top of page

NEWSLETTERS

Keep up with us...

Search

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Scott Robinson

During the week of May 5-11, 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.

Statistics lists 44,600 government jobs in Spokane and Spokane Valley in March 2024. People fulfilling these jobs make government work at all levels,

The U.S. Bureau of Labor

including city, county, state, and federal. I say “Job well done” to all public

servants and retirees.


The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) officially finalized a rule aimed at protecting career civil servants from the potential reemergence of the Schedule F policy, an initiative from the previous administration that sought to convert most federal employees to at-will workers. Published in the Federal Register on April 4, 2024, this regulation solidifies protections for 2.2 million federal employees, making it challenging for any future administration to reintroduce Schedule F-like policies (NARFE.org and OPM.gov).

As your Chapter President, I’m recruiting Leadership for Program and Membership. The Chapter recently voted to suspend Alzheimer’s and NARFE-PAC. If you are interested in any of these tasks, then please contact me. With no chairperson, a village is needed to complete these tasks.


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


ALZHEIMER’S (suspended Chairperson)

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) officially finalized a rule aimed at protecting career civil servants from the potential reemergence of the Schedule F policy, an initiative from the previous administration that sought to convert most federal employees to at-will workers. Published in the Federal Register on April 4, 2024, this regulation solidifies protections for 2.2 million federal employees, making it challenging for any future administration to reintroduce Schedule F-like policies (NARFE.org and OPM.gov).

As your Chapter President, I’m recruiting Leadership for Program and Membership. The Chapter recently voted to suspend Alzheimer’s and NARFE-PAC. If you are interested in any of these tasks, then please contact me. With no chairperson, a village is needed to complete these tasks.


PROGRAM (vacant Chairperson)

If you missed our recent meetings, then I encourage you to go to narfespokane.org to read about our past guest speakers. Our May speaker is Bob Bartlett, PHB. He will speak about York; he was with the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Spokane Chapter is recruiting a Program Chairperson. If you are interested in sharing your learned knowledge with the group, please contact any Officer or Director.

During the week of May 5-11, 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.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists 44,600 government jobs in Spokane and Spokane Valley in March 2024. People fulfilling these jobs make

government work at all levels, including city, county, state, and federal. I say “Job well done” to all public servants and retirees.


NARFE – PAC (Suspended Chairperson)

This ghost writer has always said, “The Congress giveth and Congress taketh.” Some in Congress are looking at reducing our earned pay and benefits during these uncertain times of reducing the federal government’s deficit spending. NARFE-PAC supports Fed-friendly lawmakers who understand that the government should keep the promises it made to public servants. You can contribute to NARFE-PAC by either using the contribution form in NARFE Magazine, page 11.


SERVICE & OUTREACH Kathy Brooks

We are looking for ways to reach active employees of the government agencies in our area. If you have ideas, please share them with us.


LEGISLATION Roger Bosky

There is some progress to report on the Government Pension Offset/Wind Fall Elimination Provision. (GPO/WEP)


The House Ways and Means Committee has held a hearing on this provision. Committee members appeared divided on the solutions to this inequity. Some members favored complete repeal while others thought that a better approach would be to reform the calculation.

The committee was moved by all the stories of how these provisions discriminated and adversely affected them.


An overriding concern was the cost of implementing GPO/WEP repeal. NARFE favors complete repeal but views any reform as progress.


The Republican Study Committee has put forward many provisions that would adversely affect the Civil Service and our earned benefits. Upon further study, it turns out that many of these provisions are the result of a Heritage Foundation Report entitled “Project 2025”. If you’re interested, take a look.


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!


WEBSITE Chris Smith

Please contact me at finesse.minds_0j@icloud.com if you find any errors or have any pictures or pertinent articles that may be of interest to members via

the website.


SUNSHINE Susan Harvey

Happy birthday and anniversary celebrations to all who celebrate in May!

Our Chapter has lost another member this year, Donald Downing passed recently.

Wanda Faulkner had shoulder surgery and is recovering on schedule. Bev Benka has recently had hip surgery and is recovering on schedule.

Scott Robinson is continuing the search for a several Committee positions. More hands make light of the job. Call him if you would like to volunteer.

REMINDER, spouses can be members on their own OR can take over the membership of a deceased member.If you become aware of good news, illnesses, surgeries, or a death of a member or family member, please contact me at 509-953-6828.


MAY CHAPTER MEETING MONDAY MAY 13, 2024 Lunch at 11:30 Meeting at 12:15

Darcy’s Restaurant 10502 E. Sprague Ave.

PRESENTER – BOB BARTLETT, PHD – York and Lewis and Clark Expedition


SPOKANE SERVICE CENTER

509-747-1589


DATE FOR YOUR CALENDAR

MAY CHAPTER MEETING MONDAY MAY 13, 2024 – 11:30 AM DARCY’S RESTAURANT10502 E SPRAGUESPOKANE VALLEY

The meeting will be available via ZOOM: The ZOOM information is:

Meeting ID: 846 9246 3195 Passcode: 137652+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)


MEMORANDUM FOR: WASHINGTON STATE FEDERATION (WSF) CHAPTER PRESIDENTS & MEMBERS

SUBJECT: Your Federation needs a New Secretary and Webmaster

Our current secretary and webmaster – Linda Wallers will be moving out of the state this summer and with this change in residence she will no longer be able to serve as our secretary and webmaster. She has done a fantastic job for us! She developed our original website, migrated our website to the new NARFE website platform, maintains our website, organizes, and maintains our records, sets up our zoom meetings, generates our meeting minutes and generally keeps us all on track. This is a huge loss for the WSF. But the WSF must go on and I am requesting your help to allow us to continue to operate. Please volunteer or help us identify another very capable individual to serve as our secretary and help us to continue to operate until the election in the late fall.

You should have seen our first election announcement in the NARFE magazine for our elections in late summer. Many of the current officers will be departing at that time and we need candidates for all positions. Please announce your willingness to serve by applying to this post or e-mailing me directly at wsf.cray.henry@gmail.com.

Thank you for everything you do to support our community.


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

2 views0 comments

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Scott Robinson

Your National Executive Board and NARFE headquarters staff invite you to FEDcon24, which is NARFE’s biennial training conference, August 18-20 in St. Louis, Missouri. You are entitled to early bird pricing if your mailed registration is postmarked by May 17. When you attend FEDCon24, you will help NARFE grow, maximize your benefits, activate your advocacy and, for mid- and late-career federal employees, unlock your career potential! FEDcon24 is also your chance to engage with your fellow feds. The effort to advance NARFE’s mission starts with you by registering today! (source narfe.org).


April 2024

APRIL CHAPTER MEETING MONDAY APR. 8, 2024 Lunch at 11:30 Meeting at 12:15 Darcy’s Restaurant10502 E. Sprague Ave.


PRESENTER – Jennifer Ballantyne – Elder Law Attorney

The Washington State Federation, along with the Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Alaska Federations, is working on the 2024 Region IX Training Conference to be held October 24-26 in Kennewick, WA. Watch for more information as planning continues. If you would like to see a topic covered during the training, then let either President Cray Henry or Conference Chair Mary Binder know to include it on the agenda. Mark your calendar!

(source www.narfe.org/wa).


As your President, I am recruiting Leadership for Alzheimer’s, Program, Membership, and NARFE-PAC committees for Spokane Chapter. If you are interested in any of these tasks, then please contact me. With no chairperson, a village is needed to complete these tasks.

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


ALZHEIMER’S (vacant Chairperson)

Lauran Neergaard of the Associated Press reported new research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, about tracking middle- aged and older adults for 20 years with regular brain scans, spinal taps, and other tests. Researchers found that people who eventually developed the mind-robbing disease had higher levels of an Alzheimer’s-linked protein in their spinal fluid 18 years prior to diagnosis, when compared to those who remained cognitively healthy. Then every few years afterward, the study detected another biomarker of brewing trouble.


Scientists do not know exactly how Alzheimer’s forms, but this study offers a timeline for how those abnormalities pile up. One early hallmark is that sticky protein called beta-amyloid which over time builds up into brain-clogging plaques. Amyloid alone is not enough to damage memory because plenty of healthy people’s brains harbor a lot of plaque. An abnormal tau protein that forms neuron-killing tangles is one of several co-conspirators. The study’s importance “cannot be overstated,” said Dr. Richard Mayeux, an Alzheimer’s specialist at Columbia University, who was not involved in the research. “Knowledge of the timing of these physiological events is critical” for testing new ways of treating and eventually even preventing Alzheimer’s, he wrote in an accompanying editorial. The findings have no practical implications yet (sources: alz.org, apnews.com).


You can contribute to NARFE-PAC by either using the contribution form in NARFE Magazine or sending a check, made out to NARFE-PAC, to NARFE, P.O. Box 4592, Spokane, WA 99220.

Spokane Chapter is recruiting an Alzheimer’s Chairperson. If you are interested in sharing your learned knowledge with the group, then please contact any Officer or Director. With no chairperson, a village is needed to share information with our group.


PROGRAM (vacant Chairperson)

If you missed our recent meetings, then I encourage you to go to www.narfespokane.org to read about our past guest speakers. In future months, we will learn about Elder Law, and William Clark’s servant York. Please join us at our next membership meeting at 11:30 at Darcy’s Restaurant in the Spokane Valley. I hope to see you there.

Spokane Chapter is recruiting a Program Chairperson. If you are interested in sharing your learned knowledge with the group, please contact any Officer or Director.


MEMBERSHIP

Current membership numbers are 229 Chapter members plus 217 National only members for a total of 446 members within the Spokane Chapter area.

The Chapter is looking for a Membership Chair. If you are interested, please contact any of the Officers or Directors. Come be a part of a great group of people fighting for your benefits.


NARFE – PAC (Vacant Chairperson)

For several years, this ghost writer has said, “the Congress giveth and the Congress taketh.” Over time, the Congress has given federal employees and annuitants employment benefits, such as health benefits, in exchange for lower wages of comparable jobs in the private sector. NARFE-PAC supports Fed-friendly legislators who understand that government should keep the promises made to its public servants. NARFE- PAC bolsters the profile of our top issues, educates lawmakers on issues that affect us most, and doing away with the Law - Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Pension Offset (GPO). You can help protect our earned benefits by contributing to NARFE-PAC (source narfe.org).

You can contribute to NARFE-PAC by either using the contribution form in NARFE Magazine or sending a check, made out to NARFE-PAC, to NARFE, P.O. Box 4592, Spokane, WA 99220.

Spokane Chapter is recruiting a NARFE-PAC Chairperson. If you are interested in advocating for our earned benefits, then please contact President Scott Robinson. With no chairperson, a village is needed to complete the task.


LEGISLATION Roger Bosky

All the bills, like the repeal of the Government Pensions Offset/WindfallElimination Provision, the equalization of COLA’s measure that is fair to the elderly,

are still withering on the Congressional vine.


Congress has proposed a new bill that favorably affects Social Security recipients (no bill number currently). The bill is called “The you earned it, you keep it”. Under the provisions there would be no Federal income taxes on Social Security benefits. To pay for the bill the wage base would increase to $250,000, and higher in later years. The extra plus in this is that the increased receipts would help fully fund the Social Security fund through 2054, instead of the current 2034.


The new Postal Service Health Benefits plan is starting to take shape in OPM. Retirees can enroll in Part B and likely part D from April 1st - through September 1st. Currently there are 32 different carrier options, and the plan is similar to the Federal Employees Health Benefit’s plan.

Open season for both plans will be November 11th through December 9th.


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!


WEBSITE Chris Smith

Please contact me at finesse.minds_0j@icloud.com if you have any pictures or pertinent articles that may be of interest to members via the website.


SUNSHINE Susan Harvey

WELCOME to the new member, Deborah Knaub! Happy birthday and anniversary celebrations to all who celebrate in March and April.Our Chapter has lost another member this year, Doryce Bond passed recently. She was a resident of Sublimity, Oregon.Scott Robinson is continuing the search for a Membership, Alzheimer’s, and Programs Chairs.Call him if you are interested. REMINDER, spouses can be members on their own OR can take over the membership of a deceased member. If you become aware of good news, illnesses, surgeries, or a death of a member or family member, please contact me at 509-953-6828. REMINDER, spouses can be members on their own OR can take over the membership of a deceased member.


SERVICE & OUTREACH Kathy Brooks

We are looking for ways to reach active employees of the government agencies in our area. If you have ideas, please share them with us. Spokane NARFE Chapter 32 is planning on holding a Seminar early in 2025.


SPOKANE SERVICE CENTER

509-747-1589


DATE FOR YOUR CALENDAR

MARCH CHAPTER MEETING MONDAY MAR 11, 2024 – 11:30 AM DARCY’S RESTAURANT10502 E SPRAGUE SPOKANE VALLEY


The meeting will be available via ZOOM: The ZOOM information is:

Meeting ID: 846 9246 3195 Passcode: 137652+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)


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

8 views0 comments

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Scott Robinson

Boy, oh-boy we’ll have 12 hours of daylight on March 19!

I remind you that March 14 is Pie Day (3.14). Enjoy your favorite.


The 2024 NARFE-FEEA Fund Scholarship Awards Program is nowaccepting applications. Recipients will receive a one-time award of $1,000 toput toward the 2024-25 school year. Applicants must be seniors in high school;children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren of NARFE members areeligible. The deadline to apply is 3 p.m. ET Thursday, 14 March 2024. Whileonly high school seniors are eligible for NARFE scholarships, students may beeligible to be considered for other non-NARFE scholarships. FEAA offers nearly 200 college scholarship opportunities, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 for tuition and fees at any accredited college or university. More information and the application can be found at www.feea.org/scholarships. Don't miss the March 14 deadline!


As your President, I’m recruiting Leadership for Alzheimer’s, Program, Membership, and NARFE-PAC committees for Spokane Chapter. If you are interested in any of these tasks, then please contact me. With no chairperson, a village is needed to complete these tasks.

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


ALZHEIMER’S (vacant Chairperson)

March is NARFE-PAC month, and NARFE needs your help to make it a success. NARFE dedicates the entire month of March to raising awareness of NARFE’s political action committee and the vital role it plays in defending and advancing the earned benefits of the federal community. From January through December 2023, 13,571 NARFE members contributed $759,282.91 to NARFE-PAC. Washington State Federation members contributed $16,446, and Spokane Chapter members contributed $1,034. During this same time, NARFE-PAC disbursed $503,000 for political purposes: $237,000 to candidates, $105,000 to noncandidate committees, and $161,000 to leadership PACs.  Six congressionals from Washington State received $14,000 (source narfe.org).


You can contribute to NARFE-PAC by either using the contribution form in NARFE Magazine or sending a check, made out to NARFE-PAC, to NARFE, P.O. Box 4592, Spokane, WA 99220.

Spokane Chapter is recruiting an Alzheimer’s Chairperson. If you are interested in sharing your learned knowledge with the group, then please contact any Officer or Director. With no chairperson, a village is needed to share information with our group.


PROGRAM (vacant Chairperson)

If you missed our recent meetings, then I encourage you to go to narfespokane.org to read about our past guest speakers. In future months, we hope to learn about DAV benefits, legal trusts, and William Clark’s servant York. Please join us at our next membership meeting at 11:30 at Darcy’s Restaurant in the Spokane Valley. I hope to see you there.

Spokane Chapter is recruiting a Program Chairperson. If you are interested in sharing your learned knowledge with the group, please contact any Officer or Director.


MEMBERSHIP

Current membership numbers are 231 Chapter members plus 219 National only members for a total of 450 members within the Spokane Chapter area.

The Chapter is looking for a Membership Chair. If you are interested, please contact any of the Officers or Directors. Come be a part of a great group of people fighting for your benefits.


March 2024

MARCH CHAPTER MEETING MONDAY MAR. 11, 2024 Lunch at 11:30 Meeting at 12:15 Darcy’s Restaurant10502 E. Sprague Ave.

PRESENTER – Ester Westlake – DAV Assistance and Benefits


NARFE – PAC (Vacant Chairperson)

March is NARFE-PAC month, and NARFE needs your help to make it a success. NARFE dedicates the entire month of March to raising awareness of NARFE’s political action committee and the vital role it plays in defending and advancing the earned benefits of the federal community. From January through December 2023, 13,571 NARFE members contributed $759,282.91 to NARFE-PAC. Washington State Federation members contributed $16,446, and Spokane Chapter members contributed $1,034. During this same time, NARFE-PAC disbursed $503,000 for political purposes: $237,000 to candidates, $105,000 to noncandidate committees, and $161,000 to leadership PACs.  Six representatives from Washington State received a total of $14,000 (source narfe.org).


You can contribute to NARFE-PAC by either using the contribution form in NARFE Magazine or sending a check, made out to NARFE-PAC, to NARFE, P.O. Box 4592, Spokane, WA 99220.

Spokane Chapter is recruiting a NARFE-PAC Chairperson. If you are interested in advocating for our earned benefits, then please contact President Scott Robinson. With no chairperson, a village is needed to complete the task.


LEGISLATION Roger Bosky

Congress has passed another continuing resolution. Our hope is that in between making these resolutions, Congress can work on legislation affecting our earned benefits – like repealing the GPO/WEP provisions.


NARFE has made it easier to contact Congress to express our needs. After logging in, go to the Advocacy site and select the issue you would like to write about. The site presents a form in which you put in identifying information and any personal concerns you may have about the issue. Off it goes to the Representative selected.


It has come to our attention that the Blue Cross Blue Shield notice about selecting the regular prescription coverage or its “enhanced coverage” is confusing. The enhanced coverage is automatic, and you were required to opt out. We have heard of cases where the “enhanced” coverage causes a reduction in prescription benefits. It may be possible to opt out. Look carefully at your coverage under both programs.

It is worth noting that our Representative voted in favor of the continuing resolution.


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!


WEBSITE Chris Smith

Please contact me at finesse.minds_0j@icloud.com if you find any errors or have any pictures or pertinent articles that may be of interest to members via the website.


SUNSHINE Susan Harvey

HAPPY St Patrick’s Day to All the Chapter Members!!!

We are aware some of you are celebrating birthdays and anniversaries. Best wishes to all who celebrate. Our Chapter has not suffered any additional losses to the membership.

Scott Robinson is continuing the search for a Membership, Alzheimer’s, and Programs Chairs. Call him if you are interested. REMINDER, spouses can be members on their own OR can take over the membership of a deceased member.If you become aware of good news, illnesses, surgeries, or a death of a member or family member, please contact me at 509-953-6828.


SERVICE & OUTREACH Kathy Brooks

We are looking for ways to reach active employees of the government agencies in our area. If you have ideas, please share them with us. Spokane NARFE Chapter 32 is planning on having a Seminar early in 2025.


SPOKANE SERVICE CENTER

509-747-1589


DATE FOR YOUR CALENDAR

MARCH CHAPTER MEETING MONDAY MAR 11, 2024 – 11:30 AM DARCY’S RESTAURANT10502 E SPRAGUE SPOKANE VALLEY


The meeting will be available via ZOOM: The ZOOM information is:

Meeting ID: 846 9246 3195 Passcode: 137652+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)


SPOKANE SERVICE CENTER

509-747-1589

Spokane Washington Chapter 32PO Box 4592Spokane, WA 99220National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association 32


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

5 views0 comments
bottom of page