NARFE - Chapter 372
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Recent Meeting Minutes



March 4, 2020

The March 4, 2020 meeting was called to order by our Chapter President, Barbara
Bossert at 1 PM at Steppy's, at the Our Town Bowling Alley, 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 21 members and guests present.

Program: Barbara introduced our guest speaker, Lt. Col. Gene Suplee, Deputy
Commander, Civil Air Patrol. Gene stated that the CAP was formed in 1941 by a charter from Congress. It became the civilian auxiliary of the US Air Force when the Air Force was formed in September of 1947. Approximately half of it's 66,165 volunteer youth and adult members are trained to FEMA standards to support domestic emergency response missions. They conduct 90 percent of all the mainland search and rescue missions for the Air Force. They operate one of the largest fleets of single engine piston aircraft in the world with 560 planes and 6,000 aircrew members among it's 1,442  squadrons nationwide. They are funded by the Air Force with a budget of approximately $2.4 million. Youth members must be between the ages of 12 and 18. For more information about the CAP you may contact Gene at .
Reading of the Minutes from last meeting: Al Henryson: Al was absent at the last
meeting and the February minutes were written by Stephanie Russell, Secretary Pro Tem. All members present voted to accept and approve the February minutes as written.

Officer and Committee Reports:
Treasurer: Art Issadore was absent, however Barbara gave the following report for
February: Total Receipts were $190.68, Total Disbursements were $0.00 , Total
Obligations were $21.00, for a Total Balance on Hand for Use of $5,914.13. The report
was accepted and approved as submitted.
Legislation: Brian Finn. Brian reported on the proposed federal budget.
Membership: Eileen Fitzgerald reported on the present number of members.
Sunshine: Stephanie Russell: Rich Karakantas reported that Juanita Nelson who
had been a regular attending member had just passed away. We will really miss her.
Stephanie will be sending a sympathy card to her family.
Old Business:
New Chapter Web Master: Barbara announced that Jerry Klein would be our new
web master replacing Mike Bobek who is leaving the area. Thank you Mike for several
years of great service. And welcome Jerry.
Region II Training Symposium: Barbara briefed again on the upcoming symposium
being held in York, PA . in June. All are welcome to attend. See Barb if interested.

Meeting Location: Barbara reminded everyone that our present meeting place is
going to be closed and renovated during May and June. An update of a meeting schedule will be given in the April meeting (now canceled).
New Business: NARFE's FEDCON20 in Scottdale, AZ: This is to be held August 30
to September 1, 2020. It will be a lively two and a half days of thought provoking
speakers, leadership training, intensive education on federal benefits and opportunities to connect with fellow NARFE members and federal colleagues. There is always an
interesting keynote speaker. Registration is now open.

New NARFE Logo: Barbara explained the new NARFE logo.
Adjourn: There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 2:35 PM .

April 1, 2020: Canceled due to the Coronavirus .
May 6, 2020: Probably will be canceled due to the virus. (Now Cancelled)

Respectfully submitted,
Al Henryson, Chapter Secretary