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January 2022

SPOKANE CHAPTER 32 NEWSLETTER

Published Monthly except July and August

www.narfespokane.org



22 – 01 Advocates for Current and Former Federal Employees January 2022




JANUARY CHAPTER MEETING MONDAY JAN. 10, 2022 - 11:30 AM 11:30 AM Social Darcy’s Restaurant 10512 E Sprague Ave. Spokane Valley, WA 99206

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGEScott Robinson

I bring greetings to one and all from the Texas Gulf Coast, where Tami and I are spending the winter. We hope you all had a merry Christmas and Happy New Year’s Day. We look forward to 2022 while COVID-19 remains with us, despite our best efforts to vaccinate. As we begin a new year, I encourage you renew your Spokane Chapter 32 dues when you renew you NARFE National dues.

NARFE recently activated FEDHub, which is an online connection between members around the country. FEDHub was created to share knowledge and value of our entire community to you. I encourage you to go to NARFE’s webpage to learn more and log in.

With a recent Executive Order, President Biden will give federal employees an average 2.7% pay raise in 2022. This includes 2.2% across-the-board pay and 0.5% locality pay, which is on par with the pay raise given to military members.

OPM will mail all 2021 1099-R forms by January 31. However, you can go to OPM’s Retirement Services Online and access your 2020 1099-R today.

Save the date! FEDcon22 will be held August 21-23, 2022, at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. More information will be coming out later this year about this important conference.

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



LEGISLATION Roger Bosky

Congress is in recess. Bills dealing with the GPO, WEP and the measure of our COLA will have to wait until next year.


One item did come to my attention. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is hell bent on reforming the USPS regardless of the impact of the changes on service levels, morale etc. His timing was terrible- near the election and ballot workloads.


Public Service and the NAACP sued the USPS on the grounds that these changes adversely impacted prompt and reliable mail service.


In December, a settlement was reached. The Postal Service agreed to meet with NAACP prior to national and primary elections and to provide weekly reports on service levels during the weeks leading up to the election. The Postal Service also agreed to provide guidance documents on their plans to ensure timely delivery of mail.


The public gains a win here.

PAST VICE PRESIDENT Arlene Patton

F-100 Be Prepared for Life’s Events

While one’s death is a difficult topic to discuss, reviewing this information your family will help them to understand the steps they will need to take. You should ensure that your family member review the F-100 guide with you and know where it is located. You also should review the guide periodically to ensure that the information is up to date.

The F-100 guide is available on the NARFE.org website.

ALZHEIMER’S Pat Hegerberg

Coffee Drinking Linked to a Healthier Memory

Isn’t it nice when a study comes along that supports a common daily habit?

A most recent study published in the journal PLOS Medicine adds to a growing body of evidence showing that a few cups of Joe may reduce the risk of many ailments including memory loss, diabetes, cancer, and even early death.

For this study, researchers at Tianjin Medical University in China studied the coffee-drinking habits and health of 365,682 men and women between the years 2006 and 2020. They evaluated these study participants using data stored at the UK Biobank. Over the study period, 5,079 of these folks developed dementia and 10,053 experienced at least one stroke. Coffee drinkers, however, had the lowest incidence of these health problems.

What about tea drinkers? The researchers found that drinking three to five cups of tea per day also dramatically lowered the risk of stroke and dementia.

PROGRAM Chris Smith and Joanne Welch

Winter is here and it’s a good time to mingle with friends for lunch in a cozy setting while learning about some important issues facing our nation and community.

January brings a program on homelessness, an all-too-common word these days for Spokane and other areas of the country. Sarah Yerden, Director of Marketing and Communications with Catholic Charities of Eastern Washington, will be joining us to talk about the organization’s efforts to take care of the mentally ill, addicted, and the poor. All three circumstances