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
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.
The COLA at the close of July was 1.82%
I look forward to seeing you at our chapter meetings.
SECRETARY, Betty Mahofski
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
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.
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
Barry Gidley - Active Chapter Member, he will be missed.
HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE NEXT CHAPTER MEETING
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
Q Why should I attend the monthly Chapter meeting?
A 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?
A 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.
Q 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?
A 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?
A 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.