NEWSLETTER
                                 EVENING SUNSET  IN FORT MYERS 
             
                                               
                                                                                                                               
        
       

    NEWSLETTER:   

                     Chapter Meeting  10:30                                     Location
                      8  SEPT  2014                                     Smoke'n Pit Bar B Que
                     13 OCT    2014                                     1641 North Tamiami Trail
                     10 NOV    2014                                     North Fort Myers
                      8  DEC    2014                   
                                                                                          (239) 997-7982

     

 

 

   Chapter President - Susan Ruble

 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

DATES FOR CHAPTER MEETINGS:

START TIME:  10:30

                                       FOR 2014                                                           FOR  2015

                                  SEPTEMBER 8TH                                                                          JANUARY  12TH

                                   OCTOBER  13TH                                                                          FEBRUARY  9TH

                                   NOVEMBER 10TH                                                                    MARCH  9TH

                                   DECEMBER  8TH                                                   APRIL  13TH

                                                                                                                  MAY  11TH  

The September chapter meeting will bring answers to the many questions on the Future of NARFE (FON).  The National Convention (August 24 – 28) will be over and some decisions will have been made.  Attend the chapter meetings to hear the latest news. 

COLA NEWS:

The COLA at the close of July was 1.82%  
         

NEWS FLASH FROM NARFE NATIONAL CONVENTION IN ORLANDO 

Newly elected National President:  Richard Thissen

Newly elected Region III Vice President:   Jerry  Janci 

TO HEAR ALL THE NEWS FROM THE CONVENTION – ATTEND THE SEPTEMBER 8TH CHAPTER MEETING.

 

I look forward to seeing you at our chapter meetings. 

 

 

  SECRETARY,  Betty  Mahofski
                                               

 

 

        GUEST SPEAKERS

      As always, we strive to have interesting and informative speakers at every NARFE meeting.  

     SEPTEMBER  8TH  -  Calusa Harbor Representative, Ally Williamson will be the guest speaker.


     


LEGISLATION
-   Sharon Bowman
     

                              House Committee Approves Bill to Move to Clusterbox Delivery

              On May 21, the House Oversight and Government Reform  Committee approved H.R. 4670, which would require the U.S.  Postal Service to convert 1.5 million addresses per year over  the next 10 years from “to-the-door” delivery to neighborhood  cluster boxes. NARFE opposes the proposal, as it would undermine long-standing service standards. From a  customer viewpoint, this bill is of particular concern to some  NARFE members who may find it difficult to walk several  blocks to retrieve their mail every day.   

 

TREASURER'S INFO - Bill Streimer 

                Calculating tax-exempt portion of annuity

QUESTION:  Will the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) calculate the tax-free portion of my annuity and include the information on my 1099-R? I don’t understand why this is referred to as tax-free money.

ANSWER:  For most retirees, OPM provides the amount of your annuity that was tax-free on the CSA 1099-R, which you receive each year. But to use that amount in filing your returns, you need to get a copy of Publication 721, Tax Guide to U.S. Civil Service Retirement Benefits. You can download this guide from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website at www.irs.gov. You also can request a copy by calling the IRS at 800-829-1040. This publication includes the formula to use to compute the amount of your annuity that would be tax-exempt. You will have to calculate this deduction and claim it on your tax return.  

       You paid taxes on your retirement contributions before they were placed in the retirement fund. The IRS uses your contribution to compute the tax-exempt portion of your annuity. The IRS refers to this deduction as the tax-free portion of your annuity. But it is not really “tax free” because you already paid taxes on your contributions.

        


                                                                                                  
                                                                      

   

OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS           

IN EVERY NEWSLETTER, WE PUBLISH THE NAMES OF OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS WE SENT TO WASHINGTON.  This list is to remind you that you elected them to represent us.  We should let them know that we (NARFE) are strong and have a voice. 


  SENATOR                  TELEPHONE          FAX                                      EMAIL                               

  Bill Nelson (D)       1-202-224-5274                     http://billnelson.senate.gov  

 Marco Rubio (R)      1-202-224-3041                     http://rubio.senate.gov
 

 
 REPRESENTATIVE     TELEPHONE            FAX                EMAIL                                      

 Thomas Rooney (D17)    202-225-3001

 

  

  CHAPTER  0254  ELECTED OFFICERS FOR 2014

PRESIDENT                             SUSAN RUBLE
FIRST VICE PRESIDENT        PEG MCTERNAN
SECOND VICE PRESIDENT   SHARON BOWMAN
SECRETARY                            BETTY MAHOFSKI
TREASURER                            BILL STREIMER








        MEMBERSHIP: Sharon Bowman

 

                                     September 2014 Membership Drive                                                                             

 

                                   Special Recruitment Incentives Are Being Offered for the Month of September

Recruiters (that's you)  will receive $10 for each new member, current OR retired, who joins in September 2014. (Applications must be postmarked, and calls or website joins must be received, by September 30.)

All September recruiters will be entered into a drawing, once for each new member they have recruited.

A Kindle Fire tablet will be awarded to a recruiter randomly selected from this pool.

 NARFE membership brochure, F-135 (08/13), is available at each chapter meeting and should be provided to the prospective new member.

Familiarize Yourself With All the Avenues to Join

Mail in the F-135 brochure;

Go online to narfe.org and click the Join link;

Call our chapter Membership Chair: Sharon Bowman

Use the application that appears in every issue of NARFE magazine.

Don’t Forget Your Recruiter ID (NARFE Membership ID # which can be found on the label of your NARFE magazine)…

Credit for recruitment can be given only if the ID number of the recruiting member is provided upon joining.

 

We look forward to making September a terrific recruitment month – one that will reinvigorate all the would-be recruiters among us!

 

 

 

  

  
   

SERVICE OFFICER - Emma & Joe Valla

    

The NARFE Chapter 0254 Service Officer provides emotional support and assistance to the family on the loss of their loved ones. A booklet “Be Prepared for Life’s Events’ is available to help plan for this trying time for the survivors.   



                                               ALZHEIMER'S NEWS                              

                                          2014 Walk to End Alzheimer's - Lee County, FL

                                            Saturday October 25, 2014    Add to calendar

                                            Registration at 9 am | Walk at 10 am

                                            Route Length: 2 miles

                                            Centennial Park   2000 W First St,    Fort Myers, FL 33901

 




             

                                                                             IN MEMORIAM

                                                      Barry Gidley - Active Chapter Member, he will be missed. 


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HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE NEXT CHAPTER M
EETING

 

Meet with your fellow Federal retirees and help us  build a stronger Chapter and let our elected Senators and Representative know NARFE is watching them. After the meeting we have lunch. The Smoke'n Pit has some great food and lots of it.


QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
 

Why should I attend the monthly Chapter meeting?
Supporting our Chapter by attending our monthly meeting is a way of keeping NARFE strong.
      A strong NARFE helps to ensure that what we worked for will not be bargained away or reduced  like so many other
      programs Congress has looked at.
 

Q  What happens at these  meeting?
A   At each meting we usually have a guest speaker.  Our speaker's subject material is usually issues important to the group. 

Q  Can I learn anything?
By attending the monthly meeting you will learn about future legislations that Congress is proposing.
      Knowing in advance what Congress is proposing, we can lobby Congress like the big companies do, and have our
      Representative and Senators support us.

How long are the meeting?
 A  Meetings start at 10:30 A.M. and run about an hour to an hour and a half.  After the meeting we have lunch. The Smoken 
     Pit food is very good and reasonable priced.

Q  How about FUN at these meeting?
Depending on the time of year, we plan our Christmas party or a summer outing. This past summer our Chapter went on
     the BIG M casino boat,  The weather was perfect and so was the buffet.
 

Q  What else takes place at the meeting?
Chapter meetings are A VALUABLE source of important information -  What next year's COLA will be, What is going on in Congress  on legislations that will effect NARFE Members  (Florida has 165,000 annuitants) and any events that need immediate action such as  phone calls, email, or letters to  Representatives.

    Attending the meetings will also give you a chance to meet other Federal retirees and participate in a worth while
    cause,
protecting your retirement check.

  
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