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SPOKANE CHAPTER 32 NEWSLETTER

Published Monthly except July and August

www.narfespokane.org



21 - 01 Advocates for Current and Former Federal Employees January 2021



JANUARY CHAPTER MEETING MONDAY Jan. 11, 2021 - 11:30AM ZOOM MEETING: To Join the Zoom Meeting, you can:

CALL: 1.253.215.8782 Meeting ID: 869 6851 3284 Passcode: 142288 Or you can CLICK ON THIS LINK. PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Scott Robinson

2020 is finally over, and 2021 lies ahead. Four toxic years are behind us; four healing years are ahead of us. Hope of a vaccine is behind; a shot in the arm is in front. Zoom meetings will hopefully become a thing of the past; in-person meetings at Darcy’s will hopefully return. Many of you can offer your own variants to this theme. I encourage our members to remain optimistic about the future of our organization during the New Year.

NARFE will mark its centennial anniversary in 2021. NARFE will celebrate its progress in becoming a modern, effective, well-governed association that provides valuable benefits and resources to its members. In conjunction with this celebration, NARFE will host LEGCON 2021, which is a legislative training conference and an opportunity to meet our legislators. NARFE remains well-positioned for success in 2021 by following its vision, advocacy strategy, and service to members.

Capture the image that conveys your interpretation of the phrase "Greetings From the USA" and submit it to the 2021 NARFE Photo Contest. Winning photos will be featured in the 2022 NARFE Calendar. Submissions will be accepted from now through 2 April 2021. All NARFE members in good standing, except for professional photographers, are eligible to enter.

I am continuing to recruit the Membership Chairperson, who could be you. Please call me at 208-661-7695 or email me at scottsoriole@q.com if you are interested in becoming a more active member


DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

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


ZOOM MEETING: To Join the Zoom Meeting, you can:

CALL: 1.253.215.8782 Meeting ID: 869 6851 3284 Passcode: 142288 Or you can CLICK ON THIS LINK.

LEGISLATION Roger Bosky

Time to throw out the old and bring in the new. We have a New Year and a new Congress. This means that all the old legislation before the Congress is out, and new bills must be brought before them.


Several pieces of legislation that favored employees and retirees should be brought back We need new legislation for such issues as the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) a revised CPI for COLAS and pay raise for Federal employees.


The WEP affects almost 2 million beneficiaries and lowers their Social Security benefits because they have worked for less than 30 years under Social Security. The CPI affects all Social Security and Federal retirees. The government uses the CPI-W to measure any increases. This measure does not include health care costs, which have gone up dramatically. There is another measure, the CPI-E which includes changes in health care costs. This would be a fairer measure for us.


We need to contact our representatives to make sure that these issues are on the Congressional table.


Agencies have until January 19th to identify all employees involved in “policy” positions. These employees would be identified as “Schedule F”. They would then lose their civil service protections and become “at will” political appointees. This effort to politicize the civil service could affect thousands of employees. Estimates mention 20% of the workforce. NARFE has come out strongly against this Presidential proposal.


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.

PROGRAM Chris Smith and Joanne Welch

Our speaker for December was Steven Roy, new President of the NARFE Washington State Federation. Steve had a long and varied federal career including being a forest technician, and working with the EPA, BIA, and the Soil Conservation Service. He talked about the fact that five NARFE chapters in Washington had closed due to lack of leadership and reduced membership. Washington State has 4800 NARFE members (Spokane chapter has 516). He mentioned NARFE was celebrating its Centennial this coming June 21. All legislative bills will be sunsetting on 12/31. If you have personal stories about any issues of concern for NARFE members, please contact him. As an officer in the Federation, Steve periodically meets with the state’s elected officials about NARFE interests and programs. He suggested that local chapters and individuals do the same.


John Guilbeault, Cascadia CFC Outreach Coordinator, reminded folks that they can contribute to CFC as retirees, too. Visit cascadiacfc.org for more information. You have until January 15, 2021 to write a check or make a pledge.


In January, we will be welcoming Deanne Wilfong of Smooth Transitions of the Inland Northwest LLC. Deanne periodically presents courses for Community Colleges of Spokane. She will be sharing some tips and tricks on downsizing or rightsizing, especially dealing with the hurdles of dealing with the lifetime accumulations. Her full-length course is How to Get Motivated to Declutter and Organize Your Stuff. I attended her course last year on Antiques and Collectibles and found it fascinating. January is a great time to lighten your load, so be sure to join us on Zoom on January 11.


VICE PRESIDENT Arlene Patton

2021 NARFE Scholarship open for applications. The deadline to apply is March 25, 2021. Eligible applicants are high school seniors only. Applicants must be children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren of NARFE members. To apply, visit www.feea.org/our.programs/scholarships/.

MEMBERSHIP

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


NARFE is really 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!


SPOKANE SERVICE CENTER Narfe0032@gmail.com 509-624-9465


SUNSHINE Susan Harvey

Winter is here. Cold, snow, ice, and, of course, COVID is in the mix. Please be extra careful walking, stay home of avoid that nasty, nasty bug. Do your absolute best to avoid illness or injury!


Our Chapter recently lost another long-time member, Milton P. Storm.


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


REMINDER, spouses can be members OR can take over the membership of a deceased member. If you are interested in continuing this 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


“Women’s Superior Verbal Memory Skills May Mask Alzheimer’s”.


When it comes to verbal memory skills women have the edge over men, yet in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) this "cognitive reserve" may not confer an advantage but rather mask early signs of the disease, new research shows.


"Right now, memory tests use norms or cutoff points that are used to determine whether someone is impaired, regardless of sex," says Dr. Erin Sundermann. "Our results suggest that you should have two different cutoff points in standardized tests for men and women.”


Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) Published 10-05-2016 in Neurology


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


ELECTED OFFICIALS President Donald Trump 202-456-1414 www.whitehouse.gov Senator Patty Murray 10 N. Post, Suite 600 Spokane, WA 99201 509-624-9515 www.murray.senate.gov Senator Maria Cantwell 920 W. Riverside Ave., Suite 697 Spokane, WA 99201 509-353-2507 www.cantwell.senate.gov Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers 10 N. Post, 6th Floor Spokane, WA 99201 509-353-2374 www.mcmorris.house.gov

Officers and Directors:

President Scott Robinson 208-661-7695

Vice President Arlene Patton 747-1589

Secretary

Treasurer Keith Townsend 990-5224

Directors

* (2021) Roger Bosky 443-0686

* (2021) Pat Hegerberg 448-5343

* (2022) Frances Baker 638-6561

* (2022) Susan Harvey 534-6165

* (2022) Sandy Cook 294-3296

* (2023) Margie Dennis 994-7004

* (2023) Wanda Faulkner 329-0215



Committees:

Alzheimer’s Pat Hegerberg 448-5343

Legislation Roger Bosky 443-0686

Membership Sandy Cook 294-3296

NARFE-PAC MaryAnn Bosky 443-0686

Public Relations Kathy Brooks 624-9465

& Newsletter Harry Lippincott 443-0570

Nominating Ken Kaul 448-3542

Wanda Faulkner 329-0215

Kathy Brooks 624-9465

Program Chris Smith 907-350-9866

Joanne Welch 907-350-9866

Raffle & Greeter Gisela Moyle 467-3477

Service & Outreach Kathy Brooks 624-9465

Sunshine Susan Harvey 534-6165





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SPOKANE CHAPTER 32 NEWSLETTER

Published Monthly except July and August

www.narfespokane.org


20 - 10 Advocates for Current and Former Federal Employees December 2020


DECEMBER CHAPTER MEETING MONDAY Dec. 14, 2020 - 11:30AM ZOOM MEETING: To Join the Zoom Meeting: Call 253-215-8782 Enter Meeting ID: 847 6320 6413 Passcode: 044180 Or you can CLICK on THIS LINK. PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Scott Robinson

The year 2020 is finally coming to an end. The coronavirus was certainly one of those “once-in-a lifetime events” for our members. Our Chapter held three monthly meetings at Darcy’s before we went into shutdown mode. We consequently missed our Garage Sale and Sprague Rest Stop fundraisers, but revived monthly meetings on Zoom in September, October, and November. Fourteen people joined us in October and 21 participated in November. The Chapter elected one Director for a one-year vacancy and three Directors for the next three years. Roger Bosky, Bill Beatty, Margie Dennis, and Wanda Faulkner will be sworn in during our December meeting. Thank you four for helping to lead NARFE Chapter 32 – Spokane. Please mark your calendars and join us on December 14th. You still can listen to our conversation even if you do not have a web camera.


The federal government's annual Open Season continues through December 14, 2020. This is the only period when federal employees and retirees can make changes to their health, dental, vision, and flexible spending account benefits without a qualifying life event. NARFE’s webpage has collected the information and resources you need to make informed decisions about your federal health, dental, vision, and flexible spending account benefits. I encourage you to do your homework before you make decisions.

I’m continuing to recruit the Membership Chairperson, who could be you. Please call me at 208-661-7695 or email me at scottsoriole@q.com if you are interested in becoming a more active member. Safely enjoy your Christmas holiday.



DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

December 14, 2020 11:30 AM Due to the present health situation all Meetings are virtual until further notice.


To Join the Zoom Meeting, you can either:

Call 253-215-8782 and enter the Meeting ID 847 6320 641 Passcode: 044180

Or you can CLICK on THIS LINK.



LEGISLATION Roger Bosky

This is a time, for us to be thankful for our blessings. Maybe, the COLA and pay increases were not as big as we wished, but we did get them.


Congress is now in recess. When it comes back, it must deal with spending limits. Congress can’t agree on regular budgets, so on December 11th the funds run out, and hopefully we get a continuing resolution. There is much confusion about what kind of pay raise to give Federal employees. The President thought 1% would be enough; the Senate said 0%; and the House would offer 3.5%. Who knows?


Last month, we discussed the administration’s attempt to further politicize agencies by creating a “schedule F” to identify employees who are involved in “policy”. This directive would dramatically increase the number of political appointees. The Senate, unions and others have proposed legislation to rescind this directive.


As more and more workers are moving away from remote teleworking, the effects of virus contagion have spread. There are now some 3500 workers receiving benefits for contracting the virus at work. Injury compensation and death benefits are being made under the Federal Employees Compensation Act. Federal workers are having to take these risks with little or no centralized Federal leadership.


Congress returned on November 30, and there are a whole host of bills, like compensation, pay, and the Windfall Elimination Provision, that must be dealt with or not. We hope that the Federal community prospers better under a new administration.



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.



PROGRAM Chris Smith and Joanne Welch

Ann Ozuna, known as the Retirement Lady and an expert on federal health benefits, joined us in November. She is a wealth of information about changes and new offerings for Open Season (November 9 to December 14). While only about 5-6% of employees and retirees change their plan each year, a review can result in significant savings. Check for changes in drug coverage, especially high-cost ones, procedure cost, and whether your doctors are still contracted with your plan. There is a plan comparison on www.opm.gov and also at the NARFE website, a tool called Checkbook (for a cost of $11.95). Be sure to make any changes early as the websites become inundated closer to the deadline.

In December we will welcome Steven Roy, new President of the NARFE Washington State Federation. He’ll be letting us know of upcoming Federation news and the status on legislative issues with a new administration, although several states are still in limbo regarding the outcome of their senate races. We’ll also have a short reminder from John Guilbeault, Outreach Coordinator for the Combined Federal Campaign in our area. Retirees can make a one-time donation (via cash, check, or credit card) or through monthly deductions from their annuities. Local charities are described on the website: cfcgiving.opm.gov


VICE PRESIDENT Arlene Patton

2021 NARFE Scholarship open for applications. The deadline to apply is March 25, 2021. Eligible applicants are high school seniors only. Applicants must be children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren of NARFE members. To apply, visit www.feea.org/our.programs/scholarships/.


MEMBERSHIP

In lieu of an article we are honoring those members with more than 20 years as a member.

HONORARY MEMBERS

Members who were recognized before October 2008 for having reached 85 years of age and at least 20 years of NARFE membership, and who shall not pay national dues. They also may be exempt from chapter dues if authorized by the chapter’s bylaws. No additional members may be so designated.


Year joined Member Year Joined Member

1968 *Denzel L. Melvin


1970’s

1976 *Violet H. Almond 1979 Buddy L. Bennett

1975 *Edith V. Carlson 1978 *Paul J. Jones

1979 Dailord Lacombe 1979 Beverly A. Massie

1976 *Kathryne E. Ringo 1977 Harry J. Vaughan

1976 Jasmine Roxanne Wade- Foxfire


1980’s

1989 Doryce M. Bond 1983 Harry B. Burcalow

1989 Josie Dimare 1983 Glen H. Gower

1981 Veikko Lenny Husa

1984 Arleen N. Johnson 1980 Dolly J. Johnston

1988 Rosemarie Jones 1983 *Glen J. Jorges

1980 Carol E. Kibbey 1983 Mary Lou Kimsey

1987 Kenneth Langford 1980 Bruce Lauderdale

1988 *Flora R. Madden 1983 Diane R. Monteith

1983 John Monteith 1980 Mabel E. Morrison

1988 Mabel N. Rantzow 1981 Evelyn M. Stewart

1980 Milton P. Storm 1981 *Joseph L. Trudeau

1989 *Ronald N. Vannoy 1983 *Rowland J. Witt

1981 Lois W. Pace 1983 Harry B. Bucalow


1990s

1999 Betty H. Bailey 1992 Earl J. Barlow

1994 Judy Belous 1994 Roger Bosky

1997 Douglas Brockway

1983 Harry B. Burcalow 1996 Ronald E. Bush

1993 Galen Buterbaugh 1994 Ralph M. Cornwall

1999 Doneal R. Davis

1999 Donald Downing 1999 Hubert W. Egert

1994 Beverly A. Elmore 1992 Robert D. Elmore

1997 Jean E. Fiechel 1993 Marian E. Frobe

1998 George Guedel 1999 Mary M. Hansen

1995 Laverne W. Hathaway 1998 Meredith Hilby

1994 Cheryl S. Holt 1996 Elinor A. Iverson

1999 Susan Keto 1996 Dorothy A. Leach

1999 Harry Lippincott 1994 Edwin J. Mack

1992 Ellen Macnamara 1990 Sue T. Matsui

1995 Samuel V. McNary 1994 Irvin O. Michael

1999 Larry Mickelson 1998 Kenneth M. Miller

1999 Phillip F. Moyle 1991 Eugene B. Owen

1997 Annette Ozuna 1996 Judith Personett

1992 Richard G. Pflug 1996 Howard Platter

1995 Suzanne Render 1999 Theresa Reynolds

1995 Donald O. Rice 1992 William A. Rice

1998 Harry J. Riehle 1998 Samuel Rothwell

1995 Florence Samels 1994 Shari D. Sand

1994 Paul Sheunemann 1998 Dennis Schmauch

1984 Donald W. Spragg

1999 Carl Smith 1999 Gary Smith

1998 Frederick Stanley

1994 John W. Stewart 1991 Paul A. Taylor

1993 Keith Townsend 1995 Ernest Van Fredenberg

1992 Barbara I. Williams 1994 Nancy J. Williams

1999 Terry D. Williams 1997 Martin E. Wold

1992 Catherine Worstell 1991 Ernest Wright

1995 Olinto S. Zaagman


* Designated Honorary Members

NARFE is really 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!




SPOKANE SERVICE CENTER Narfe0032@gmail.com 509-624-9465


SUNSHINE Susan Harvey

Autumn is back after a short burst of winter. The real thing will soon be back, I am sure.

Our Chapter recently lost another long-time member, Lennie (Veikko) Husa.

Chapter 32 sends birthday and anniversary wishes to all who celebrated in December.

REMINDER, spouses can be members OR can take over the membership of a deceased member. If you are interested in continuing this 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

Alzheimer’s Drug Failure NY Times 11-06-20


The drug, aducanumab, made by Biogen, would be the first new Alzheimer’s treatment in nearly two decades. But the advisory panel to the FDA said there was not enough evidence of its effectiveness in slowing cognitive decline. Ten of 11 panel members voted that it was not “reasonable” to consider the research presented as “primary evidence of effectiveness of aducanumab for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.” The 11th member said he was uncertain.


It was a stunning turn of events, coming two days after the F.D.A. had posted documents that suggested most of the agency’s reviewers considered the evidence convincing, a development that sent Biogen’s stock price soaring by more than 40 percent. Most of Friday’s votes occurred after the financial markets had closed.


Nearly six million people in the United States and roughly 30 million globally have Alzheimer’s disease, a number that is expected to more than double by 2050. Aducanumab — which is given as a monthly intravenous infusion and would cost about $50,000 per year — would be the first medication to address cognitive decline by attacking the core biology of Alzheimer’s disease. It has been considered a potential medication for the roughly two million Americans estimated to have mild Alzheimer’s-related cognitive decline.



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




CHAPTER 32 OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES Officers and Directors: Committees: President ScottRobinson 208-661-7695 Alzheimer’s Pat Hegerberg 448-5343 Vice President Arlene Patton 747-1589 Legislation Roger Bosky 443-0686 Secretary Kathy Brooks 624-9465 Membership Sandy Cook 294-3296 Treasurer Keith Townsend 990-5224 NARFE-PAC MaryAnn Bosky 443-0686 Public Relations Kathy Brooks 624-9465 Newsletter Harry Lippincott 443-0570 Nominating Ken Kaul 448-3542

Directors (2020) Wanda Faulkner 329-0215 Wanda Faulkner 329-0215 (2020) Margie Dennis 994-7004 Kathy Brooks 624-9465 (2021) Pat Hegerberg 448-5343 Program Chris Smith 907-350-9866 (2022) Frances Baker 638-6561 Joanne Welch 907-350-9866 (2022) Ken Kaul 448-3542 Service & Kathy Brooks 624-9465 (2022) Susan Harvey 534-6165 Outreach (2022) Sandy Cook 294-3296 Sunshine Susan Harvey 534-6165 ELECTED OFFICIALS President Donald Trump 202-456-1414 www.whitehouse.gov Senator Patty Murray 10 N. Post, Suite 600 Spokane, WA 99201 509-624-9515 www.murray.senate.gov Senator Maria Cantwell 920 W. Riverside Ave., Suite 697 Spokane, WA 99201 509-353-2507 www.cantwell.senate.gov Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers 10 N. Post, 6th Floor Spokane, WA 99201 509-353-2374 www.mcmorris.house.gov

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SPOKANE CHAPTER 32 NEWSLETTER

Published Monthly except July and August

www.narfespokane.org



20 - 09 Advocates for Current and Former Federal Employees November 2020



NOVEMBER CHAPTER MEETING (Via Zoom) MONDAY Nov. 9, 2020 - 11:30AM Zoom Meeting Details: To Join the Zoom Meeting, you can either:


Call 253-215-8782 and enter the Meeting ID: 847 6320 6413 and Passcode: 044180 Or you can CLICK ON THIS LINK. PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Scott Robinson

We held our second membership meeting via Zoom on October 12th at 11:30 with fourteen participants, including our guest speaker. I invite all of you to join our next meeting on November 9th, when we vote for three new Directors for the next three years. Please mark your calendars, and we will provide details for joining the meeting.


Our 2021 average FEHB premiums will increase 4.9%, but our 2021 COLA will increase only 1.3%. For me, I expect to see an extra $30 per month next year, which is better than a minus $30 per month. Overall, premiums for Dental and Vision plans will not increase, and most enrollees will not see any changes. Open season dates for FEHB are November 9 through December 14. You do not have to do anything if you like the health coverage you presently have. Also, if you are like me and have Blue Cross Blue Shield – Basic Plan and Medicare Part B, then remember to request your $800 credit from BCBS to offset Medicare premiums for yourself and for your spouse (total of $1,600). You have until the end of the year to claim this year’s credit.


I am continuing to recruit the Membership Chairperson, who could be you. Please call me at 208-661-7695 or email me at scottsoriole@q.com if you are interested in becoming a more active member. Safely enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday.


DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR


November 9, 2020 11:30 AM Due to the present health situation all Meetings are virtual until further notice.


To Join the Zoom Meeting, you can either:

Call 253-215-8782 and enter the Meeting ID 847 6320 6413 and Passcode: 044180


Or you can CLICK THIS LINK.



LEGISLATION Roger Bosky


BIG SPENDER

Congratulations! We will receive a 1.3% raise in our next year’s retirement benefits. However, our health care benefits will increase by an average of 4.6%. This is just another good argument for changing how OPM figures our cost-of-living increases. NARFE has long advocated for using the CPI-E for this purpose which would include health care and food costs, which are such a big item for us retirees.


Congress has now recognized this problem, and the House has proposed H.R.8598 to address the adverse impact on us. The bill would provide for social security and civil service retirees a 3% raise in 2021 and the use of the CPI-E for future cost-of-living raises.


Also, of interest, the Federal Salary Council has reported that Federal employees earn 23% less on average than their private sector counterparts.


Finally, on October 21 the President signed a disturbing executive order. It requires agency heads to identify “Schedule F“ policy-making employees within 90 days. These employees will be at-will and, thus, be stripped of all civil service protections. This step will further politicize the civil service.


NARFE-PAC MaryAnn Bosky

You can contribute to NARFE-PAC at our monthly meetings at Darcy’s or by completing the NARFE-PAC contribution form in the NARFE magazine. I will have pins for a $25 contribution at our meeting.


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



PROGRAM Chris Smith and Joanne Welch

Last month, we heard from Dr. Pablo Monsivais, PhS. MPH with WSU’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. His graphics and narrative on CoVid-19 were highly informative, starting with world epidemics of the past. He covered present treatments for CoVid-19 and concerns for the upcoming flu season with the potential for a twin-demic. His conclusion was that Covid-19 is not just about biology, but also about inequities in social and economic circumstances… and those on the low end of the spectrum suffer the most.


Next month’s speaker will be Ann Ozuna, better known as the “Retirement Lady.” Her information about the options for next year’s federal health benefits will be particularly important since CoVid-19 has derailed most health fairs. Sharpen your pencils and take notes during this session. Open Season is November 9 to December 14, 2020. Here is a teaser: BlueCross BlueShield’s family option is now cheaper than their Plus One. Go figure. Please join us for her enlightening overview. We have decided to invite the other Eastern Washington chapters to join us for this Zoom meeting as well.


In December, Steve Roy, newly elected President of the Washington State Federation (NARFE), will join us for a look at things to come in 2021!



VICE PRESIDENT Arlene Patton

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC): This year’s campaign, Show Some Love-Be the Face of Change runs from September 21, 2020 to January 15, 2021. Due to COVID-19 a larger emphasis on virtual activities will be the norm. Information on the Cascadia CFC can be found on their website: cascadiacfc.givecfc.org. You can also make your donation through that website.


MEMBERSHIP Sandy Cook


NARFE Mission Statement:

· To support legislation beneficial to current and potential federal annuitants and to oppose legislation contrary to their interests.

· To promote the general welfare of current and potential federal annuitants by advising them with respect to their rights under retirement laws and regulations.

· To cooperate with other organizations and associations in furtherance of these general objectives.

This mission is critical and timely as Congress and the administration consider unprecedented cuts to federal pay and benefits. Each new member strengthens the message to Congress and makes our national outreach stronger. It also shows NARFES resolve in maintaining a strong and effective federal workforce.


When you are talking to a possible member, let them know how long we have been in existence and give them an example of the impact NARFE has made for them, such as prevented impact to our Health Benefits and prevented Retirement, Pay and Benefit Cuts. I think they might be interested.


Let us build those numbers up again!


Get your regular flu shot, be safe, be well.


Happy Thanksgiving.


Additional Membership information from National Office.


NARFE will once again sponsor a membership drive through December 31. Current members earn $10 for each new member they recruit, as well as other prizes. The health and safety of our members is paramount as we continue to deal with the coronavirus. Therefore, NARFE encourages you to recruit remotely in order to minimize the potential risk of exposure to COVID-19. Use your email, telephone, social media, and Chapter 32 webpage to promote the benefits of membership and drive prospective members to the "JOIN" link on NARFE.org. Remember to provide new prospects with your NARFE member ID number so you get credit when they join.


If you have questions, please email NARFE at membership@narfe.org or call NARFE at 800.456.8410 (press 1 for Membership). Thank you for your support and for helping to keep NARFE growing and thriving!


NARFE is really 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!





SPOKANE SERVICE CENTER Narfe0032@gmail.com 509-624-9465


SUNSHINE Susan Harvey

Autumn was awfully short! Now that dark, cold days of winter are upon us, STAY SAFE and STAY WELL!


Chapter 32 sends birthday and anniversary wishes to all who celebrated in October and November.


Jean Flechel informed us of Mabel Rantzow’s passing in Seattle. She celebrated her 105th birthday last summer. Also passing recently are, Janette Lippincott, June Dittmer, and Joan Brendmoen.


Sandy Cook recently lost her brother and has moved her mother here from Florida to care for her.


REMINDER, spouses can be members OR can take over the membership of a deceased member. If you are interested in continuing this 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


The Estrogen connection

An animal study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease has found that estrogen replacement may protect against the development and progression of Alzheimer's disease in women. The editor-in-chief of the journal, George Perry, Ph.D., further added that "Linking estrogen deficiency to the tau changes of AD provides the missing mechanistic link to the greater risk of AD in women and significantly suggests therapeutic avenues to reduce AD."


In the animal trial, researchers found that estrogen replacement reversed the pathologizing of tau, the nerve cells that are affected in AD, through antioxidant activity. According to co-lead investigator Massimo Tabaton, M.D., from the Unit of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Genova in Italy, the "results suggest that an early postmenopausal estrogen replacement may be protective against AD."


See Additional Information HERE.



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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