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Wow! For the nearly 1,200 delegates who attended the 2018 NAPS National Convention in Uncasville, CT, at the beautiful Mohegan Sun resort, it truly was an amazing week. As your newly re-elected national secretary/treasurer, I only can say I am humbled by the faith shown in me by our members. Thank you so much for the privilege of serving you at NAPS Headquarters and allowing me the opportunity to return for another term on your behalf. I will work hard to reward your confidence in me.
Kudos to Lisa Douglas, NAPS Branch 5 president, and all the NAPS branch members throughout New England for their hard work in making this a memorable convention. Their dedication, commitment and vision gave NAPS a convention that long will be remembered; thank you one and all!
One of the great things about a national convention is seeing so many friends and making new ones. Each convention is unique, yet some things never change. Those of us who are convention veterans always are happy to see first-timers. This year, over 130 members came to a NAPS national convention for the first time; that’s remarkable!
These first-timers got to see debates on many resolutions—some adopted, some not. While some discussions were contentious in the best democratic traditions of our country, the point is NAPS members come together every two years to respectfully determine the future of the organization.
And that really is the true strength of NAPS: It is owned and operated by its members! And in true NAPS fashion, after the debates finally are settled and all the votes taken, we celebrate like no other group because, at the end of the day, we are one united organization—strong, passionate and growing.
So, now the work begins anew. Your team of resident officers at NAPS Headquarters and your newly elected and re-elected Executive Board members always will put your interests first because NAPS belongs to you—the members. And our job is to work for you!
Every decision, first and foremost, must be considered based on “How does this impact our members?” And that applies whether we are discussing an issue involving the NAPS budget or pay consultations with the Postal Service. I am reminded that NAPS was established Sept. 7, 1908, when a group of 50 supervisors gathered in Louisville, KY, to unify around the goal of improving the pay and working conditions of all supervisors.
We can take heart in the fact that our first president, L.E. Palmer of Pittsburgh, would be proud of the organization created in Louisville. Yet, he probably would be dismayed to learn that many of the same struggles that brought supervisors together to create NAPS in the first place still remain today. However, the commitment born in the late summer of 1908 never wanes and our resolve never falters.
Our challenge is to continue the legacy that was begun 110 years ago and to keep NAPS strong, viable and growing for the next 100 years. You’ve got our commitment and I know we have yours. Let’s get back to work!
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