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Events in the Western Region
By Marilyn Walton
NAPS Western Region Vice President
Las Vegas Retirement Celebration
Las Vegas District Branch 463 held its regular business meeting in conjunction with a special retiree recognition dinner at Dean’s Place (Dean Martin) restaurant in Las Vegas. Branch 463 President Jackie Clayton and her officers welcomed NAPS special guests NAPS Immediate Past President Brian Wagner, Executive Vice President Chuck Mulidore, Rocky Mountain Area Vice President Myrna Pashinski and me.
Messages from the national officers addressed ongoing NAPS concerns, new programs, facility changes, new EAS job postings and national legislation updates. Branch 463 Legislative Rep Cecilia “CC” Pelletier gave a presentation on proper TACs procedures, updates to SWCs and reminders to not share employee passwords.
Branch 463 2nd Vice President Pat Doruth addressed resolution writing, The officers want members to understand that resolutions from the branches are forwarded to NAPS Headquarters and presented at the national convention, which is how NAPS makes changes for the betterment of its members. The local officers spend time at each branch meeting sharing important training information with members.
The remainder of the meeting was devoted to honoring six retirees. Two retirees attended; each received two certificates of appreciation, one from NAPS Headquarters and the other from the Branch 463 officers. They also received a check from the branch and a dinner of their choice. Attending were Florence Pallone, with 45 years of service, and Brad Baird, with 27 years of service. Also recognized were Brian Matthews, 36 years; Cat Phan, 39 years; Brent Muir, 35 years; and Raymond Williams, 36 years. They also will receive their certificates of appreciation and checks.
It was a great opportunity to thank the retirees for their years with the Postal Service and membership in NAPS.
Utah Branch 139 Annual Steak Fry
Sundance, UT, Branch 139 President Jeff Fratto and his officers hosted their annual steak fry. Each year, NAPS members and guests travel up the beautiful Wasatch Mountains to a reserved campground. NAPS Rocky Mountain Area Vice President Myrna Pashinski and I represented NAPS Headquarters.
Myrna and I talked about the latest facility consolidations, new relief supervisor postings and the proposed Level-16 apprentice supervisor position. We also provided updates on the dues assessment and NAPS lawsuit with the USPS. Myrna encouraged members to address any questions and concerns with the local branch and her to avoid small concerns turning into big issues.
Branch 139 Area Vice President Teresa Barrett shared her experience traveling to Washington, DC, for the 2023 LTS and encouraged everyone to reach out to nonmembers to join NAPS. Treasurer Kristen Tisner conducted a SPAC raffle that raised $395. Vice President Jill Jensen announced she was moving over to the Veterans Administration, but said she would miss all her postal and NAPS friends after 28 years with the Postal Service.
Former Rocky Mountain Area Vice President Steve Gerber and his wife Melissa attended, as well as other retirees.