NARFE Vallejo Chapter 16

                                      Welcome to our chapter website.

We exist to support the NARFE mission. 8643

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. To read the speaker list, type "speaker" into the search box and use the "Read more...." button.     Join NARFE  now. 


California Federation Convention San Diego April 24 & 25
Crowne Hotel San Diego

 Chapter 16 will pay the convention registration fee of $40. Deadline to let us know is before April 1!


  DEADLINE FOR HOTEL RESERVATIONS IS extended to April 10.  We have not met our contracted minimum room nights with the hotel, so if you can attend it will greatly help the Federation.  For hotel reservations call 888-233-9527, ask for NARFE California Federation, Group Code “NAR”.

CORRECTION TO FEHB PREMIUMS on page 40 of the Nov issue OF "narfe"

Message from NARFE HEADQUARTERS with the correct amounts.  The December issue will have the correct pages also.

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 2019 - Sept 2020 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.

-Secretary needed now.

-Service Officer - will support and train.

-Publicity Chair to notify the 3 area newspapers of our meetings.

Lea Zajac, Chapter 16 member, is the newly elected CSFC President!

Congratulations to PRESIDENT LEA ZAJAC, elected May 3, 2017.  In his acceptance speech he states that he appreciates the confidence of those who elected him as Federation President and intends to work more on Legislation and work with Chapters to contact their legislators and fill the 53 District Leader positions. 

Active and Retired Federal Employees Have Become Political Targets - NARFE PAC is our defense.

PAC is the Federal Employee and Retiree Defense Fund.  NARFE-PAC is one of the best ways to build relationships with legislators and ensure NARFE’s interests are represented in Congress. By helping to elect those who support NARFE and our priorities, NARFE hopes Congress takes action favorable to NARFE interests and avoids action contrary to those interests.   






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 an NARFE membership and/or recruit a member and take advantage of the incentives.


NARFE’s Legislative Program for the 115th Congress (2017-2018) was adopted by the membership at the 34th Biennial National Convention held August 28- Sept 1, 2016, in Reno, NV.

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. 

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.

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

Approximately 25 percent of NARFE’s membership comes from the USPS and its retirees, and postal reform remains at the forefront of our legislative program.

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.  Suggestions welcome.

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 May 14, 1:30 - 3, FDC

The board members, in town, will meet at 12:30 - 1:30 in the conference room at FDC. All are welcome. We need a new president to be elected in September, for Oct 2019 - Sept 2020. Our monthly member meeting starts at 1:30. Speaker is Roger Judy from the City of Vallejo Water Dept. Even if you aren't a Vallejo resident, you realize that water is a regional (understatement) issue. Lots going on with NARFE (and in our government about federal jobs/pay/benefits) in our federation and at HQ. Pictured on our chapter Facebook's page is Lea Zajac's replacement for Federation President, Linda Ingram (I think).