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Let’s Get to Work
By Chuck Mulidore
NAPS Executive Vice President
Wow! For the nearly 1,000 delegates who attended the 67th NAPS National Convention in Grapevine, TX, at the incredible Gaylord Texan, it truly was an amazing week. As your newly elected executive vice president, 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. I will work hard to reward your confidence in me.
Kudos to Bob Bradford and the members of the local Texas NAPS branches for their hard work in making this a memorable event. Their dedication, commitment and vision gave NAPS a convention that long will be remembered. Thank you, Texas Bob, and your team!
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, almost 200 came to a NAPS national convention for the first time—that’s remarkable!
These first-timers got to see debates over many resolutions—some adopted, some not—but the point is NAPS members come gether every two years to determine the future of our organization. That really is the true strength of NAPS: It is owned and operated by its members! And in true NAPS fashion, after the debates are finally settled and all the votes taken, we celebrate like no other group.
Special thanks, as well, to the National Auxiliary, who provide so much help and support to NAPS, and to outgoing President Patricia Jackson-Kelley. And congratulations to incoming President Laurie Butts. Without the great assistance of the Auxiliary, NAPS could not have raised over $57,000 for SPAC, the Supervisors’ Political Action Committee, to help support our legislative efforts on Capitol Hill.
Now the work begins. Your new team of resident officers at NAPS Headquarters will always put your interests first because NAPS belongs to you, the members; our job is to work for you! Every decision must consider, first and foremost, “How does this impact our members?”—whether we are discussing an issue involving the NAPS budget or pay talks with the Postal Service.
I am reminded that NAPS was born on 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. That struggle continues to this very day, but 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.
However, he probably would be dismayed to learn that many of the same struggles that brought folks together to create NAPS in the first place remain today. Our challenge is to continue the legacy that was begun in September 1908—to keep NAPS strong, viable and growing. You’ve got our commitment, and I know we have yours.
Let’s get to work!