By George Galasso
Resident Member, NARFE
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) is the leading legislative advocate and information resource for Federal employees and retirees. It is the only organization solely dedicated to protecting and preserving the pay and earned benefits of all active and retired Federal workers. It keeps them informed about legislative issues affecting retirement income, health benefits and long-term care options, taxation, and cost-of-living adjustments. White Oak’s Chapter 1888 of NARFE holds its monthly meetings at the Liberty Grove United Methodist Church in Burtonsville and, once a year, on the second Monday in May, holds its annual joint meeting with NARFE members residing at Riderwood. The meeting on May 14 will begin at 12:00 noon in the Maryland Hall in Montgomery Station. Lunch will be served; there will be a $10 charge for non-NARFE members.
This is an excellent opportunity to stay informed about legislative issues, both at the Federal and state levels, dealing with retirement income and health care benefits, taxation and cost-of-living adjustments
Maryland Senator Chris VanHollen was invited to be the speaker. His busy schedule did not allow him to commit to attending, but he has promised to send a key staff member who can represent his current goals and activities. Although he is one of our newest senators, he has an outstanding political background and a very bright future. His parents were Foreign Service officers. He spent parts of his early life in Pakistan, Turkey, India, and Sri Lanka. He graduated from Swarthmore College, and from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he earned a Master of Public Policy degree in national security studies, and from Georgetown University Law Center where he earned a law degree. Before becoming a United States senator, he was a Maryland delegate and state senator and a U.S. congressman from the 8th congressional district. He serves on the committee on appropriations; the committee on banking, housing, and urban affairs; the committee on environment and public works, and the committee on the budget.
If your future security depends on Federal retirement benefits as a Federal retiree, current employee, spouse or individual survivor, you might consider joining NARFE. Annual dues are $40 and provide an excellent magazine with informative articles, and some additional perks. Once a member, the $10 luncheon fee would be waived. If you would like to learn more about it, please join us. All NARFE members are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting and hear what NARFE can do for you and what you can do to support their work. If you have any questions, please contact one of the following officials of the White Oak chapter: Marcia Swanson, president (301) 434-7266, Carole Jacoby, vice president for membership (301) 588-5237 or Paul Hudes, vice president for legislation