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Mini-Conference – Federation Board Meeting – May 4-5, 2020

NATIONAL ACTIVE AND RETIRED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

MARYLAND FEDERATION

DR. GARY ROUNDTREE SR
PRESIDENT
DR. SUDHA HALEY
1st VICE PRESIDENT
EDWARD REED
2nd VICE PRESIDENT
PATRICIA FARMER
SECRETARY
STUART SKLAMM
TREASURER
DAVE ROSEMAN
ASST. TREASURER
DICK STROMBOTNE
PAST PRESIDENT
RON BOWERS
PAST PRESIDENT
TED JENSEN
PAST PRESIDENT
DAN MCGRATH
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

February 15, 2020

TO: Federation Officers, Federation Past Presidents, Region II Vice President, Federation Committee Chairs, Federation Board Members [OR Alternate in lieu of Board Member]

FROM: Dr. Gary Roundtree Sr., President – 410-277-8570 (H), 443-929-7045 (C), groundtreesr@hotmail.com

SUBJECT: Mini-Conference – Federation Board Meeting – May 4-5, 2020

Chapter Presidents are encouraged to have their Chapter Officers, Committee Chairs and other members attend.

Mini-Conference – Federation Board Meeting

Comfort Inn and Conference Center, Bowie, Md.

Registration Form

Tentative Agenda

Monday, May 4, 2020

8:30 a.m. RegistrationRegistration Committee: Louise
Coffee, Danish, BagelsCole, Chiquitta Thomas and Lillie Watson
9:30 a.m. Call to OrderDr. Gary Roundtree Sr., President
Pledge of AllegianceEd Reed, 2nd VP / Membership Director
National AnthemGordon Brown, Past NARFE Secretary
Keynote SpeakerTo Be Determined
Roll Call Pat Farmer, Secretary
Membership WorkshopEd Reed, 2nd VP / Membership Director
Introduction of Vendors/SponsorsDoug Fischer/Emily Perry, Vendor Co-Chairs
InstallationPresident Dr. Gary Roundtree Sr.
Region II UpdateKathy Adams, Region II VP
Treasurer's Report Stuart Sklamm, Treasurer
National Conference (FEDcon20) PlansPresident Dr. Gary Roundtree Sr.
Luncheon: 12 – 2 p.m.
Guest Speaker To Be Determined
2:00 p.m. Bylaws ~ ResolutionsSarah Richards / Larry Lange Co-Chairs
50/50 DrawingsJennifer Ramsey, Chair, Ways & Means
3:30 p.m. Adjournment
Social Gathering Monday after Adjournment
Room to be announced – Snacks and Drinks
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
8:30 a.m. RegistrationRegistration Committee: Louise
Coffee, Danish, BagelsCole, Chiquitta Thomas and Lillie Watson
9:30 a.m. Call to OrderDr. Gary Roundtree Sr., President
Pledge of AllegianceEd Reed, 2nd VP / Membership Director
National AnthemGordon Brown, Past NARFE Secretary
Roll Call Pat Farmer, Secretary
Membership WorkshopEd Reed, 2nd VP / Membership Director
Luncheon: 12 – 2 p.m.
We will extend the luncheon from 12 – 2 p.m., with our guest speaker taking up the latter half of that time.
Guest Speaker To Be Determined
Legislative ReportDr. Sudha Haley, 1st VP/Legislative Director
Federal Legislative Committee (FLC)Dr. Bruce Fowler, Chair
NARFE-PACDr. Sudha Haley, Coordinator
State Legislative CommitteePaul Schwartz, Chair
MD/PACPaul Schwartz, Coordinator
Dave Roseman, Treasurer
Other Committee Reports: Alzheimer’s; FEEA; Public Relations; Program; ECC; etc.
Old Business
New Business
Good of the Federation
Drawing for PrizesJennifer Ramsey, Ways & Means
BenedictionLarry Lange, Chaplain
3:30 p.m. Adjournment

NOTE: To date, one guest speaker has been confirmed. He is Eric Hirschhorn, former Under-Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce.

NOTE: We will provide some time in the schedule for brief remarks from candidates for National NARFE offices who may be present.

Date, Time and Place

The Maryland Federation Mini-Conference – Board Meeting will convene on Monday, May 4 and continue on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. A Tentative Agenda is included above. This extended Board meeting will be at the Comfort Inn and Conference Center, Bowie, Md., on US 301 at the intersection of Route 50 and US 301 South. Directions, address, etc., included below.

Travel

The Federation will reimburse travel costs at 54c per mile to addressees. The Federation will reimburse travel costs to a chapter for one driver of a car pool for each day; there will be no double reimbursements for individual drivers.

Lunch

Lunch will be provided for the addressees and other registrants each day. Guests are welcome. Guests pay a registration fee of $20 per day, which includes coffee and pastries, lunch, materials and meeting rooms. All chapter members, no matter how many days they plan to attend, will need to sign up as instructed in this Call, just as for any regular Federation Board meeting. All members who sign up for lunch on Monday and/or lunch on Tuesday will be responsible for attending. All chapters will be responsible for and will be billed for any No Shows. The Federation is charged for the full lunch count whether or not the members attend.

Social Get-Together

Monday, May 4 after adjournment. Details will be announced Monday during the meeting.

Hotel

The Federation will reimburse hotel charges for Federation Officers for Sunday, May 3, Executive Committee Meeting, and Monday, May 4, 2020. Also, the Federation will reimburse the Board Members [OR Alternates] from the outlying chapters, 306 Hagerstown, 410 West-Mar, 1522 Susquehanna, and 2274 Ocean Area, for hotel charges for Sunday, May 3 and Monday, May 4, 2020. If Federation Board Members [OR Alternates] and Federation Chairs elect not to stay overnight at the hotel on Monday, May 4, they will be entitled to mileage for the second day; the amount not to exceed the cost of the hotel room. The Federation may also reimburse specific persons whose attendance is required.

Attendees are responsible for making their own reservations with the Comfort Inn. Make reservations early if you intend to stay overnight on Monday, May 4. Identify yourself as part of the NARFE group when making reservations. The room rate includes a full hot breakfast. Check-in time is 3 p.m.; Checkout time is 11 a.m.

To make a reservation for a sleeping room, you should use choicehotels.com 800 #, 800-258-2847. Use the NARFE Corporation No. 00801967 and your individual Choice Privileges Number, to get the best rate on average. The Choice Privileges card is a rewards program card, not a credit card. If you do not have a Choice Privileges card, you can sign up at choicehotels.com. You will need to give a personal credit card to confirm your reservation.

Board members should let the Treasurer know ahead of time if they will be claiming one (1) or two (2) days of mileage. The Treasurer will prepare your mileage reimbursement check in advance and have it for you at the meeting. In this way you will not have to submit a claim for mileage reimbursement.

More on the Meeting

Speakers for the Mini-Conference, other than the one mentioned above, will be announced at a later date.

This will be an important meeting. In addition to our regular business, we will have the results of the voting on proposed Bylaws amendments; and conduct a workshop discussion on membership issues. There will also be time to hear from candidates for National NARFE office and to hear plans for the National Conference (FEDcon20) in Scottsdale, Arizona, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2020. This will be an excellent opportunity for new or potential leaders to learn about critical issues and processes.

Although primarily a business meeting, we will spice it up a bit with door prizes and special 50/50 drawings as we have in previous years. A number of vendors will be present to provide useful information and giveaways. These exhibitors pay for the privilege of placing their tables at our meeting. That helps us keep our costs down. All the vendors ask in return is a reasonable amount of exposure to our attendees. There will be a separate room for vendors this year and time built in to visit the vendors.

Chapter volunteers will staff tables to collect for Alzheimer’s, MD/PAC, NARFE-PAC and FEEA. Attendees are encouraged to bring contributions from chapter members who cannot attend. There will also be a Membership table.

Gift Cards

We ask EACH chapter to contribute a $25 Gift Card to be used as door prizes. Please purchase the Gift Card from a chain facility so that the recipient can redeem it anywhere in Maryland. A staffed table will be available for receipt of your Gift Card. Be sure to note your Chapter Number on the envelope.

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 with Harbour Way 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 with Harbour Way 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 light at Harbour Way. Make an immediate right onto access road to hotel.

Registration

Please use the form below for registration, as we do for all our Board meetings. Using this form ensures that we get all the necessary information the first time and makes the registration process work better for everyone. For other information, you may contact the Registration Committee: by email (narfemdreg2019@gmail.com) or postal mail to: NARFE/MD Registration Committee, P.O. Box 1016, Bowie, MD 20718. Registrar Contacts are: Louise Cole – 410-353-1283; and Chiquitta Thomas – 301-367-8989, and Lillie Watson – 301-383-1597.

MINI-CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FORM

Your Registration form must be received no later than April 25, 2020 by email (narfemdreg2019@gmail.com) or postal mail to: NARFE/MD Registration Committee, P.O. Box 1016, Bowie, MD 20718. Registration Contacts: Lillie Watson – 301-383-1597; Louise Cole – 410-353-1283; and Chiquitta Thomas – 301-367-8989.

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Registration Form for Mini-Conference – Federation Board Meeting

Monday, May 4 and Tuesday, May 5, 2020

_______________________________ _______ ___________ _________________

Name of Preparer Chapter No. Phone Email address

Federation Officer [ ]

Federation Committee Chair [ ]

Federation Board Member [ ]

Federation Alternate Board Member [In Lieu of Board Member] [ ]

Guest(s) – $20 each day; $40 total, payable at Registration [ ]

Chapters will be billed for payment of no shows.

List Attendees/Guests and Check Days Attending

Name (Print)

Phone

Email

Monday

Tuesday

List Car Pool Driver and Passengers Check Days Attending

Driver’s Name (Print)

Phone

Email

Monday

Tuesday

Passengers’ Names (Print)

Copy form as needed.

REGION II TRAINING ACADEMY

REGION II TRAINING ACADEMY – JUNE 1-2, 2020

GENERAL INFORMATION ON REGISTRATION AND HOTEL AND ROOM RATES

REGISTRATION:

THE FEE IS $99. AS USUAL THIS FEE INCLUDES BREAKOUT SESSIONS, PRESENTATIONS AND ACCESS TO VENDORS. AS USUAL, LUNCH AND DINNER ON MONDAY, JUNE 1 AND

BREAKFAST ON TUESDAY, JUNE 2 ARE INCLUDED. SPECIAL THIS TIME IS LIVE ENTERTAINMENT ON MONDAY NIGHT. WE HOPE YOU ALL WILL ENJOY!

PLEASE SEND THIS $99 FEE ALONG WITH YOUR REGISTRATION INFORMATION FORM TO:

CARL FASCIO, 22 DAYTON LANE, MANALAPAN, NJ 07726-2805.

CHECKS SHOULD BE MADE OUT TO NARFE, REGION II TRAINING.

CHECKS SHOULD BE RECEIVED BY CARL NO LATER THAN MAY 16.

CARL’S EMAIL ADDRESS IS: POPPY.070309@GMAIL.COM

HOME PHONE: 732-409-6770

CANCELLATION POLICY: BECAUSE OF COMMITMENTS TO THE HOTEL, ANY CANCELLATION AFTER MAY 16 AND “NO SHOWS” SHOULD NOT EXPECT A REFUND. HOWEVER, WE WILL BE THOUGHFUL IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS.

HOTEL AND ROOM RATES:

THE ACADEMY IS BEING HELD AT THE WYNDHAM GARDEN HOTEL, 2000 LOUCKS ROAD, YORK, PA 17408. PHONE NUMBER 717-846-9500. PLEASE MENTION NARFE WHEN MAKING RESERVATIONS. THE HOTEL IS HONORING GROUP RATES FOR THREE NIGHTS BEFORE AND THREE NIGHTS AFTER JUNE 1. THIS SPECIAL RATE MUST BE SECURED BEFORE MAY 1, 2020.

THIS GROUP RATE INCLUDING ALL TAXES IS $99.90. CHECK-IN IS 4:00 p.m. OR LATER AND CHECK-OUT IS NOON.

QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS: PLEASE CONTACT KATHY ADAMS, REGION II VP AT

ADAMSKHAWAII@AOL.COM.

REGISTRATION FORM FOR REGION II TRAINING ACADEMY JUNE 1-2, 2020

WYNDHAM GARDEN HOTEL, YORK, PA

NAME:

EMAIL ADDRESS:

HOME ADDRESS:

HOME PHONE:

CELL PHONE:

CHAPTER NUMBER:

PLEASE CIRCLE:   DC  DE  MD  NJ  PA       OTHER (      )

BREAKOUT TABLES:

IN LIEU OF CLASSES, WE WILL BE HAVING BREAKOUT TABLES.

BY DOING SO, YOU CAN PARTICIPATE IN ANY OR ALL THE BREAKOUT AREAS AS YOU CARE TO. THUS, NO CLASS SELECTION IS NECESSARY.

THESE BREAKOUT TABLES WILL BE OF VARIOUS TOPICS OF CONCERN TO OUR MEMBERS.

EXACT TOPICS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT A LATER DATE.

REGION II TRAINING ACADEMY AGENDA

MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2020

9:30 a.m. REGISTRATION – MAIN LOBBY

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. LUNCH DELI TRAY DISPLAY [BALLROOM

OF ROSES]

1:00 p.m. WELCOME – KATHY ADAMS, REGION II VP

1:15-2:20 p.m. REMARKS – BARB SIDO, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

2:30-3:35 p.m. BENEFITS – JAMES MARSHALL

3:45-5:15 p.m. ADVOCACY – JESSIE KLEMENT, ADVOCACY VP

5:15 p.m. BREAK

5:30-6:30 p.m. MEET AND GREET WITH CASH BAR

6:30-8:00 p.m. DINNER AND CASH BAR

8:00 p.m. ENTERTAINMENT

TUESDAY, JUNE 2,2020

6:45- 8:00 a.m. BUFFET BREAKFAST

8:15- 11:30 a.m. BREAKOUT TABLES – VARIETY OF TOPICS

12:00 p.m. HOTEL CHECKOUT FOR NARFE II TRAINING ACADEMY ATTENDEES

LUNCH ON YOUR OWN AND SAFE TRAVELS

REGISTRATION FORM IS HERE.

 

Senate Bill 486 DECOUPLING

Senate Bill 486 decouples itemizing on the federal tax return from the state in regards to itemizing deductions. The hearing before the Senate Budget & Taxation Committee on DECOUPLING bill, SB 486, is next Wednesday, February 12th. Paul Schwartz believes it will be around 1:00 and plans to testify in support of that bill. Filling the seats with supporters will help and sitting next to AARP at the witness table will also help.

Senate Bill 486

NARFE Laurel Chapter 422: More Sad News – Passing of Clarence “Blackie” Blackstock

It is with great sadness that the President and Board Members of Chapter 422 let you know of the death of Clarence “Blackie” Blackstock last night, January 29, 2020.  He had just turned 93 last week. His wife Joanne, also a chapter member, preceded him in death in 2017.  He leaves
two sons, Dean and Kent.
 
Blackie was a longtime member of our chapter and our institutional memory.  We all counted on him in terms of the history of the chapter; Bylaws; nominations and election process; and so much more.  He was a past president of the chapter and served many years as chair of the Bylaws Committee and chair of the Nominating Committee.  Most recently, he served the chapter as our NARFE-Net Coordinator, maintaining members’ email addresses for use in e-mailing newsletters and important information.
 
The arrangements for Blackie’s funeral are not yet available.

NARFE Chapter 422: Sad News – Passing of Bill Stoner

It is with great sadness that the President and Executive Committee of NARFE Laurel Chapter 422 tells you of the death of member and former Newsletter Editor Bill Stoner on Tuesday evening January 28, 2020.  Our prayers, sympathy and support go out to his wife Sandy and their children and grandchildren.
Here are the arrangements for Bill Stoner:
Visitation/Viewing: Friday, Feb. 7, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.at Donaldson’s Funeral Home, 313 Talbott Ave. (Route 198 W),Laurel, MD 20707.  The phone number is 301-725-1690.

Funeral Mass: Saturday, Feb. 8
(Tentative) Viewing at 10 a.m., Mass at 11 a.m. at
Resurrection of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church,8402 Brock Bridge Road, Laurel, MD 20724
Check with Donaldson’s as time gets closer, either by phone (above)or on their website: www.donaldsonlaurel.com.

Burial:  Ivy Hill, 1201 Sandy Spring Road, Laurel, MD 20707.