An APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter Dutch treat luncheon is to be held in Lakeland, Fl. from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 21, 2003, at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel Restaurant, 4141 South Florida Ave. 33813 to celebrate our good fortunes in being APWU alive! John R. Smith, Director, National APWU Retiree Dept., is our invited guest speaker, and he will address 2003 retiree issues for APWU active postal workers who are still employed by USPS and APWU retirees with Q & A.

All active and retired APWU members, Auxiliary, and family/guests are invited to attend this luncheon to renew old acquaintances and meet new friends. Free APWU Retiree Happy folders will be given to all attendees. Dream a little and become part of the action!

The APWU of Florida Spring Seminar occurs Thurs., March 20 thru Sat. March 22, 2003 at the same hotel, and this creates a wonderful opportunity for the active stewards and officers of Area Local/Local unions to meet and talk with APWU Retirees who fought the battles to form our great labor organization in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and 00’s. We are looking forward to reminiscing with APWU active members and Retirees in Lakeland!

All 2376 APWU of Florida Retirees who pay $24.00 year National APWU Retiree union dues are now being mailed their personal copy of the Florida Postal Worker monthly, thanks to the actions by the APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter Executive Board at the Retiree Convention in May, 2002 and the APWU of Florida Executive Board approval in September, 2002, led by President Martha Shunn-King.
Thanks to George Curcio, Editor, Florida Postal Worker, for his help. Drop a note to George if you enjoy reading the award winning newsletter. Let the good times roll and share your inspirations with other APWU survivors. If you move, mail him your old and new address!

Tony Fransetta, President, Florida Alliance for Retired Americans (FLARA), has announced a scheduled FLARA Legislative Conference and Executive Board meeting to be held in Tallahassee, Fl. to commence on Monday, March 17 and Tuesday, March 18, 2003 at the Ramada Inn Tallahassee, 2900 North Monroe Street in Tallahassee, Fl. 32303.
The historic conclave has been called to discuss and layout plans for action in the Spring Session of the Florida Legislature. Legislative resolutions will be taken up, debated, and approved on Monday, and scheduled meetings with Florida legislators will occur on Tuesday with reports back to the Conference later.

Jack Gose, President, will represent the APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter and looks for the turnout of other APWU activists and APWU Retirees at this event. Jack is an elected Executive Board member of FLARA which meets quarterly around the state.

All FLARA Executive Board members, Club and individual members, and invited family/guests are welcome at this exciting annual gathering to foster support for the important issues that face Florida Union Retirees and seniors, including affordable prescription drugs. A banquet luncheon is set up for noon on Monday, March 17.

The Legislative Conference registration fee is $80.00 and guest registration is $60.00. Contact Janelle Thomas, Office Manager and Membership Director of FLARA, located in West Palm Beach area at 1-561-792-8799 if you are interested or have any questions or comments.

Ramada Inn Tallahassee hotel room rate is $74.00 plus 10 % tax per night for FLARA members and guests. Call the Ramada Inn in Tallahassee, Fl. at 1-850-386-1027 to make reservations, and ask for the FLARA special group rate. All roads lead to Tallahassee for FLARA/APWU Retiree Actions now!!

Jack Gose, President
APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter

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