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Increasing NAPS Membership Makes for a Happy New Year
By Dee Perez
New York Area Vice President
It’s that time of year again when we gather and meet for a small bit of cheer, be it with family, friends, loved ones or peers from work. The idea is to be together for a short time and be thankful for what we have—mainly for each other. It’s a bonus if we are fortunate to have our health as we all age.
I want to take this opportunity to wish all our NAPS members across the nation a joyous Christmas and holiday season, as well as a happy New Year. May you always have God’s good blessings.
To all my New York Area NAPS branches and their members—including the beautiful Island of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands—thank you for the gift on my behalf of 405 newly signed NAPS members who entered the EAS ranks and may become our future NAPS and USPS leaders. Each of you has extended yourself like never before on a membership drive.
Despite our success, the membership drive must continue every day and year. We continually need to sign members to support NAPS and, perhaps, one day run the organization. We need to pass the baton on to those who aspire to take NAPS to greater heights.
To all my Postmaster Committee members: You now have an equal voice that is heard at NAPS Headquarters; it’s what you wanted. Every postmaster is an equal partner and a welcome member of the NAPS family. We all are members of team NAPS collectively, as one.
However, you now have a big responsibility on your shoulders: Bring postmasters into NAPS as fast as you can. I have set attainable goals for my committee members, as well as my New York Area branch members. Now show me the results.
I’m asking every NAPS member in the country, regardless of your area, to reach out to your local NAPS branch or Postmaster Committee members and ask how you can help grow your association.
Go to naps.org under “Membership,” then scroll down to your local NAPS branch. Here you will learn who is state president, the local branch presidents and regional and area vice presidents. Reach out and make that call or email the officer in that branch and inform them you want to know how you can go about signing new/nonmembers for NAPS.
If we are to grow and become more powerful as the one and only true representative of all EAS employees, including those at USPS Headquarters, we need a collective effort on the part of every NAPS member—regardless of your EAS level—to help. Everyone needs to chip in and sign new members and nonmembers.
I’m looking for many new-member 1187s under my Christmas tree this year. Warm regards to everyone this holiday season.