|As I write this, the second voting ended last
night at 8:59 pm Arizona time and we have not heard the
results as to who our next NARFE National President will
be. I certainly hope you took the time to vote and that
you did rank all three candidates so that your ballot
counted. The numbers that voted the first time were very
disappointing with only 13,720 members out of 202,553
bothering to vote. That was only 6.77% of the total
membership. Arizona had 4,297 members (chapter and
national) and only 402 voted or 9.36%. This was better
than the national average but why so few. Are our
members not interested? We were not only voting for
national officers but on resolutions that will affect us
all. I certainly hope at least more of our Arizona
members took the time to vote in this second election. NOTE:
Just received an email and Ken Thomas has been elected
as our new NARFE National President.
At this time, we are just over one month away from the General Election in our country. Everywhere you look there are election signs and the television is full of campaign ads; some ads that state their positions and some negative ones. With Congress and the President threating our benefits, we need to do our research on these candidates and vote for those that will vote to protect our benefits. Do your research and vote wisely but vote.
All our Arizona chapters should be back holding monthly meetings after the summer break. I trust that everyone had a safe and healthy summer.
It is now health fair season. There will be 92 health fairs held in Arizona by federal agencies and NARFE chapters. These start on October 9th and go through November 29th. Open Season, when we can make changes to our health insurance plans, starts Monday, November 12, 2018 through Monday, December 10, 2018. In an article in Government Executive by Tammy Flannagan, it was noted that Healthnet of Arizona will be leaving the FEHB program in 2019. Anyone that presently is covered by Healthnet of Arizona will need to change their plan. Also, the Tricare Retiree Dental Program is ending December 31, 2018 for military members and their families. These members will NOT be automatically changed to another dental and/or vision plan. They MUST enroll in another plan during open season. They will be eligible to enroll in any FEHBP plan.
Information can be obtained by attending one of the federal agency health fairs or by going to the NARFE website, logging in, and clicking on the Federal Benefits Institute banner. There will also be two Open Season Webinars as follows: October 11th at 11:00 am AZ time – FEHBP & Medicare and another November 8th at 12:00 pm AZ time – Health Plans: What’s New and How to Choose. See Page 24 in your October NARFE magazine. If you cannot watch at these times, remember that these webinars will be up on the NARFE website 24 hours later. Webinars are free to all NARFE members. If you would like a list of when and where the agency health fairs will be held, please let me know and I can email the list to you; just let me know if you are in the Tucson/Yuma/Sierra Vista area or in the Phoenix/Mogollon/Prescott area. Also, on the lists are health fairs being held by the Scottsdale Chapter 1234, Sunnyslope Chapter 1686, Tucson Chapter 55, and Roadrunner Chapter 1874. Any federal employee or retiree is welcome to attend these events. Remember, no one plan fits everyone. Research takes time but can be worth it in the end.
Then the FEDcon18 began. The keynote speakers were all very good and especially great were Joe Theismann and Henry Winkler. No complaints regarding these speakers
The 1st Biennial Arizona Federation Conference will be held May 3-4, 2019, at the Best Western Inn Suites Tucson Foothills Hotel & Suites located at 6201 N Oracle Road, Tucson, Arizona. “AZ FedCon 19 Doing It Our Way” will start at 12:00 pm (noon) on Friday May 3rd and end at noon on Saturday, May 4th. Mark your calendars now and please plan to attend. The agenda and other information will be available in either late December or early January.
The Arizona Federation will be electing new officers for 2019 – 2020 at this Conference. Presently our elected officers are a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, a District Vice President (DVP) for District 1 and 2, and a National District Vice President (NDVP) to represent the National members on the board. Any Arizona NARFE member can run for President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Only a chapter member in District 1 can run for DVP 1 and only a chapter member in District 2 can run for DVP 2. And only national members can run for NDVP.
The Nominating Committee, Paul Lamb, Chair ((email@example.com) and Cris Gumbmann (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Coral Van Hooser (email@example.com), are looking for candidates. If anyone is interested in any one of these elected officer positions or would like further information on these positions, please contact one of the Nominating Committee members. Also, if you are interested in any of the Appointed Officer Positions (National Legislative, State Legislative, Membership, Service Officer, Congressional Legislative Liaison (CDL), Alzheimer’s, NARFE-PAC, etc., again contact a Nominating Committee member or any of those holding these positions now as we will be glad to talk with you. Please consider putting your hat/bonnet into the ring. Those of us holding these offices now will be glad to mentor you and help where needed. New blood and new ideas in any organization is good. Please step up and volunteer to run for one of these positions. Become involved in YOUR organization.
2019 National Legislative Conference
On September 29, 2018, I emailed the Call Letter to the Arizona Federation Board Members, Chapter Presidents, and Legislative Officers. Also, on this same date, I sent an NES (NARFE Email System) Message to all the national members with this same Call Letter. The 2019 National Legislative Conference will be held March 10-13, 2019 at the Alexandria Mark Center. The room rate will be $175 per night plus fees and taxes. This Conference is open to ALL NARFE members. The Arizona Federation voted to subsidize up to six attendees in the amount of $1,500 each. The total cost to attend runs approximately $1,800 to $2,000 so attendees will bear a considerable personal expense to attend the Conference above the Federation’s $1,500 stipend. Priority for those wishing to attend the Conference and the Federation subsidize $1,500 will be given in the order stated in the Arizona Policy “Attending Legislative Conference” 18-01-01. If you did not get a copy of this policy, please let me know and I will provide it. The deadline for submitting your nomination is no later than October 30, 2018.
Since the Arizona Federation newsletters is now published only on as needed basis, I am including some reminders of items that will need to be completed in January or early 2019.
F-7 Update to Chapter Officer Roster
I want to remind every chapter, whether you had an election or not, that either the President, Secretary, or Membership Chair needs to go online and complete a new F-7, Update to Chapter (your chapter number) Officer Roster. Please review all officer positions and change as needed and be sure to review the “Chapter Dues” and “Meeting Place” sections at the lower left part of the form. This information is used by the Arizona Federation when making visits to your chapter such as the location and time of your meetings. NARFE members coming to our state might like to visit your chapter and possibly join but they will not know when your chapter meets if adequate information is not there. This needs to be done by no later than January 10, 2019.
An annual audit is required each year, usually in the first quarter of each year, and every time there is a change in chapter treasurers. Audits do not require hiring a professional to do this. You can use NARFE Form F-131, Chapter Audit Checklist, which can be found on the NARFE website. Two- or three-chapter members can conduct the audit except the president, vice president, and treasurer cannot do it. Each chapter needs to appoint an Audit Committee, conduct the audit by completing Form F-131, and submitting a copy to the Federation President and Federation Treasurer together with a copy of the last bank statement for each account that the chapter has. The Federation Treasurer will be reminding you closer to the time to be doing this. And YES the copy of the bank statement(s) is new. The National Secretary/Treasurer has requested this.
The filing deadline for small tax-exempt organizations with income of less than $50,000 will be May 15, 2019. This requires the filing of the 990-N e-postcard to the IRS for income in 2018. Again, the Federation Treasurer will be reminding you of this requirement. Every NARFE chapter and federation is required to file this form.
Remember to keep your chapter website information up to date with your latest newsletter, minutes, etc.
NARFE Affinity Partners
Have you tried them? Thanks to an article in the Texas Federation newspaper, it was noted of a way for chapter and/or federations to save money on printing their newsletters by using the Office Depot/Office Max NARFE member discount. They cited a chapter that was paying $144.00 to print a 6-page newsletter that paid only $26.52. Arizona Tucson Chapter 55 has been paying approximately $125 for a 4 page plus half-page insert newsletter and got two quotes for less than $30 to print the same thing. If you did not get this information on how to get this Office Depot/Office Max Store Purchasing Card, let me know and I will get it to you.
2019 will be a very busy year with dates to remember.
Mark your calendars now.
April 4-6, 2019 - Region VII (our region) Conference at the Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces, Las Cruces, New Mexico
May 304, 2019 - 1st Arizona Federation Conference at the Best Western Inn Suites Tucson Foothills Hotel & Suites located at 6201 N Oracle Road, Tucson, Arizona
August 30 – September 3, 2020 – FEDcon2020 at Westin-Kierland in Scottsdale, Arizona
August 21-23, 2022 – FEDcon2022 at Hyatt Regency St Louis at the Arch, St Louis, Missouri
May we keep all those that are ill or will be undergoing surgery in our thoughts and prayers and wish all a speedy recovery. Also remember those we have lost and our military members that are protecting our country.
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UPDATED: October, 2018