you are a member of NARFE in Region X, (KY,VA, WVA, TN, NC), please send your idea for a slogan that would be an instant recognition, publicity and membership tool for NARFE to billaustin@carolina.rr.com, along with your name and address no later than July 15, 2005. A panel of judges will pick the "best of the best", and appropriate recognition, along with a $50 gift certificate, will go to the winner.

Area I Report

The VFC 2005 Convention in Richmond was most successful and is now history.  We had interesting speakers in former Attorney General Jerry Kilgore and Lt Governor Tim Kaine, bid farewell to the outgoing VFC President Joe Beaudoin, and welcomed his successor, Ann Collins. We were encouraged that the statewide turnout was larger than last year, with approximately 300 members and guests registered. The Area I part of this total was disappointing, however, with only 18 members and guests registered. Considering the close proximity of Richmond to Area I, we should be able to do better than that. Area I did assist in providing support for the Convention with Janie Michel, Chapter 682, as Convention Treasurer and myself , Chapter 685, as Convention Data Base Manager.  

I’m sorry to report that Joanne Brummel, President, Middle Peninsula Chapter 1757, has been quite sick, with an undiagnosed illness, and is slowly recovering at her sister’s home. If you would like to send her a card, her sister’s address is 7967 Pinetta Road, Gloucester VA 23061. I’m sure she would enjoy hearing from you.

In the area of legislation, , a bus trip was made to Richmond in January 2005 to visit state legislators and attend a session of the General Assembly. Also, 3 members from Area I attended the National Legislative Conference in Northern Virginia in February 2005.  We are continuing our efforts to meet with our representatives in the General Assembly and Congress to keep them aware of NARFE’s legislative objectives.

In Area I we have been concentrating on membership recruiting and  retention. As requested by the VFC, Chapter 682 hosted a “jump start” meeting of current federal employees in October 2004. A total of 28 employees attended the meeting and 8 became new members. Also, Marie Collins, Chapter 682, has been busy  conducting Pre-retirement seminars and representing NARFE at local Health Fairs and successfully recruiting 63 new members. Many thanks to Marie and the Chapter 682 members for all your hard work! Also, Chapter 682 was the statewide leader in converting a  total of 47 annual renewal members to dues withholding status. 

            Area I chapter voting membership increased from 1,273 to 1,318 during the past year, an increase of 45 new members. Although we are gaining enough new members to offset deaths, non-renewals, and transfers out, we need to continue to attract more new members in 2005. My thanks to all Area 1 chapter officers and members for your hard work and support. If you have any ideas or suggestions for improving NARFE effectiveness in our area, I’d like to hear from you.

Ralph Hoyle, Area 1 VP

 

Area II Notes

The first and probably the most important issue we should all put on our agenda front burner is membership and member retention. First, we must realize that we are a political organization, not a social club. When we have an audience with either a state or national elected official, the first question asked is “how many members do you represent?” This question equates to votes.

The first place to start is looking for an answer is with the monthly M112 Report. The Chapter Officers should monitor the report closely and contact those who are in arrears with their dues. Find out why and offer help.  We should be contacting new members appearing on the report and invite them to our next meeting. Just think how much we could increase our membership if we could each recruit one new member.

The next important issue is to contact our own elected officials at both the state and national level. Get to know the legislative assistant on each of the elected official’s staff. Be sure to thank them if they have cosponsored bills which effect NARFE current and retired State and Federal retirees.

Your Area II V.P. has requested a meeting with Representative Thelma Drake. He is awaiting a response of a time and place when he and the Area Chapter Presidents can meet with Representative Drake to discuss of NARFE concerns.

Area II is prepared to have a table display at the upcoming State Convention for Postal Organizations. This convention will be held in Virginia Beach on June 10-12, 2005 at the new Hilton Hotel.

After our meeting with Representative Drake, I plan to meet with the area Chapter Presidents to discuss membership retention and to set obtainable, and realistic goals to the extent possible.

To those Chapters having summer outings, consider inviting potential members. Wear something when you go out in public that will advertise NARFE.

After we resume our regular meetings in September, be ready to hit the ground running with new ideas for increasing membership attendance. Have a greeting committee to welcome all attendees.

Remember what one Congress gives, the next can take away. Nothing is set in concrete. We must continue to fight to maintain what we have now and work to secure Premium Conversion, WEP and GPO relief.

For those chapters wishing to advertise their meetings and membership activities such as starting a newsletter, when properly documented, matching funds are available from national to help with expenses.

Ernie Kerekes, Area II V.P.

 

Area III News

The 2005 VFC Convention is over!  It is hard to believe that in 2004 I ran a hard but successful campaign to become the Area Vice President for Area III and I did it again in 2005.  Next year someone else needs to get on the campaign trail.

The year was a learning experience for me and I’m sure for the Chapters. I have learned that each Chapter is as different as the stars in the sky.  Like people the Chapters have their own personality.  Some are alive with a lot of energy and upbeat yet, others seem to be downcast and just doing their same thing again and again.  Chapters in which category are you?

During the year we asked each Chapter to develop a Chapter Membership Plan and most Chapters did.  As we enter into a new year we now need to pull those plans out to see how each Chapter did in meeting its goals.  The Area also had a Membership Plan, which will also be reviewed.

The Chapter election process was an eye opener.  Some Chapters had a nominating committee and had a slate of officers while others didn’t.  Most of the officers’ positions have now been filled.  One thing I would like to see next year is new people stepping up to take leadership positions so that we can have new ideas and new direction.

Chapter activities included trips (Chapter 1472 Colonial Heights had their first one), trading post, barbeques and breakfasts, golf tournaments etc., all in an effort to gain new members, raise money for Alzheimer’s research and to raise operating money for the Chapter.

The “Switch and Save” program was somewhat successful within the Area, but Chapter 2265 Midlothian had a very successful program.

Each Chapter has been encouraged to update its Web site and most are moving in that direction.

All of the Chapters in the Area voted to become the sponsor of the 2006 VFC Convention, which will be held again in Richmond.  I am sure that a lot of our time during next year will be spent on Convention planning.

Idle Thoughts of a Retired Person...
I had amnesia once -- or twice.
All I ask is a chance to prove that money can't make me happy.
If the world were a logical place, men would be the ones to ride horses sidesaddle. (Think about it!)

They told me I was gullible ... and I believed them.
Robert Boyd, Area 111 VP

 

Area V11 Report

            Area VII consists of five chapters—Charlottesville 135, Harrisonburg 163, Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro 178, Winchester 180, and Page Valley 1793.  Each Chapter was active during the quarter holding regular monthly meetings.  All Chapters elected a full slate of officers for the 2005 year.

Four members from the Area participated in the Ninth Biennial Legislation Leadership Conference, on February 27 - March 1, in Crystal City.  Stephen Bush, Joe Beaudoin, Jane Beaudoin and Glenn Zech, of Winchester Chapter 180, representing Area VII and VFC, joined nearly 300 other NARFE members at the Conference.  NARFE President Charles Fallis announced that this biennial conference would be the last one in Washington and that future National Legislation Conferences will be held in several regional locations.  This action should result in lower travel costs to Chapters and individuals and permit more officers and members to attend these informative and valuable Conferences.

            An area-wide meeting was held in Mount Crawford, on March 4, hosted by Al Lilliandahl, Harrisonburg Chapter President.  The purpose was to address generic issues and matter designed to improve the administration and operation of Chapters.  Twenty-eight Chapter Officers and Program Chairpersons participated in the meeting.  Each of the Chapter Presidents was responsible for a portion of the program.  Neil McKendry, Page Valley President conducted the opening ceremonies; Dick Taylor, Charlottesville President, conducted the session on “exchange of best ideas;” and Dick Murphy, S-A-W President chaired the session on State Legislation.  Three VFC Board Members—Joe Beaudoin, VFC President: Joan Marvel, Chairperson for Membership and Public Relations: and Allen Wright, Chairperson for State Legislation, also participated and provided extraordinary direction in addressing several agenda items.

            Dick Murphy described an innovative recruiting program sponsored by his chapter with financial support from the VFC and NARFE Headquarters.  A membership recruiting advertisement about the Chapter was attached to the front page of a popular area newspaper in the form of a stick-on label.  While the idea was innovative, it did not produce the expected results.  Experimental projects, such as this one, are learning situations from which VFC and NARFE Headquarters can benefit by knowing what works—and what doesn’t.  Appreciation goes to Dick and Chapter 178 for sponsoring this project.

The area-wide meeting followed the National Legislation Conference by a few days.  This provided an opportune occasion for Steve Bush, the Area 7 Coordinator for National Legislation, to pass along useful information gained at the Crystal City Conference.  Steve presented an informative Power Point production on key National Legislative matters. 

            Four of the five Area VII Chapters were represented at the 2005 VFC Convention in Midlothian.  I am using this opportunity to thank Chapter representatives in the Area VII caucus at the Convention for electing me to serve another year as VFC Area VII Vice President.  I plan to use my second year to make every Chapter proactive in encouraging Federal and State Legislators to enact the VFC State Legislation and NARFE National Legislation Programs.  While those are laudable and worthy goals, we will work to ensure that current retirement benefits are retained.

Glenn Zech, Area VII VP

 

Area VIII Report

      Area VIII was well represented at the 51st VFC convention held the last week of April in Richmond.  Seven chapters were represented by chapter delegates and I represented the eight by proxy.  One of the most memorable events was the presentation made by Gary Powers, Jr., the son of Gary Powers, the USA U2 Pilot shot down over Russia in 1960.  For those of us old enough to remember, that was a very scary time.  Mr. Powers’s presentation was very moving and well received by all.  I am pleased to report that I was elected to represent Area VIII for another year. 

      Rather than dwell on what’s happened during the last two or three months, I would rather talk about what we need to do during the rest of this year.  Emphasis will be placed on recruitment and retention.  I will be working with each chapter to develop and/or update individual membership plans.  Several chapters are planning to participate in local fairs and other public meetings getting the word out about NARFE.  We will also be working on developing individual web pages for each chapter to include current information on chapter officers, meeting time and locations, and general information about each chapter.  We will also be sharing information on meaningful program presentations as applicable to help others increase attendance at chapter meetings.

      We will also be working with the VFC 1st Vice President planning for the 2007 convention.  Richard Geary, President of Fredericksburg Chapter 90 introduced the desire to host the 2007 convention and Area VIII chapters agreed to participate.

Bill Martin, Area VIII Vice President

 

v      Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies, for instance.   J. Ruski

 

Area IX Report

All Chapter Presidents in Area IX during the 2004-05 year have been working hard throughout the year to hold on to their members and to recruit new members. I have enjoyed visiting all the Chapters over the past year and I am impressed with their efforts.

Those of you who didn’t attend the National Convention last year missed a lot of fun (and some work.) I had a really good time, plus Jann and I drove to Lake Tahoe after the convention and spent a couple of enjoyable days there. I was disappointed that only Springfield and Alexandria Chapters sent delegates. However, proxies were carried for the other four chapters and voted as requested by the chapters.

There were some very good speakers at the National Legislative Training Conference. We also picked up lots of good information at the breakout sessions. On Lobby day, March 1, 2005, six members from Area IX, and 1 from Area X met with Congressman Jim Moran’s aide in the Rayburn Building and thanked them for their past support on NARFE issues and discussed current NARFE issues. They are still on board with us on the NARFE Issues.

Area IX with help from Area X set up and staffed a NARFE booth at the NOVA TRIAD Conference at Fair Oaks Holiday Inn. TRIAD brings together organizations from legal, law enforcement, and senior services (or those advocating senior issues) within VA. The TRIAD in VA is administered by the VA Attornery General’s Office.

Area IX participated along with Area X in the planning for the Northern Virginia Aging Network (NVAN) Legislative Forum and Breakfast on November 16, 2004. Don Shiffert from Woodbridge, Area IX State Legislative Coordinator, was very helpful by working with us on the planning and execution of the forum. There were 183 attendees which included 11 legislators and 8 legislative aides. Our main speaker, David Fallis, reporter for the Washington Post, gave a very good but depressing talk about the terrible shape the assisted living facilities in Virginia are in and the low quality of care received at these facilities. In the March 20 Washington Post said that David Fallis, the reporter that wrote the series on assisted living, was awarded the 2004 Heywood Brown Award for the 4-part series. NARFE Magazine along with other NARFE information brochures and applications were made available at the forum. Most were gone by the end of the breakfast. Most of you probably know that Tom Vitez, member in the Springfield Chapter died last year. A NARFE VFC $500 contribution to NVAN was designated as a memorial to Thomas G. Vitez in appreciation for his dedication to NARFE and hard work on our state legislative agenda while serving as the VFC Area IX State Legislative Coordinator. Ann Collins, VFC 1st VP, gave a memorial tribute to Tom and recognized Mrs. Vitez’s presence at the Forum.  on April 5, 2005, VFC 1st VP Ann Collins, VFC Legislative Chair Charles Deleplane, Annandale Chapter President George Richards and I, all from Area IX, visited Congressman Tom Davis at his office


 in the
Rayburn Building. We had a very nice meeting with him. He is supporting our issues, and has sponsored the Premium Conversion again in the House, but he reminded us that the Senate Finance Committee Chairman would have to approve it before it becomes law, and we know what happened to it last year.

         I have enjoyed being Area IX Vice President over the past year and will continue as Area VP over the next year. If I can be of assistance to any member(s) in AREA IX please let me know.

AREA IX VP William Masterson

 

 

 

 

 

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v      There was never a person who did anything worth doing that did not receive more than he gave.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Installation of Elected Officers and Area Vice Presidents L-R: Bob Boyd [Area III,] Bill Masterson [Area IX], Ralph Hoyle [Area I], Bill Martin [Area VIII] is standing behind Ralph, Ann Collins [President], Bob Miller [Secretary], Elaine Caudill [Area VI], Bob Basford [Treasurer], Glenn Zech [Area VII], Bill Willis [Area X], Dave Smith [1st VP], Vince Agnelli [2nd VP] and Ernie Kerekes [Area II],.  Jim Nobles [Area V] not present, and Area IV did not elect a VP.


Contact Information – Virginia Members of Congress As of May 11, 2005

Member of Congress

Washington Office*

Local Office 1

Local Office 2

Ho       Honorable John Warner

United  United States Senate

 

(Plus other offices in Norfolk and Abingdon)

225 Russell Bldg.

Ph. 202-224-2023

Fax 202-224-6295

5309 Commonwealth Centre Pkwy.

Midlothian, VA 23112

Ph. 804-739-0247

Fax  804-739-3478

1003 1st Union Bank Bldg.

213 S. Jefferson St.

Roanoke, VA 24011

Ph. 540-857-2676

Fax  540-857-2800

E-mail at web form:  warner.senate.gov/contact/contactme.cfm

Honorable George Allen

United States Senate

 

(Plus other offices in Virginia Beach, Roanoke, and Abingdon)

204 Russell Bldg.

Ph. 202-224-4024

Fax 202-224-5432

507 E. Franklin St.

Richmond, VA 23219

Ph. 804-771-2221

Fax 804-771-8313

2214 Rock Hill Rd.

Suite 100

Herndon, VA 20170

Ph. 703-435-0039

Fax 703-435-3446

E-mail at web form: allen.senate.gov/index.cfm?c=email

Honorable Jo Ann Davis

Representative  – 1st District

 

(Plus another office in Tappahannock)

1123 Longworth House Office Bldg.

Ph. 202-225-4261

Fax 202-225-4382

4904-B George Washington Hwy.

Yorktown, VA 23692

Ph. 757-874-6687

Fax 757-874-7164

4500 Plank Rd., Suite 105-A

Fredericksburg, VA 22407

Ph. 540-548-1086

Fax 540-548-1658

E-mail at joanndavis.house.gov, then click on “contact”, then click on “Write Your Representative”

Honorable Thelma Drake

Representative – 2nd District

1208 Longworth  House Office Bldg.

Ph. 202-225-4215

Fax 202-225-4218

4772 Euclid Rd., Suite E , Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Ph. 757-497-6859

Fax 757-497-5474

(P.O. Box 62996,

Va. Beach, VA 23466)

23386 Front St.

Accomac, VA 23301

Ph. 757-787-7836

Fax 757-787-9540

(P.O. Box 447

Accomac, VA 23301)

E-mail at drake.house.gov, then under “Email Congresswoman Drake” click on “Click Here”.

Honorable Robert “Bobby” Scott - Representative – 3rd District

 

(Plus a part-time office at Norfolk State University)

1201 Longworth House Office Bldg.

Ph. 202-225-8351

Fax 202-225-8354

501 N. 2nd St.

Suite 401

Richmond, VA 23219

Ph. 804-644-4845

Fax 804-648-6026

2600 Washington Ave.

Suite 1010

Newport News, VA 23607

Ph. 757-380-1000

Fax 757-928-6694

E-mail at bobby.scott@mail.house.gov

Honorable Randy Forbes

Representative – 4th District

 

(Plus another office in Emporia)

307 Cannon House Office Building

Ph. 202-225-6365

Fax 202-226-1170

505 Independence Pkwy, Lake Center II, Suite 104

Chesapeake, VA 23320

Ph. 757-382-0080

Fax 757-382-0780

2903 Boulevard, Suite B

Colonial Heights, VA 23834

Ph. 804-526-4969

Fax 804-526-7486

E-mail at www.house.gov/forbes/, then click on “Contact Us”, then click on “Email Randy”

Honorable Virgil Goode

Representative – 5th District

 

(Plus offices in Rocky Mount and Farmville)

1520 Longworth House Office Building

Ph.  202-225-4711

Fax 202-225-5681

104 South First St.

Charlottesville, VA 22902

Ph. 434-295-6372

Fax 434-295-6059

437 Main Street

Danville, VA 24541

Ph. 434-792-1280 OR

800-535-4008

Fax  434-797-5942

E-mail at www.house.gov/goode/, then click on “Contact Us”, then click on “Write your Rep” under “Office Contact Information”

Honorable Robert Goodlatte

Representative – 6th District

 

(Plus offices in Harrisonburg and Staunton)

2240 Rayburn House Office Building

Ph. 202-225-5431

Fax 202-225-9681

10 Franklin Rd., S.E.

Suite 540

Roanoke, VA 24011

Ph. 540-857-2672

Fax 540-857-2675

916 Main St., Suite 300

Lynchburg, VA 24504

Ph. 434-845-8306

Fax 434-845-8245

E-mail at www.house.gov/goodlatte/, then click on “Contact”, then click on “E-Mail Bob”

Honorable Eric Cantor

Representative – 7th District

329 Cannon House Office Building

Ph. 202-225-2815

Fax 202-225-0011

5040 Sadler Place, #110

Glen Allen, VA 23060

Ph. 804-747-4073

Fax 804-747-5308

763 Madison Rd., # 207

Culpeper, VA 22701

Ph. 540-825-8960

Fax 540-825-8964

Please save this page to have addresses on hand to contact your Congressmen

 


 

Member of Congress

Washington Office*

Local Office 1

Local Office 2

Honorable James P. Moran

Representative – 8th District

2239 Rayburn House Office Building

Ph. 202-225-4376

Fax 202-225-0017

5115 Franconia Rd., Suite B

Alexandria, VA 22310

Ph. 703-971-4700

Fax 703-922-9436

1760 Reston Pkwy, Suite 312

Reston, VA 20190

Ph. 703-481-4339

Fax 703-481-4338

E-mail at moran.house.gov/, then click on “Let’s Talk”

Honorable Rick Boucher

Representative – 9th District

(Plus another office in Big Stone Gap)

2187 Rayburn House Office Building

Ph. 202-225-3861

Fax 202-225-0442

188 East Main St.

Abingdon, VA 24210

Ph. 276-628-1145

112 N. Washington Ave.

Pulaski, VA 24301

Ph. 540-980-4310

E-mail at Ninthnet@mail.house.gov

Honorable Frank Wolf

Representative – 10th District

241 Cannon House Office Building

Ph. 202-225-5136

Fax 202-225-0437

13873 Park Center Rd.

Suite 130

Herndon, VA 20171

Ph. 703-709-5800 OR

       800-945-9653 in State

Fax 703-709-5802

110 N. Cameron St.

Winchester, VA 22601

Ph. 540-667-0990 OR

       800-850-3463 in State

Fax 540-678-0402

E-mail at www.house.gov/wolf/ , then click on “Click here to e-mail me”

Honorable Tom Davis

Representative – 11th District

2348 Rayburn House Office Building

Ph. 202-225-1492

Fax 202-225-3071

4115 Annandale Rd.

Suite 103

Annandale, VA 22003

Ph. 703-916-9610

Fax 703-916-9617

13546 Minnieville Rd.

Woodbridge, VA 22192

Ph. 703-590-4599

Fax 703-590-4740

E-mail at tomdavis.house.gov, then click on “contact us”, then click on “Email: Click here

*    All Washington Senate offices are at Washington, D.C. 20510.

**   All Washington House offices are at Washington, D.C. 20515.

NARFE/VFC/CTDelaplane, May 11, 2005, 703-461-9663, cdelaplane@verizon.net

Source:  Members’ web sites.  NOTE:  “www” is shown where needed.  Otherwise, do not use it in the URL line.