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My Service Continues
By Brian J. Wagner
Immediate Past President
It has been an honor and a privilege to represent NAPS and its members, active and associate, for the past 11 years as a resident officer. It was an even greater honor in 2016 to reach the pinnacle of NAPS leadership by being elected president, representing the largest, best, strongest and most professional postal management association in the country.
I want to thank all who attended, participated in and made our 67th NAPS National Convention a great success. In January 2020, I decided it was time to turn the gavel over to new NAPS leadership. I planned to retire that August after the national convention, but the COVID-19 pandemic changed not just my plans, but the entire country’s, as well.
Therefore, my retirement from the NAPS presidency was postponed until the completion of our 67th NAPS National Convention on Sept. 3, 2021. This is my first Postal Supervisor column as your immediate past president. Here’s the scoop!
First, I continued to give 110% in fulfilling my duties and responsibilities as NAPS president until the end of the 67th NAPS National Convention, when new NAPS president Ivan D. Butts was sworn in.
Second, my membership as an associate member will continue. Therefore, per Article VIII, Section 1, of our Constitution & Bylaws, I shall continue to serve on the NAPS Executive Board as immediate past president for not more than one two-year term. In my new role, I look forward to providing support, encouragement and counsel to the newly elected Executive Board and NAPS branches who wish to call on me.
Third, I pledge my continued support of NAPS in accordance with our Constitution & Bylaws, especially in regard to Article II, which reads, in part, “the object of the Association shall be to promote, through appropriate and effective action, the welfare of its members.” Furthermore, if called on, I will attend and participate in various NAPS national assignments and activities, consultations, branch events, training seminars and state conventions.
Fourth, as immediate past president, consider me a NAPS resource for training and counsel related to representation, branch taxes, parliamentarian procedures and official branch business.
Fifth, I plan to occasionally write columns for The Postal Supervisor, which I hope will be of value and interest to members.
Sixth, I wish newly elected NAPS President Ivan D. Butts, Executive Vice President Chuck Mulidore, Secretary/Treasurer Jimmy Warden and the entire NAPS Executive Board all the best as they lead our great association into a bright and successful future.
Finally, I am forever grateful and thankful to the membership for initially electing me to the NAPS Executive Board in 2004, then as secretary/treasurer in 2010. More importantly, I am proud of the membership for trusting in me to lead our great association as your president for the past five years.
Many thanks to all for your well-wishes on my retirement and the very humbling accolades and gifts given to me at the national convention. I am so grateful and blessed.
Speaking of blessed, besides looking forward to being your immediate past president, this past June my life was turned upside down for the better with the birth of my first great-grandchild. I am happy to start a new chapter in my life that includes a new career as a great-grandpa and continue my career as “Papa” to all my grandkids.
Though it is said all good things must come to an end, that does not include my ice-cream-flavor-of-the-month recommendation. Please enjoy pineapple upside down cake. Thanks for the memories!