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Dedicated, Loyal and Excited
By Felicia Ann Hill
Texas Area Vice President
Throughout the years, the National Auxiliary has shared the ups and downs of the Postal Service with NAPS—an organization established Sept. 7, 1908, by a group of supervisors who wanted to protect the benefits they had gained. Members and their spouses saw the need for assistance and formed the National Auxiliary. Its first meeting was held Sept. 20, 1933, and was financed by the Iowa State Branch.
The National Auxiliary has stood firm through laughter, tears and steadfast determination in enthusiastically carrying out its commitment to NAPS. At conventions, NAPS and Auxiliary members have met new friends and made lifelong friendships across our great nation. All this is done with pleasure and excitement while working together for the betterment of NAPS.
In March, I attended the NAPS Legislative Training Seminar where Auxiliary members eagerly met again. Assignments were made during our board meeting and, before we knew it, our work began. We ultimately accompanied NAPS members to Capitol Hill where we met with congressional representatives to present our talking points during our “15 minutes of fame.”
We discussed support for H.R. 597, the “Postal Employee Appeal Rights Amendment Act;” H. Res. 23, a resolution to maintain door mail delivery; H. Res. 33, a resolution to oppose privatization of the Postal Service; and H. Res. 54, a resolution to maintain six-day mail delivery. We were well-received by everyone. Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee (D-TX) had our group escorted to her office. She had just chaired a committee meeting that was followed by a press conference and wanted to speak with us personally. In addition to our legislative duties, Auxiliary members also help raise funds for SPAC. We share ideas and methods that work for us at our state conventions. During this year’s LTS, we used these tried-and-true methods to raise money for SPAC. We had in-kind gift raffles, a NAPS Executive Board raffle and sold SPAC pins. We even received a contribution from a few members who did not want to take a chance on packing one extra item in their suitcases.
We are passionate about our commitment to NAPS and remain serious and purposeful in reaching our goals. This year at LTS, we raised $32,974 for SPAC. Thanks, NAPS, for your support; we couldn’t have done it without you.
The Auxiliary is proud to be part of this great organization, unwavering and steadfast through the years. We are dedicated to our original cause, which is to help NAPS with fundraisers, legislation, conventions and any other instance where our combined efforts will make a difference.
Thank you, NAPS, for allowing us the opportunity and pleasure to continue the work started by those who paved the way before us. We are here to support you.