NARFE - Chapter 97
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 >   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
5020 Jennie Kate Ln,  Lexington, KY 40510
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                     
V. PRES. & MEMB. LIAISON        NEWSLETTER EDITOR 
460  Spencer Park                                                      
Lexington, KY 40515                           
(859) 272-6413                     
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
 Patricia W. Hunt                     

 3352 Hunting Hills Ct.
Lexington KY 40515             
  (859) 492-7490
pwhunt27@aol.com 
 

June 2020 Newsletter

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

I hope all of you are healthy and safe at this time. As we see our state begin to ease restrictions and try to slowly phase in reopening our businesses and communities, our chapter like other organizations are looking at when and how we can resume chapter activities and continue to keep our members safe. We have decided to cancel the Distinguished Members luncheon on June 3rd and sorry we could not celebrate this special time to recognize our members. I extend my deepest appreciation to our 2020 distinguished members for their dedicated service and continued support of chapter 97. A decision regarding the August 1st picnic will be determined at a later date based upon the recommendations of the Governor and community leaders and our own member’s safety concerns. Reminder there will be no chapter meetings in June or August and no July newsletter.

 I like many other NARFE chapter President’s am concerned about membership, specifically how we retain our current members. We continue to see losses in our membership as some members do not renew their membership and more sadly due to member deaths. This has been further complicated by the NARFE National Administrative Management System’s continued delays  implementing the new membership program which is hampering chapters from being able to readily retrieve membership information and act upon it quickly. As I have shared before, when you receive the renewal notice from NARFE consider switching to dues withholding which eliminates the recurring renewal process and saves you $6.00/year in National dues and you receive an additional $5.00 rebate from the chapter when you switch. Other cost saving options, renew your membership for 2 years at $72.00 plus $10.00/yr. chapter dues (total $92.00) or a 3 year membership at $102.00 +chapter dues (total $132.00) rather than annually. You can renew online, call the National office at 1-800-456-8410 or by mail. Why did join NARFE and why is it important to you? Share your stories with other and help recruit new members.

If you have membership questions, need NARFE applications or dues withholding forms can contact me at (859)226-9663 or pgbayer@aol.com or Kenneth Overhults at (859)272-6413 or email koverhults@juno.com.

 NARFE National Update: information on the revised Bylaws will appear in the June/July NARFE magazine for member review and the election ballot for National Officers and Regional Vice Presidents will appear in the August edition. A decision about the status of the FedCon20 conference scheduled for August 30-September 1, 2020 in Scottsdale, Az. will be made in June.

The next NARFE Webinar “Plan Now Relax Later: Tips for New and Mid-Career Feds is June 3rd at 2:00pm.  

 Honor Flight Kentucky sadly had to cancel all flights for this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and their commitment to assure the health and safety of our veterans. They hope to resume the flights in the spring. Honor Flight Ky. is having a virtual “No Greater Honor 5K Run (but you can walk it) thru August 30th. Register online at No Greater Honor Virtual 5K Run-Run Sign Up Registration ends May 20th (may be extended which you will know when you sign in to register). You complete your 5K by/on May 30, whenever it is convenient for you.

 I look forward to the time we can resume our NARFE meetings and activities. Please be safe and take care of yourself.           June 21st-Happy Father’s Day

Paula Bayer

  ATTENTION: Tuesday Tidbits with Susan Horn

If you are a Blue Cross Blue Shield member, Susan is offering informational segments regarding your Blue Cross Blue Shield coverage and /or offer you a chance to participate in some wellness sessions activities. She is offering a 10:00am and a 2:00pm session every Tuesday beginning June 2-June 30. The June topics are: June 2-Telehealth Benefits, June 9-Blue Health Assessment, June 23-Blue 365 and June 30- Chair Yoga. If you do not have BCBS and want to join the meetings email susan.horn@anthem.com or call her office mobile (502)216-5090.

 WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA

Wreaths Across America is again one of our fundraisers and runs through November. Our chapter receives $5.00 for each wreath we sponsor. To order online go to Wreaths Across America Camp Nelson National Cemetery (code KYCNNN), then scroll down to Local Groups Supporting Us and choose Chapter 97 NARFE group (with code of KY0126P). Then choose sponsor to actually place order for wreaths and follow the prompts

 after that. Make sure KYCNNN is site you choose and KY0126P is group you choose for our chapter to get the credit for our fundraiser. Anyone that does not want to order online can order by check or cash. Please contact Debbie Price (859)576-5384 for information about that. Debbie will again be placing wreaths on specific grave markers, just send her your request.    

 MEMBER NEWS

If you are aware of any chapter member deaths, members who are in the hospital or recovering from surgery or illness please contact our Sunshine Chair, Leona Hopkins at (859)272-7062 or email her at

HappyHoppy 123@yahoo.com.

 ALZHEIMER’S 2020 CHAPTER RAFFLE

Phyllis Tackett reports that the raffle is still ongoing and there are a number of items available ( i.e. heavy duty roaster, Barbie & Ken dolls, Keebler cookies collectible truck, UK blanket, UK embroidered hand towel, Christmas blanket and an Amazing Grace throw) so take this opportunity to participate. The drawings will be at the September 2nd meeting (if we meet). Tickets are $1.00 apiece, or 6 for $5. They will be available at the meeting, or money can be sent directly to Phyllis Tackett, 976 Fredericksburg Rd, Lexington, KY 40504.
KY FEDERATION NARFE sale of Alzheimer’s Research raffle tickets has been extended. Tickets are $10.00 and monthly drawings for $100.00 will continue through April 2021. Call Debbie Price for more information.

 COMMUNITY OUTREACH OPPORTUNTIES

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic our chapter has been unable to participate in many of the fundraiser opportunities we have previously done (book sales, raffles, solicitation of items for silent auction, etc.) to raise funds for our selected chapter charities. At this time the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is scheduled for September 12th and our October book sale is in question at this time. We continue to collect the plastic bottle caps, can pull tabs and toiletry articles.

Please contact Ethel Hanna if you have questions.

 NARFE PAC DRIVE

The 2020 NARFE PAC drive to donate to the campaign funds of Congressional candidates who are willing to support NARFE- Pac issues will continue through the year. If you wish to make a donation make check payable to NARFE-PAC and mail to Chapter chair Ron Ray, 1925 Highbridge Rd., Wilmore , KY, 40390. You can also donate online on NARFE webpage and note you are chapter 97 member.

 NARFE LEGISLATIVE REPORT

NARFE has lobbied our legislators on pending legislation related to the WEP-GPO. Do you receive

a pension from work that was not covered by Social Security? If you were exempt from Social Security during your federal career and you currently, or will, receive a Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) retirement benefit, then you will need to be aware of the affect that Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) will have on potential claims for Social Security Benefits. The WEP and GPO have serious consequences that reduce or eliminate benefits for federal retirees who expect to receive Social Security benefits. Provisions of this pending legislation is summarized for our membership on the NARFE website and is available at https://www.narfe.org/pdf/WEP%20%20GPO%20April%202016.pdf.

 The pending legislation needs our attention and advocacy efforts with those representing us in Washington DC.

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 these and other legislative issues.  Congressman Barr can be reached M-F at his office, 2709 Old Rosebud Road, Lexington, KY 40509, and (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