September 7, 2016
Dear NARFE member,
Good afternoon. Having just returned from the NARFE 34th Biennial National Convention in
Reno, Nevada, I would like to share some important outcomes from that gathering.
strategic planning led NARFE’s National Executive Board to submit a number of resolutions to the Convention. These
were based on our strong commitment to the long-term health of the Association and our ability to successfully
drive NARFE’s mission well into the future. Of significant note:
- Membership in a NARFE
chapter is now optional. New members now will simply join NARFE. With their welcome information, new members will
be provided the option to also join a local chapter. Likewise, renewing members may choose to belong
to NARFE as a national member or opt to enjoy the benefits of their local chapter as well.
- All members
will continue to receive all benefits provided by NARFE, including: narfe magazine; access
to the members-only portion of the NARFE website and blog; and access to the NARFE Federal Benefits Institute,
the Legislative Hotline and NARFE NewsWatch. In ADDITION, members have enhanced benefits.
With passage of a One Member, One Vote resolution, every member now has a vote and a say in NARFE governance and
the election of NARFE officers. All are eligible to run for National Officer and Regional Vice President
(RVP) positions. (Per NARFE’s bylaws, only members of chapters and federations are eligible to run for chapter
and federation offices.)
- Please note, with the passage of optional chapter membership, the National Executive Board
incentive program that established the eNARFE chapter has been rescinded. All members from this chapter
are now national members with all the benefits listed above and will, upon renewal, be provided the
option to join a local chapter.
For those of you who serve in officer positions and/or would like further information
on implementation of these changes, your federation president, federation membership chair and federation secretary
have been provided extensive notes.
These few changes will usher in a new day for NARFE. With
them, great strides have been made to ensure the continued success of NARFE and our important mission.
Thank you for your membership.
Richard G. Thissen
NARFE National President