Sunday, December 16, 2012

President's Message

2012 has been a busy year for all of us. Because of your telephone calls, email messages, letters, and meetings with your congressional representatives and senators, Federal employees and annuitants dodged the bullets of extending the federal pay freeze, decreasing the government workforce by 10 percent, requiring Feds to contribute more to their pensions, and lowering COLAs using a chained Consumer Price Index.

In addition, NARFE celebrated its 91st anniversary.

Although my position with NARFE Florida has changed, I am still traveling around the state, visiting our chapters and having the good fortune to meet many of you. Without you, our most valued members, NARFE would not exist.

As 2012 draws to a close, I would like to thank you for your hard work and your loyalty to NARFE. Also, I want to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Year. 


Ken Thomas

 Kenneth J. Thomas
NARFE Florida, Inc.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Earned Retirement Income


The government is now referring to
 Social Security checks as a
"Federal Benefit Payment."

This is
 NOT a benefit - its earned income!
Not only did
 you contribute to Social Security but our employers did too.

It totaled 15% of our income before taxes.
If you averaged $30K per year over your working life, that's close to
 $180,000 invested in Social Security.

If you calculate the future value of your monthly investment in
 social security ($375/month, including both your and your employer's contributions) at a meager 1% interest rate
compounded monthly, after 40 years of
 working you'd have more than $1.3+ million dollars saved! This is your
personal investment.

Upon retirement, if you took out only 3% per year, you'd receive
$39,318 per year, or $3,277 per month.

That's almost three times more than today's average Social Security
 benefit of $1,230 per month, according to the
Social Security Administration (Google it - it's a fact).

And your retirement fund would last more than 33 years (until you're
  98 if you retire at age 65)! I can only imagine how much better most average-income people could live in retirement if our government had just invested our money in low-risk interest-earning accounts.

Instead, the folks in Washington pulled off a bigger Ponzi scheme than
 Bernie Madoff ever did. They took our money and used it elsewhere. They "forgot" that it was OUR money they were taking. They didn't have a referendum to ask us if we wanted to lend the money to them.

And they didn't pay interest on the debt they assumed.
And recently, they've told us that the money won't support us for very
 much longer. But is it our fault they misused our investments?

And now, to add insult to injury, they're calling it a "benefit," as
if we never worked to earn every penny of it.
  It is given to us.
Just because they "borrowed" the money, doesn't mean that our
investments were a charity!

Let's take a stand.

We have earned our right to Social Security and Medicare.
Demand that our legislators bring some sense into our government -

Find a way to keep Social Security and Medicare going, for the sake of
  that 92% of our population who need it.

Then call it what it is:
Our Earned Retirement Income.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


Jim Youngblood a long time active member of NARFE died on August 30 2012. True to form for Jim he remained alive long enough to be sure that his wife Joan had completed a successful operation in another hospital.
Jim worked the counter of the Ormond Beach Postal Service and had a smile for everyone that came to him for assistance. He was a happy man in his job.
Both Jim and his wife Joan have gone the extra mile in membership drives at Senior Expo’s and postal conventions.
As a Chapter we would like to support Joan and her family in our loss of a generous and happy man.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

OPM Open Season Dates

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has announced that this year’s Federal Benefits Open Season will run from Monday, November 12, through Monday, December 10. 

New for this year, all Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) plans will provide on their websites a summary document – a Summary of Benefits and Coverage – detailing information about health plan benefits and coverage, as required under the Affordable Care Act.  The Summary will provide information on costs such as deductibles and co-payments/coinsurance, what is covered and what is not covered, enrollees’ rights to continued coverage, and grievance and appeal rights. Plans will make a paper copy of the Summary available. OPM said the plan brochure will be the official statement of benefits.

The annual Federal Benefits Open Season covers the FEHBP, the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) and FSAFEDS.

NARFE magazine will provide comprehensive analysis of many FEHBP plans in its October, November and December issues.

July 27, 2012, NARFE NewsWatch

Monday, July 30, 2012


What can one say? Our Congressional District will have a new representative after the November general election. Until then nothing much will happen because of the dead lock in Congress. After the election our Representative, regardless which party the person belongs to, he or she will be a junior and expected to take the back bench. He or she will owe a large debt to their party which has to be paid off in loyalty to the party. In other words, the possibility of our representative initiating any real act on our part or for the benefit of anyone else is near zero.
The positive side to our problem is the junior might be more will to learn and hear our arguments for justice. The junior might also make their person available to us either at the office or at one of our NARFE meetings. It has been a long time since we actually saw our Representative.  Yes, we have seen office staff and managers, but not the Congressperson.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

National Regional III Vice President

NARFE National Regional III Vice President

Thanks a million for your chapter's (Ormond Beach 2247) support and vote for my re-election as the Region III Vice President.  I truly appreciate your very kind words and I will do all in my power to continue to deserve the trust you and your chapter have placed in me if re-elected.
Please convey my deep gratitude to the entire chapter.
Don Stewart, VP RIII

Bob Wehrli wrote:
NARFE National Regional III Vice President
The Attachment indicates that there is a challenger for position of the National
Regional III Vice President, a position held now by our own Donald Stewart from
Coral Gables Florida.
I'm not suggesting that we should vote for Don merely because he is from
Florida, but because he has served us well as Florida Federation President and as the National Regional III Vice President. He has an excellent record of communicating with the Chapters and answering specific questions and issues raises by specific chapters but applying to all NARFE chapters. While on the
National Board Don supported or raised issues regarding Membership, Retention, Electronic Communication, and E-Chapters.

Dorothy Willis, Ormond Beach Chapter 2247 gave you our proxy vote with full
trust that you would perform your duties at the Nation Convention for the best interests of NARFE. We did this willingly because you would be there with more up to date information than what we had then or now.

This point applies to Don as well. He has attended the National Board meetings and before the secretaries notes were written Don was informing the chapters of issues that were important and needed action. In short, he inspired leadership at the regional level.

Therefore the Ormond Beach Chapter fully supports Donald Stewart as the National Regional III Vice President, and instructs you to use our votes to support Don in the upcoming election.

Bob Wehrli

Attached Message
NARFE National Headquarters
NARFE Candidate Statement Mary Pierson Region3 RVP
Mon, 23 Jul 2012 11:59:16 -0400 (EDT)

Mary Pierson
Candidate for Region III Vice President

This is to announce that I am a candidate for Region III Vice President.

My federal career started in 1961 at Keesler AFB, MS and then in 1974 transferred to the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office at Stennis Space Center.  I wore several hats and one was Command Inspector, I have traveled to every continent except Australia.  I retired after 36 years of service to our country in December 1997.

My career with NARFE started in 1998, serving my Chapter as President.  Attending the 1999 Mississippi Federation Convention I was appointed as the Membership Chairman.  In 2000 I was elected 2nd Vice President of the Mississippi Federation, and in 2003 I was elected as the Federation President.  During the same time, I served NARFE National as the Region III Pre-Retirement Seminar Coordinator and assisted Director Ken Glass, when Ken retired, I was asked to accept the office of Director of Pre-Retirement Seminars.

I have attended numerous conventions, both National and Federations, not only in Mississippi, but other states as well to increase my overall knowledge and understanding NARFE’s goals and operation.  

As Region III Vice President I will work with Federations as liaison between them and National Headquarters.  I will work to grow membership and increase the member’s knowledge and personal activity in all legislation to protect the benefits of Federal Employees. I will also work with all Federations and Chapters to increase their visibility in their State and local city by joining with other organizations to sponsor various occasions that enable us to display the NARFE name and banners.  We are 91 years old and there are too many Federal Employees that do not know who we are or what we do for them.

I am married to my husband Donald and we have one daughter and two sons and 4 adult grandchildren.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

NARFE 2247 NEWS #52

Palm Coast Chapter 1557 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) will hold a special evening meeting at the Palm Coast Community Center from 7 - 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26.

 Easiest way to arrive at the Palm Coast Community Center is to go to I-95, Exit 289, and then approx 1 mile east on Palm Coast Parkway to Club House Drive. Turn left, for a few hundred yards to the Community Center on your left.

Candidates for the new Congressional District 6 have been invited to this event.  All active and retired federal employees are encouraged to attend.

Bob Shaughnessy , President of  NARFE Chapter 1557, is  asking attendees to submit questions  in advance, either by E-mail or when signing-in. Bob will pick the questions and put them to the candidates. Due to time constraints, questions must be limited to "NARFE topics" (pay, benefits, etc.)

Light refreshments will be served.  For information, call Brian Mertz, 386-569-3365 or Larry Cook, 386-246-3207.

NARFE 2247 Chapter fully supports this activity and encourages its members to take advantage of this opportunity to meet the candidates for our District and also cooperate with the Palm Coast Chapter 1557. This could be a real opportunity for working Federal Employees and there must be many in the area.