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NARFE CHAPTER 372

MINUTES OF THE MONTHLY MEETING

May 1, 2019

The May 1, 2019 meeting was called to order by our Chapter President, Barbara Bossert at 1 PM at Steppy's, at the Facenda Whittaker Bowling Lanes, 2912 Swede Road, East Norriton, PA 19401.

Pledge of Allegiance: Barbara opened the meeting by leading the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Introduction of Members and Guests: We had 26 members and guests present.

Program: Barbara introduced our guest speakers, Britt Peterson, Food Resources Director, and Meg Currie Teoh, Volunteer Director, Manna on Main Street. They both gave a very enthusiastic presentation on how the North Penn Region meets the challenges of “food insecurity”. Approximately 7,500 individuals or about 9,5% of it's residents live below the poverty level and are food insecure.   The organization has a staff of 13 and about 100 volunteers each week to help them meet this challenge. The organization exists solely through grants and donations; no government funding. Donations consist of food from many sources such as grocery stores, bakeries, etc. and monetary donations from individuals and corporations. They operate a food pantry where people, after being screened for nutritional needs can obtain their needed foods. For those people who are home-bound they can order food on the computer and volunteers deliver to their homes. They also have a soup kitchen that serves hot meals twice a day for 50-100 people each meal. They also have a financial assistance program where people who need financial help to get them over a one time financial need problem can get help. Their presentation was most enlightening . For further questions or interested in offering assistance through donations or time, they can be reached at “Manna on Main Street” at     215-855-5454, or www.mannaonmain.org.   .    

Reading of the Minutes from last meeting: Al Henryson: A reading of the minutes from the April   meeting was waived since they are available on the Chapter website for review. All members present voted to accept and approve the April minutes as written.

Officer and Committee Reports:

Treasurer : Art Issadore : Art gave the following report for April: Total Receipts were $151.60, Total Disbursements were $1,750.00, Total Obligations were $00.00, for a Total Balance on Hand for Use of $5,108.37. The report was accepted and approved as submitted. .  

Legislation: Brian Finn. A negative report this time.

Membership: Eileen Fitzgerald reported we now have 167 Chapter members.

Sunshine: Stephanie Russell had a negative report – which is good news.    

Old Business:

None                          

New Business:

None, however Rich Karakantas who is also the Federation PAC representative reported that he will be attending a reception for Congresswoman Madeleine Dean, Pa. 4th District.   

Adjourn: There being no further business; the meeting was adjourned at 2:05 PM.

NEXT ACTIVITES:

June 5, 2019 at 1 PM at Steppy's, at the Facenda Whittaker Bowling Lanes, 2912 Swede Road, East Norriton, PA 19401. Lunch at noon. Our Guest Speaker will be Rich Rafferty of Fair District discussing trying to end gerrymandering in Pennsylvania and what we can do to assist.

July 2019.   THERE WILL BE NO MEETING in July    

August 7, 2019 at 1 PM at Steppy's, at the Facenda Whittaker Bowling Lanes, 2912 Swede Road, East Norriton, PA 19401. Lunch at noon. Our Guest Speaker will be Kimberley Bixby-Robinson, Associate Account Executive, Federal Employee Program, Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She will discuss Blue Cross benefits such as hearing aids, blue health assessments and financial incentives.

September 4 2019 at 1 PM at Steppy's, at the Facenda Whittaker Bowling Lanes, 2912 Swede Road, East Norriton, PA 19401. Lunch at noon. Our Guest Speaker will be Congresswoman Madeleine Dean, PA-04.      

Respectfully submitted,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Al Henryson, Chapter Secretary