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NARFE CHAPTER 372

MINUTES OF THE MONTHLY MEETING

January 3, 2018

 

The January 3, 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: 24 members and guests were present.

Program: The planned program for today was to be by Jim Hornberger discussing Long Term Care Insurance. However Jim was unable to come today, so the planned program was postponed to a later unknown date.

Reading of the Minutes from the last meeting: Al Henryson; A reading of the minutes from the November meeting was waived since they are available on the Chapter website for review. The members present voted to accept and approve the minutes as written. There was no formal December meeting since it was the Holiday Party.

Officer and Committee Reports:

Treasurer: Joan Shal gave the following reports for November and December: For November Total Receipts were $519.43.   Disbursements were $29.95. Obligations were $1000.00, for a Total Balance on hand for use of $5648.19.   For December Total Receipts were $323.17. Disbursements were $974.84. Obligations were $28.00, for a Total Balance on hand for use of $5968.52. Both reports were accepted and approved as submitted.

Legislation: Bill O'Donnell was absent. Rich reported that NARFE had great success in assuring that about 10 proposals Congress wanted to include in various bills in 2017, that would have had a negative impact on our pay and benefits, were not passed into law. NARFE was also successful in retaining the use of the CPI-W for computing the annual cost of living for retirees as opposed to using the chained CPI, that Congress wanted. Also the 2018 NARFE Scholarship program is now available through the NARFE member website. This program is open to eligible high school seniors. Applications must be submitted no later than March 21, 2018. Rich also appointed Brian Finn as the new Legislative Officer to replace Bill O'Donnell who has been recovering from a long illness. We thank Bill for his dedicated and faithful service during the past few years and look forward to him returning to our monthly meetings as a Chapter member.

Membership: Eileen Fitzgerald reported that we have 176 Chapter members plus 18 who have remitted chapter dues this past month, for a total of 194 members.

Sunshine: Stephanie Russell had a negative report, which is always good news.

Old Business:

Chapter Officers Sworn In: George Shal, Pennsylvania Federation President, swore in the following officers for 2018.

                        Chapter President – Rich Karakantas

                        1st Vice President – Eileen Fitzgerald

                        2nd Vice President – LaForrest (Duke) Russell

                        Treasurer – Joan Shal

                        Secretary – Al Henryson

                        and Brian Finn as the new Legislative Officer

Holiday Party: We had a very enjoyable and successful Holiday Party at Spring House Tavern last month with 31 members attending.  

New Business:

The NARFE / Federation, conference and training session will be held in York, PA , June 8-13. All interested please see Rich.

Adjourn: There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 1;40 PM    

 NEXT ACTIVITES :

Wednesday, February 7, 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. We will have a presentation by the American Automobile Association – AAA

Wednesday, March 7, 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. We will have a presentation by the Alzheimer's Federation Coordinator.   

Wednesday, April 4, 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. We will have a presentation on Gerrymandered Districts. 

Respectfully submitted,

Al Henryson, Secretary