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NARFE CHAPTER 372

MINUTES OF THE MONTHLY MEETING

August 7, 2019

The August 7, 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 23 members and guests present.

Program: Barbara introduced our guest speaker, Kimberley Bixby – Robinson , Associate Account Executive , Federal Employee Program, Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Kimberley briefed us on the Blue Cross benefits such as hearing aids, blue health assessments and financial incentives. There were numerous questions from members and she patiently answered them all. She also had many brochures which she handed out. It was a helpful presentation.

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

Officer and Committee Reports:

Treasurer : Art Issadore : Art gave the following report for August.   Receipts were $0.00, Total Disbursements were $0.00 , Total Obligations were $27.00, for a Total Balance on Hand for Use of $5303.63. . The report was accepted and approved as submitted. .  

Legislation: Brian Finn. Brian reported that the President had signed a 2 year budget which should delay any tampering with our pay and benefits. He also said that Congresswoman Madeleine Dean , PA-04, is scheduled to be our guest speaker next month. All members and guests are encouraged to attend.  

Membership: Eileen Fitzgerald reported the chapter has 165 members. and that Helen Debus had just passed away. She was 105 years old and has been a long standing member and an active participant in our activities until just recently. We will surely miss her. Arrangements for her funeral were still pending. The Chapter will be sending a sympathy card to the family and all are encouraged to attend the funeral when announced.  

Sunshine: Stephanie Russell was absent but would be notified to send a card to the family of Helen Debus.

Old Business:

None                           

New Business:

George Shal led a discussion on the use of the NARFE portal to communicate with Chapter 372 members to update NARFE on email addresses, phone numbers, etc. It was decided we would continue this discussion at the next meeting.

Barbara again discussed whether members would like a brief summary of last month’s minutes at each   monthly meeting. Barbara mentioned we would bring up the idea at future meetings for further discussion.

Barbara mentioned that it was time again to discuss plans for our annual Holiday Party to be held this year on December 4 at 12 noon. It was decided by the chapter that we would again have it at the Spring House Tavern where we have successfully held the party the past several years. Al Henryson agreed to make the reservations etc. The Chapter may again, as in recent years, pay part of the modest cost for each attending member and guest. Further details will be announced later .  

Adjourn: There being no further business; the meeting was adjourned at 2:30 PM.

NEXT ACTIVITES:

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.

October 2, 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 presentation will be by Aetna discussing the upcoming Open Season for health benefits.

November 6, 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 presentation will be by Blue Cross / Blue Shield discussing the the upcoming Open Season for health benefits.

December 4, 2019 at 12 noon for our annual Holiday Party at Spring House Tavern , 1032 Bethlehem Pike, Spring House, PA 19477 for all members and guests. 

Respectfully submitted,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Al Henryson, Chapter Secretary