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2023 Goals for SPAC and Membership
By Marilyn Walton
Western Region Vice President
I want to thank NAPS Western Region members who contributed to the Supervisors’ Political Action Committee (SPAC) in 2022. I want to give special recognition to California State members whose 2022 contributions totaled over $43,000.
Last year was the 100th anniversary of California State Branch 905. As a tribute to that historic event, we asked members to contribute $100 to SPAC. There was an outstanding fundraiser at the state convention. Branches, Auxiliary members and individuals donated many in-kind gifts and bid on them in return. There were games, challenges and raffles.
The state convention raised over $13,000. A special thanks to our state and local legislative representatives who encouraged SPAC fundraisers and stepped up to the challenge at meetings and events.
There were many opportunities throughout 2022 to make contributions to SPAC, including LTS and the virtual SPAC raffles. There also were branch challenges and individual contributions at NAPS events and through online donations. With rising inflation and its impact on everyday living, it’s not always easy to give that extra contribution.
SPAC funds help us gain access to legislators who support positive postal legislation. Last year, we met and exceeded our goals. My challenge to all NAPS members is to make 2023 another banner year for SPAC.
We continue to focus on membership. We all need to reach out and personally invite newly promoted EAS employees, as well as those who have been in the EAS ranks for years, to join. I recently talked to some nonmembers who were asking for representation or general information about NAPS.
No one ever invited them to join. They only became aware of the organization when they needed representation. We need to let nonmembers know we are here to support them with information, training, networking, legislation, fellowship, consultation on pay and benefits and representation, if needed.
One benefit NAPS offers members is free representation through the Disciplinary Defense Fund (DDF). I often compare the DDF to having car insurance: You make sure you have it, but hope you never need it!
Sign a new member and welcome that EAS coworker to our NAPS family!
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