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November 3, 2023
November—The Month of Thanks
By Jimmy Warden
November is the month of thanks. We begin with Election Day, always on the first Tuesday in the month. This is not just a day we elect those we want to represent us. It is a day we can perform our responsibility in having the privilege of living in a democracy.
We are governed by law, but have the freedom to elect those who can change the law, as well as the ability to speak freely without repercussion. This is a freedom many countries do not have, which is why we should be thankful.
The second day of thanks is Nov. 11, Veterans Day. It is a day we recognize all those who served in the armed forces whose efforts allow us to live our lives of freedom. If not for our veterans, we probably would not have Election Day. I know my life and the lives of my family members would not be
what they are if not for the courage, loyalty and patriotism of our veterans.
There is a saying, “We don’t know them all, but we owe them all!” I sincerely thank all the veterans for their bravery in securing our freedom.
In November, we also celebrate Thanksgiving Day—a uniquely American holiday when everyone can be thankful. I am truly thankful for all the hard work and dedication of our NAPS Executive Board and branch officers for the job they do representing our members. You all are fabulous at what you do! I also want to thank all the members for believing in us to lead NAPS into the future.
November also is the month when the most money is donated to charities. Please do not forget the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) and Postal Employees’ Relief Fund (PERF). There are many less fortunate than us who need assistance. Thanks!
I also want to thank all of you who have been working to increase our membership; keep up the great work! On the August DCO, which was sent out in September, you now can see the non-member postmasters whom NAPS represents. This allows for a great opportunity to build our membership.
Presently, there are 5,097 postmaster NAPS members. Based on the addition to our nonmember list, there are 8,165 postmasters who are not members of NAPS; 38.43% of postmasters are members of NAPS. Thank you! This all is due to your efforts getting the message out regarding what NAPS has to offer postmasters.
I also must thank the United States Postal Service. We recently were granted 2,500 much-needed relief supervisors. In addition, the Postal Service agreed to raise the box percentages in PFP and HERO. The right decision was made and I want to thank the Postal Service for agreeing to this.
Last, but never least, I want to thank my wonderful family for allowing me to do what I do. I am extremely fortunate to have their understanding. We should not be thankful of our families just in November, but let them know throughout the year.
Life is short. One thing I have learned is you never know when it is your time. I am grateful for all of you!
Remember, increasing membership demonstrates leadership. Stay safe and thank you.
Categories: The Postal Supervisor