FREE RETIREE CHAPTER LUNCHEON & $25.00 CASH DOOR PRIZES, WEST PALM BEACH, FL., WED. MAY 9, 2007

An APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter FREE LUNCHEON will be given to each Retiree Chapter member paying APWU Retiree union dues of $2.00 month or $24.00 year to the National APWU Retirees Department and one guest attending the semi-annual APWU of Florida Retirees Chapter Luncheon to be held in the Veranda Restaurant, Hilton Palm Beach Airport Hotel, 150 Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33406 adjacent to I-95 Exit marked Southern Boulevard (U.S. Hwy 98) from 12 NOON to 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, 2007. The FREE luncheon includes food, taxes, and gratuity for each APWU Retiree Chapter Member and one spouse or family member, limited to two (2) FREE luncheons for each Chapter member.
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Up to five (5) $25.00 CASH DOOR PRIZES will be awarded to the first five (5) lucky Chapter Retirees signing in at the Chapter Luncheon who pay Retiree union dues to the National APWU in Washington, D.C., according to Jack Gose, Chapter President. APWU Florida Chapter HAPPY FOLDERS chock full of interesting trivia and news articles will be given out to all in attendance at the Retirees luncheon. Everyone is Invited to share the camaraderie of the Young Retiree Leaders who have belonged to the APWU most of their career working years, and who are committed to lifelong involvement in the Labor movement, helping others and teaching the Reasons for Paying Your Dues!
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An APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter Executive Board meeting of Retiree Chapter Officers will be held in the Hilton Veranda Restaurant Private Dining Area (PDR) at 11 am preceding the Luncheon, to discuss and plan for future Florida State Retiree Chapter activities in 2007. A motion was unanimously passed at the Retirees Executive Board meeting in Fort Myers in October, 2006 to send two (2) Retiree Chapter Officer/Delegates to the National APWU Retirees Department Conference, to be held at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas, NV from Mon., Nov. 5 thru Thurs., Nov. 8, 2007, to ensure having two Delegates with voice and vote at the Retirees Conference and Clerk, Maintenance, and Motor Vehicle Service Craft Conferences.
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The APWU of Florida Spring Educational Seminar begins on Thurs., May 10 thru Sat., May 12, 2007 at the Hilton Palm Beach Airport Hotel in West Palm Beach where the semi-annual conclave is to be held for educational classes arranged by Pete Trunzo, Education Director, for active and retiree APWU members. Check elsewhere in the Florida Postal Worker monthly newsletter for a list of classes and instructors, or go online to
www.apwuflorida.org to get the information. Communication and Education should be Priority One for everyone!
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APWU of Florida special group single/double room rate is $119.00 nite, plus 11.5 % taxes. Phone the Hilton Palm Beach Airport Hotel at 1-800-443-3545 toll free or 1-561-684-9400 to reserve your room. In order to receive the group rate, members must indicate the group name and make reservations by April 30, 2007. Reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card or check mailed in advance for first night room charge. Hotel check-in is 4 pm and check-out is 11 am, and baggage storage is available. The Palm Beach Hilton is a Smoke Free Facility with all indoor facilities and sleeping room accommodations designated non-smoking areas. Guests are permitted to smoke by the outdoor poolside/tiki bar. Complimentary self-parking is available.
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NEW APWU OF FLORIDA RETIREE PARADISE WEBSITE A HIT!
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Jack Gose, President of the APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter and Editor of the amazing new Retiree Paradise website online at
www.retireeparadise.blogspot.com announced that a FREE website button named “Stat Counter,” which was added to the popular Retirees webpage has recorded hundreds of hits in the first week of operation. Go on the internet to www.statcounter.com if you are interested in adding a little punch to your life. The invisible Web Tracker and Hit Counter is Fantabulous!
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FLARA ANNUAL STATE CONVENTION SET FOR FLORIDA HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER, ORLANDO, FL.,
JUNE 3-5, 2007
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It is a pleasure to invite all 3000 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) 2007 Annual Convention and Quarterly Board of Directors meeting to be held on Sunday, June 3 thru Tuesday, June 5, 2007 at the FLORIDA HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER, 1500 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL 32809. Hotel check-in on Sun., June 3 is 3 pm. Your departure check-out time is 12 noon on Wednesday, June 6, 2007.
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The Florida Hotel and Conference Center room rate for FLARA members is $89.00 per night for single or double room, plus 12.5 % taxes. When making your reservations, please call toll-free 1-800-588-4656 OR 1-407-859-1500 and ask for the FLARA special group rate. The $5.00 day hotel service fee for parking is included in the group rate.
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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 Yvonne Garrity, Executive Director, at the FLARA office in Wellington, Fl. by phone at 561-792-8799 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. Registration forms and fees must be received by FLARA by May 18, 2007 to process your credentials and better plan for a successful convention.
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Many well known political and union leaders are invited to attend this annual event. Resolutions will be offered to oppose the Privatization of the U.S. Postal Service, Retirement benefits, and the Social Security Program entitlements for all Americans. Go to www.flara.org for info about FLARA and www.retiredamericans.org to join 3.2 million other Retirees.
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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. APWU is one of 22 unions affiliated with FLARA in the State of Florida!
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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. As the elected FLARA 2nd Vice President, I look forward to meeting with you and your family in Orlando, FL on June 3rd thru 5th, 2007. We Love You!

SUNCOAST RETIREE CHAPTER NEWS MARCH-APRIL, 2007 EDITION! FLARA LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE AT HOLIDAY INN, TALLAHASSEE, FL. MARCH 21-22, 2007

NEW RETIREE WEBSITE LAUNCHED to access & share info: www.retireeparadise.blogspot.com
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VOLUME 10, NUMBER 2 MAR.-APR., 2007
A publication of the Suncoast Area Local, APWU, AFL-CIO, serving over 720 APWU Retiree Chapter Dues Paying Members and their families living in zip codes 337 and 346 along the Gulf Coast of Florida and a Proud Member of APWU National Postal Press Association, Florida Postal Press Association, National Alliance for Retired Americans, Florida Alliance for Retired Americans, and West Central Florida, Federation of Labor, Central Labor Council. The Florida Suncoast Retiree Chapter was chartered by the National APWU in November, 1998. Our APWU Retiree Newsletter is the first published and mailed via the U.S. Postal Service and on the Worldwide Internet in the Nation and we really do care! Contact us when in need of a lifeline. Life is full of wonderful surprises. What a great feeling to live in Florida! Never any local or state APWU Retiree union dues to pay!
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EASTER EGG PICNIC, FREEDOM LAKE PARK, PINELLAS PARK, 12 NOON-3 PM SUN., APR 1
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FLARA EXECUTIVE BOARD & LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE TALLAHASSEE, FL. AT THE HOLIDAY INN, MAR 21-22, 2007
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All 3000 APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter Officers, Members, and Families are invited to the annual Florida Alliance for Retired Americans (FLARA) Legislative Conference and Executive Board meeting on Wed., March 21 thru Thurs., March 22, 2007 to be held in the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, 2725 Graves Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32303, located near Exit 199 from Interstate 10, then go north on Monroe St./US Hwy 27.
The FLARA group hotel room rate is $69.00 to $129.00 night sgl/dbl, depending on building location, plus 11.5 % tax for FLARA members. Please phone 1-850-536-2000 or toll-free 1-800-345-8082 to ask for the FLARA special group rate Code “FAR,” with check in on Tue., March 20 after 4 pm. Check out time is 11 am. FLARA will have a full 2-day agenda with luncheon at the Holiday Inn.
Registration fee is $80.00 for members and $60.00 for guests, phone 1-561-792-8799.
FLARA will have meetings from 9 am to 5 pm on Wed., Mar. 21 and Thur., Mar. 22 to include special invited elected officials and legislators from the national and state scenes and guest speakers covering Retiree issues such as Social Security, Medicare, Prescription Drugs, Medicaid, Taxes, Housing, and Insurance. Our APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter and APWU Local Retiree Chapter officers, members and families are urged to attend these action meetings!
Phone Jack Gose, FLARA 2nd Vice President, at 727-343-2998 or send E-mail to
jak.gose@excite.com for more information.
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APWU OF FL STATE RETIREE CHAPTER EB AND MEMBER LUNCHEON WED., MAY 9, 2007 AT HILTON HOTEL, W. PALM BEACH
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An APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter FREE LUNCHEON is scheduled in the Veranda Restaurant, Hilton Palm Beach Airport Hotel, 150 Australian Av, West Palm Beach, FL 33406 on Wednesday, May 9, 2007 from 12 noon to 1:15 pm for APWU of Florida Retiree Chapter dues paying members and family. The FREE luncheon includes food, taxes, and gratuity for each APWU Retiree Chapter Member and one spouse or family member, limited to two (2) FREE luncheons for each Chapter member.
Up to five (5) $25.00 CASH DOOR PRIZES will be awarded to the first five (5) lucky Retirees who pay $24.00 year union dues to the National APWU Retirees Dept. signing in at the luncheon according to Jack Gose, Chapter President. APWU Retiree HAPPY folders chock full of interesting trivia and news articles will be given out to all in attendance at the Retirees luncheon.
The APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter Executive Board will meet before the luncheon at 11 am to discuss and plan for future Retiree activities in 2007.
APWU of Florida group single/dbl room rate is $119.00 nite plus 11.5 % taxes. Call the Hilton Palm Beach Airport Hotel at 1-800-443-3545 toll free or 1-561-684-9400 to reserve your room. Check in is 4 pm and checkout is 11 am.
APWU of Florida Spring Seminar educational classes for active and retiree members are scheduled for Thursday, May 10 through Sat., May 12, 2007 in the same hotel.
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FREE LUNCHEON TO FIRST FORTY (40) CHAPTER MEMBERS/FAMILY MEMBERS TO SIGN IN ON ATTENDANCE SHEET ON TUESDAY, MAR. 27, 2007 AT 11:00 A.M. AT BUDDY FREDDYS BUFFET RESTAURANT LOCATED IN HOLIDAY, FLORIDA AT 1150 U. S. HIGHWAY 19, ABOUT 100 YARDS NORTH OF THE PINELLAS/PASCO COUNTY LINE.
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Florida Suncoast Retiree Chapter members/family members, excluding Chapter Officers, can win the Face Card $25.00 Cash Door Prize at the regular Chapter meeting on Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2007 in Holiday, Florida.
Doug Duncan, Metro Crime Prevention of Florida, will speak on "A Crime Happens Every Minute!"
All active and retired members/family guests are invited to all our Chapter meetings. Retiree Chapter members attending their first Chapter meeting shall be awarded a $10.00 Sign In Bonus Cash Prize, limited to the first five (5) to arrive at each meeting, and also shall receive a FREE National APWU Survivors’ Family Booklet worth $3.00.
One hundred ninety-three (193) persons have signed in and attended our meetings to date since 1998! Please join us and pick up your prize! Stay Young, Alert, & Healthy!
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EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETS 10 AM TO 11 AM
LUNCHEON FROM 11 AM TO 12:30 PM
REGULAR MEETING FROM 12:30 PM - 1 PM
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FSRC FOUNDERS 2006-2007 EXECUTIVE BOARD

Jack Gose, President 727-343-2998
Dan Delehanty, First Vice-President 727-862-2923
Janet Hamlin, 2nd Vice President 727-379-0032
Jerry Columbus, Secretary 727-372-9855
John Sardin, Jr., Treasurer 727-347-5687
Bob Jilek, Trustee Chair 727-535-2409
Mike Sullivan, Local Union President 727-520-7300
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FSRC FOUNDERS 2006-2007 ADDTL. OFFICERS

John R. Stephens, Health Plan Rep. 727-934-4033 Spencer Blydenburgh, Trustee/Mbr Dir 727-544-6536
Mario G. Miceli, Legislative Director 727-446-4781
Alfred DiServio, Historian & AFL-CIO 727-372-9219
Tom Brown, Trustee 727-847-6987
Skip Lilly, Sergeant-at-Arms 727-546-4206
Don Robinson, Retiree CLC Delegate 727-819-8543
Rutha Gavin, Chaplain 727-894-1349
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SUNCOAST AREA LOCAL, APWU
7195 – 49th Street,
PINELLAS PARK, FL. 33781
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SERGEANT AT ARMS 2007 LISTEN UP!
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The below twenty-eight (28) Florida Suncoast Retiree Chapter Members, Family, & Guests, attended the entertaining Retiree Chapter luncheon and business meeting held on Tuesday, January 16, 2007 at Buddy Freddys Buffet Restaurant in Holiday, FL. 34691.
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FLA. SUNCOAST RET. CHAPTER MEMBERS (18)
Clearwater, Mario Miceli; Gulfport, Tony Fiore; Holiday, Susan Gilley and John R. Stephens; Hudson, Dan Delehanty; New Port Richey, Tom Brown, Jerry Columbus, Alfred DiServio, Alfred Martinez and Frederick Roth; Port Richey, Joseph A. Mazzella and Don Robinson; Saint Petersburg, Bill Baker, Spencer Blydenburgh, Jr., and John Sardin, Jr.; South Pasadena, Jack Gose, and Tarpon Springs, Pauline Glidden and Jim Glover.
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INVITED FAMILY MEMBERS AND GUESTS (10)
Clearwater, Bonnie Miceli; Holiday, Lucia Steele and Dorothy Stephens; Hudson, Joan Delehanty; New Port Richey, Eugenia Columbus and Helen Nicosia; Port Richey, Henry Brown; St. Petersburg, Patricia Blydenburgh; Tarpon Springs, Richard Coultes; and Invited Guest Speaker Jennifer Hess, Tampa Bay Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, from New Port Richey.
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STATE RETIREE CHAPTER EXEC. BOARD
Jack Gose, President So. Pasadena 727-343-2998
Valentine Serpico, VP Ft. Lauderdale 954-396-4217
Dave Bernstein, LegislativeDir Tampa 813-839-4233
Mario G. Miceli, Sec-Trs., Clearwater 727-446-4781
J.C. Wise, Health Plan Dir, Tampa 813-289-0382
Beth Cramer, Benefits Dir Cape Coral 239-242-9133
Charlie Redd, Trustee Cocoa 321-632-2898
Pedro Torres, Trustee Miami 305-251-7938
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STATE RETIREE CHAPTER ADDITIONAL OFFICERS
John Sardin, Jr., Historian St. Pete 727-347-5687
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The Editor reserves the right to edit articles submitted for publication as needed for space and shall appreciate any helpful ideas you may wish to share with me. Contact Jack Gose, Editor, at the Pinellas Park, Fl. office address, or phone 727-520-7300, E-Mail:
Jak.Gose@Excite.com or phone me 727-343-2998 at home. Editors, get New Life as 121 APWU National Postal Press Association Editors accomplished by adding our Suncoast Retirees Chapter News publication to their APWU Area Local/Local newsletter PPA Editor mailing list!

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