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Message From Region VI VP, Marshall Richards

Due to the very limited interest that has been shown on attending the Region 6 Seminar, I have decided, with the concurrence of the Louisiana Federation President, Patsy Ashton, to cancel the Region 6 Seminar that was scheduled for September in Louisiana.

It would not be fair to the members and the officers of the Louisiana Federation for them to sponsor this scheduled seminar and not have the needed number of attendees that would be necessary to cover the expense of hosting the seminar.

These seminars have been held for nearly a half century, with the first one being held in 1971 in Tyler, TX. These Seminar have been held biennially with one exception, the seminar that was scheduled for Baton Rouge in 2005 was cancelled due to hurricane Katrina. Over the years that these seminars have been held, the Texas Federation has hosted seven, the Arkansas and Oklahoma Federations have hosted six each and the Louisiana Federation has hosted five.

Cancelling the seminar reflects what is happening throughout our NARFE Association. Attendance is down at Federation Conventions/Conferences as well as Nationally held meetings. Attendance at the FEDCon18 and LEGCon19 were lower than previous conventions/conferences. Attendance at your chapter meeting is lower now than in previous years. If you still have a chapter.

This was not an easy decision for me to make, but I feel it is in the best interests of the members of the Region especially those members in the hosting federation, Louisiana.