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Oregon State Convention Recap
By Marilyn Walton
Western Region Vice President
This year’s Oregon State Convention, a one-day training and information session, was held at Spirit Mountain Casino’s Event Center in Grand Rode, OR. Oregon State Branch 954 President Chad Itami, Portland Branch 66 President Aric Skjelstad and Portland District Branch 66 Editor Dan O’Donnell hosted the convention.
Special invited guests were NAPS President Ivan D. Butts, Northwest Area Vice President John Valuet and me. At the start of the session, William Schwartz, USPS district manager, Oregon-Idaho-Montana, via Zoom, thanked NAPS members for their professionalism is representing members. He encouraged all EAS employees to affiliate with NAPS and committed to have more interaction with NAPS and keep the lines of communication open.
Julien Wold, USPS Office of Inspector General, talked about the types of issues with which the OIG deals. Its focus is on internal fraud and crime.
Butts shared the latest news from NAPS Headquarters and answered many questions. I reviewed my NAPS Toolkit, a packet of information that provides the step-by-step process of representing a member. Valuet presented information on the recent changes to SWCs, as well as the importance of contributing to SPAC and signing new members.
A presentation was given on writing resolutions. Members were encouraged to be proactive and propose resolutions to improve the working environment for EAS employees. Attendees ended the day focusing on chapter business.
Special thanks to the Oregon State Convention Committee for a great day of training and information.