NARFE Vallejo Chapter 16

The chapter is very active and has strong leadership.  We were charted April 12, 1949!

Meetings are on the 2nd Tuesday of each month (no meeting in July, and the meetings in April and October are luncheon meetings at an announced restaurant).  We meet at 1:30 PM – 3:00 at the Florence Douglas Center  located at 333 Amador Street in Vallejo.  The Chapter Newsletter has more information about the meetings  

Chapter 16 will welcome you!  We have engaging speakers at our monthly meetings. Past speakers are in "archives" for this section.       Join NARFE  now.  

How Chapter 16 Operates

 Your chapter is struggling to start in person meetings.  We were faltering beginning in 2018, and it hasn't gotten better.  Do you have positive ideas for the members?  Do you know what each officer's duties are?  Our monthly newsletters are a great place to start.  There are years of them stored on our website.  It the purpose of our website.  Our bylaws are also here.  

We have a 2 page list of monthly tasks that shows when and what each officer should be doing each month, October thru September.  It can work.

: Click here for Chapter 16 2020-2021 Monthly Calendar.

next member meeting is September 14 at 1:30, FDC.

Scroll to the meeting info at the bottom of this page.  Bring your Covid 19 vaccination card.  If you didn't get vaccinated, read the meeting info at the bottom of this page.

CA Federation Convention San Luis Obispo October 19 and 20

Members should handle their own Convention registration and hotel reservation. To register, fill out & return the included registration form for each member and any guest attending. The registration fee is $70 each if paid before AUGUST 31 and $85 after that. Note: the registration fee includes Tuesday’s Recognition Luncheon. The Wednesday Banquet is an additional charge but we encourage you to attend. 

Deadline for Early Bird price of $70 if mailed before August 31; $85 if mailed after August 31.  "See More" for the amount the chapter will refund you.

Follow NARFE on Social Media

 NARFE NewsLine June 29, 2021


Are you taking advantage of all of NARFE's channels of communication? Every member of NARFE receives a copy of NARFE Magazine in the mail, and if you're reading this, it's because your webmaster is subscribed to NARFE's weekly electronic news digest, NewsLine. But did you know that NARFE is on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn?

• On Facebook, our username is NARFE National Headquarters.

• Our Twitter handle is @narfehq.

• Our company LinkedIn page is NARFE.

Don't miss out. Follow us on these social media accounts to stay updated on issues and information important to NARFE members - and don't forget to share the posts that you like with your federal friends and colleagues.

NARFE Centennial June 21

Centennial pin





Chapter 16 Welcomes Helen Zajac as the Secretary effective April 2021

Great News!  We now have a Chapter Secretary!  There is no one more qualified than Helen Zajac.  It feels like we have been re-energized!

Use the new NARFE logo

The logo on our website will be changed sometime in early 2020, I hope.

new logo
shop NARFE





Your Recruitment Efforts Matter - Learn from this Chapter Member

Come to a Chapter 16 meeting and talk to our Hospitality Chair Monte Simmons.  At our May 2019 meeting he received a $75 check from the California Federation for his recruitment efforts for the past 2 years.  Helen Zajac, Region VIII VP, presented him with his recognition check.

Monte receiving his recruitment reward check









Chapter Help Wanted

It isn't too early to think about what you can do for the chapter.  In June we will start asking members to step up for the Oct 2021 - Sept 2021 officers.  If you want information about a position, now is a good time to let us know!

Think about running for Chapter President.  Donna or Robin will be happy to tell you what they do/did.

Publicity Chair - open 

NARFE makes public support for or recommendation of a particular cause or policy EASY!

NARFE’s Legislative Action Center is NARFE’s easy way to send letters to your members of Congress, search for your legislators, report your congressional meetings, and much more!  You don't have to log in to NARFE to use it.  Encourage any interested family members to use it to your advantage (and theirs).

Recruit a member or give the gift of NARFE Membership before December 31 and get $20 back

Gift a NARFE membership and/or recruit a member and take advantage of the incentives.  Do you have friends or colleagues who should be members of NARFE? Recruit them during our Fall Membership Drive and get rewarded. You can earn $10 for every member you sign up from September 1 through December 31.  And another $10 from the California Federation.


NARFE’s Legislative Program for the 116th Congress (2019-2020} is full of needed changes.   But not going anywhere with the current senate.  116TH CONGRESS LEGISLATION AFFECTING THE FEDERAL COMMUNITY

Sign up for DUES WITHHOLDING - save $6/year
You can get a 15% savings on your NARFE national dues if you sign up for dues withholding; $34/year instead of $40/year.  Chapter 16 dues are $11/year, so you pay $45/year instead of $51, and you won't miss the $3.75 deducted from your annuity each month. 
CSFC incentive - annuitant who signs up for dues withholding - $15 rebate. 

100 Years of NARFE: A Look Back at the Civil Service at the Organization’s Inception

Our customized new logo
Chapter 16





NARFE Headquarters Information & Telephone Directory

Here is the Directory for HQ.

new NARFE computer system -AMS

New NARFE AMS Computer Software By Dorothy Creswell, NARFE CAB Chair 

NARFE Headquarters is working on a new computer software system to better meet the needs of our changing organization. The new association management system (AMS) is planned to be a more robust, data-driven and user-friendly system that will allow headquarters to interact with members more effectively, and be more flexible for chapter and federation officers to use.

Here is the latest from CAB - Click here for AMS Help from the NARFE CAB. 

Battle of the Indexes - narfe magazine August 2016

Click here for Aug narfe magazine cola article.

NARFE's Federal Benefits Department explains measurement of the CPI.  Click here for Effect of CPI on COLAs.         


CPI - E is higher than CPI - W.



NARFE and USPS reform

Support the USPS Fairness Act

I know you don't come to this website to look for NARFE's position on helping the USPS and it's employees, but it is so important to all of us, and as a basic citizen right, I want to at least try.  

Advocacy before Congress is NARFE’s core mission.

Want to learn more?  CSFC shared this great NARFE manual.  Legislative Officer and CDL Manual (FH-7).  Read parts to learn about how NARFE works on Capitol Hill with our elected Congress members.

May NARFE magazine article, page 36- ANATOMY OF A SUPER ADVOCATE

Chapter 16 Vallejo would like to recognize our Distinguished Members!

What is a Distinguished Member?  When you have been a dues paying NARFE member for 20 years.  Let us know if you want your certificate, pin and card.  Call our membership chair, or President.

Looking Forward to Retirement? Thank Mare Island

Robin Leong has long told us in Chapter 16, that the Navy Yard Association (NYA) of Mare Island was instrumental in the founding of civil service retirement. 

Member Activism - Fighting for USPS Employees

Chapter 16 member and our Newsletter Editor, Ivars Lauersons, is a long time, stalwart member of National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), Golden Gate Branch 214. He edits their award winning newspaper, THE VOICE of the Golden Gate Letter Carriers.

Examples of activism among Chapter 16 members

Here are some examples of our members' activism.

Did you know NARFE has Coalition Partners?

Coalition building is an important advocacy tool used by organizations to advance their mutual goals. 

So if you are reading this and interested, take the time to log into NARFE and use the handy search function for "coalition".  Worth your time.

What to expect when you join NARFE

   For the first year you receive an email newsletter series titled “eConnect,”  that puts how to advocate and some of the member's benefits in one convenient place.

Meetings & Events
Tuesday September 14 at 1:30. Florence Douglas Center. Hope to See You! Sandwich Month

September 14 CHAPTER 16 MEMBER MEETING 1:30 

Bring sandwiches for two only.  We are a small group and everything needs to go home with you.

Change to Protocols -  All participants must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within the previous 72 hours.

COVID-19 Protocols are in place at the Florence Douglas Center

What to expect: use the front door entrance on Amador, wear your mask, follow physical distance rules given, sign-in, and complete a COVID-19 Release of Liability. FDC has our health and safety as their 1st priority.

Hope you are as excited about this as I am. It will be nice to see you again. Thrift shop hours are 9 – 2, so come early and shop before the meeting.

Any board business needed  will be part of the meeting. No scheduled speaker.  What concerns you about federal pay and benefits? What is happening with NARFE nationally and in the California Federation? Let’s talk about what activities and projects you would like to do." 

Do you want to go out to lunch in October, as we usually do?  Should the chapter pay part of the cost?  Come and voice your opinion.  I know I hope to.