NARFE - Chapter 97
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 x   The normal monthly meeting at the Lexington Senior Center on Nicholasville Road has ample parking for everyone. There is a short time for refreshments from 1:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 2:00 p.m. The speaker is the first on the program for about 30 minutes and the business meeting immediately after. We try to limit the meeting to an hour or a little over. 

NATIONAL ACTIVE AND RETIRED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION
CENTRAL KENTUCKY CHAPTER
195 Life Lane,  Lexington, KY 40502
www.narfe.org/chapter97


Paula Bayer, PRESIDENT             Ethel V. Hanna, 2nd V-PRES
5020 Jennie Kate Lane                3817 Aria Lane
Lexington, KY 40514                   Lexington, KY 40510-9721
(859) 226-9663                          (859) 272-5536(H) 492-0410 ( C)  pgbayer@aol.com                        ethelhanna@gmail.com           


Vickie Batzka, SECRETARY         Debbie Price, TREAS.
4785 Hartland Pkwy                  637 Regent Rd
Lexington, KY 40504                 Versailles, Ky 40383   
(859) 321-2551                        (859) 576-5384      vbatzka@hotmail.com               debbiejp@windstream.net                      

 
Kenneth Overhults, 1st             Don Satrsinic, News Letter Editor        
V. PRES. & MEMB. LIAISON       3283 Cornwall Dr
460  Spencer Park                    Lexington, KY 40503                                   
Lexington, KY 40515                (859) 224-8017            
(859) 272-6413                         dstarsinic@aol.com
koverhults@juno.com              

Leona Hopkins, SUNSHINE       J. Henry Duncan - Dist. V VICE PRES.
2272 Camberling Drive            190 Birch Lane
Lexington, KY 40515               Versailles, KY 40383-9140
(859) 272-7062                      (859) 873-5399
                                             jhduncan2@aol.com
 
Service Officer Team
 Linda Heaton                             Don Starsinic (see above)

 2292 Guilford Lane
Lexington KY 40513             
 (859) 268-9071
lmheaton83@gmail.com
 

 September 2019 Newsletter
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Summer will soon come to an end and the new school year has begun. Our chapter continues to collect school supplies for needy public school students (see outreach below). We will resume our NARFE chapter meeting on September 4th and we will vote on our revised chapter bylaws. We are also collecting specific requested items for VA patients at the Leestown facility (see outreach). There are many opportunities for chapter members to get involved in chapter activities, committees, or leadership positions and I encourage you to consider what interests you. If you have questions about committees and what you could do for the chapter contact me at (859) 226-9663 or email pgbayer@aol.com.

August is Grassroots Advocacy Month and is the time for NARFE members to contact their Congressmen to advocate on NARFE issues. NARFE’S Big Four priorities are: To oppose any threats to federal employee and retiree earned benefits; Securing more accurate Colas for federal retirees (Fair Cola for Seniors Act, H.R. 1553); Support a modest Federal employee pay raise for 2020; and Support of Postal Reform bills that improve the financial health of the Postal Service and maintains current service standards.

 The new Grassroots Program Manager is Marsha Padilla-Good. If you wish to contact your Congressmen, log onto the NARFE webpage and select Advocacy to utilize Legislative letters to send or use the Legislative toll-free number. And if you use social media, visit NARFE’s Legislative Action Center, where you have the option to send them Twitter messages for each of the above four priorities.

 The next Honor Flight Kentucky to carry military veterans to the war memorials in Washington, D.C. is scheduled for September 21st. Make plans to attend the veterans’ sendoff at 8:00 a.m. or the welcome home ceremony at 7:30 p.m. at Bluegrass Airport. For more information call Debbie Price at (859) 576-5384 or email debbiejp@windstream.net.

 The upcoming NARFE Webinars are: Find a Clear Path to a Smooth Retirement on September 5 and Survivor Benefits: Pain-Free Planning on September 19, 2019 at 2:00 pm. To register for webinars log onto NARFE webpage. Mark your calendar for Chapter 97 upcoming events and activities. I hope to see you at chapter activities and meeting.

“Go out on a limb, that’s where the fruit is.” Jimmy Carter           Happy Labor DayJ

                                                       Paula Bayer                                          

SEPTEMBER 4 MEETING

Our monthly chapter meetings resume on September 4 at Crestwood Christian Church . Phill Pittman of Honor Flight Kentucky will speak briefly, followed by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Susan Horn, who will do her Heart Health presentation “Hypertension, the Silent Killer,” rescheduled from May. Volunteers will do blood pressure checks.

MEMBER NEWS

There were no new chapter members added last month.

During the month we learned of the death of three chapter members— Ed Henry (former chapter treasurer), Clara Riddle (widow of former chapter president Maurice Riddle), and Emmagene House. We extend our regrets to their families and friends.

 RECRUITING OPPORTUNITY AGAIN

NARFE’s national membership drive begins September 1 and ends December 31. Chapter members will receive $10 for each new member recruited and be eligible for monthly prizes throughout the drive, as well as for the grand prize, a Kindle Fire HD10 tablet. We do not yet know if the KY Federation will match with an additional $10. Membership applications will be available at our chapter meetings, or you can call Paula Bayer at 859-226-9663 or email pgbayer@aol.com. Be sure to list your member ID number on applications. You can find it on the mailing label of your NARFE Magazine.

OUR MEATLESS PICNIC

We had a perfectly beautiful day for our annual chapter picnic at Jacobson Park on Saturday August 3, as 25 members and friends enjoyed the steady breeze and low humidity. We didn’t expect the snafu at the grocery store which canceled fried chicken from our menu.   Fortunately the attendees had brought such a good mix of other food that we hardly missed the chicken.

Several attendees did miss the home-made bread that Ed Henry always brought to the picnic. Ed’s family has arranged to make his recipe available to those who might like to duplicate his specialty. The recipe can be down-loaded from our web site (www.narfe.org/chapter97). Thanks again to Margaret Starsinic for all her efforts in organizing the picnic. It was a pleasure to be there.

 OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES

Ethel Hanna reminds us that we are again sponsoring a fundraiser at Zaxby’s Restaurant on Richmond Road on Wednesday September 18 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. A portion of your bill will be credited to our NARFE chapter. Funds raised will be used for our charities. Encourage your family and friends to come.

Saturday September 21 at 10 a.m. is the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Walkers should note that the location has been shifted to Kroger Field on the U.K. campus.

The walk is to provide funding for local Alzheimer’s Association activities. If you are not walking, donations can be made online for team NARFE 97 or send a check to Ethel made payable to Alzheimer’s Association.

Ethel also reminds us that this year we are again collecting school supplies for Lexington public schools in need. Items can be brought to the September membership meeting. Any school supplies are appreciated, bur backpacks are particularly needed.

 At the VA hospital the patients in certain units do their own laundry. They are in need of laundry soap, dryer sheets, and they also need stamps. Bring contributions to any meeting and Ethel will pass them on.

 NARFE-PAC OPPORTUNITY

NARFE-PAC contributions through June 2019 have reached $543,479.29, which is an increase of 65% from the same cycle period in 2018. Chapter 97 members have contributed substantially to NARFE-PAC’s success, leading the state in dollars donated. If you have not yet contributed and wish to do so, contact NARFE-PAC Chair Don Starsinic at (859) 224-8017.

LEGISLATIVE REPORT

Congressional legislation titled The Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act, would provide much-needed relief to civil servants financially punished by the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP).  Individuals currently affected by WEP could lose up to $463 per month in earned benefits. The Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act seeks to replace the WEP with a formula that equalizes benefits for certain individuals with non-covered employment.

The bill would provide WEP-affected individuals age 60 and older with a monthly rebate of $100 ($50 for surviving spouses). For WEP-affected individuals currently under age 20, the bill would change how the WEP is calculated. For those between age 21 and 59, the individual’s WEP penalty would be calculated either using the current formula or the new one created by the bill, whichever is more beneficial. NARFE’s ultimate goal is for Congress to fully repeal the WEP. Reform efforts such as the Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act are a good first step toward correcting this discriminatory provision.

NARFE National President Ken Thomas noted “By depriving dedicated public servants of full Social Security benefits that they rightfully earned through contributions to the Social Security system, the Windfall Elimination Provision is simply unfair. With low-earning households disproportionally affected by larger benefit reductions, the federal community experiences significant financial loss due to the WEP.  We commend Rep. Brady for tackling this important issue and seeking to right a longtime wrong for millions of Social Security beneficiaries.”

 NARFE encourages all members to review the weekly legislative message available for telephone callers (703-838-7780 and toll-free at 1-877-217-8234) and posted on the NARFE website, www.narfe.org. Continue to contact our Congressional representatives with your position on legislative issues. Congressman Barr can be reached M-F at his office, 2709 Old Rosebud Road, Lexington, KY 40509, (859) 219-1366. Senator McConnell’s Lexington office is at 771 Corporate Dr., Suite 108, 40503 (859) 223-8286. Senator Paul’s office is at 1029 State St., Bowling Green, KY 42101, (270) 782-8303.                    Tom  Miller, Legislative Chair