Kathy Castor, successful Democratic candidate for Congress (11th H.R. District-FL) to replace Congressman Jim Davis, stands to answer a question at the quarterly Florida Alliance for Retired Americans Executive Board and Legislative Conference with 60 members meeting at Dolphin Beach Resort, 4900 Gulf Blvd., St. Petersburg Beach, FL 33706 on Mon., Sept. 11, 2006 the 5th anniversary of the twin World Trade towers disaster in New York City in 2001. President Tony Fransetta remains at the dais, awaiting introduction of Christine Jennings, unsuccessful Democratic candidate to replace the Congressional seat in Sarasota (13th H.R. District-FL) now held by Republican Katherine Harris, loser to Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) in the general election on Tue., Nov. 7, 2006. (Photo taken by FLARA Vice President Jack Gose with a Kodak 800 speed Flash camera)

Tony Fransetta, President, Florida Alliance for Retired Americans (FLARA), has announced a quarterly Executive Board meeting and FLARA Legislative Conference will be held in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. on Monday, December 4, 2006 at the Doubletree Hotel, 4431 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, FL. 33410. Warm chocolate chip cookies will be given to each person checking in at this 279 room Hilton Family Hotel. Free complimentary parking is available near the entrance.

Doubletree Hotel standard single/double room rate is $94.00, plus 10.5 % taxes per night, a total of $103.87 for FLARA members and guests. Standard room has two double beds. Call the Doubletree Hotel at 1-800-222-8733 or 1-561-622-2260 (Tree) to make room reservations, and ask for the FLARA special group rate. You are to arrive on Sunday, December 3, 2006 and check in at the hotel after 3 pm and checkout time is 12 noon on Monday, December 4, 2006.

All roads lead to the Palm Beach Gardens area on the East Coast of Florida for FLARA/APWU Retiree Actions you will never forget! Directions to the Doubletree Hotel Palm Beach Gardens: From the South: I-95 North to PGA Blvd West, Exit 79B. Hotel entrance is 1/4 mile on the right. Another option is to take the Florida Turnpike (Toll) North to PGA Blvd, Exit 109. Then turn Left (East) on PGA to Military Trail, after which turn left again. Doubletree Hotel entrance is immediately on right. From the North: I-95 South to PGA Blvd, Exit 79, then turn right (West) on PGA. Hotel entrance is 1/4 mile on the right. Another option is to take the Florida Turnpike (Toll) South to PGA Blvd, Exit 109. Turn Left (East) on PGA to Military Trail, turn left. Hotel entrance is immediately on right.

All FLARA Executive Board members, Club and individual members, including all 3,000 APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter officers, members and invited family/guests are invited to attend this entertaining meeting of Florida’s finest leaders from twenty-two (22) International unions and over 100 community based organizations. The meetings will be held on Monday, Dec. 4, 2006 and will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a break for lunch from 12 noon to 1 p.m. provided by FLARA. Many invited guests and well-known political figures will speak. Go online to
www.flara.org to see our mission purpose and history of achievements. FLARA has over 220,000 dues paying members in the State of Florida!

President Tony Fransetta has chartered an additional 15 clubs since our annual FLARA Convention at Altamonte Springs, FL in June of this year, and we are in the process of chartering the Firefighters of Miami-Dade County (over 600 members), the International Union of Police Association, and Alliance Care. A few of the new clubs that were chartered since June, 2006 are: CWA, Local 3106. CWA, Local 3109; CWA, Local 3120; APWU, Tampa Area Local 259; CWA Retiree Club #3, Local 3181; and APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter, AFL-CIO (over 3,000 members).

We welcome everyone including active APWU officers, members, and family/guests to this exciting gathering to foster support for the important issues that face Florida Union active members, retirees, and seniors. The Club dues to affiliate with FLARA are only twenty-five (25) cents, per member per year, with a minimum of twenty (20) members to join, or only $5.00 year. All thirty-one (31) APWU Area local/local Union Executive Boards can certainly afford to pay this amount. Florida Suncoast Retiree Chapter #1228 and Tampa Area Local Retiree Chapter #259 are affiliated and chartered by FLARA. Join us in real APWU Retiree Solidarity as We Continue to Fight for all of our Future!

Contact FLARA in West Palm Beach area at 1-561-792-8799 if you are interested or have any questions or comments. Please phone Jack Gose, FLARA 2nd Vice President, at 727-343-2998 for more information!
Jack Gose, President, APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter

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