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SPOKANE CHAPTER 32 NEWSLETTER

Published Monthly except July and August



21 - 02 Advocates for Current and Former Federal Employees February 2021



FEBRUARY CHAPTER MEETING MONDAY Feb. 8., 2021 - 11:00AM 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 HERE to join online. PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Scott Robinson


I have been recruiting a Membership Chairperson for a few months. Arlene Patton will wear another NARFE hat as she volunteered to cover our Membership responsibilities. Thank you, Arlene.


Although the promise of COVID vaccines continues, one of our members reported losing four friends to raging COVID. Our age group appears to be at greatest risk of death; more so if we have other health issues. You can go to www.FindYourPhaseWA.org to learn when your turn for a vaccine will occur. Wife Tami and I did, and we are currently qualified for a vaccine. You can also go to www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/Immunization/VaccineLocations to find seven vaccine locations in our local area. We were among the 3,000 people that got our first Moderna vaccine at the Spokane Arena. At the time of this writing, 38,000 vaccine doses have been given within a Spokane County population of 523,000 people (7%). I encourage you to be vigilant in contacting these locations to secure your vaccination appointment.


On January 22, President Joe Biden rescinded the previous administration's Schedule F executive order. It would have created a new federal employment category that politicizes federal jobs and threaten the delivery of services to the American people. NARFE strongly supports President Biden’s move to rescind this order.


OPM will mail all 2020 1099-R forms by January 31. However, you can go to OPM’s Retirement Services Online and access your 2020 1099-R today.


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 call: 1.253.215.8782 Meeting ID: 869 6851 3284 Passcode: 142288 Or you can CLICK HERE to join online.


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.

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


LEGISLATION Roger Bosky


NEW BEGINNINGS


The Jan/Feb issue of the NARFE magazine presents NARFE’S advocacy positions for 2021-2022. We have seen and discussed these issues before, and its high time that some of them get accomplished. They include, among others:


· A fair COLA that measures inflation for seniors - the CPI-E

· Legislation to repeal or reform the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision. (WEP)

· Pay increases for Federal employees designed to achieve comparably with the private sector.

· Legislation to allow retirees to pay health care premiums with pre-tax dollars; a benefit currently enjoyed by employees.


The only way to let Congress know that we care about these issues is to tell them. There is a web site, GovTrack.us, that gives the status of bills in Congress. There is already a bill, HR82, dealing with the GPO and WEP. Surprising, they give the bill a 1% chance of passage. Your actions are needed to improve that percentage. As a means of increasing our impact on our representative, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, please call or email me with your story of how the GPO and WEP affect you. Personal stories are effective in reaching members of Congress. I would be glad to pass them on to her.


Two pieces of good news:


1. The president is expected to sign an executive order killing efforts to establish a schedule “F”.

2. Both the House and Senate have proposed legislation providing a 3.2% pay raise for employees in 2022.



PROGRAM Chris Smith and Joanne Welch


Thanks to Deanne Wilfong for presenting some ideas about de-cluttering at our last membership meeting. She provided a 2-page follow-up of 15 Things You Can Get Rid of Today and Never Miss. Having moved from Alaska to Spokane five years ago, we have a head start, but still need to do some work.


On Monday February 8, we will hear from Dr. Francisco Velazquez, the interim Health Officer for Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD). The presentation will deal with the status of vaccines in the Spokane area, sources to determine where to get the vaccine, behavior after being inoculated, opening phases, and future travel. Join us for this informative and important discussion. As vaccines are becoming more and more available, there seems to be some hope for returning to a more normal life. Dr. Velazquez will give us some guidance to get there.


Dr. Velazquez has a noon meeting, so we are starting our February meeting at 11:00 am instead of 11:30 am. Be sure to Zoom in early.



VICE PRESIDENT Arlene Patton


Chapter 32-Spokane currently has 312 Chapter members & 210 National only members for a total of 532 members. During 2020 we recruited 6 new members. National identified 12 prospective members, which have all been sent a letter inviting them to join NARFE as well as Chapter 32.


Recruitment and Retention remains one of the top priorities for Chapters. Therefore, I would encourage all of us to look at ways we can recruit new members into Chapter 32-Spokane. Remember that National Bylaws identify members as National only members, Chapter members, Associate members, and Social members.


Spouses of federal employees/retirees are eligible and considered NARFE members. We all know what National and Chapter members are, but what are the special member category of Associate & Social members.


Associate members, who are members of NARFE, may participate in the chapter as prescribed in the chapter bylaws. Any dues assessed shall be paid directly to the chapter.


Social members, who are not eligible to join the Association, may participate in the chapter as prescribed in chapter bylaws.


I have a supply of NARFE magazines & brochures if anyone needs some in your efforts to recruit new members.


Your help is needed in the recruitment of new NARFE/Chapter members.



MEMBERSHIP


We are looking for an 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!



SUNSHINE Susan Harvey


Personally, I am counting the days to SPRING! I am ready for sunshine, Spring flowers, everyone who wants to be immunized to get it, a quieting political scene, and so much more. In my life, I need a little more peace and pleasure, seeing more friends and not worrying about those I love becoming ill.


Many are beginning 2021, about like 2020 ended. As much as many hoped for a better year with less death and stress, it has not materialized. The sad news, Mary and Gary Rohner have lost two family members. Gary’s stepbrother, William, and Mary’s father, John, both passed unexpectedly. NARFE has not received notice of any deaths of our members.


Australia is the only place I have heard about that has a handle on Coronavirus!


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


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.


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


Type of Alzheimer’s with Intact Memory Offers New Research Paths (January 13 issue of Neurology)


“We are discovering that Alzheimer’s disease has more than one form. While the typical Alzheimer’s patient will have impaired memory, patients with primary progressive aphasia (PPA) linked to Alzheimer’s disease are quite different. They have problems with language—they know what they want to say but can’t find the words—but their memory is intact,” says lead author Marsel Mesulam, MD.


The current study aimed to investigate whether the memory preservation in PPA linked to Alzheimer’s is a consistent core feature or a transient finding confined to initial presentation, and to explore the underlying pathology of the condition.


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 Joseph R Biden Jr. 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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Updated: Jan 11, 2021

SPOKANE CHAPTER 32 NEWSLETTER

Published Monthly except July and August



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


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



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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