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NARFE CHAPTER 372

MINUTES OF THE MONTHLY MEETING

August 1, 2018

The August 1, 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, followed by a moment of silence.

Introduction of Members and Guests: We had 28 members and guests present.  

Program: Rich introduced our guest speaker, Chanel Santiago, who spoke to us about her 7 years in the Army and her time in Irag, first as a truck driver and then as a gunner. She made it a really interesting story. She now works for the Veterans Administration in their Veteran Outreach Program in their satellite office at 320 E. Johnson Highway, Norristown, PA 19401. She encourages all veterans to come see her for any assistance she can offer. Her phone number is 215-823-5245 and her Email is chanel.santiago@va.gov.   There will be a veterans information fair on August 29th at the Plymouth Fire Company No 1, 1323 Colwell Lane, Conshohocken, PA 19428 from 2:30 – 6:30 PM. We really appreciated her presentation and as a Federal Employee she pledged to join our NARFE Chapter.  

A guest to our meeting, NARFE District 2 Vice President, Bill Staarman, who represents us, briefly spoke to us about the Federation Convention recently held in June in York, PA and also about the upcoming NARFE FEDcon18 conference to be held August 26-28 in Jacksonville, FL.   We were happy to have him join us in our monthly meeting and give us his perspective of events.

Reading of the Minutes from the last meeting: Al Henryson: A reading of the minutes from the June   meeting, written by Rich Karakantas due to Al's absence, was recommended to be waived since they are available on the Chapter website for review. All members present voted to accept and approve the minutes as written.

Officer and Committee Reports:

            Treasurer: Joan Shal gave the following reports for July and August: For July, Total Receipts were $428.17 and Total Disbursements were $849.17 for a Total Balance on hand of $6177.82. For August, Total Receipts were $118.93 and Total Disbursements were $0 for a Total Balance on hand of $6296.75. The reports were accepted and approved as submitted.

            Legislation: Brian Finn and Rich briefed that at the PA Federation Convention, held in June inYork, PA that Larry Paleck was elected Federation President and Richard Zuck was elected First Vice-President. George Shal moves to Immediate Past President. New Federation Bylaws were also approved.

            Membership: Eileen Fitzgerald reported that we have lost 2 members and gained 3 for a total of 172 Chapter members.

            Sunshine: Stephannie Russell had nothing to report this month.                 

Old Business:

            PA Federation Convention Recap: Rich – see information above.

            NARFE National Elections:   Rich reported that the results of the elections were that Kathryn Hensley was elected Secretary/Treasurer and that no Presidential Candidate received a majority, so a runoff election will be conducted.   The September issue of the NARFE magazine contains a ballot and instructions. The candidate with the most votes will be declared the winner. Voting will also be available online. In the earlier voting only 6.77% of the members nationwide voted, which was a very dissappointing participation rate. But our Chapter had one of the best participation rates at 15.4%.  

New Business:

            Federation and Chapter Bylaws: The Federation approved their new Bylaws in June. The Chapter now needs to review it's Bylaws. Al Henryson was asked to research our Chapter files to try and locate a copy.of our Bylaws .  

Adjourn: There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 2:20 PM.    

NEXT ACTIVITES :           

            Wednesday, September 5, 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 and a presentation by Dixie Gasper, the PA Federation Alzheimer's Coordinator.  

            Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 1 PM at Steppy's, at the Facenda Whittaker Bowling Lanes, 2912 Swede Road, East Norriton, PA 19401 with a (FREE ?) lunch at 12 noon, presented by Aetna Health.

            Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at 1 PM at Steppy's, at the Facenda Whittaker Bowling Lanes, 2912 Swede Road, East Norriton, PA 19401 with a ( FREE ?) lunch at 12 noon presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Respectfully submitted,

Al Henryson, Secretary