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Submitted by Chuck Mulidore
The 67th National Convention Executive Board meeting was called to order at 8:34 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28, by Executive Board Chair Tim Ford. Western Region Vice President Marilyn Walton gave the invocation. Secretary/Treasurer Chuck Mulidore led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mulidore conducted the roll call of officers; all board members were present.
NAPS President Brian Wagner said this meeting was bittersweet for him as it would be his last as national president. Regardless, Wagner said he was thankful the organization remains committed to moving forward on behalf of its members.
He acknowledged it has been a difficult year, as COVID has impacted many lives, as well as our organization and its members. Wagner predicted NAPS would have a great convention week and emerge even better than before.
Executive Vice President Ivan D. Butts said it was great to see everyone together again for a board meeting, even as the challenges of COVID continue. “We must take the lead by wearing masks in order to stay safe and healthy,” he affirmed, “and provide the example for our members this week at the convention.”
Mulidore told the board this past year has, indeed, been difficult. “But we remain strong and moving forward as an organization,” he stressed. “It has been an honor to serve as NAPS secretary/treasurer during these consequential times and working under Brian’s leadership and with the team at NAPS Headquarters.”
Ford welcomed board members and guests. He thanked the board members for their dedication to members during the challenges experienced over the past year.
Central Region Vice President Craig Johnson moved to adopt the agenda; the motion passed unanimously.
Al Lum, Labor Relations Admin Group, NAPS’ Disciplinary Defense Fund provider, reported on the current DDF caseload.
Bruce Bishop, NAPS parliamentarian, gave an overview of his responsibilities as NAPS parliamentarian during the convention. He said he enjoys working with NAPS.
Bruce Moyer, NAPS’ legal counsel, provided the board with a confidential update on legal issues facing the organization, as well as the pay decision agreed to by NAPS and the USPS.
Mulidore presented the FY21 National Headquarters Final Budget vs. Actual Expenses. He and Emily Christophersen, NAPS membership coordinator, provided an update on membership.
Butts and Director of Legislative & Political Affairs Bob Levi delivered a report on SPAC and a review of legislative, regulatory and political activities impacting NAPS members. The SPAC update for the national convention was discussed.
There was no old business or new business.
A consultative meeting was held with Bruce Nicholson and James Timmons, USPS Labor Relations Policy Administration.
The dates for the fall Executive Board meeting are Oct. 17-20.
For the good of the association, Butts thanked Wagner for his leadership over the past years as national president.
Wagner said it has been a great journey and an honor to have been a resident officer for 11 years, the past five as president. He said he is looking forward to time with his family, but is honored to have helped so many.
Capitol-Atlantic Area Vice President Troy Griffin led the closing prayer. Ford moved to adjourn; the motion passed.