Every even-numbered year, the Washington State Federation elects new executive officers who will lead and govern the federation for the next two years. Those officer positions are up for election and you have a chance to cast your ballot for the leadership of the federation. Winning candidates will be sworn in at the state federation conference, May 19-21, in Lynnwood, WA. You can find out more about the conference HERE.
From time to time, our emails get hacked. Maybe we selected a link in another email that opened the door, or we signed into the internet from an unsecured location. It doesn't matter - you will get hacked. If you receive emails that come from a person you know and trust, be less trusting and verify that the email actually came from that person. How can you do that? I use a Chrome browser and Yahoo email. When I get emails, they look like this: FriendsName@someplace.com (someplace being aol.com, gmail.com, yahoo.com, etc).
I received an email from our own Lorie Bennett that looked like this:
Lorie Bennett@email@example.com. The clue that this was not a legitimate email from Lorie comes in that @ address - it is from a university email address in Greece.
Lorie's email is from a more common provider. If you use another browser and email service, you can also hover the cursor over the name of the sender and the originating email should show up. Always verify who it is you are getting links from BEFORE you select the link to view. This will help you keep your email account safe from hackers - not perfect, but safer.
For more information read this article.
From Leland “ Wally” Walbruch, NARFE-Alzheimer’s National Committee Member & NARFE Region IX Alzheimer’s Coordinator: This week the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations is expected to act on vital funding for Alzheimer's research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
On Tuesday the Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee will consider our funding request of $350 million for NIH, as well as funding to implement the #BOLDAlzheimer's Act. These increases would be part of a larger Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations bill. Following action by the subcommittee the full Appropriations Committee is then expected to act on the bill later in the week.
This is a critical time for your Senators to hear from you. Contact them today!
Call your Senators and reach out to them on social media. Then, please share with your network and ask them to take action too.
Over the past six years we have seen monumental increases in Alzheimer's and dementia research at the NIH. After so many years of historic funding increases, it's important that your Senators recognize how important each additional increase is to achieving our mission. Take action now!
August seems to have just started, but we are already heading into the middle of the month. Schools will be starting soon and so will our 2019/2010 NARFE Chapter meetings. Check out the NARFE WSF calendar to see what's coming up in September.
The WSF Executive Board meets next week (August 13th) in Tacoma.
NARFE Headquarter's replacement for the OAM/ORM membership management system, now called Automated Management System (AMS) is still going through some growing pains. Be patient. Report problems to IT@narfe.org with a cc: to firstname.lastname@example.org. The NARFE Configuration Board is working with Headquarters to get the system operating as we need it to work. Reports functions (the old Activities Reports) are coming soon. Do not hesitate to contact me if you need help. I hope to post some How-to items on AMS, such as How to update your Chapter's information in AMS.
Besides my last post, we have the Conference Report from Washington State Federation President, Nancy Crosby. You can find it on the Chapter Newsletter page under
Chapter 1192 for Jun-Aug, 2019.
If you have a newsletter and want to share it with us, please send me the digital version. I'll be happy to post it.
We went. We heard. We are enervated! The Luncheon (and banquet) food was delicious - vegetable of the week was locally grown asparagus and it was the best - and I am not a big asparagus fan.
On day one, we heard from James Marshall, the Director of the Federal Benefits Institute discussing webinars as tools for recruitment and some of the issues that NARFE has been working on; Ken Thomas, NARFE President and Barb Sido, NARFE Executive Director talked about the direction NARFE is taking, advocacy, and the new computer and software system; Keri Gibbs, past President of the Idaho Federation presented a Membership Forum, with panelists David Epstein (Alaska Federation/Juneau), Johanna Taylor (Washington Federation/Tri-cities), and Harold Kehr (Idaho Federation/Idaho Falls). The day ended with Arlene Patton (Washington Federation/Spokane) discussing pre-retirement seminars.
Day two started with an energetic presentation, in person, by Jessica Klement, NARFE Staff Vice President/Advocacy. Jessica is the associations's chief lobbyist, responsible for taking NARFE members' concerns to Congress. We are lucky to have her on our side. She was followed by Mary Binder (Washington Federation Vice President) discussing the Bylaws updates and revision. There are still a few kinks in the standardized template. but that should not stop chapters and federations from updating. Linda Wallers (Region IX Representative to the Configuration Advisory Board) talked about NARFE's Association Management System upgrades and some of the things to watch for when the Membership Experience (MX) goes operational on June 3rd.
Lanny Ross (Washington Federation NARFE-PAC Chair) discussed the past year and presented figures for the distribution of PAC funds - this information is on the NARFE Headquarters NARFE-PAC website. Wally Walbruch (Region IX Alzheimer's Coordinator) closed the meeting, collecting another $800.00 (plus) from attendee donations.
The next Conference will be in 2021 - Region IX is looking for a host Chapter/Federation.
We have posted the minutes from the April 10, 2019 Executive Board and Advisory Board meeting that was held recently, in Tacoma. We also have current newsletters from Chapters 131, 181, 193, 1006, and 1192.
We are getting ready to pack for the Region 9 Training Conference. I hope to see you all there. I hope to have updates on the new AMS-MX membership portion of the headquarters upgrade by the time of the conference. the CAB meets on Monday, May 13. That gives me a few days to make any changes to my presentation. Sounds like a fun but packed few days. Enjoy!
Information that you can use
NARFE headquarters has added a few short articles about issues that might be helpful to our membership. I am attaching links to a few of these. you can find more at the bottom of the Federal Benefits Institute webpage. Enjoy!
Survivor Benefits Under FERS
Speeding the Retirement Journey - a NARFE White Paper
I made my reservations for Springhill Suites, easily done using the venue phone number on the Conference page (Events/State/Region 9 Conferences). Don't be fooled by reservations sites that charge extra. Unfortunately, I can't bring my kitty, Lucky, with me - Springhill Suites is not pet friendly. So I have to find a Cat sitter for those two nights. But I am looking forward to the conference.
The agenda includes a presentation by NARFE's legislative Director, Jessica Klement on legislation of the 116th Congress. You will remember that Jessica Klement has been involved with legislative issues for several years and has kept all of us up to date with Congressional tinkering with our benefits. there will also be presentations on membership recruitment and retention, the NARFE Alzheimer's Research Program, NARFE's rebranding initiative, and the AMS - NARFE HQ new database initiative, along with other CAB issues.
It will be a full day and half of information. I hope to see you there!
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