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Be NAPS Membership Ambassadors
By Chuck Mulidore
On Sept. 8 this year, NAPS will turn 111 years old. We never have looked better! The need for this organization to exist is as real now as it was in 1908 when 50 supervisors met in Louisville, KY, to chart the future of NAPS. Could those 50 men have imagined that, thanks to your efforts, membership has increased to over 27,000? As the number of NAPS members rises, so does the value of your membership!
Most impressively, over 95 percent of our members are actively working EAS employees: supervisors, managers, postmasters, SDOs, MDOs, MMOs, plant managers, HR personnel, OPS support and district, area and USPS Headquarters personnel; almost too many to mention. We represent them all, making us the best, largest and most effective management organization representing EAS employees in the Postal Service.
NAPS is strong, growing and financially stable. We are well prepared to meet the challenges of the future and meet them we will! Your resident officers at NAPS Headquarters, your Executive Board members across the country and your local branch leaders are committed to maintaining the standard of effective representation that has been the hallmark of NAPS.
One of the greatest values NAPS offers is our Disciplinary Defense Fund (DDF), which will represent any NAPS member in any type of adverse action. This is offered as a part of your membership in NAPS. In other words, DDF representation does not cost you any additional out-of-your-pocket money.
Of course, our primary focus always has been to educate and train our members on how to stay out of trouble. But, if by some chance something adverse should happen to you as an EAS employee, we will be there with world-class representation.
NAPS continues to have our popular ongoing membership drive that gives each NAPS sponsor $25 for signing a new member. We appreciate all of your efforts to grow our membership; each week, we send $25 checks to NAPS members across the country who are actively engaged as NAPS ambassadors promoting membership.
Last year, NAPS Headquarters sent over $70,000 back to our members as part of this membership promotion drive—money well invested in the future of NAPS. The growth in membership also allows NAPS Headquarters to return over $385,000 to our local branches each month in the form of electronic funds transfers, allowing our branches to provide excellent service to our members in terms of education, training and local representation. You see NAPS at USPS career conferences, NSP graduation ceremonies and Postmaster Essentials training classes.
You see, we represent all EAS employees and have been doing so for a long time. We are, and will continue to be, working hard to grow membership. That is a legacy and responsibility that has been passed down to each of us over the past 110 years. This legacy allows NAPS to meet the challenges of today and, most importantly, the future.
We know that never-ending change is the one constant in the Postal Service. But there is one thing that will never change: As long as there is a Postal Service, there will be a National Association of Postal Supervisors.