It is a pleasure to invite all 3100 APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter union dues paying Retiree members, Retiree delegates, active APWU dues paying officers and members, and family members to the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans (FLARA) 2005 Annual Convention and Quarterly Board of Directors meeting to be held on Sunday, June 12 thru Tuesday, June 14, 2004 at the HOLIDAY INN-DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, 3209 South Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach Shores, FL 32118. Your departure check-out date is on Wednesday, June 15, 2005.

The Holiday Inn-Daytona Beach Shores hotel room rate for FLARA members is $69.95 per night for single or double room, plus 12.5 % taxes. Please note the hotel cutoff date for room reservations is May 24, 2005. Any reservations made after this cutoff date CANNOT be guaranteed at our group rate. When making your reservations, please call toll-free 1-800-722-3297 or (386) 761-2050 and ask for the FLARA special group rate. You can also reach the hotel: (1) FAX: 386-761-2050 (2) ONLINE:
www.holidayinndaytona.com and (3) E-MAIL: holidayinndbs@hotmail.com for info.

The registration fee for the Convention is $80.00 per person. Any registered delegate wishing to bring a guest to the prepaid meals should register their guest at $60.00 each. If you are interested, contact Janelle Thomas, Membership Director, at the FLARA office in West Palm Beach, Fl. by phone at 561-792-8799 or E-mail at
FLARA@fdn.com to register and receive Convention materials and an updated agenda. Submit your registration form along with your payment made payable to “FLARA” to: FLARA, 12773 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite #211, Wellington, FL 33414.

Many well known political and union leaders are invited to attend this annual event. Resolutions will be offered to oppose the Privatization of the Social Security Program entitlements for all Americans. Go to
www.flara.org for more info about FLARA.

At this Convention, in addition to the election of Officers and Board Members, any proposed changes to the FLARA Constitution and By-Laws will be discussed and voted upon by the convention body. It is important that all Board Members, Club, and Individual members be in attendance for this discussion and action. If you wish to submit a proposed change to the By-Laws, they must be received at the FLARA Offices no later than 30 days prior to the Convention. APWU is one of 22 unions affiliated with FLARA!

All FLARA club/chapter dues must be current in order for clubs/chapters to have proper voting status. If you have not sent in your chapter or individual dues, please do so immediately. If you have any questions, ask to speak with Tony Fransetta, President, FLARA, by phone at 561-792-8799. Registration forms must be returned to FLARA in order to prepare your credentials and to better plan for a successful convention. As an elected Board Member, I look forward to meeting with you and your family in Daytona Beach Shores on June 12-14, 2005! We need everyone in this Battle to Save our Future!


A National Legislative Conference has been scheduled by the National Alliance for Retired Americans, to be held Wednesday, Sept. 7 thru Friday, Sept. 9, 2005 at the Hilton Washington and Towers Union Hotel , 1919 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20009. Hotel room rates $142.00 night plus 14.5 % taxes, and are guaranteed until July 20, 2005. Check-in time is 3 pm, and check-out time is 12 noon. Hotel reservations should be made by calling the Hilton Washington and Towers directly toll-free at 1-888-324-4586.

The Conference registration early bird fee is $75.00, if received by July 20, 2005. After that date, the registration fee is $90.00. A Banquet featuring a noted personality is set for Thurs., Sept. 8 at 6 pm. Banquet tickets are $65.00 person and should be ordered with the registration form. Tickets will be issued on a first come, first serve basis. You will receive your tickets when you arrive at the Conference. To register, phone toll-free 1-888-373-6497 and ask for Joni Jones at Registration Desk, or E-mail to
jjones@retiredamericans.org or visit our ARA national website at www.retiredamericans.org for more information. This is your chance to be an activist!

The opening session is to begin at 1 pm on Wed., Sept. 7, and the last event will conclude by 3 pm on Fri., Sept. 9, 2005. You will be in Washington, D.C. only 2 nights!

All 3100 APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter Members, Clubs, Individual Members, and Family Members are invited to join the National Alliance for Retired Americans (NARA) to examine all the key legislative issues before Congress. You will hear from Members of Congress, Community and Labor Leaders about their plans surrounding these issues. There will be expert panelists’ on senior issues, informative break out sessions, and Lobby Day on Capitol Hill when Members of Congress hear directly from you about these paramount issues. It’s time to march in the streets again!!

Come and hear Members of Congress and key figures in debates on Social Security, Medicare, Prescription Drugs, Pensions, and the Privatization of the U.S. Postal Service. Only senior friendly legislation will ensure you have the quality of life you deserve after a lifetime of hard work, and only the wisdom and action of seniors can convey the importance of these issues to our Congress, their children and grandchildren, as well as your family. Go on internet to
www.apwuflorida.org and click on Retiree for more!

Seniors know their strength is in their voices and voting, and we use them to help steer our elected officials towards protecting and preserving the programs that serve seniors. We must be relentless in using our power to keep the elected on the best course for all Americans. The Alliance is the best organizing tool in America today to ensure that seniors keep and improve the quality of life we have worked so hard to create for ourselves and our children and generations to come. We’re not afraid to rally & picket!

The National Alliance has a membership of 3.2 million and 19 chartered state organizations. The Florida Alliance for Retired Americans (FLARA) has over 200,000 dues paying members. Our APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter is a dues paying member of FLARA, and President Jack Gose is our elected APWU Officer serving on the FLARA Board of Directors, representing over 3100 State Retiree Chapter members. If you have any questions, phone Tony Fransetta, President, FLARA at 561-792-8799 or Jack Gose, President, APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter, at 727-343-21998 or E-mail
jak.gose@excite.com for a prompt reply. We hope to see many APWU of Florida Retiree and Active members, and their families in Washington, D.C. Sept. 7-9, 2005!

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