NARFE - Chapter 1594
~~~~ Welcome to San Antonio Chapter 1594 ~~~~

CHAPTER OFFICERS

 

PRESIDENT:  JOYCE ZERR

1st VICE PRESIDENT:  GERARDO (GERRY) RENDON

2nd VICE PRESIDENT:  SHIRLEY SWIFT

SECRETARY:  SHIRLEY M. CLICK

TREASURER:  MARGARITA HERNANDEZ

 

Dr. Andrea Alvarez with San Antonio American Diabetes Association is Speaker at July 19 Meeting
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Dr. Angela Alvarez (Endrocronologist) with the San Antonio American Diabetes Association is presented a Certificate of Appreciation by Chapter 1594 2nd Vice President Shirley Swift

Dr. Angela Alvarez (Endocrinologist) with the San Antonio American Diabetes Association was guest speaker at this month’s meeting.  She defined a person without diabetes as one in which their body breaks food down into glucose (sugar) and sends it into the blood.  Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, helps move the glucose from the blood into the cells where it can be used for energy.  In people with type 2 diabetes, the pancreas doesn’t make enough insulin, the insulin doesn’t work well, or both. Without insulin, the glucose cannot get from the blood into the cells, so the amount of glucose in your blood goes up.  This is call high blood glucose. When blood glucose gets high enough, it’s called diabetes.  Untreated, diabetes causes problems like nerve damage, kidney or eye problems, heart disease, and stroke.

A major study showed that people at high risk of type 2 diabetes lowered their risk by losing weight through eating less and being more active.  They cut down on fat, ate and drank fewer calories, exercised about 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, usually by brisk walking and lost weight at an average of 15 pounds in the first year of the study.  This plan worked well for both men and women, particularly those aged 60 and older.

Did you know that 2 out of 3 Americans are overweight or obese, nearly 1 in 3 American adults has high blood pressure, nearly 1 in 2 American adults has high cholesterol, and more than 1 in 6 Americans has prediabetes.

How to properly complete NARFE Membership Renewal Form to continue membership in Chapter 1594

Chapter 1594 members who are not enrolled in the NARFE’s Dues Withholding Program are now receiving notices by mail to renew membership.  Members renewing membership must make the proper selection or risk being transferred out of chapter and later having to mail the $7 Chapter membership fee for reinstatement. 

Text bolded below resembles your NARFE Membership Renewal Form and the options you may select from (shaded in yellow and green).  Any selection made from the NARFE column shaded in yellow only renews your membership to NARFE National.  Selection made from column shaded in green allows existing members to continue their membership to both NARFE National and Chapter 1594.    

If you are an existing member of Chapter 1594 and want to continue membership in our Chapter, you will need to check (√) the “Please renew my NARFE membership as indicated below:” block along with one of the three (3) options in the column shaded in green and mail the application form with applicable registration dues to NARFE Member Records.

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|_| Please renew my NARFE membership as indicated below:
 
Choose Your Membership Option
 
                    NARFE   or   NARFE & Chapter 1594
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1 Year          |_| $40        |_|  $47
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2 Year          |_| $72        |_|  $86
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3 Years        |_| $102      |_|  $123
 
Creswell's in Attendance at June 21, 2017 Luncheon/Meeting
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Pictured left to right, District Representative Dorothy Creswell and NARFE Texas Federation President Dr. John Creswell
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Pictured left to right, San Antonio Chapter 1594 President Joyce Zerr presenting Certificate of Appreciation to Chapter Service Officer Sandy Vogel
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Pictured left to right, Chapter Secretary Connie Bedock being presented with a token of appreciation by Chapter President Joyce Zerr 
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Pictured left to right, Members Frances Burd and Georgia Pilgrim in attendance at June 21st Meeting

 

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Attendees at June 21, 2017 Luncheon at Pecan Grill Restaurant
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Attendees at June 21, 2017 Luncheon at Pecan Grill Restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheena Smith with AACOG Briefs Members on Scams Against Seniors at May 17, 2017 Meeting
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Pictured left to right, Sheena Smith with Alamo Area Council of Governments is presented with Certificate of Appreciation by Jovita Durand for her briefing to members on scams against seniors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chapter Service Officer Sandy Vogel providing members information on the TFC Convention held in Austin 3-6 May
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Pictured left to right, Chapter Chaplain Elevia Gant and Exia Duke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susan Blevins with AACOG Briefs Members at April 19, 2017 Meeting
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Pictured left to right, Chapter Chaplain Elevia Johnson Gant and Susan Blevins with AACOG

Chapter Chaplain Elevia Johnson Gant presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Guest Speaker Susan Blevins.  Susan is a Care Coordination Specialist with the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG).

 

Don't Fall for a Fake Retirement Scam

Retirement Information Center

Be on the Alert for an aggressive phone scam that targets Federal annuitants: The scammer claims to be an OPM employee. The scammer threatens to end the annuitant’s retirement, threatens that a “magistrate” will criminally prosecute, and demands an immediate payment. This is a government impostor scam – Do not send money.

Any communication of this type is NOT from an OPM official. OPM will not make such calls. Scams like this one are carried out by skilled impostors, who may sound convincing. They may use real names and titles – and they may know a lot about their targets, including personally identifiable information. The scammers may alter the caller ID to make it look like OPM is calling. Scammers may also attempt to use email to “phish” for more information. Finally, these impostors may leave an “urgent” callback request.  Don’t fall for it. 

Signs of a SCAM (and these are actions OPM does NOT do):

  1. Call to demand immediate payment.

  2. Demand that you pay a debt first before any appeal.

  3. Request that you pay using gift cards, prepaid debit or credit cards, wire transfers, Western Union, MoneyGram, or PayPal, etc.

  4. Request for credit or debit card numbers over the phone or by email.

  5. Threaten referral to a Magistrate, the police, or law enforcement.

If you suspect the caller is an impostor:

  • Do not engage with the callers. Simply hang-up.

  • Note the date and time of the call, as well as the caller’s phone number.

  • Report it to OPM’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG), https://www.opm.gov/our-inspector-general/

San Antonio Chapter 1594 Meeting - March 15, 2017
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Left to right, Chapter President Joyce Zerr presenting Certificate of Appreciation to Membership Chair Connie Bedock
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NARFE District 12 Representative Dorothy Creswell briefed members on upcoming NARFE Texas Federation Convention scheduled May 3-6 in Austin
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TFC South Texas Area Vice President Dr. John Creswell

 

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Left to right, President Joyce Zerr, Service Officer Sandy Vogel and Secretary Shirley Click

 

 

  

 

National Association for Retired and Active Federal Employees (NARFE) Chapter 1594 met March 15, 2017.  Chapter President Joyce Zerr welcomed twenty-two members and guests.  Elevia Gant opened the meeting with prayer.  Abel Hernandez and David Cuellar led the Pledge of Allegiance.  The first guest speaker was NARFE District 12 Representative Dorothy Creswell from New Braunfels,TX.  She updated members on the importance of the upcoming NARFE Texas Federation Convention May 3-6 in Austin, TX.  The second guest speaker was TFC South Texas Area Vice President Dr. John Creswell who expressed his desire to be nominated and elected as the next NARFE TFC President.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 1594 Hosted NARFE 2017 Districts 12 and 15 Convention

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) held their Districts 12 and 15 Convention in San Antonio on February 20, 2017.  San Antonio Chapter 1594 was the host chapter.  The convention was called to order by Chapter 1594 President Joyce Zerr.  Forty-four members and guests were present.  Abel Hernandez led the Pledge of Allegiance.  The guest speakers were Texas Federation of Chapters (TFC) President Philip Kraus, TFC Secretary Frances Hiner, Alzheimer’s Coordinator Betty Kraus, TFC South Area Vice President Dr. John Creswell, TFC Editor Sandy Vogel, NARFE-Pack Chapter 0672 Betty Niven, and District 12 Representative Dorothy Creswell.  Convention Secretary was Shirley Click.  San Antonio Chapter President Joyce Zerr presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Chapter 1594’s Secretary Shirley Click, Abel and Margarita Hernandez and Lupe and Stella Flores.

Chapters who attended were: San Antonio Chapters 1594 and 1320, Boerne Chapter 0778, Fredericksburg Chapter 2111, New Braunfels Chapter 0672, Austin Chapter 228 and Lone Star Chapter 2354.  A total of $567.00 was collected during the convention for the NARFE Alzheimer’s Fund.  NARFE Alzheimer's Fund is an ongoing project.

San Antonio Chapter 1594 next monthly meeting will be March 15, 2017 at Brookhill Baptist Church, 631 Utopia Ave., San Antonio, TX.  If you are a Federal Retiree or a current Federal Employee, you are welcome to attend our meetings.  For more information, please contact Joyce Zerr, 210-523-0770.

 

Convention Pictures

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December's Christmas Luncheon/Meeting at Pecan Grill Mexican Restaurant
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Christmas Luncheon/Meeting at Pecan Grill Mexican Restaurant
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Left to right, President Joyce Zerr presenting a donation to Lt. Charlise Godwin with the Salvation Army.
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Left to right, 2017 Treasurer Margarita Hernandez, Secretary Shirley Click, 2nd  Vice President Shirley Swift and President Joyce Zerr being sworn in by Texas Federation of Chapters District 12 Representative Dorothy Creswell.
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Left to right, Chapter 1594 Net Coordinator Annette Ivy and President Joyce Zerr.
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Left to right, Lt. Charlise Godwin with the Salvation Army and Carmen and Antonio "Al" Druemont.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On December 21, 2016, Chapter 1594 had it's Christmas Luncheon/Meeting at the Pecan Grill Mexican Restaurant on Southcross Blvd.  Thirty-one members were in attendance that included new member Antonio “Al” Dreumont and his wife Carmen.  We were also honored to have in attendance Dr. John L Creswell, South Texas Area Vice President, and his wife Dorothy Creswell, Texas Federation of Chapters District 12 Representative.

Lt. Charlise Godwin with the Salvation Army gave a briefing on this organization's mission.  During the luncheon, $212.00 was collected and presented to her as a donation to help them continue doing the wonderful things they do for our communities.

 

November 16, 2016 Meeting
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Pictured left to right, Paul Premack, Certified Elder Law Attorney, being presented Certificate of Appreciation by Joyce Zerr, Chapter 1594 President
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Pictured left to right, Laura Mansour with Blue Cross/Blue Shield being presented with Certificate of Appreciation by Joyce Zerr, Chapter 1594 President
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Pictured left to right, Ana Vieyra with Aetna being presented with Certificate of Appreciation by Joyce Zerr, Chapter 1594 President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members present at the November 16 meeting at Brookhill Baptist Church Center enjoyed a short briefing by Paul Premack, Certified Elder Law Attorney, on estate taxes, planning for incapacity, and probate.  He cautioned members who have Wills that may be over 10 years old, to check with an attorney to insure they are current with existing law.  He also added that the more specific and detailed a will is written, the less problems that could surface upon an individual passing.

Ms. Laura Mansour with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas and Ana Vierya with Aetna briefed on upcoming changes in 2017.  They answered members questions and passed out brochures during the mini-health fair.

 

Matthew Haskins, Legislative Director, Will Hurd (R-TX23) was Guest Speaker at October 19 Meeting
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Pictured left to right, Mr. Matthew Haskins presented with Certificate of Appreciation
by Chapter 1594 2nd Vice President Shirley Swift

Mr. Matthew Haskins, Legislative Director, Office of Will Hurd in Washington D.C., was guest speaker at the October 19 meeting.  He discussed the vast area District 23 encompasses and briefed the various house bills Representative Hurd has introduced in congress since being elected. 

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Pictured left to right, Shirley Rushfeldt and Chapter President Joyce Zerr

 

 

What to do in case of a Data Breech

This is a video of what to do in case of a data breech.....this would apply to more than just our OPM breech - it would be for any others that occur:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2TlfMaoMlM&feature=youtu.be .

 

Sandy Vogel, Service Officer
NARFE Chapter 1594
 
Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts

Information for Taxpayers From IRS Website

Surge in Email, Phishing and Malware Schemes

The IRS saw an approximate 400 percent surge in phishing and malware incidents in the 2016 tax season.

Scam emails are designed to trick taxpayers into thinking these are official communications from the IRS or others in the tax industry, including tax software companies. These phishing schemes can ask taxpayers about a wide range of topics. Emails can seek information related to refunds, filing status, confirming personal information, ordering transcripts and verifying PIN information.

Variations of these scams can be seen via text messages, and the communications are being reported in every section of the country.

When people click on these email links, they are taken to sites designed to imitate an official-looking website, such as IRS.gov. The sites ask for Social Security numbers and other personal information, which could be used to help file false tax returns. The sites also may carry malware, which can infect people's computers and allow criminals to access your files or track your keystrokes to gain information.

August 17, 2016 Meeting
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Pictured left to right, 2nd Vice President Shirley Swift and Officers Mike Trainor and David Nouhan

2nd Vice President Shirley Swift presented a Certificate of Appreciation to San Antonio Police Crime Prevention Officers Mike Trainor and David Nouhan.  They spoke to members about crime prevention and the precautions seniors need to take when shopping, answering scam telephone calls and overall safety.

 

 

Southside Reporter Article, 3 Aug 16

 

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Pictured left to right, Theresa Sanchez and Chapter President Joyce Zerr

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) Chapter 1594’s President Joyce Zerr welcomed 34 members and guests to the July 20 meeting.  Chapter Chaplin, Elevia Gant, opened with a prayer and David Cuellar led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Guest speakers were Dolly Mendez, Blue Cross/Blue Shield senior government account representative, and Sharon Baughman, representing Meals on Wheels of San Antonio.

Mendez was presented a certificate of appreciation and a retirement gift for her support to NARFE members.  Baughman was given a check for $230, a donation from the chapter members to Meals on Wheels.

Chapter 1594 Recognizes Guest Speakers at July 20, 2016 Meeting
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Pictured left to right, Dolly Mendez and Joyce Zerr.  Chapter President Joyce Zerr presented Dolly Mendez, Senior Government Accounts Representative for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, a gift and Certificate of Appreciation for her many years briefing Chapter members on insurance benefits and health and wellness. 

 

NARFE Raises Funds for Local Charities
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Pictured above left to right, Chapter 1594 1st Vice President Gerry Rendon and Distinguished Member Georgia Pilgrim

National Association for Retired and Current Employees (NARFE) Chapter 1594’s President Joyce Zerr opened the June 15, 2016 luncheon/meeting with an introduction of guests, invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance.  Thirty-seven members and guests were in attendance.  The distinguished guests were NARFE District 12 Representative Dorothy Creswell and NARFE TFC South Area Vice President Dr. John Creswell.  1st Vice President Gerry Rendon was presented a Certificate of Appreciation for his outstanding work in the chapter.  Member Georgia Pilgrim was presented a Distinguished Member Certificate for twenty-five years of service and dedication to NARFE Chapter 1594.

Sheena Smith with Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) Speaks at May Meeting
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Pictured left to right, Shirley Swift and Sheena Smith

Sheena Smith, Outreach Specialist, from the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG), briefed NARFE Chapter 1594 members about the Senior Medicare Patrol Program sponsored by AACOG.  This is a nation wide program that helps Medicare beneficiaries learn about Medicare scams, fraud and abuse and is only one of the many programs available at AACOG.   

Kudos to our Social Committee
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Pictured left to right, Stella Flores, Abel and Margarita Hernandez

 

 

Susan Blumhorst, Managing Member of Senior Path Specialists, presented Certificate of Appreciation
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Pictured left to right, Dorothy Creswell and Susan Blumhorst

District 12 Representative Dorothy Creswell presented guest speaker Susan Blumhorst, Managing Member of Senior Path Specialists, a certificate of Appreciation from Chapter 1594 during March's monthly meeting.  

 

Connie Bedock Recognized with Most Valuable Member Award at February Meeting
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Pictured left to right, Connie Bedock recognized by Chapter President Joyce Zerr

Ms. Connie Bedock was presented the Most Valuable Member Award by Chapter 1594 President Joyce Zerr during February's monthly meeting.

 

Chapter 1594 Officers Recognized at January Meeting
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Pictured left to right, Shirley Click, Bob Koenig, Joyce Zerr and Shirley Swift

 

 

Members receive Certificates of Appreciation at January Meeting
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Pictured left to right, Marina Curie-John, Georgia Pilgrim and Sandy Vogel

 

Members in attendance at January's Chapter Meeting
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Pictured left to right Fred Eddie, Blanca Lozano and Jovita Durand

 

 

Prior Meeting Minutes

April 19, 2017

March 15, 2017

January 18, 2017

December 21, 2016

November 16, 2016

October 19, 2016

October 12, 2016 Executive Board

September 21, 2016

 

Southside Reporter Articles

Click here for SSR Article, 28 Jun 17

Click here for SSR Article, 31 May 17

Click here for SSR Article, 3 May 17

Click here for SSR Article, 29 Mar 17

Click here for SSR Article, 28 Feb 17

Click here for SSR Article, 8 Feb 17

Click here for SSR Article, 21 Dec 16

Click here for SSR Article, 2 Nov 16

Click here for SSR Article, 5 Oct 16

Click here for SSR Article, 31 Aug 16