National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Chapter 151 - Indianapolis, IN

Welcome.  

NARFE Chapter 151 - Indianapolis, IN meets on the first Friday of each month at 12:30 PM, except for the month of July.

Meetings are held at the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 39 Hall, located at 2211 East 54th Street, Indianapolis, IN  46220 (approximately one block west of Keystone Avenue).  See map below.  Click here for for a map to the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 39 Hall.  For those interested in joining us for lunch, members meet at one of the restaurants across the street from the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 39 Hall at 11:00 AM for lunch.  The August meeting is the Chapter 151 annual picnic held at a time and place to be announced.  The December meeting is the Chapter 151 annual holiday luncheon held at a time and place to be announced.

Contact Chapter 151 President John Triplett at john-triplett@sbcglobal.net if you have any questions.  For more information about NARFE, visit the NARFE Indiana Federation website at http://www.narfe.org/SITE/IN.

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NEXT MEETING – FRIDAY, FBRUARY 7th, 2020

Our next meeting, on Friday, February 7, 2020, will be at 12:30 PM at the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Union Hall, 2211 E. 54th Street, Indianapolis, IN (approximately one block west of Keystone Ave.).  See map below.  Our guest speaker is Rev. Dr. Ronald Covington, Sr., Pastor of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church - He will be speaking on faith. For those interested in joining us for lunch, we will be meeting at the Pawn Shop Pub at 2222 E. 54th Street, across the street from the NALC Union Hall, for lunch at 11:00 AM. An executive meeting of chapter officers and trustees will be held at 10:00 AM.  Click here for a printable map to the National Association of Letter Carriers.

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Chapter 151 has an Upcoming Birthday

In March 2020, Chapter 151 will be celebrating its 68th anniversary at our regular March meeting, which will be on Friday March 6. 2020 at 12:30 PM. The chapter, originally called the National Association of Retired Civil Employees, was granted a charter on March 24, 1952 with 39 founding members. There will be a special meeting with a pitch-in lunch and a delicious birthday cake.

Don’t forget to put this date on your calendar. We look forward to seeing you there.

The March meeting will be at the National Association of Letter Carriers Hall, located at at 2211 East 54th Street, Indianapolis, IN  46220 (approximately one block west of Keystone Avenue).  See map below.  Click here for a map to the National Association of Letter Carriers Hall.

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Chapter 151 January 3rd Meeting Went to the Dogs!

Chapter 151 rang in the New Year with a special visit by Kasey and Kallie, the Koorsen Fire Education Labrador Retriever dogs at the regular meeting on Friday, January 3, 2020.  Kasey, 8 years old and Kallie, 4 years old, are both black females.  The dogs are owned and work full-time with Jeff Owens as nationally touring fire prevention dogs.  Mr. Owens has worked as a Firefighter and Paramedic and is also a musician and minister.

The dogs start training when they are 8 weeks old when they come to live with Mr. and Mrs. Owens and the existing dogs, who do all the training. The dogs complete 3.5 years of training before receiving their Firefighting Badge from the Carmel Fire Department. At our meeting, the dogs demonstrated the stop, drop, and roll technique, to be implemented when you are burned. The dogs are also trained as therapy dogs, search and rescue dogs, and burn unit assistant dogs. Labradors are natural working dogs and very social by nature. They love to be with people and take the two-week Christmas Holiday break from working at schools pretty hard. Every five years, the dogs are rotated out of fire training and continue to live with Mr. Ownes and even help train the new puppies who come to live in the Owens household!

Kasey, Kalie, their predecessors, and Mr. Owens do an amazing 400 programs a year, have taught over 7 million children and have saved 22 lives! The target market for training is preschool through sixth grade. Their work has been featured in USA Today Newspaper and Carmel Monthly Magazine, on NBC Nightly News and Fox News, and in a National Geographic Book. Koorsen Fire and Security is their sponsoring company, and the Carmel Fire Department is the sponsoring Fire Department.

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2019 Chapter 151 Holiday Luncheon

On Friday, December 6, 2019, Chapter #151 held its Annual Holiday Luncheon and Program. The Luncheon was held at the Carriage House of the Indianapolis Propylaeum in downtown Indianapolis. Our meeting was called to order at 11:30 a.m. by President John Triplett. What followed was a delicious lunch. The lunch included a salad, rolls and butter, a chicken or pork entrée with mashed potatoes and sautéed vegetables and a generous slice of chocolate cake for dessert. The chapter was honored to have Bob Helfrich, National Executive Board Member, Region IV, conduct the swearing in of officers for 2020. We also had Jim DeWitt, Indiana Federation President and Area IV Vice President Andy Whitt in attendance. Chapter 151 will be headed by John Triplett, who graciously agreed to serve a fourth term as President. President Triplett received a hearty round of applause for all of his hard work these past three years. Mr. Helfrich remarked that our chapter was very lucky to have so many high-quality members willing to serve as Officers and Trustees.

The swearing in was followed by a drawing conducted by Sheila Greer and Membership Chairperson Ella Johnson for Holiday presents. Everyone in attendance was able to take home a nice present or gift certificate. Once again, the chapter owes a special note of gratitude to Sarah Williamson, who was able to procure many, many gifts and gift certificates from local vendors. Members were happy to hear that NARFE is working with some members of the Indiana legislature to make the entire federal pension exempt from Indiana income tax.

Thank you also to Ella Johnson, Sheila Greer, Mary Holtsclaw, Scott Anderson and Gene Krodel for their work on the Holiday Luncheon. Chapter #151 would like to thank Kathleen Krueger for arranging the Holiday Luncheon and to all those who worked to make this a delightful event. Kathleen reported that 32 members and guests attended. We all said good-bye at 1:30 p.m.

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Chapter 151 Calendar of Events
 
 
February 7th   Regular Meeting – Guest Speaker - Rev. Dr. Ronald Covington, Sr., Pastor of
                        Friendship Missionary Baptist Church - He will be speaking on faith.
 
March 6th   Regular Meeting - Chapter 151 68th Anniversary Party
 
April 3   Regular Meeting - Suzzane Stannis, Indiana Landmarks - "What Buildings Can Tell
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Regular Meeting Place for Chapter 151

Regular meetings of Chapter 151 are held on the first Friday of each month.  We meet at the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 39 Hall, located at 2211 East 54th Street, Indianapolis, IN  46220 (approximately one block west of Keystone Avenue).  The meeting time is at 12:30 PM.  There is no meeting during the month of July.  For those interested in joining us for lunch, members will meet at one of the restaurants across the street from the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 39 Hall at 11:00 AM for lunch.  Click here for a printable map to the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 39 Hall.  The August meeting is the Chapter 151 annual picnic held at a time and place to be announced.  The December meeting is the Chapter 151 annual holiday luncheon held at a time and place to be announced.

Contact Chapter 151 President John Triplett at john-triplett@sbcglobal.net if you have any questions.

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Chapter 151 to be included in Indiana State Library

The Indiana State Library has agreed to accept materials that our Chapter has submitted to them. We submitted a copy of the original charter, Executive Board minutes from 1990 and an assortment of newsletters starting with those in the 1990’s to the present time. The materials will be archived, then searchable and available for all those who come to the Library and want to research NARFE Chapter 151.

 

Meeting with Congresswoman Susan Brooks

On Saturday, November 2, 2019, NARFE Chapter 151 members John Triplett, John Deck, Kathleen Krueger, Don Donlan, Roberta Donlan, and John Vojnovich met with Indiana 5th Congressional District Congresswoman Susan Brooks at a breakfast meeting hosted by the National Association of Letter Carriers. Congresswoman Brooks was elected as Representative of the 5th Congressional District in 2012 and will be retiring from Congress at the end of her current term in 2021. Congresswoman Brooks has opposed privatization of the Post Office and the pre-funding requirement of the postal workers’ pension fund. She also expressed opposition to government shut downs. Concerns of Federal employees and retirees were discussed and it was a very pleasant and enjoyable meeting.

 

Oops!

One of our eagle-eyed chapter members has reported that he received a dues renewal notice of $325. 00! Good News: The annual dues still remain $50 with $40 going to national and $10 going to the chapter. His renewal notice had added the extra amount prefilled as a donation to the NARFE PAC. If your dues notice contains incorrect information, please just submit the annual amount of $50 and scratch through the rest. NARFE National has been notified.

 

Chapter Recruitment Events Update

Chapter 151 Member, Mary Ellen Hahn assisted with the Chapter’s recruitment efforts by attending the Ft. Ben Finance Center 29th Reunion breakfast on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the Golden Corral, 6102 W. 38th Street, Indianapolis. She congratulated Minnie Vance, President of the group on their 29th anniversary, and distributed a total of 50 Chapter 151 recruitment packets to the reunion participants. She also highlighted a NARFE Fact Sheet titled “Proposals Threatening the Federal Community” and urged the participants to call or write their Representatives about one or more of these issues. And of course, she urged each of the participants to join NARFE, or to continue their current NARFE membership.

Thanks Mary Ellen, and thanks to Minnie Vance and members of the Ft. Ben Finance Center Reunion Group.

Chapter 151 Members Ella Johnson and John Vojnovich set up a table for participation in the DFAS (Defense, Finance and Accounting Service) Open Season Event on October 24, 2019 at the Finance Center Bldg, 8899 E. 56th Street.  Approximately 150 packets with information about our Chapter 151, along with the NARFE Magazine and other relevant NARFE recruitment publications were disseminated to the lines of employees who filed past the vendor tables.  It was an exciting day’s event!!!
 
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Chapter 151 Members Ella Johnson and John Vojnovich also set up a table for participation in the BC/BS Pre-Open Season Event on October 29, 2019 at the Garrison Conference Center, Ft. Harrison State Park, Indianapolis.  Approximately 100 recruitment packets were disseminated to the individuals in attendance at this event.  John Vojnovich also attended the seminar portion of the event during the morning session.  Special thanks to John Vojnovich for participating in both Agency events!!!!
 
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On November 6, 2019, Mary Ellen Hahn assisted me with set up of a table at the U.S. Customs, 6650 Telecom Drive, Indianapolis, during their Agency Open Season Health and Benefits Fair from 11AM-1PM.   Approximately 35 recruitment packets, including the membership application and the November issue of the Narfe Magazine was distributed to the Customs employees.

On November 7, 2019, President John Triplett assisted me with set up of a table at the U.S. Courts & Probation, 46 East Ohio Street, Indianapolis during their Agency Open Season Event from 11AM-1PM. Approximately 35 recruitment packets, including the membership application and the November issue of the Narfe Magazine was distributed to the Courts & Probation employees.

On November 8, 2019, Trustee John Deck assisted me with set up of a table at the VA Medical Center, 1481 W. 10th “Street, Indianapolis during the Agency Open Season Health Fair during the hours of 7:30AM-Noon. A total of 100 recruitment packets, including the membership application, and the November issue of the Narfe Magazine was distributed to the VA Medical Center employees. Our supply of materials was exhausted toward the end of the noon hour, therefore, name and address information was transcribed for future mailing of the packets to another 40 VA employees.

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Revised NARFE Membership Application

The NARFE Membership Application Form has been revised.  Click here for to view and print the revised form.

 

Census Taker Jobs Available

During the September 6th meeting, Chapter 151 Member and recruiter for the 2020 United States Census Robert Gordon informed the members that there are many jobs available as a Census Taker for the 2020 United States Census. For additional information and how to apply visit www.2020census.gov/jobs.

 

Pneumonia Vaccinations

The CDC recommends the following Pneumonia vaccination schedule for adults 65 years and older: One dose of PVC 13 and one dose a year later of PVC 23.

There are more than 3 million cases of Pneumonia in the U.S. per year. Pneumonia can result in hospitalization and even death. Chapter 151 urges you to talk to your health care provider about getting these shots to stay healthy!

 

GOOD INTERNET HYGIENE

Listed below are some strategies designed to help you keep your internet interactions secure.   This information is adapted from an article in the August 2019 NARFE Magazine.

  1. Come up with strong passwords or passphrases that are lengthy and include. a combination of letters, numbers, and different characters. The word "password” or “password1” are not good choices.
  1. Put security software, such as antivirus programs and firewalls, on all of your devices.
  1. Do not use the same passwords for different websites and apps.
  1. Do not click on emails that are from organizations, addresses, and individuals with whom you have no relationship or that look suspicious.
  1. Go to the main website of an organization when buying products or signing up for services rather than clicking on links on emails.
  1. Pay attention to how key organizations say they will communicate sensitive information with you. For example, the IRS does not communicate with taxpayers by e-mail.
  1. Install all security patches and updates for your phone's and computer's operating systems and main software functions, such as the Microsoft Office data processing package.
  1. Regularly back-up your computer files onto an external hard drive.
  1. Use secure WI-FI.

     10. Report any suspected fraud immediately to increase your chances of recovery.

     11. Beware of any email or phone call that demands immediate action.

     12. Use multifactor authentication whenever possible. 

 

NARFE INTRODUCES A NEW BRAND

In anticipation of our 2021 centennial, NARFE is proudly introducing a new logo and accompanying brand messaging.   Launched in the 1940’s, the NARFE seal served us well but no longer resonated as a symbol for a modern association.  NARFE’s new branding honors our past while refreshing and updating our image and ensures we enter our second century strong, relevant, and firmly established as the go-to-resource for the federal community, policymakers and the media and public.

When you look at the new logo on the newsletter or website, you will see our tagline: Federal Benefits Experts. The logo itself maintains a strong sense of patriotism, reflecting our members’ dedication to the country. The tagline, while new, underscores the value NARFE has long provided in terms of being the go-to resource for all things federal benefits.  NARFE’s advocacy staff is an important resource for the Hill as legislation is considered.  NARFE’s Federal Benefits Institute provides essential information and guidance to current and retired employees navigating their complex benefit options.

For additional information, please contact  narfebrands@narfe.org.

This article is adapted from an article in the August 2019 NARFE Magazine. 

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CHAPTER MEMBER DEATH NOTIFICATIONS

Please contact Ella Johnson, Membership Chairperson at (317) 837-6862 or ejohnson6999@sbcglobal.net with any information regarding the death of any Chapter 151 member.  Please provide Ella with the member’s name and address, date of death, NARFE ID# (if known) and information about name of spouse, and funeral services information (if known).

 

Indiana Real ID, Driver’s License, Permit or Identification Card Info
As of October 1, 2020, a Real ID-compliant driver’s license, permit, or identification card will be required to board commercial airplanes or to enter certain federal facilities.  To obtain this, you must bring the appropriate documentation from each category below to your local BMV Branch to upgrade to a Real ID.  The cost to upgrade outside of your renewal date is $9.00.
 
     One original document to establish identity

     One original document to establish lawful status

     One original document with your name and Social Security number to establish your
     Social Security Number. 
 
     Two original documents with your name and Indiana residential address to establish
     Indiana residency.  Documents must contain a residential address; a post office
     box will not be accepted.
 
Additional information including lists of appropriate documents can be found at www.REALID.IN.gov from which information in this article was taken, or by calling toll-free 888-692-6841.
 
 
Your Indiana Driver’s License expires on your birthday.  The number of years it is valid for depends on your age.
 
      Under 75 years old:  6 years for a cost of $17.50
      75-84 years old: 3 years for a cost of $11.00
      85 years old or older:  2 years for a cost of $7.00
      Drivers 75 years old or older, are not eligible for on-line renewal.
 
For additional information, please see www.dmv.org/in-indiana/renew-license.php, the website from which this information was taken.
 
 
What’s the difference between a CSA and CSF number?
A CSA number refers to a retiree annuity; a CSF number refers to a survivor annuity. The CSA number is given to federal retirees after they receive their annuity at the time of retirement. An annuitant’s retirement file and accrued benefits are identified by their CSA number, which is assigned by the Office of Personnel Management. All CSA numbers start with CSA, followed by a seven-digit number and suffix of zero. A CSA number is similar to a Social Security number (SSN) and will read as follows: CSA XXXXXXX 0.
 
When the survivor of the annuity notifies OPM of the spouse’s death and files for annuity, the survivor is given a Retirement Services Reference Card and a CSF number. This number identifies their survivor annuity and starts with CSF, followed by seven digits and the letter W as a suffix. The CSF number reads as follows: CSF XXXXXXX W. For more information on CSA and CSF numbers, call OPM at 1-888-767-6738 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or email OPM at retire@opm.gov.  (from the NARFE national website)
 
 
NARFE-PAC

What is NARFE-PAC? NARFE’S Political action committee (NARFE-PAC) is the political arm of NARFE that raises funds to support the political campaigns of candidates running for Congress, never candidates for the presidency. NARFE-PAC is a separate, segregated fund of NARFE and is financed directly through NARFE members’ voluntary contributions. By law, your dues to NARFE cannot be used to contribute to campaigns.   NARFE-PAC works in conjunction with grassroots advocacy and lobbying to discuss NARFE’s agenda with lawmakers. It allows the priorities of NARFE and its members to be heard by lawmakers who are strategizing their next move.

Each disbursement made by NARFE-PAC to a campaign provides an opportunity to foster a relationship with a lawmaker, and to make NARFE members’ voices heard. These relationships can go a long way, as they keep NARFE’s priorities at the forefront of legislators’ minds and prevent your earned benefits from being used as bargaining chips.

NARFE-PAC worked tirelessly during the 2017-2018 cycle to meet the aggressive goals set at the beginning of the cycle. As a result, hundreds of NARFE allies have been sworn into the 116th Congress. NARFE-PAC is entering the 2019-2020 cycle with a renewed momentum and new goals to strengthen NARFE’s political influence. NARFE-PAC needs your help to:

            Raise $1.75 million in member contributions;

            Disburse $1.25 million for political purposes;

            Send NARFE members to 110 in-district fundraisers;

            Increase monthly NARFE-PAC sustainers by 20%.

We need your help with these ambitious goals.  They will help elect Federal-friendly lawmakers and increase the number of positive relationships that NARFE has with legislators. The 116th Congress is going to bring unique challenges, making it even more necessary to have NARFE-PAC running at full strength.  Please keep this in mind as you consider your NARFE-PAC contribution.  Talk to our Chapter 151 PAC Chair for further information.

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GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR BENEFITS

The NARFE Federal Benefits Institute is a member-only resource designed to help NARFE memebers take charge of their federal benefits and guarantee a secure future.  To attend the live events, access the on-demand sessions, benefits briefs, and other free resources visit www.narfe.org/federalbenefitsinstitute.

 

NARFE at Your Service

At NARFE headqurters, experts are available to answer questions and to assist in helping with a variety of benefit matters.

Call NARFE at:

800-456-8410

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MESSAGE FROM OUR MEMBERSHIP CHAIRPERSON ELLA JOHNSON - NARFE Life Membership Program

I am attaching a link to the NARFE Life Membership Program Brochure in response to a question from one of our Chapter 151 members regarding this program.  Click here for a printable version of the Life Membership Program Brochure.  As stated in the brochure, NARFE Life Membership offers a payment option to current members that allows a one-time payment (or installments) for payment of the National Dues that would be paid in full during the one year commencing with the application submission.  The Chapter Dues would continue to be paid annually.

If you have any trouble printing a copy of the brochure, or have further questions, please contact Membership Chairperson Ella Johnson at (317) 837-6862 or at ejohnson6999@sbcglobal.net.

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NARFE Elevator Speech

An elevator speech is simply a summary – or the best possible way to present NARFE and the value of membership within a limited amount of time. We seldom have the luxury of a relaxed, extended discussion with a potential NARFE member. Instead, it is the hurried pitch to busy attendees of a health fair or a brief, chance encounter with a newly discovered co-fed. A clear, highly focused elevator speech makes certain that the limited time is used most wisely.

The best speech will be based on answering four key questions:

•     What is NARFE?

•     What does NARFE do?

•     What are the benefits of NARFE membership?

         Why should I join?

The following benefits can be used to demonstrate the value of NARFE as you tailor your speech to your audience.

NARFE is the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. It is the only organization solely dedicated to protecting and preserving the pay and benefits of all federal workers and retirees.

 NARFE has two primary roles:

         Your Legislative Voice. In-house, influential lobbyists advocate on Capitol Hill on behalf of the federal community.

•     Your Information resource. NARFE provides clear information and trusted guidance on complex federal benefits issues.

 As a member of NARFE, you receive:

•     NARFE Magazine — the primary source of information and guidance on critical legislation and benefit issues.

•     Access to a team of federal benefits specialists for answers to complex benefits questions.

•     Free access to webinars and online resources to help you make the most of your federal  benefits.

•     Legislative alerts on issues that impact the federal community. NARFE’s online Legislative Action Center gives you easy access to your member of Congress.

•     Member-only discounts on many products and services that you use regularly. NARFE members also are eligible for disaster relief grants, and family members may qualify to compete for college scholarships.

When you join NARFE, you will help protect your earned pay and benefits; get trusted answers to complex pay and benefit questions; and support the federal community.

 

Fun Federal Facts:

The FDA

In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Pure Food and Drug Act. This legislation is also known as the Wiley Act, named after Harvey Washington Wiley, then chief chemist at the Department of Agriculture. The Act prohibited the transportation of misbranded or poisonous foods, drugs, medicine, or liquor. It was enforced by the Bureau of Chemistry, which became the U.S. Food, Drug, and Insecticide Administration in 1927, then finally became the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1930. The agency’s goal is to protect consumers and enhance public health.

This article was taken from the May 2019 NARFE Magazine

Indiana Legislators - Ongoing Tax Initiative

Since this is tax season, CSRS retirees may deduct $16,000 minus Social Security on their 2017 Indiana Income Tax filing if age 62 in filing year or a survivor. Hopefully, you are taking advantage of subject deduction. Please alert your former CSRS co-workers, chapter members and eligible retirees of the deduction. There are stories many retirees are unaware of deduction and failed to file for same in the past which can be amended.

There is no guarantee our tax deduction will remain permanent given potential for State budget deficits, competing factions for a “piece of the pie,” changes in legislators and general political atmosphere.

There are and will be many changes among Senate and House legislators. For example, Senators Luke Kenley and Brandt Hershman are no longer members of the Senate. Both were prime movers in helping to pass our tax bill. Senator David Long, President Pro Tempore in the Senate, is retiring. Two potential candidates to replace Senator Long are Travis Holdman, District 19, and Rodric Bray, District 37, current Majority Floor Leader. There are reports 18 in Senate/House are planning to retire, some already announced as mentioned.

There are major changes in Chairs of Senate committees. Ryan Mishler, District 9, is now Chair of the Appropriations Committee. Travis Holdman, District 19, is Chair of the Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee. Any bill with revenue proposals introduced or routed to the Senate will be assigned to one of these two committees for disposition/action.

Our tasks are: 1. Establish working relationships with new legislators and educate as to our tax and fairness issue. 2. Personalize or share stories of how you and other CSRS retirees/survivors have benefited from the tax relief. Examples would be discretionary spending such as help with groceries, medication copay, utilities, etc. given fixed incomes. 3. Renew relationships with current and ongoing members of Senate/House. Assist with re-election as appropriate based on past or projected support for tax initiative. 4. Again, thank your legislators for their past support and vote.

We will be looking at the 2019 Budget Session to determine if the amount of our tax deduction can be increased. It appears the average amount of Social Security for Indiana retirees is now $17,000 plus. I will be able to determine the exact amount when data are available online under Congressional Statistics for Indiana/2017. In the meantime, Representative Ed Clere will be getting information on the impact of our tax deductions on the Indiana State budget.   It will be reasonably straightforward to determine the chances of increasing our tax deduction in 2019 by consulting with key past supporters.   To name a few: Reps. Ed Clere, Bob Cherry and Dr. Tim Brown in the House and Eric Koch, Jim Tomes, Venetta Becker in the Senate. All legislators must be engaged, and their support gained for any future success. It is extremely important that NARFE members in districts of Travis Holdman and Ryan Mishler work to establish relationships and respective support. We may need to revisit the prospect for indexing the amount of our tax deduction commensurate with the average amount of Indiana retirees on social security.  

Thank you for your past involvement in our tax initiative and commitment to future endeavors. 

Don Savage Immediate Past President, Indiana Federation

 

Message From Our President

I hope everyone who attended the Holiday Dinner had a good time. This is a chance for each us to enjoy each other’s company and recognize the people who have put in the work to keep this organization afloat. The new officers were sworn in and we hope to have another good year working together. The need to broadcast the work that federal employees do and need to be paid fairly for and have a secure retirement is a never-ending job. I thank the officers for all they do in the Chapter.

We are still in need of a secretary. Gene Krodel has decided that he didn’t want to do the job anymore. He had it for 25 years and did a great job. I hope somebody will step up and perform the duties. Gene will help you in any way he can. Gene will still be an active member.

The goals for the coming year are not different from the goals every year. We need to recruit. We need to be active in politics. We need to give to the PAC. We need to let federal community know the great job that NARFE does in the political arena and in explaining our benefits. NARFE does a great job with helping members with their benefit problems and issues. NARFE has a lot to offer and we need to get the message out.

I wish everyone a very Happy New Year!

John Triplett, President

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2019 Alzheimer’s Research Fund Drive

Can we prevent Alzheimer’s Disease? At this point, no. However, the Alzheimer’s Association indicates that individuals can reduce their risk for developing this disease and lists strategies in the following areas.

Physical health and exercise: Cardiovascular activity may reduce your risk of cognitive decline as it increases blood flow to the brain. Get moving.

Diet and Nutrition: Nutritious food is fuel for the brain. What’s good for the heart may also be good for the brain. Following dietary guidelines can reduce your risk of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s. Eat right.

Cognitive activity: Keeping your mind active forms new connections among brain cells, and cognitive activity encourages blood flow to the brain. Keep your mind active.

Social engagement: Remaining both socially and mentally active may support brain health and possible delay the onset of dementia. Stay connected with others.

NARFE and Chapter 151 have both been long-time supporters of Alzheimer’s Research. Debra McElroy is Chapter 151’s Alzheimer’s Research chair.

For additional information, please see www.alz.org (from which information in this article was taken) or call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900. 

 

A NOTE ABOUT DUES AND RENEWAL FROM CHAPTER 151 MEMBERSHIP CHAIR

Please read this important notice about your Renewal Letter and Payment of Your Renewal Dues from our Membership Chair Ella Johnson.

We are continuing to see recent problems with the dues payments from our Chapter 151 members who have responded to the renewal letter from National with the payment remittal that provides a payment that does not include the Chapter 151 dues.

We have received a sample copy of the renewal letter that shows the payment coupon to read as follows:

___Please renew my NARFE membership as indicated below:

Choose your Membership option

                             NARFE                       OR                 NARFE & CHAPTER 151 

1 year                   ____ $40.00                                        ____ $50.00

2 years                 ____ $72.00                                        ____ $92.00

3 years                 ____$102.00                                       ____$132.00

Your current total dues renewal amount due for payment of your National and Chapter 151 dues is $50.00 for 1 year, $92.00 for 2 years or $132.00 for 3 years.

Please mark the appropriate box before you send your renewal check or credit card payment

Please also feel free to contact our Membership Chair, Ella Johnson, with any questions, or requests for assistance regarding your renewal membership application. She can be reached at ejohnson6999@sbcglobal.net.

Ella M. Johnson, who is always on the hunt for new members, serves as Chapter 151’s Membership Chair as well as Second Vice President. Ella became a NARFE Chapter 151 member in 2007 after thirty three years of service. Most of those years were spent with the Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division. Ella started in Carbondale, IL in 1974 and retired in Indianapolis, IN. Ella is so thankful to each and every member and appreciates the love and support she receives from everyone.

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The Importance of Member Involvement in Legislative Affairs

As we know, we are living in interesting and challenging times. It is important for us to do all that we can to protect our hard-won benefits as a federal employee. There is an easy way to send letters to members of Congress, search for your legislatures, report your congressional meetings and much more. 

Go to the main NARFE website: www.NARFE.org

At the top, click on "Advocacy".  From the drop down menu, click on "Take Action". Click on "Write to Congress".  Choose one of the advocacy campaigns listed and click on the text of your chosen advocacy campaign. A pre-written letter addressing the selected advocacy campaign, which you may edit, will appear.  Enter your signature, email address, and zip code. Then enter information requested and hit Send Message. You will receive a confirmation and list of the Congress people that your letter went to. When you input your zip code, your members of Congress will automatically be pulled up. After you do one letter, the second one will be easier. 

Writing letters in your own words is also an option; however, not all of us can string words together. Members of Congress depend on you to educate them about what is going on in the districts and what legislation is important to their constituents. A staff person reads each letter and many times the members do too.   Keep your letter on one issue. A letter addressing one issue has more impact than a laundry list. The letters on the website deal with one issue. Your letter must also be legible and neat.   Do not write insulting or nasty letters to your elected officials. This is not an effective means of persuasion. 

As long as our earned annuities and health care benefits can be changed at the whim of Congress, we need strong voices representing us. NARFE is the only organization devoted solely to protecting federal benefits. All chapter members are urged to write to Senators and Congress members. One voice might be ignored, but our legislators will listen to many voices.

 

Legislative Issue - Indiana Income Tax Deduction

A bill was passed in Indiana that provides Federal Civil Service retirees receiving compensation under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) a tax deduction of up to $8,000 effective for tax year 2015 and a tax deduction of up to $16,000 effective for tax year 2016 and thereafter on Indiana State income taxes.  The retiree(s) must be at least sixty-two (62) years of age before the end of the applicable taxable year.  The Civil Service Annuity Deduction is under "Other Deductions".  The code for this deduction is "601".  Refer to the IT-40 Full-Year Resident Individual Income Tax Booklet, which can be obtained from the Indiana Department of Revenue website at http://www.in.gov/dor/, regarding requirements and procedures for claiming this deduction.  The booklet also provides examples on how to calculate the amount of deduction that may be received.  Click on "Tax Forms" (on the top of the screen).  Under "Individual Income Tax Forms", click on "Download Here" (in the blue box).  Then click on "IT-40 Booklet" and click on "Open" at the bottom of your screen, when prompted.  Instructions regarding the deduction are on pages 18 and 19 of the IT-40 Full-Year Resident Individual Incone Tax Booklet under "Line 11 - Other Deductions".  Also, you may Click here to dirctly access the IT-40 Full-Year Resident Individual Income Tax Booklet (2019).  Additional information can be obtained from income Tax Information Bulletin #6 located at http://www.in.gov/dor/3650.htm on the Indiana Department of Revenue website.  If you feel you were entitled to take the deduction, but inadvertently failed to take it, you may be able to file an amended return in order to receive the deduction.  Consult with your tax advisor and/or the Indiana Department of Revenue.  Click here for a guide to all states' tax treatment of Federal annuities (from the April 2019 NARFE Magazine).

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Meetings & Events
Regular Meetings

NARFE Chapter 151 - Indianapolis, IN meets on the first Friday of each month at 12:30 PM, except for the month of July.

Meetings are held at the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 39 Hall, located at 2211 East 54th Street, Indianapolis, IN  46220 (approximately one block west of Keystone Avenue).  See map below.  Click here for for a map to the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 39 Hall.  For those interested in joining us for lunch, members meet at the one of the restaurants across the street from the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 39 Hall at 11:00 AM for lunch.  The August meeting is the Chapter 151 annual picnic held at a time and place to be announced.  The December meeting is the Chapter 151 annual holiday luncheon held at a time and place to be announced.

Contact Chapter 151 President John Triplett at john-triplett@sbcglobal.net if you have any questions.

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