Richard (Dick) Giangerelli

VFC President

 

Luther Santiful

Immediate VFC Past President

WELCOME TO VIRGINIA

Welcome to the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Virginia Federation of Chapters (VFC) website, www.vanarfe.org. I hope that that this website provides the information that you were looking for or helps you better formulate your questions about what is available to you from NARFE and the VFC.

In recent years, many changes have been made under the heading of economics that have adversely affected the earned rights and benefits of current and retired federal employees. However, NARFE, since its founding in 1921, has been very successful in ensuring that these adverse affects have been limited. But, the current period is especially scary for current and retired federal employees. And the efforts of NARFE can only succeed if all current and retired federal employees work together. If you are not a current NARFE member, you need to seriously consider becoming one! If you are a NARFE member, you need to actively participate in and support NARFE activities and initiatives!

The VFC has a long history of advising and assisting federal employees and retirees. It was founded April 9, 1955, by NARFE members residing in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Currently, there are more than 14,000 NARFE members within the 57 Chapters which form the VFC. In addition, there are approximately 2,500 members of the National E-NARFE Chapter residing in Virginia. These members include current and retired federal employees, spouses, and survivor annuitants.

The VFC is a 501.C.5 non-profit organization managed by a Board of Directors of elected and appointed members. All of the positions on the Board of Directors are non-pay positions. The organization, functions, and responsibilities of the Board of Directors are defined in the VFC Constitution, Bylaws, and Organizational Handbook which are posted on the VFC website.

The VFC is organized by geographic area. There are currently ten VFC Areas and each Chapter is assigned to a particular VFC Area. The area of each VFC Chapter is defined by the postal zip codes. To find the nearest Chapter, go to the NARFE website, at www.narfe.org, and enter the five digit postal zip code for your location.

The VFC is managed by a Board of Directors consisting of elected and appointed members. A complete directory of the members of the Board of Directors is available on the VFC website. The elected positions on the VFC Board include the Executive Committee (i.e., President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer) and the ten VFC Area Vice Presidents. The appointed positions include the Chairs of the Standing Committees (i.e., National Legislation, State Legislation, Membership, Service, Public Relations, and Alzheimer's) and other appointed positions (e.g., Chaplain, Congressional District Liaisons, Constitution and Bylaws Committee, Parliamentarian, E-NARFE Coordinator, Membership Retention Coordinator, Newsletter Editor, Senatorial Legislative Liaisons, Sergeant-at-Arms, State Legislative Representatives, and Webmaster). Also, the VFC Immediate Past President and the NARFE Region X Vice President sit as advisors on the VFC Board.

The VFC Board operates on a fiscal year basis, from July 1st to June 30th of the following year. However, since elections occur at the VFC Convention in April, the one-year terms for elected and appointed positions begin at the close of the VFC Convention and end at the end of the next VFC Convention.

The VFC Conventions are held annually in the April timeframe at various locations in Virginia. A theme is selected for each VFC Convention; and this theme is typically used by the VFC for the following 12 months. The current theme is "NARFE Embracing Change." Though this may seem like a strange theme, it does reflect the changing organization of NARFE and NARFE's needs to consider and embrace new and different operating procedures. However, the main purpose of NARFE remains the protection of the earned rights and benefits of current and retired federal employees!

I ask for your assistance in helping the VFC and NARFE chart a reasonable course in these daunting times. We need to maintain a reasonable and strong NARFE, both now and in the future. To do otherwise is to accept defeat!

We are all in this together! Now is not the time to step back and assume that someone else will carry the load!

Richard Giangerelli

VFC President 2014 - 2016

Virginia Federation of Chapters Officers


President
Richard Giangerelli
Herndon
1st Vice-President
Kathy Arpa
Vienna
2nd Vice President
Leslie Ravenell
Colonial Beach
Secretary
Dianna Shepard
Springfield
Treasurer
Raphael Wong
Potomac Falls
Past President
Luther Santiful
Edinburg
 
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See our Spring 2015 Virginia Federation Notes


Check out the
Virginia's Resource for Health & Aging
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TEN THINGS THE VIRGINIA FEDERATION OF CHAPTERS (VFC) DOES FOR YOU

  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 VFCs 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, www.vanarfe.org, and the "VFC Notes" (VFC newsletter).

VFC SERVES 57 LOCAL CHAPTERS
Representing some 16,000 NARFE Members in Virginia


NARFE - Embracing Change


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