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 a printable 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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March 6th Meeting – Chapter 151 68th Anniversary Party

Our next meeting will be Friday, March 6, 2020, 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 the map below.  Click here for a printable map to the National Association of Letter Carriers Union Hall.   At this meeting, we will celebrate Chapter 151’s 68th anniversary.  A buffet lunch consisting of cake, sandwiches, coffee, soda, chips, chili, and other food items will be provided at the NALC Hall.  A donation of $5.00 from those participating in the buffet lunch is recommended.  There will be no speaker. Instead, we will enjoy the buffet lunch, meet and greet, answer questions, and have a drawing for prizes.  Members are urged to bring prospective new members as guests.  Also, if you have a laptop computer, bring it to the meeting.  We will demonstrate how to send letters to your U.S. Representatives and Senators through the NARFE website.  An executive meeting of chapter officers and trustees will be held at 11:00 AM.

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February 7th Meeting

On Friday, February 7th, the members of Chapter 151 were fortunate to have Pastor Ronald Covington, Sr., Pastor of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, speak on faith and black history.  Pastor Covington has served with many community, state, and national organizations promoting civic responsibility.  Pastor Covington has authored two published books.  We all very much enjoyed visiting with Pastor Covington.

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2020 INDIANA FEDERATION ANNUAL MEETING

The 2020 Indiana Federation Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.

 

       Meeting Time:   1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

       Location:           NALC Branch 39 Hall 2211 E 54th St (approximately one block west of                                                                                                      Keystone Ave.)

                                  Indianapolis, IN 46220

 

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Chapter 151 Calendar of Events
 
 
 
March 6th   Regular Meeting - Chapter 151 68th Anniversary Party
 
April 3rd    Regular Meeting - Suzzane Stannis, Indiana Landmarks - "What Buildings Can Tell
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April 29th   2020 Indiana Federation Annual Meeting
 
May 1st       Regular Meeting - Guest Speaker to be determined.
 
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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The SECURE Act

Effective January 1, 2020, a new law went into effect, the SECURE Act, or Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement.  This law has more than 20 sections, a few of which are listed in this article.  

Major elements of the bill include raising the minimum distribution age from 70 1/2 yrs. to 72 years old for required minimum distributions from IRAs, 410(k)’s, and other tax-deferred retirement plans.  This allows people an additional 18 months to take advantage of the tax benefits of retirement accounts before beginning withdrawals.  Workers will be able to contribute to their retirement accounts for as long as they are working rather than having to stop at age 70 ½ years.  New parents would be allowed to withdraw up to $5,000 upon birth or adoption without penalty.  Upon the death of an IRA owner or retirement plan participant, the individual beneficiary, with some exceptions including the spousal exception, will be required to draw down the account within 10 years.  More part-time workers will have the opportunity to participate in 401(k) plans.

Retirement and tax law are very complicated.  This information is presented as information only and is not intended to address individual retirement or financial questions.  For specific or additional information, please consult your personal financial advisor or the institution that holds your retirement funds.

 

Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site

The Levi and Catherine Coffin State Historic Site in Fountain City, IN is part of the Indiana State Museum system and is also a National Historic Landmark.  As conductors for the Indiana Underground Railroad, Levi Coffin and his wife Catharine, helped more than 1000 freedom seekers to safety during the period of slavery in this country in defiance of federal laws.

Levi and Catharine Coffins’ home became known as the Grand Central Station of the Underground Railroad.  As a child of the South, Levi witnessed the cruelty of slavery. He and Catharine “did not feel bound to respect human laws that came in direct contact with the laws of God”.  Robin and Catharine were Quakers who opposed slavery and became very active in the Underground Railroad in Indiana.  During the 20 years that they lived in Newport (now Fountain City), they worked to provide transportation, shelter, food, and clothing.  On the outside, their home was a normal, beautifully restored federal style brick home.  On the inside, it had some unusual features.  Most rooms had two ways out, there is a spring-fed well in the large basement, extra rooms upstairs, a large attic, and extra garrets with rear entrances.  For their journey north, freedom seekers often used three main routes to cross from slavery to freedom-through Madison or Jeffersonville in Indiana or Cincinnati Ohio.  From these points, they traveled to Newport IN (now Fountain City), through the Underground Railroad.  The Coffins’ station was so successful that every slave who passed through eventually reached freedom.

When the Coffins moved to Cincinnati for business, they continued to assist fugitives on their escape to freedom, and their house in Newport still had activity.  Levi continued to help up until his death, soliciting goods and donations for the newly-freed slaves put into refugee camps after the Civil War.

 

What is the Crown Act?

At the recent Academy Awards, the short film “Hair Love” won an Oscar for best animated short film.  “Hair Love” follows a young girl and her father as they try to do her hair together.  During their acceptance speech, the Director, Writer, and, former NFL player Matthew Cherry and his co-producer, Karen Rupert Tolliver, advocated for the CROWN Act, an acronym for Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair.  The CROWN Act aims to protect people against hair-based discrimination.

Hair based discrimination against natural styles, including dreadlocks and braids, can target black communities, where such styles have cultural importance and historical significance.  Because of this, banning such styles or their length, can perpetuate harmful and racist stereotypes.  California, New York, and New Jersey have made the CROWN Act law.

For additional information, please see www.thecrownact.com, from which some of the article’s information was taken.

 

IN MEMORIAM

The members of Chapter 151 offer their condolences to the family and friends of Netta Mae Browne, who passed away on February 4, 2020 at the age of 102. Netta was a life member of NARFE and had served as the PAC Chair for Chapter 151. Chapter 151 members Leo and Mary Ellen Hahn, Ella Johnson, and Sarah Williamson attended the memorial service for Ms. Browne on February 8, 2020.

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Make Preventive Health Care a Priority

Medicare covers a full range of Preventive services to keep you healthy. You’ll pay nothing for many of them when you get them from a doctor or other health care provider who accepts Medicare assignment. Preventive services include things like cardiovascular disease screenings, diabetes screenings, flu shots, and glaucoma testing. Check with your doctor or health care provider. Chapter 151 wants you to stay active and healthy!

New Gains for Federal Employees

After months of negotiations and hard work, NARFE and the federal community overall scored some big wins in the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Specifically, the NDAA contained three provisions advance by NARFE. Federal workers will have twelve (12) weeks of paid parental leave, applying to both women and men and is separate from the unpaid leave that federal employees are eligible for under the Family and Medical Leave Act. The NDAA also includes a provision that blocks immediate reorganization of the Office of Personnel Management OMB. A study by the National Academy of Public Administration is required. Additionally, the NDAA reauthorizes federal agencies’ ability to rehire federal annuitants without offset to their annuities. NARFE worked relentlessly to ensure that these provisions were included in the NDAA.

For additional information, please see the February 2020 issue of NARFE Magazine, from which this information was taken.

Federal Pay Raise

After a long wait, Congress passed and the President signed legislation to provide federal employees with an average 3.1% pay raise in 2020. Federal employees should notice the increase in their first full paycheck in January. NARFFE thanks all of those who contacted their legislators in support of a Federal Employee pay raise. For additional information, please see the February 2020 issue of NARFE Magazine, from which this information was taken.

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.

 

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!

 

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:

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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:

Did You Know?

Congress created the US Forest Service (USFS) in 1905, under the US Department of Agriculture, to fulfill the public’s need to expand the uses of the national forests and grasslands.  It manages 154 national forests and 20 national grasslands, about 25 % of the federal lands.  The USFS manage and protects the land and its resources, and also conducts forestry research.

The national forests cover approximately 193 million acres of land-almost the size of Texas.  With increasing populations of people living in urban areas, the national forests have become a national outlet for outdoor activities such as hiking. Backpacking, and fishing.  The Forest Service achieved widespread awareness in the 1950’s for being the setting for the long-running TV series “Lassie” with storylines focusing on Lassie’s adventures with various forest rangers.

The information is this article was taken from the February 2020 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

We are well into the new year and we have had some good news for feds and postal employees. Paid leave for the birth of a child is now a reality.  Federal employees will receive a 3.1% increase in pay.  Congress passed H.R. 2382, the USPS Fairness Act.  This would end the requirement that the Postal Service prefund future retiree’s health premiums. All these are the result of effective lobbying and maintaining contact with representatives and discussing our issues with them.  NARFE has been part of the effort.  It is a good reason why one should a member.

This is now tax season.  Do not forget the $16,000 Indiana state income tax deduction that Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) retirees are entitled too.  This deduction is the result of years of active legislative work by the Indiana Federation.  It took a lot of effort and time.  It wasn’t exactly we wanted, but it is a start and CSRS retirees have benefited from it.  We hope to improve on the bill.  It was based on the average Social Security pay at the time it was passed.  That has since gone up.

Another aspect of membership in NARFE is the social network it provides.  It has been shown the ill effects of social isolation. Being part of something and engaging with people is needed in order to be a healthy person.  We meet for lunch before the meeting.  We have a picnic in August and a Holiday Dinner in December.  We get together to put the bulletin together and then have lunch.  In March we are having our annual birthday party.   We will be celebrating Chapter 151’s 68th birthday.  Some come and join us and become active members of this chapter.

One last thing, we are still in need of a secretary.  If you think this is something you can do and you are willing, I would greatly appreciate it.

John Triplett, President

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2019 Alzheimer’s Research Fund Drive

Chapter 151’s Alzheimer’s Fund Chair, Debra McElroy, Reported that as of December 2, 2019, contributions to the Alzheimer’s Research Fund from Chapter 151 member totaled $1240.00 from 29 contributors.  Chapter 151 has always been a long-time supporter of the cause as promoted by NARFE National.  Many thanks to Debra McElroy for her efforts and thanks to all who contributed.

 

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 a printable 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.

Click on the images below for enlarged views of the map to the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 39 Hall and a picture of the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 39 Hall.

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