The University of South Florida (USF) at the St. Petersburg Bayboro campus has launched Oct. 13, 2003 an innovative retiree/senior learning center program, named Senior Scholars, at the Pinellas County Science Center in St. Petersburg, Fl. As President of the APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter, I am personally involved as one of the young age older instructors teaching “Introduction to Computers,” a six week class of 2 ½ hours one day a week, offered in a modern computer classroom setting with the latest technology, such as Microsoft XP Professional edition.

Jack has taught and coached five years in the classroom under the sponsorship of USF and SeniorNet, a national non-profit worldwide computer organization based in San Francisco, Calif. The best kept secret in town is that Florida has Senior Net Learning Centers in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Cocoa Beach, Daytona Beach, Lakeland, North Miami Beach, Orlando, Sarasota, Sunrise, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Vero Beach, and West Palm Beach, with more being planned.

Click on
www.seniornet.org on the internet, and visit the national SeniorNet website to enjoy more online information. SeniorNet Computer Learning Centers are located in 37 states and D.C., as well as in Japan, Sweden, and Malaysia. Most young age adults over 50 in the U.S. spend 18 hours per week and those in Japan spend only 14 hours per week on the internet, according to a recent survey.

Volunteer instructors and coaches teach computer classes for young age adults 50 or over who have a desire to learn and share with others the power of the latest knowledge to enrich their lives and the lives of other family members. The Senior Scholars program registration fees in St. Pete are only $55.00, which includes a text book, workbook, handouts, and free parking.

Senior Scholars students may enroll in advanced classes once they have graduated from the Intro to Computer class. Graphics using Print Shop 15, Family Tree Maker genealogy, Digital Photography, Word Processing, Files and Folders, and Internet and E-Mail are just a few of the advanced classes. If you are interested in more information, go to
www.stpt.usf.edu a new website created in November, 2003 and click on Senior Scholars, a unique one of a kind program where learning for the young at heart never retires!

By 2020, the number of workers age 55 and over will increase by about 80 % to more than 33 million. Employers will have to make changes in their use of technology, because Baby Boomers (born from 1946 thru 1964) make up nearly half the workforce. Many are healthier than their parents, with jobs less physically taxing, and many are reluctant to retire early or completely because they simply cannot afford to. Many postal employees are making the mistake of not investing the maximum amount allowable in the Federal Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).

A Gallup poll last year found that 46 percent of working adults planned to delay retirement, because of the stock market’s decline. Young age older workers will be needed in the future, not only due to their skills and experience, but also because there are not enough younger workers with skills and experience to replace them once they retire.

We encourage all ages to join the Computer Age, if you want to remain happy, healthy, and productive. Sharpen your talents by enrolling in a SeniorNet University or Organization sponsored computer program in your community next time it is offered. SeniorNet was founded in 1986 and has over 220 Learning Centers across the Globe with over 40,000 members and 4,000 volunteers who instruct and coach.


All 2800 APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter members and family guests are invited to the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans (FLARA) regular quarterly Executive Board meeting, to be held at the Radisson Suite Inn-Palm Beach Airport, located at 1808 South Australian Ave., West Palm Beach, Fl., on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2003 from 9 a.m. until conclusion 2:00-3:00 p.m.

The hotel room rate is $79.00 plus tax per night for FLARA members. If you are interested in attending and elect to arrive on Friday night, Dec. 12, please call 1-800-333-3333 and ask for the discounted FLARA rate, if available.

The hotel is located just a mile north of Palm Beach Airport. Take I-95 to Exit 51 (Belvedere Road West), then turn right onto Australian Ave. (North) and turn right at the first traffic light. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Tony Fransetta, President, at the FLARA Wellington (West Palm Beach) office 561-792-8799 or E-mail at


All APWU Active and Retiree National, State, and Area Local/Local Officers, Stewards, Members, Auxiliary Officers, Members and Family guests are invited to the APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter (Dutch treat) luncheon at the APWU of Florida State Spring Training Seminar on Thursday, March 11, 2004, the first day of classes for active and retiree members, to be held at the Radisson Resort at the Port, 8701 Astronaut Blvd, Cape Canaveral, Fl. 32920.

The luncheon is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Radisson Resort at the Port hotel restaurant in Cape Canaveral. The training seminar will occur from Thursday, March 11 thru Saturday, March 13, 2003. To register for APWU Room rates of $99.00 night plus taxes, phone Radisson Resort at 321-784-0000.

We will have an invited mystery guest speaker at the March 11 Retirees luncheon to keep us up-to-date on the latest news form Natl. APWU headquarters in Washington, D.C. So far, we have enjoyed entertaining presentations by several Natl. APWU Officers, namely, Bob Tunstall, Sec.-Treasurer, in Fort Walton Beach, Sue Carney, Human Relations Director, in Lakeland, and John R. Smith, Retiree Director, in Jacksonville and Orlando at previous state training seminars.

Free Happy Folders chock full of APWU memorabilia will be distributed to each luncheon attendee. The Retirees luncheon provides a great opportunity for the active Officers, Stewards, Members, Auxiliary Officers, Members, and Family guests to enjoy a social affair and share companionship with the founders of our great Union, the APWU Retirees and their families.


The 2nd Biennial APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter Convention shall begin at 1:00 p.m. and end promptly at 4:00 p.m. on the Wednesday before the Biennial APWU of Florida State Convention starts on a Thursday in the month of May, 2004. The Executive Board will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Preparations are being made for the APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter to pay for a free luncheon for each APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter member registering as a delegate and one family member registering as a guest for the 2004 State Retiree Chapter Convention. The luncheon is scheduled from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with the Biennial Retiree Chapter Convention to start exactly at 1:00 p.m.

Our invited guest speaker at the Retirees Chapter luncheon and at the beginning of the Retirees Chapter Convention will be Roy Braunstein, Natl. APWU Legislative Director. I spoke to Roy a few weeks ago, and he accepted our invitation to come and speak. He will reveal the National APWU plans for the 2004 National and State general elections, and report on Congressional action resulting from the recommendations of the President’s Commission on the U.S. Postal Service.

Area Locals/Locals Presidents will be mailed blank Retiree Credentials sometime in February, 2004 to be filled out and returned to John Sardin, Jr., Sec.-Treasurer, APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter sometime in March, 2004. It is necessary for us to have an estimate of the total number of Retiree Chapter Members who have completed a delegate credential and registered the name of a Family guest to attend the Retirees luncheon at the Convention, in order for us to give this information to the hotel.

Details concerning the Convention City, hotel, and dates will be published in the Florida Postal Worker and on our website,
www.apwuflorida.org when available.
We wish everyone and your loved ones a JOYFUL HOLIDAY SEASON!!

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