Monthly Archives: October 2015

Region II Training Symposium, April 4-5, 2016, Wyndham Garden Hotel, York, PA

Our REGION II TRAINING SYMPOSIUM will be held on APRIL 4-5, 2016 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in York, Pennsylvania.

The registration form, which includes all of the details listed below, is available here: Region II Training Symposium Registration Form APR 4-5, 2016 

A full description of class offerings is available here: Class Descriptions April 2016

REGISTRATION: The fee is $80, which includes classes, presentations, and access to vendors, plus lunch and dinner on April 4 and breakfast April 5.   The fee and a completed Registration Form, with three (3) class selections, must be mailed to Carl Fascio [Carl Fascio, New Jersey Federation Treasurer, 22 Dayton Lane, Manalapan, New Jersey 07726-2805, Phone: 732-409-6770, Email:] no later than March 24, 2016.

Cancellation Policy: Because of commitments to the Hotel any one cancelling after that date and ‘no shows’ should not expect a refund. However, every attempt will be made to accommodate emergency situations.

Checks for the registration fee should be made out to National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, and show “Region II Training Registration” in the memo line. As said above, full payment for each attendee must accompany each completed Registration Form.

HOTEL: The Symposium is being held at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, 2000 Loucks Road, York, Pennsylvania 17404. The phone number is 717-846-9500.   The rooms are $97.01 (YES, $97.01) per night, single or double occupancy, including tax. While the ‘official’ night of the 2016 Symposium is April 4, the hotel is honoring the group rate for three nights before April 4 and three nights after. Refer to “NARFE CM” to receive the special group rate.  Registration for a hotel room at the special rate can be made now and MUST BE MADE NO LATER THAN March 5, 2016 for arrival April 4.  If you plan to come earlier, you must book your room at least 30 days prior to your planned arrival to get the group rate.   You are responsible for making your own hotel reservations unless otherwise instructed by your Federation President or other official. DO NOT request hotel accommodations from Carl Fascio when you send him your Registration Form and Class Selections.

All rooms are non-smoking. Check in is at 4 p.m., but some rooms may be ready earlier. The hotel has two floors, 180 guest rooms, an elevator, ample free parking, dining and a heated indoor pool.   All guest rooms include coffee/tea maker, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, mini-fridge, flat screen TV, two (2) queen beds OR one (1) king bed AND a queen sofa bed, and more.   Some rooms have connecting doors, sitting area, hypoallergenic beds and bedding, and/or indoor pool view. There are seven (7) ADA rooms, with features such as bathroom safety bars and wheelchair accessibility.   Attendees may request features they wish when they book a hotel room. There are three (3) suites NOT available at the group rate.

TIME FRAME FOR EVENTS AT YORK: Region II Training Symposium registration on site at the Hotel begins at 10 a.m. April 4, with Lunch starting at 11:30. The first training session starts at 1 p.m. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., following a cash bar.   On April 5 Breakfast will be between 6:30 and 7:45 a.m., with training resuming at 8 a.m. Classes end by 11:30 a.m. Lunch is not provided April 5. Check out is noon.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS: The Hotel is just off PA Rt. 30, and several miles from Interstate 83.   Close by are: Colonial Complex in downtown York, Harley-Davidson Factory Tour, Indian Echo Caverns and Estate, Martin’s Potato Chips Plant Tour, Mason-Dixon Wine Trail, Susquehanna Ale Trail, Turkey Hill (ice cream) Experience, Utz Potato Chips Tour, and Tanger Outlets, among other attractions. Gettysburg, Lancaster/Amish Country, and Hersey Park are within 25-40 miles.

QUESTIONS: Refer any questions or comments to your Federation President, or to Evelyn Kirby, Region II Vice President, Each is on the Planning Committee.   Your Chapter President may be able to help you as well. Should you have a special dietary issue, contact Kathy Adams, Delaware Federation President,

Call to Maryland Federation Training Day Thursday, October 29, 2015 – Bowie Comfort Inn



The next training day for the Maryland Federation has been scheduled as follows:

Day/Date/Time: Tuesday, 29 October 2015 / 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Place: Comfort Inn, Bowie

2015 Registration Form for Federation Training Day

For this event, the cost of registration, including lunch, will be borne by the Federation for all attendees from the Maryland Federation. Attendees from outside Maryland will have to pay the $20 registration/lunch fee. One driver from each Maryland chapter will be reimbursed for mileage at 45 cents per mile. Carpooling is strongly encouraged.

Pre-registration is required. Please inform Marty Strombotne promptly of your plans to attend this training. The Registration form is attached. Be sure to tell Marty whom you are riding with. In addition please give Marty your best guess as to how many will be attending each breakout track in the afternoon. This will help us size the groups to the available meeting rooms.

Deadline for registering is Friday, October 23.

Chapters will be billed for payment of No Shows

Because of the distance involved, 125 miles or more, the Federation will reimburse Chapters 410 West-Mar and 2274 Ocean Area for one or more rooms (up to 4) for October 28 at the hotel as necessary. These chapters should make their own reservations with the Comfort Inn. The Federation will pay mileage at 45 cents per mile for Chapters 410 and 2274 only.

All attendee names are needed on the registration form so that accurate lunch arrangements can be made and a proper number of training materials can be prepared.

Carpooling is strongly recommended.

Directions to Comfort Inn – 4500 Crain Highway, Bowie MD 20716 – 301-464-0089

From Route 95 N or S
Take Route 50 East to Exit 13 [about six miles from Washington Beltway]
Take US 301 South
Stay in right-hand lane
Make first right at intersection and immediate right onto access road to hotel

From Route 50 W
Take US 301 South [Exit 13]
Stay in right-hand lane
Make first right at intersection and immediate right onto access road to hotel

From US 301 N, South of US 50
Go north past intersection with MD 197, staying in left-hand lane. Rips Restaurant is on the right. Hotel is ahead about one mile on left.
Turn left at the light at Harbour Way, then immediate right onto access road

 Note: If you have any questions about this Call Letter, please call or email Secretary Pat Farmer, 301-776-4645 or