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The Numbers Are in: You’re Making SPAC Great!
By Ivan D. Butts
NAPS Executive Vice President
President John F. Kennedy said: “Political action is the highest responsibility of a citizen.” During the Legislative Training Seminar (LTS) this year NAPS made its presence known in Washington, DC, in a unified way. We are the voice of the EAS workforce—the mid-level postal leaders who run the day-to-day operations of the United States Postal Service. Our presence on Capitol Hill put a spotlight on our role in running the most extensive public service corporation in America.
We have the two most significant roles in our grassroots network. We are the vehicle that drives the NAPS legislative agenda. And we supply the fuel for our legislative “car.” SPAC is the high-octane fuel that makes our vehicle go. I have stated in past years how you, the members of our great association, continue to reach new heights for SPAC.
Your commitment to giving nothing less than your best to support our healthy and vibrant political action committee is more and more evident in the levels of engagement I see not only here in Washington, DC, but also in the field. You are capitalizing on your engagement opportunities and communicating that with me at NAPS Headquarters.
Last year was no exception. Collectively, we once again raised the bar in all areas of SPAC. Please refer to the graphs documenting our LTS SPAC contributions since 2013. We came into our 2018 LTS not achieving our desires for continued growth that we had experienced in years past. However, as you see, we more than made up for that with our SPAC effort at the 2018 LTS. Thank you!
Not only did we have a tremendous SPAC effort at the 2018 LTS, but we also had a great SPAC effort for the year. Numerous NAPS regions saw continued financial growth, with the Eastern Region realizing over $5,000 in growth for SPAC in 2018 and the Southern Region also helping lead the way for the association. See the charts—a great job by all.
Speaking of the Southern Region and how it led the way, we once again must thank Florida for being the anchor of our SPAC efforts at the state level. Year after year, the Sunshine State continues to strive to be the best of the best. I thank them for their efforts and I thank you all for being committed to SPAC.
Whether it is the Southeast Area leading all the areas or Maine leading all states in per-capita contributions, collectively, we are making NAPS SPAC great; I thank you for it. I am most proud of our effort in 2018 to grow our “Drive for 5” contributors. In 2018, the number of members who give through payroll and OPM deductions increased by 15. Those 15 members generated over $22,000 in SPAC funds. This is an average of $1,478 per new “Drive for 5” member.
Imagine how strong SPAC would be if we could raise the number of “Drive for 5” contributors from the current 322 to a greater representation of our over 27,000 NAPS members.