NARFE - Chapter 1823
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National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Northern Neck Chapter 1823

Chapter 1823 meets the 1st Tuesday of each month, usually at 1:00 pm -- except for the May Spring Luncheon, the September Picnic, and the December Holiday Luncheon, which start at noon. Our membership holds fairly steady at around 270. Examples of past locations are the Wicomico Episcopal Church; Lancaster Community Library, Kilmarnock; Northumberland Library, Heathsville. We often meet for lunch before starting the meeting -- this could be a Soup and Sandwich lunch prepared by ourselves, or an order-from-the-menu lunch at various restaurants in the area.

There is usually a speaker at each meeting. Past speakers or topics have included local authors, Civil War experts, investment strategies, drug interactions, the Middle East, bee keeping, the Tidewater Oyster Growers Association (TOGA), emergency preaparedness, Master Gardeners, dealing with local varmints (like deer and rabbits), the Haven - a local refuge for abused women, changes in Blue Cross/Blue Shield health insurance, and state and Federal Delegates or members of Congress. Some meetings consist of visits to local museums or wineries for wine-tastings. Details of each meeting are published in our bi-monthly newsletter.

We also get together for various activities - plays by the Westmoreland Players, boat cruises for dinner across the Potomac, a charter fishing expedition followed by a fish fry. In the fall, we collect donations for Alzheimer's Association, all of which goes to research for Alzheimer's which is capped by our Christmas luncheon and our silent auction for Alzheimer's.