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SPOKANE CHAPTER 32 NEWSLETTER

Published Monthly except July and August

www.narfespokane.org

21 – 06 Advocates for Current and Former Federal Employees June 2021

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Scott Robinson

NARFE was founded in February 1921 to unify federal retirees and influence legislators to secure our annuities. NARFE will celebrate a century of public service during its virtual Centennial Gala on June 21. Speakers from the current administration, Congress, and other government groups will help honor NARFE’s many achievements. Every gala attendee will receive a commemorative coin marking this once-in-a-lifetime occasion. Everyone is additionally invited to participate in the virtual LEGcon21 during June 21-23. Attendees will enhance their advocacy knowledge of communicating with our legislators.


On May 3, Spokane City Council President Breenan Beggs presented me with a City Proclamation to honor all public servants for their continued service in the City of Spokane. This proclamation plus a similar one signed by Governor Jay Inslee has been posted on NARFE’s National, Washington State Federation, and Spokane Chapter webpages.


Spokane Chapter 32 has two fund-raising events per year. One is the I-90 Sprague Lake Rest Stop where we provide coffee and cookies for donations. Sadly, we will not do it for a second consecutive year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The second event is our annual garage sale, which we plan to do this year. Please read elsewhere in this newsletter for where and when you can donate your unused items and when to volunteer to help sell these same unused items.


During the next Board Meeting in August, we will decide about returning in-person for our monthly members meetings at Darcy’s Restaurant. You will want to read all about it in our September newsletter. Enjoy the summer as we take a respite during July and August. I look forward to seeing you at our next monthly members meeting in September.


Please call me at 208-661-7695 or email me at scottsoriole@q.com if you have any questions regarding Spokane Chapter 32.

DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

Due to the present health situation all Meetings are virtual until further notice:

ZOOM:

To Join the Zoom Meeting, you can either call:

1 – 253 – 215 - 8782

Meeting ID: 869 6851 3284, Passcode: 142288

Or you can go to THIS LINK.

WA STATE FEDERATION PRESIDENT Steve Roy

Join NARFE in celebrating a century of public service at our Centennial Gala. This two-hour virtual event to be held Monday, June 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. ET, will honor NARFE's 100 years of advocacy for federal retirees and employees. Speakers from the administration and Congress and other good government groups will help NARFE honor our association's many achievements.

The event will feature entertainment, plus presentations and speeches from:


NARFE National President – Ken Thomas

Senator Ben Cardin – D, MD

Representative Gerry Connolly – D, VA

Representative Brian Fitzpatrick – R, PA

and more honored guests.

Every gala attendee will receive a commemorative coin marking this once-in-a-lifetime occasion. Tickets are $50 each. RSVP today! In addition to the Centennial Gala, we would also like to invite everyone to participate in LEGcon21, our virtual legislative training conference, this June 21-23. NARFE was founded in February of 1921 to unify federal retiree voices and influence legislators with the hope of securing meaningful annuities; 100 years later, we still advocate fiercely for the entire federal community.


At LEGcon21, hundreds of NARFE advocates from across the nation will enhance their advocacy knowledge and take NARFE's message straight to legislators via our virtual platform. Register for LEGcon21 at the member rate of $150 here. Also, the Washington State Federation will pay for your entire registration fees for both the LEGcon21 and Gala Celebration, $200.00. Please contact Steve Roy to get pre-approval by sending him an email at stevenroy1@comcast.net.

NARFE-PAC MaryAnn Bosky

You can contribute to NARFE-PAC contribution form in the NARFE magazine or by sending a check, made out to NARFE-PAC to our post office box. The address is: NARFE, PO Box 4592, Spokane, WA 99220.


The more members we have the more power to protect our benefits/retirement. We are speaking to all members not just those retired.

LEGISLATION Roger Bosky

Twenty (20) bipartisan Senators have introduced a bill to address USPS concerns. The bill (S1720) eliminates the prefunding of health care costs, but would also require retirees age 65 and over to obtain Medicare Parts A and B. The bill would not apply to current retirees, and a separate health care package would be developed for USPS retirees to augment Medicare. USPS would maintain six days-a-week service, and be required to publish weekly service data.


The House has a similar bill (HR3076). NARFE has taken a position on the bills noting that creating a separate plan for postal retirees could adversely affect the Federal health benefit plans by not including retirees without Medicare within the scope of the bill.


As the economy picks up steam from the more relaxed pandemic restrictions, inflation has started to creep up. With the higher prices, some sources have predicted a 3.1% COLA increase come October. This would be the largest increase in many years.

PROGRAM Chris Smith and Joanne Welch

Gordon Williams, Postmaster and President of the WA Chapter of United Postmasters & Managers of America, joined us in May for a discussion of postal reform. There is presently a 10-year plan to become more effective and efficient, invest in infrastructure, and replace 30-year-old vehicles. The Post Office is unique in its mission to provide universal service throughout the U.S. Thanks, Louise Soles for arranging for Gordon to join us!


Our June 14th will be Barb Sido, Executive Director of NARFE in Alexandria, VA. She is responsible for all strategic and operational activities of NARFE, which represents 5 million current and former federal government employees worldwide. Barb will be talking about NARFE’s Centennial, 100 years of supporting and advocating for federal employees! NARFE will be celebrating the occasion virtually on June 21 from 7-9:00pm EST in conjunction with LEGcon21. Members must register to attend.


We are already working on speakers for October onward, after our July/August summer break. If you have a suggestion, please let us know. It is never too early to enlist a good speaker on a topic of interest to our members. Hope last year’s line-up met your expectations for advancing NARFE’s mission of education and advocacy!

VICE PRESIDENT Arlene Patton

As of May 24th, membership is as follows:


WS Federation 2,387 Chapter members + 2,220 National Only = 4,607

Chapter 32 277 Chapter members + 207 National only = 484 total membership


Of Chapter 32 members, 70 members have elected for dues withholding. I would encourage all members to consider this method of payment. The form to sign up for dues withholding can be found in the NARFE magazine or by calling me.

MEMBERSHIP

We are looking for an energetic member willing to become the Membership Chairperson. Contact Scott Robinson if you are interested.


NARFE is more than just a great magazine. Let them know!


Promote NARFE anytime you can. The more members we have the more power to protect our benefits and retirement!

NARFE = YOUR BEST BET FOR THE FUTURE!

SUNSHINE Susan Harvey

We received some good news on Ken Kaul. We were originally told he had pancreatic cancer; he, in fact, has prostate cancer. No less serious, however, much more treatable. He is suffering from the chemotherapy and has some very tough days after treatment.


We did receive word that Alice Floyd had passed. Condolences have been sent to her family.


Chapter 32 sends birthday and anniversary wishes to all who celebrate in June. Stay safe, wear sunscreen, enjoy warm weather, and take time to sniff the flowers. Happy Summer, Everyone!

REMINDER, spouses can be members OR can take over the membership of a deceased member. If you are interested in continuing this unbelievably valuable membership, please contact Scott Robinson. He is currently recruiting for a Membership Chair. If you are interested, please contact him.


If you become aware of good news, illnesses, surgeries, or a death of a member or family member, please contact me.

ALZHEIMER’S Pat Hegerberg

In a recent paper published in The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, the authors highlighted research on how the virus may be directly invading the brain, resulting in chronic consequences that can be detrimental to people’s quality of life. The virus and abnormal brain imaging have been found in postmortem brain tissue samples from people in all parts of the world who had coronavirus.


Further research (funded by the Alzheimer Association) will look at how Covid-19 may increase the risk, severity and progression of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s as well as examine the long-term effects that that coronavirus can have on the brain. Initial results are expected in 2022.


During this Stay-at-Home time, checks may be mailed directly to the WSF Alzheimer’s Chair:


NARFE Alzheimer’s Research:

Lorie Bennett

4310 S Kingwood Street

Kennewick, WA.99337-5706

>>> Include Chapter 32 on your check.


Save the Date! October 2nd is Spokane’s annual “Walk to End Alzheimers.” Let us aim to have a NARFE team out for this annual event.

SERVICE & OUTREACH Kathy Brooks

We will be attempting to hold a Garage Sale in August. The dates will be August 27th and 28th (Friday and Saturday) from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Set-up will be on Thursday the 26th at 9:30 to 11:30 AM.


Please call prior to dropping any donations off, to arrange a time. Donations will be accepted the week of August 16th through August 26th. PLEASE ensure items are clean, in working order, and boxed. We have a hard time arranging to dispose of items not sold, and/or unsaleable. We appreciate your support.

Contact Kathy Brooks at 509-624-9465, for time and location for donation drop off.


Spokane Washington Chapter 32

PO Box 4592

Spokane, WA 99220

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association 32

NARFE on the Web: National: www.narfe.org WSF: www.narfewa.org Spokane: www.narfespokane.org

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SPOKANE CHAPTER 32 NEWSLETTER

Published Monthly except July and August

www.narfespokane.org

21 – 05 Advocates for Current and Former Federal Employees May 2021

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Scott Robinson

NARFE's virtual legislative training conference (aka LEGcon21) will be held June 21-23. It will offer critical advocacy training, insight from NARFE experts and lawmakers about the status of our legislative priorities, and an opportunity for you to use new skills in virtual meetings with our elected representatives. Additionally, the Centennial Gala will be the evening of June 21, and will celebrate NARFE's century of service to the federal community.


During the week of May 2-8, public servants across the country will be recognized for their commitment to ensure our government fulfills the needs of all Americans and keeps the country moving forward in these unprecedented times. During Public Service Recognition Week, NARFE proudly joins other government organizations, Congress, and the White House to express gratitude for our valuable contributions. This year, PSRW takes on additional meaning because many civil servants have served our country while risking their own health amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. On May 3, Spokane City Council President Breenan Beggs will present to me a City Proclamation to honor all public servants for their continued service in the City of Spokane.

On April 22, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a hearing for Kiran Ahuja, who is President Biden's nominee for director of the Office of Personnel Management.

Please call me at 208-661-7695 or email me at scottsoriole@q.com if you have any questions regarding Spokane Chapter 32.

Not President's Corner, but my response to Council President Breenan Beggs: Thank you, Council President Beggs, for recognizing the public servants who live and work within Spokane. Our local chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees has about 500 members. Many of our members have continued to share their time and talents within our community. Although we represent the Federal workforce, many other public servants work within State, County, and City organizations. They share our passion for public service. Thank you, again, for this recognition.

DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

Due to the present health situation all Meetings are virtual until further notice.

ZOOM:


To Join the Zoom Meeting, you can either:

Call: 1 – 253 – 215 - 8782

Meeting ID: 869 6851 3284, Passcode: 142288

Or you CLICK ON THIS LINK.

WA STATE FEDERATION PRESIDENT Steve Roy

Working with Region IX VP Linda Silverio, I drafted a proclamation for Gov. Jay Inslee recognizing NARFE’s Centennial milestone. I am pleased to report it will be dated for Public Service Recognition Week, May 2 – 8.

As I previously reported, I established the WSF Reinvention Committee earlier this year to investigate our federation’s future. The committee has met virtually several times. To better understand the needs and wants of our federation leaders and members, the committee has been developing surveys. Recently, chapter leaders electronically received their survey. It is due by mid-May. Other surveys will follow to those chapter and national only members for whom we have email addresses.

Several congressional representatives are now cosponsoring the legislation to repeal GPO and WEP, one of NARFE’s legislative “campaigns.” So, contacting legislators is helping! Another good source for tracking legislation, is www.congress.gov.

NARFE-PAC MaryAnn Bosky

You can contribute to NARFE-PAC contribution form in the NARFE magazine or by sending a check, made out to NARFE-PAC to our post office box. The address is: NARFE, PO Box 4592, Spokane, WA 99220.


The more members we have the more power to protect our benefits/retirement. We are speaking to all members not just those retired.

LEGISLATION Roger Bosky

For those of you about to retire, there is an alarming figure out there. Making the decision to retire can be tough. The planning can also be difficult. NARFE can help with those things, but what NARFE cannot help with is the 6 - 12 months that it may take to get your first check or payment. You heard right! Because of backlogs at agencies and OPM, it may take up to 12 months to get even interim payments. Our advice - be prepared. NARFE will also be lobbying for faster payments.


The U.S. Postal Service is an essential pillar of American life. During the past few years, it has come under attack. However, President Biden’s nomination of three new persons to the postal governing board signals a renewed commitment to rejuvenate the postal service. All three nominees are familiar with USPS operations and want to improve services and turn around finances. It appears likely that they will be confirmed. Postmaster DeJoy is likely to continue in his position, and the nominees stated that they liked some aspects of DeJoy’s 10-year plan.


May 2 - 8 is Public Service recognition week. NARFE chapter 32 expresses it thanks to all public service employees and retirees for their contributions and dedication.

PROGRAM Chris Smith and Joanne Welch

April’s membership meeting brought Joel Loiacono, Regional Director of Eastern WA and Northern Idaho Alzheimer’s Association. Joel presented the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s, distinguishing the symptoms from more normal changes that come with aging. Some of the symptoms mentioned can be caused by other conditions including thyroid problems, diabetes, depression, Parkinson’s, and even Vitamin B12 deficiencies, so it is essential to visit a doctor for a diagnosis. The Alzheimer’s Association offers a wide scope of support for patients and families alike. The Walk for Alzheimer’s will be October 2 this year. Stay tuned for more information as the date approaches.

Gordon Williams, Postmaster and President of the WA Chapter of United Postmasters and Managers of America, will be presenting at our May 12 meeting. He will be discussing recent problems confronting the Postal Service and the future of postal reform. Louise Soles helped contact Gordon and will introduce him at our meeting. Threats to service and inequities for postal employees have been long term concerns, so we are hoping there will be some solutions soon.


In June, we will welcome Barb Sido, Executive Director of NARFE (on the national level), who will help us celebrate the Centennial of the organization.

VICE PRESIDENT Arlene Patton

LEGcon21 and Centennial Gala Registration: As a reminder, the dates for these events are June 21-23 with the gala being held the night of the 21st. Note: All times are shown as Eastern Time. Registration is now open. The Early Bird rate for LEGcon 21 is $135.00, increasing to $150.00 after May 7th. The fee for the gala is $50.00. Go to https://s7.goeshow.com/narfe/legcon/2021/index.cfm, to register.


The Washington State Federation (WSF) is reimbursing members in good standing up to $250.00 for attending these events. However, you need to contact WSF President Steve Roy at stevenroy@comcast.net or 425-344-3926 to obtain approval prior to registering! Failure to get advanced approval will result in the federation not reimbursing you. Once you receive approval, you may process your reimbursement request, using the F-1 form available on the WSF website.

MEMBERSHIP

We are looking for an energetic member willing to become the Membership Chairperson. Contact Scott Robinson if you are interested.

NARFE is more than just a great magazine. Let them know!


Promote NARFE anytime you can. The more members we have the more power to protect our benefits and retirement!


NARFE = YOUR BEST BET FOR THE FUTURE!

SUNSHINE Susan Harvey

We are all still suffering from the evil we cannot see. Many blessings to all who have been enduring these losses and the uncertainty of COVID changes. Ann Calabro, our Chapter member and widow of Larry Calabro, recently passed away. Condolences have been sent to her family.


Chapter 32 sends birthday and anniversary wishes to all who celebrate in May.


REMINDER, spouses can be members OR can take over the membership of a deceased member. If you are interested in continuing this unbelievably valuable membership, please contact Scott Robinson. He is currently recruiting for a Membership Chair. If you are interested, please contact him.


If you become aware of good news, illnesses, surgeries, or a death of a member or family member, please contact me.


ALZHEIMER’S Pat Hegerberg

Now, new research shows drinking about three cups of coffee each day might stave off Alzheimer's for older adults experiencing memory declines.


The study of 124 older adults with mild cognitive impairment ages 65 to 88 found that caffeine and coffee intake was associated with a reduced risk of developing dementia or a delayed onset of the disease.


Over a two-to-four-year follow-up in the study in which researchers examined blood caffeine levels among participants, they found that participants with MCI who progressed to dementia had 51 percent lower caffeine levels compared with those with MCI who remained stable. Their findings are published in the June 5, 2012 issue of Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.


During this Stay-at-Home time, checks may be mailed directly to the WSF Alzheimer’s Chair:


NARFE Alzheimer’s Research:

Lorie Bennett

4310 S Kingwood Street

Kennewick, WA.99337-5706

Include Chapter 32 on your check.

Spokane Washington Chapter 32

PO Box 4592

Spokane, WA 99220

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association 32

NARFE on the Web: National: www.narfe.org WSF: www.narfewa.org Spokane: www.narfespokane.org

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