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NARFE CHAPTER 372

MINUTES OF THE MONTHLY MEETING

September 5, 2018

 The September 5, 2018 meeting was called to order by the Chapter President, Richard Karakantas at 1 PM at Steppy's, at the Facenda Whittaker Bowling Lanes, 2912 Swede Road, East Norriton, PA 19401.

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

Introduction of Members and Guests: We had 24 members and guests present.  

Program: Rich introduced our guest speaker, Dixie Gasper. Dixie is the Federation Alzheimer’s Coordinator. She spoke about NARFE’s role in assisting to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s. All the money collected by NARFE goes to Alzheimer’s research. Since this partnership began, NARFE has contributed over $13 million to aid in finding a cure. Dixie emphasized the recognition that comes from giving through your NARFE chapter. First the chapter gets credit, then the Federation and the National office when the funds are contributed to the Alzheimer’s National Association in Chicago.  

Reading of the Minutes from the last meeting: Al Henryson was not present. A reading of the minutes from the August meeting was waived since they are available on the Chapter website for review. The members present voted to accept and approve the August minutes as written.

Officer and Committee Reports:

Treasurer: Joan Shal gave the following report for August. The Balance on Hand for Use was         $6292.42. The report was accepted and approved as submitted.    

Legislation: Brian Finn reported the President has proposed a pay freeze for active federal employees. Members should write their representatives in Congress and ask them to override the freeze. Brian also mentioned he has scheduled a meeting with Congressional candidate Madeline Dean to talk about issues important to NARFE members.          

Membership: Eileen Fitzgerald reported we have 173 Chapter members.

Sunshine: Stephanie Russell gave a negative report which was good news. No other chapter members had any activity to report.

Old Business:

FEDcon 18 National Conference was held in Jacksonville, FL August 26-28. Rich Karakantas reviewed the events that took place at the conference. This was the first year of a new format that focused on educational topics and entertainment rather than elections and bylaws.

Voting for the NARFE National President is still open. Members have until September 30 to cast their vote. This is a run-off election since no member received over 50% of the vote in the first election.

The membership decided to again hold the Holiday Luncheon at the Spring House Tavern. Al Henryson will make the arrangements. We hope to have it Wednesday, December 5, 2018.

Chapter Secretary, Al Henryson provided a copy of the latest chapter bylaws. They will be reviewed and if necessary updated to conform to those changes made at National and the Federation.              

New Business:

The membership approved payment of $16.99 to renew our website domain Narfe372.org

Rich Karakantas asked members to consider becoming a chapter officer. Elections will be in November. Chapter officers get to meet other members throughout NARFE and develop a better understanding of the organization. Chapter officers also receive special considerations when attending NARFE sponsored events. Contact Chapter President, Rich Karakantas if you have an interest.   

Adjourn: There being no further business; the meeting was adjourned at 2:10 PM.    

NEXT ACTIVITES:

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 1 PM at Steppy's, at the Facenda Whittaker Bowling Lanes, 2912 Swede Road, East Norriton, PA 19401 with lunch at 12 noon. An Aetna health representative will discuss their health insurance plans for 2019.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 1 PM at Steppy's, at the Facenda Whittaker Bowling Lanes, 2912 Swede Road, East Norriton, PA 19401 with lunch at 12 noon. An Independence Blue Cross representative will discuss their health insurance plans for 2019.  

Respectfully submitted,

Richard Karakantas, Chapter President