Candidate Statements for National Officers


National President
 

KEN THOMAS


I’m Ken Thomas, a retired civil servant having worked for the government for more than 35 years. I get what it means to be a civil servant – that sense of pride in doing something for the greater good. I’ve walked in your shoes. For more than a year as NARFE’s National President, I’ve worked tirelessly on your behalf to defend and advance the earned pay and benefits of the federal family.

Just as each of you served the American people with honor and integrity, headquarters must provide NARFE members with exceptional benefits and outstanding support services. Where we have fallen short, we must improve. In my short time at headquarters, I see that sense of duty, respect and responsibility is felt and believed in every department. It’s what drives us to do better every day and ensures your investment in NARFE is met with actionable results.

During the unnecessary 35-day government shutdown, NARFE stepped up for federal employees. NARFE developed the Shutdown Central webpage that contained news developments, FAQs, media statements, links to federal agencies, personal shutdown stories and applications to NARFE’s financial grant program. Shutdown Central played a role in NARFE being the go-to resource for the media. Our media outreach efforts during the shutdown reached 366 million people.

In the past 18 months, NARFE produced two training conferences. The first-ever FEDcon18 brought together more than 700 federal employees and retirees from across the United States for training, education and networking. And LEGcon19, NARFE’s Legislative Training Conference, welcomed hundreds to our nation’s capital to strengthen their advocacy skills.

NARFE’s image – as demonstrated through logos, icons and descriptive language – was no longer resonating with our members and the public. So, a rebranding effort was initiated.

NARFE will enter the next century of service in 2021 strong and relevant as the go-to resource for ALL of our stakeholders. In order to attract new members, NARFE will aggressively market itself to current federal employees with a brand that meets their needs and expectations.

I am . . .
Committed to listening to your comments and suggestions.
Committed to setting strategic direction, and initiating projects focusing on membership recruiting and retention.
Committed to association restructuring.
Committed to using technology to enhance association growth.
Committed to marketing and advertising NARFE.

I respectfully ask for your vote and support by electing me your next NARFE National President.

Ken Thomas
dcrsa1@hotmail.com
352.666.5216 or 352.238.5008

National Secretary/Treasurer


CINDY RENEÉ BLYTHE


Over the years, I’ve held several leadership positions in NARFE; as chapter and federation president then Region V Vice-President. All of that experience has led me to seek the position of National Secretary/Treasurer for the 2020-2022 term.

During the National Convention of 2014, we voted to reduce the number of National Officers from four to two; National President and National Treasurer.  The bylaw amendment was two-fold; to reduce the number of officers and to remove the “resident” requirement. The article in the July 2014 NARFE magazine reads “Both the National President and the National Treasurer would remain ‘resident’ until a successful Executive Director search is complete and adequate transition time has transpired”.

The Executive Director was hired April 2017, yet the National Secretary/Treasurer is still a full-time resident officer.  I believe “adequate transition time has transpired” and if elected for the 2020-2022 term I will remain in Kansas with a corresponding reduction in salary conducting business from home with travel to Headquarters when necessary.

Utilizing today’s technology, the duties of the secretary/treasurer can easily be accomplished from Kansas. Go-to-meeting conferences will be conducted weekly or on an as-needed basis.  Working from home will ease the expenses of the National Office while still accomplishing the duties of the position. NARFE turns 100 in 2020 and we must do everything possible to sustain our organization.

As we continue to seek younger members, the application of new technologies will demonstrate that our organization is evolving.  I pledge to continue to explore new avenues to regenerate interest in NARFE, while continuing to provide benefits to existing members.  It is through our existing members that we gain insight into what potential members need from our organization.

Juggling priorities is not new to me; I attained my Bachelors and Masters in Business Administration while working full time and picking up extra courses at the local community college.

I hope that members of NARFE allow me the opportunity to continue to utilize the experience I have gained serving in leadership roles and continue my service to NARFE and its members.  Thank you for supporting me these past two years as a member of the National Executive Board and I look forward to continuing my service towards a better NARFE.

KATHRYN HENSLEY


Since I was elected in 2018 as your Secretary/Treasurer, my time has been spent in the governance and financial matters of NARFE. There have been a number of organizational challenges as we continue the implementation of One Member One Vote (OMOV) and Optional Chapter Membership (OCM).

On the governance side, the following actions have occurred:
• Continuing review of the 2018 National Bylaws covering eleven amendments adopted by the membership and update for compliance with our governing requirements
• Updating guidelines publications
• Revised chapter and federation bylaws templates and approval of chapter and federation bylaws
• Development of NARFE Policy Manual to replace outdated policy document from 2014
• Updated membership renewal and membership forms to clarify members’ option to chapter membership.

Financially, the Consolidated Financial Statement for the Year Ended December 31, 2018 was audited and reported in the June 2019 narfe magazine as required. Now, it’s time to review ways to enhance and add new tools to protect assets and lower operating costs.  Projections were on target at the midyear point to meet budget projections with increased monitoring and reporting. NARFE’s investment portfolio had gains averaging between 7% and 9% through November.  Net membership income is lower than budgeted, as was the case in 2018, and special efforts have been made to tap into non-dues revenue resources and shift staffing for this important area. A new corporate credit card agreement that tightened potential risk was signed and enhances the headquarters purchase order process to monitor day-to-day expenditures more closely. 

NARFE-PAC has been successful in maintaining its plans of increasing available funds for support of NARFE’s advocacy program. 

While good things have happened at headquarters, one that brings daily complaints is the inherited Association Management System (AMS) initiated and contract signed with design and deliverable requirements committed before current officers were even elected. It is now the most critical activity in headquarters. Everything we do is affected by the AMS and we are working hard to fix it. 

Overall, we still have a number of actions we want to add to best management practices of NARFE. With help from all our members as well as the federations and chapters, we will continue our standards of excellence in advocating for federal workers’ pay and benefits that NARFE members expect.

I respectfully ask for your vote for another term as NARFE Secretary/Treasurer to maintain continuity on these initiatives.
     
       
       
       
 

National Active and Retired

FEDERAL EMPLOYEES Association

NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association) 606 N. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314, Phone: (703) 838-7760, Fax: (703) 838-7785.

 

This is the only website that reflects the official opinions and positions of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE). Opinions and/or positions that appear on any other site bearing NARFE's name or seal are not necessarily those of NARFE. Click here for Privacy Statement.   NARFE has been certified by Dun & Bradstreet.

Candidate Statements for National Officers


National President
 

KEN THOMAS


I’m Ken Thomas, a retired civil servant having worked for the government for more than 35 years. I get what it means to be a civil servant – that sense of pride in doing something for the greater good. I’ve walked in your shoes. For more than a year as NARFE’s National President, I’ve worked tirelessly on your behalf to defend and advance the earned pay and benefits of the federal family.

Just as each of you served the American people with honor and integrity, headquarters must provide NARFE members with exceptional benefits and outstanding support services. Where we have fallen short, we must improve. In my short time at headquarters, I see that sense of duty, respect and responsibility is felt and believed in every department. It’s what drives us to do better every day and ensures your investment in NARFE is met with actionable results.

During the unnecessary 35-day government shutdown, NARFE stepped up for federal employees. NARFE developed the Shutdown Central webpage that contained news developments, FAQs, media statements, links to federal agencies, personal shutdown stories and applications to NARFE’s financial grant program. Shutdown Central played a role in NARFE being the go-to resource for the media. Our media outreach efforts during the shutdown reached 366 million people.

In the past 18 months, NARFE produced two training conferences. The first-ever FEDcon18 brought together more than 700 federal employees and retirees from across the United States for training, education and networking. And LEGcon19, NARFE’s Legislative Training Conference, welcomed hundreds to our nation’s capital to strengthen their advocacy skills.

NARFE’s image – as demonstrated through logos, icons and descriptive language – was no longer resonating with our members and the public. So, a rebranding effort was initiated.

NARFE will enter the next century of service in 2021 strong and relevant as the go-to resource for ALL of our stakeholders. In order to attract new members, NARFE will aggressively market itself to current federal employees with a brand that meets their needs and expectations.

I am . . .
Committed to listening to your comments and suggestions.
Committed to setting strategic direction, and initiating projects focusing on membership recruiting and retention.
Committed to association restructuring.
Committed to using technology to enhance association growth.
Committed to marketing and advertising NARFE.

I respectfully ask for your vote and support by electing me your next NARFE National President.

Ken Thomas
dcrsa1@hotmail.com
352.666.5216 or 352.238.5008

National Secretary/Treasurer


CINDY RENEÉ BLYTHE


Over the years, I’ve held several leadership positions in NARFE; as chapter and federation president then Region V Vice-President. All of that experience has led me to seek the position of National Secretary/Treasurer for the 2020-2022 term.

During the National Convention of 2014, we voted to reduce the number of National Officers from four to two; National President and National Treasurer.  The bylaw amendment was two-fold; to reduce the number of officers and to remove the “resident” requirement. The article in the July 2014 NARFE magazine reads “Both the National President and the National Treasurer would remain ‘resident’ until a successful Executive Director search is complete and adequate transition time has transpired”.

The Executive Director was hired April 2017, yet the National Secretary/Treasurer is still a full-time resident officer.  I believe “adequate transition time has transpired” and if elected for the 2020-2022 term I will remain in Kansas with a corresponding reduction in salary conducting business from home with travel to Headquarters when necessary.

Utilizing today’s technology, the duties of the secretary/treasurer can easily be accomplished from Kansas. Go-to-meeting conferences will be conducted weekly or on an as-needed basis.  Working from home will ease the expenses of the National Office while still accomplishing the duties of the position. NARFE turns 100 in 2020 and we must do everything possible to sustain our organization.

As we continue to seek younger members, the application of new technologies will demonstrate that our organization is evolving.  I pledge to continue to explore new avenues to regenerate interest in NARFE, while continuing to provide benefits to existing members.  It is through our existing members that we gain insight into what potential members need from our organization.

Juggling priorities is not new to me; I attained my Bachelors and Masters in Business Administration while working full time and picking up extra courses at the local community college.

I hope that members of NARFE allow me the opportunity to continue to utilize the experience I have gained serving in leadership roles and continue my service to NARFE and its members.  Thank you for supporting me these past two years as a member of the National Executive Board and I look forward to continuing my service towards a better NARFE.

KATHRYN HENSLEY


Since I was elected in 2018 as your Secretary/Treasurer, my time has been spent in the governance and financial matters of NARFE. There have been a number of organizational challenges as we continue the implementation of One Member One Vote (OMOV) and Optional Chapter Membership (OCM).

On the governance side, the following actions have occurred:
• Continuing review of the 2018 National Bylaws covering eleven amendments adopted by the membership and update for compliance with our governing requirements
• Updating guidelines publications
• Revised chapter and federation bylaws templates and approval of chapter and federation bylaws
• Development of NARFE Policy Manual to replace outdated policy document from 2014
• Updated membership renewal and membership forms to clarify members’ option to chapter membership.

Financially, the Consolidated Financial Statement for the Year Ended December 31, 2018 was audited and reported in the June 2019 narfe magazine as required. Now, it’s time to review ways to enhance and add new tools to protect assets and lower operating costs.  Projections were on target at the midyear point to meet budget projections with increased monitoring and reporting. NARFE’s investment portfolio had gains averaging between 7% and 9% through November.  Net membership income is lower than budgeted, as was the case in 2018, and special efforts have been made to tap into non-dues revenue resources and shift staffing for this important area. A new corporate credit card agreement that tightened potential risk was signed and enhances the headquarters purchase order process to monitor day-to-day expenditures more closely. 

NARFE-PAC has been successful in maintaining its plans of increasing available funds for support of NARFE’s advocacy program. 

While good things have happened at headquarters, one that brings daily complaints is the inherited Association Management System (AMS) initiated and contract signed with design and deliverable requirements committed before current officers were even elected. It is now the most critical activity in headquarters. Everything we do is affected by the AMS and we are working hard to fix it. 

Overall, we still have a number of actions we want to add to best management practices of NARFE. With help from all our members as well as the federations and chapters, we will continue our standards of excellence in advocating for federal workers’ pay and benefits that NARFE members expect.

I respectfully ask for your vote for another term as NARFE Secretary/Treasurer to maintain continuity on these initiatives.
     
       
       
       
 



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NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association) 606 N. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314, Phone: (703) 838-7760, Fax: (703) 838-7785.

 

This is the only website that reflects the official opinions and positions of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE). Opinions and/or positions that appear on any other site bearing NARFE's name or seal are not necessarily those of NARFE. Click here for Privacy Statement.   NARFE has been certified by Dun & Bradstreet.