Luther Santiful

VFC President


Bill Shackelford

Immediate VFC Past President



Welcome to the Virginia Federation of Chapters (VFC) website, We are part of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Association, which was founded in 1921. Within the Virginia Federation, there are 59 chapters, scattered across the Commonwealth, representing nearly 20,000 members serving active and retired federal employees, as well as spouses and survivor annuitants.

Our primary mission is to support Congressional legislation beneficial to current and potential federal annuitants and to oppose legislation contrary to the interests of these individuals. We have an active relationship with other organizations who also seek to protect benefits and to combat potential adverse legislation at both the national and state levels. We must all work together to be successful in this mission.

The Virginia Federation comprises ten areas with an area vice president serving as the link between their respective chapters and the federation. In addition there are six program committee chairs covering Alzheimer’s disease, Membership, National and State Legislation, Public Relations, and Service. The voting VFC Board members include the Executive Committee (President, 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents, Secretary and Treasurer), ten Area Vice Presidents, six program chairs and the Immediate Past President.

The Federation’s 2012 theme is "NARFE – Accepting the Challenge". NARFE is an organization whose strength emanates from its members in local chapters and those who are members in the new e-NARFE Chapter. The VFC’s role is to assist the local chapters in getting their work done through guidance, program training, leader development, pertinent information dissemination, speakers and encouraging National and State legislator contacts.

Our major focus is to increase our membership through varied recruitment activities and to face the challenges of membership retention. Special activities supported by the Federation include federal agency pre-retirement seminar participation, health fairs, TRIAD (law enforcement programs supporting seniors), federal employee organization conventions, and seminars for active federal employees.

While here on our webpage, please be certain to visit the current events section, along with the list of Chapters, Federation Officers, Program Chair web pages and also the link to NARFE National Headquarters. If you are not already a member of NARFE, please join today by clicking on and completing the application on line.

Luther Santiful

VFC President 2012 - 2013

Virginia Federation of Chapters Officers

Luther Santiful
1st Vice-President
Richard Giangerelli
2nd Vice President
Kathy Arpa
William A. Schmidt
Raphael Wong
Potomac Falls
Past President
William Shackelford
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See our Fall 2013 Virginia Federation Notes

Check out the
Virginia's Resource for Health & Aging
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  1. REPRESENTS federal retirees/employees within the state. NARFE/VFC is the only organization lobbying for our earned rights/retiree benefits at the state level. Bear in mind that no U.S. Congress or Virginia General Assembly can be relied upon to treat us fairly or with concern ...VFC has to take the initiative.

  2. PROVIDES a unified voice in Richmond when dealing with the governor and the General Assembly and educates state legislators and local officials about concerns of federal retirees/employees. It helps state legislators refine proposed bills affecting us all.

  3. PROMOTES the objectives of NARFE throughout Virginia. The VFC is the logical organization to set specific and attainable goals for the chapters to support within the state, in accomplishing the objectives of National Headquarters. VFC speaks for all Virginia members on National NARFE policy issues.

  4. FACILITATES effective group action to accomplish common objectives. By establishing a viable political base at the grassroots level, it channels member efforts so as to avoid personal agendas, narrow political viewpoints and pet peeves.

  5. TRAINS local NARFE chapter officers, committee chairs and area coordinators in order to provide top quality leadership skills for the furtherance of common goals.

  6. COMMUNICATES with members and the public at large about issues of concern to federal retirees/employees. VFC provides a larger voice than that of any single chapter.

  7. MAINTAINS a state political fund (VFC State Political Account) to support political candidates who share NARFE's and VFC’s legislative goals.

  8. MOBILIZES volunteer resources existing in chapters in ongoing support of causes vital to NARFE members. Advocates NARFE's national legislative agenda and the VFC's state Legislative agenda.

  9. ADVISES chapters on effective ways of carrying out various functions such as membership, services, and public relations benefiting federal retiree/employees. VFC has the unique capability through its area vice presidents to monitor chapter activities and provide assistance when needed.

  10. SERVES as a vehicle for the exchange of ideas among members about programs/actions of benefit to federal retirees/employees through its annual convention, the VANARFE VFC official email network, the VFC website,, and the "VFC Notes" (VFC newsletter).

Representing some 20,000 NARFE Members in Virginia

NARFE - Helping Protect Your Federal Benefits

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