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Branch 244 Welcomed Members and Guests
By Marilyn Walton
NAPS Western Region Vice President
Mary Burkhard Branch 244 hosted a special membership meeting in April. The branch welcomed members and first-time-member attendees. Special guests included NAPS Executive Vice President Chuck Mulidore, Pacific Area Vice President and NAPS Executive Board Chair Chuck Lum, California State President Marilyn Jones, State Legislative Consultant Felicia Pennington and me.
Branch 244 represents a large area that covers the Sierra Coastal, Bakersfield (Central), Van Nuys and Santa Barbara regions of Southern California District 3. California is divided into six postal districts. Due to the expanded area of representation, meetings are moved around to try and reach members throughout the district. This time, we met in the beautiful Simi Valley at a local BBQ restaurant.
Branch 244 President Ed Moore called the meeting to order. Introductions were made by Treasurer Stephen Prevulsky. The meeting was chaired by Secretary Clarissa Bognot.
Many of us had just returned from the NAPS Legislative Training Seminar. Branch delegates and guests shared some of their experiences from their visits to Capitol Hill. I provided follow-up comments and thanked attendees for all their hard work. Mulidore talked about planning, scheduling and organizing this year’s very successful LTS.
Several members had attended the recent Customer Service symposiums for supervisors. They shared their positive experiences and offered suggestions for improving other symposium training. Overall, the feedback was positive. There was a general discussion regarding what additional type of training EAS employees would like to see.
Lum reminded us our efforts should be focused on signing non-members. We need to ensure all EAS employees benefit from membership in NAPS. Lum also answered questions on the recent revisions to SWCs. Jones invited members to the upcoming California State Convention.
I shared that 2023 is a new SPAC year. Last year, California celebrated its 100-year anniversary; I asked each California member to give $100 to SPAC. This is the 101st year, so now I’m asking each California member to contribute a minimum of $101. California led the nation in SPAC contributions last year. Let’s show the rest of the country how to support our Supervisors’ Political Action Committee.
Mulidore responded to questions on the NAPS lawsuit against the Postal Service and other issues. The evening ended with a lot of networking and information-sharing.