Chapter President - Susan Ruble
The COLA for May 2015 (-0.57) is almost even with the May figure of 2014. To see an increase in our pay, that figure must be “more than” the 2014’s basket of goods. But we still have a few more months to calculate.
Health Care has good news for us. Beginning January 2016, there will be an option of “Self Plus One.” This option should save money for the husband & wife who no longer need family coverage.
OPM cybersecurity breach has hit one of the members of NARFE, along with 14-30 million other Federal Employees. Alan Lopatin, NARFE Legislative Counsel was on FOX News June 23rd explaining he was notified his personal information held by the Federal Government was now in someone else’s hands. James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, said Thursday (June 25th) that China was the likely culprit in a cyber-attack which stole millions of employee records from the Office of Personnel Management. He stopped short of directly blaming the Chinese government, but said Beijing was the “leading suspect.” “We have to explain to all of our employees what the risks are, what they need to do to protect themselves, and that this will be the gift that keeps on giving for the rest of their lives.”
In a letter to the President, 27 organizations representing the millions of federal and postal workers, retirees and their survivors, wrote to express the deep concern over the failure of the federal government to adequately protect its personnel computer systems and the devastating impact recent breaches of these systems had on tens of millions of Americans, including the federal workforce. This complete 3 page letter will be available to read at the September 14th chapter meeting.
PETITION TO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ADMINISTRATION TO:
Provide lifetime identity protection for the Federal employees who were victimized by the breach of the OPM. Please click on the link below and add your name.
SECRETARY, Betty Mahofski
As always, we strive to have interesting and informative speakers at every NARFE meeting.
We are working on the line up of speakers to start in September.
LEGISLATION - Sharon Bowman
GPO/WEP Repeal Legislation Introduced in the Senate
Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-OH, introduced the Social Security Fairness Act of 2015, S. 1651, which would repeal the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP).
Similar legislation, H.R. 973, was introduced in the House by Rep. Rodney Davis, R-IL.
NARFE will never stop trying to get this fair Legislation enacted.
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) 1- 202-225-3001
Curt Clawson (R19) 1-202-225-2536
CHAPTER 0254 ELECTED OFFICERS FOR 2014
MEMBERSHIP: Sharon Bowman
MEMBERSHIP – as of May
Total NARFE Membership: 230,355 Total NARFE Chapters: 1,245
Fort Myers Chapter: 114 voting members 5 National Life Members
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.
NARFE SUPPORTS ALZHEIMER’S RESEARCH:
Senate makes history with 60% increase to Alzheimer's Research
June 25th, The Senate Appropriations Committee approved an historic 60% increase – approximately $350 million – for Alzheimer’s disease research. If passed into law, this would be the largest increase in Alzheimer’s funding to date. Here is your chance to do something really good. On the next page you will find your Congressman’s phone number and email, let them hear from you in support of the increase funding for Alzheimer’s Research. Do it now.
IN MEMORIAM (into memory) – 2015
Rocco T. Conte
Richard F. Cormell
William (Bill) Streimer
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 Smoke'n
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.