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September 2020

Updated: Sep 11, 2020

SPOKANE CHAPTER 32 NEWSLETTER

Published Monthly except July and August

www.narfespokane.org

20 - 07 Advocates for Current and Former Federal Employees September 2020  September Chapter Meeting is scheduled for Monday Sept. 14, 2020 at 11:30 AM.  We will be using ZOOM to hold the meeting.  

 To join the ZOOM Meeting, you can either call +1-253-215-8782 and enter the Meeting ID - 875 6781 7830 and Passcode - 330092.

OR you can click on this link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87567817830?pwd+OE51MHV1WC9Ur3Dsyw1en2q2nvHVqt09



SEE NARFE 2020 ELECTION RESULTS HERE

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Scott Robinson


Wow! Who would have thought back in March that we would still be living with consequences of the COVID-19 virus in September?


Your Board recently met via Zoom for the first time since December. I enjoyed seeing everyone’s face and hearing their voice. As much as we would like to reconvene face-to-face meetings, the governor’s Safe Start plan continues to restrict social gatherings to five people or ten when Spokane County advances to Phase 3.


Hence, we will try a general membership meeting via Zoom for September 14th at 11:30. For those of you who do not have a web camera, you can still join us with audio only. Therefore, mark your calendars, details are in this newsletter, under ZOOM.

Some of us fear that this method of conducting social business has become the new normal. In addition to our magazine, NARFE headquarters offers webinars for us to learn about our earned benefits and successful living in retirement. You can go to www.narfe.org for the latest offerings.

Spokane Chapter 32 has hosted free coffee and cookies at the Sprague Lake Rest Stop along Interstate 90 for several years. This event has been a major fund raiser, in addition to our annual garage sale, for our chapter. Unfortunately, both events have been cancelled this year. Fortunately, the Chapter has not spent much money.


Sandy Cook has stepped away from the Membership Chair position. We are consequently looking for her replacement. Could that person, 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.

SEPTEMBER MEETING DATE FOR YOUR CALENDAR

 September Chapter Meeting is scheduled for Monday Sept. 14, 2020 at 11:30 AM.  We will be using ZOOM to hold the meeting.  

 To join the ZOOM Meeting, you can either call +1-253-215-8782 and enter the Meeting ID - 875 6781 7830 and Passcode - 330092.

OR you can click on this link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87567817830?pwd+OE51MHV1WC9Ur3Dsyw1en2q2nvHVqt09

LEGISLATION Roger Bosky** ** Kathy Brooks on what's happening with the US Postal Service


Roger has asked that I write an article for this month’s newsletter because of what is happening within the Postal Service. I worked for the USPS for 40 years. During that time, I saw many changes, the biggest being from the US Post Office Department, a true government agency, to the USPS. Prior to 1971, the Postmaster General was a member of the President’s Cabinet. Not anymore.


There is a lot of talk about “vote by mail”. We in Washington State have been voting by mail for a number of years and it seems to work fine. In fact, several retired USPS employees, me included, serve as extra elections help. What we have seen while working at the elections Office ensures us that the security of the voting system is better than on-sight voting. But that is not the real issue.


The real issue is reducing the USPS’ ability to process mail timely

and it is impacting every person in our country.


Retired Gov’t employees receive their medications via the mail, as do most veterans. Some of these medications are shipped with ice packs to preserve the meds. If they are NOT delivered timely, the meds are useless.