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Zooming Right Along, Staying in Touch
By Lisa Douglas
NAPS New England Area Vice President
I wanted to let everyone know we can Zoom through COVID-19 and be NAPS-connected at the same time. We have had a few town hall meetings with postal officials in New England. Yes, there are challenges and struggles. When, exactly, is the right time?
Zoom is so named because sometimes people Zoom in and out and they sound like robots, but it’s par for the course. I even was locked out of one of my own Zoom meetings. I had to laugh about it in the end.
Our first Zoom session was with Connecticut Valley’s EAP Counselor Robert Butler. It’s important that we take care of ourselves, as well as protect ourselves—especially our mental well-being. Our next town hall meeting was to wish outgoing Deputy Postmaster General Ron Stroman a happy farewell. But it ended up being a “see-you-later” type of conversation.
Our most recent Zoom town hall meeting was with Northeast Area Vice President Eric D. Chavez, who is retiring. It was enjoyable hearing all the accolades he received. NAPS Executive Board Chair Tim Ford joined the call.
In between town halls, there are Zoom meetings with the New England presidents and members to discuss issues and stay connected. You do not have to come on camera; as long as we can hear you, that is all that matters. Moving forward, we will continue to Zoom. There also is training lined up for the future.
Now is not the time to be idle. We will continue to reach out and stay connected the best and safest way we can.