APWU RETIREES INVITED TO FLARA ANNUAL CONVENTION & LUNCHEON SET FOR FLORIDA HOTEL & CONF. CENTER, 1500 SAND LAKE RD, ORLANDO, FL 32809 JUNE 3-5, 2007!

It is a pleasure to invite all 3000 APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter union dues paying $24.00 year 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 is 3 pm on Sunday, June 3rd and check-out is 12 noon 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 which includes resort fee. 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 as an attendee of Florida Alliance for Retired Americans. The $5.00 day hotel service fee for parking is included in the group rate. Our meeting will begin Mon., June 4th from 9 am until 5 pm, with a break for lunch. We will meet again on Tue., June 5th at 9 am with a break for lunch from 12 noon to 1 pm.
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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. Lunch is provided for by FLARA. 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.
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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 20, 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 3.4 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.
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APWU is one of 22 unions affiliated with FLARA in the State of Florida! 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. Need more info, contact Jack Gose at 727-343-2998 or jak.gose@excite.com online.
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The Florida Alliance for Retired Americans (FLARA), formerly known as Florida State Council of Senior Citizens was formed in 1963 in the fight for Medicare, and we find ourselves once again fighting to keep our Medicare! FLARA has over 220,000 dues paying members in the State of Florida thru individual memberships of $10.00 year and club affiliations such as the APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter. Our organization works for Florida’s elderly and retired workers as active participants in the community.
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NATL LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE IN WASH., D.C. SEPT 4-7, 2007
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The APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter will send up to two (2) Retiree Delegates to attend the Legislative Conference of the National Alliance for Retired Americans (NARA) Sept. 4-7, 2007 in Washington, D.C. and lobby our Congress on Capitol Hill on Retiree, Senior, and Postal Reform issues. The APWU Delegates are President Jack Gose and Legislative Director Dave Bernstein who will represent 3,000 APWU Retirees in the State of Florida who pay $24.00 year union dues to the National APWU Retirees Department.
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The State Retiree Chapter pays full membership dues to the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans, Inc., a 501 C (3) charitable and educational organization. Visit our website at www.retireeparadise.blogspot.com for more info!
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The Convention is to be held Tuesday, September 4 thru Friday, Sept. 7, 2007 at the Hilton Washington and Towers Union Hotel, 1919 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20009. The Hilton is located near DuPont Circle and Embassy Row. Hotel room rates are $146.00 night plus 14.5 % taxes, and are guaranteed until July 20, 2007. Check-in time is 3 pm; 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.
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I have attended the first annual NARA National Legislative Conferences held in Washington, D.C. in 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2006, and the NARA Southern Region Leadership Conference held in Jacksonville, FL in 2004. This is every active and retired Postal Worker’s opportunity to step up to the plate, and become active in legislative lobbying at the highest levels!
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The Conference registration early bird fee is $80.00, if received by July 20, 2007. After that date, the registration fee is $95.00. A Banquet featuring a noted personality is set for Thurs., Sept. 6 at 6 pm. Banquet tickets are $70.00 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 late breaking news.
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The opening session is to begin at 3 pm on Tues., Sept. 4, and the last event will conclude by 3 pm on Fri., Sept. 7, 2008. You will be in Washington, D.C. only 3 nights! The Alliance has grown to over 3.4 million members in 27 chartered states since formed by the National AFL-CIO in 2001, and the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans (FLARA) has increased to over 220,000 dues paying members in the State of Florida from 22 different international unions and over 100 community based groups since 2002 being the 2nd state to be chartered by NARA, a 501 C (4) organization which is issues oriented.
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The National Alliance’s aims are to mobilize retired union members and other activists in a grassroots movement advocating a progressive political and social agenda. One of the purposes of the Alliance is to Fight for Retirement Security by educating our members about government policies affecting Retirement Security. The major focus of the speakers, workshops, and training sessions will be on our work growing State Alliances that educate, and Lobby Day in Washington will highlight the 2007 Election year results in Congress. Retirees will not forget the Election of 2004 and will battle against Social Security, Medicare, and Postal Service privatization efforts. Hope to see you in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 4-7, 2007! We Love Ya!

SUNCOAST RETIREE CHAPTER NEWS, MAY-JUL, 2007: STATE RETIREE CHAPTER FREE LUNCHEON & $25.00 DOOR PRIZES HILTON AIRPORT HOTEL, W. PALM BEACH, FL. MAY 9

VOLUME 10, NUMBER 3, MAY-JULY, 2007
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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 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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NEW RETIREE CHAPTER INTERNET WEBSITE LAUNCHED: www.retireeparadise.blogspot.com
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APWU OF FLORIDA SPRING SEMINAR MAY 10-12, 2007 IN W. PALM BEACH, FL. – RETIREES FREE LUNCHEON & $25.00 DOOR PRIZES WED., MAY 9 IN HILTON PB AIRPORT HOTEL!
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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.
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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 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.
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The State Retiree Chapter Executive Board will meet at 11 am before the luncheon to discuss and plan for future Retiree activities, including the National APWU Retiree Department Conference to be held in Las Vegas, NV in 2007.
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APWU of Florida group room rate is $119.00 nite single/double plus 11.5 % taxes. Phone Hilton Hotel at 1-800-443-3545 toll free to reserve your room. FREE Hilton Self-parking with hotel check-in 4 pm and check-out 11 am.
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APWU of Florida Fall Seminar educational classes for active and retiree members are scheduled for Thursday, May 10, 2007 from 9 am to 4:30 pm; Friday, 9 am-4:30 pm; & on Saturday, May 12 from 9-12 in the same hotel.
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FLARA ANNUAL CONVENTION & EB MTG AT FLORIDA HOTEL IN ORLANDO SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 3RD-5TH, 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) CONVENTION and Executive Board meeting on Sun., June 3 thru Tue., June 5, 2007 in the Florida Hotel, 1500 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL 32809.
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FLARA will have meetings from 9 am to 5 pm on Mon., June 4 and Tue., June 5 to include special invited elected officials and legislators from the national and state scenes and guest speakers covering Retiree, Senior, and Postal issues such as Social Security, Medicare, Health Insurance, Prescription Drugs, and Medicaid. Our APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter officers, members, and families are urged to attend these meetings! RETIREE VOTES COUNT! If you want more information, call Jack Gose at 727-343-2998 or E-mail
Jak.Gose@Excite.com
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ALLIANCE FOR RETIRED AMERICANS NATL CONVENTION IN WASH., D.C. AT HILTON HOTEL - SEPTEMBER 4-7, 2007!
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The Alliance for Retired Americans invites all Retiree members and families to attend its National Legislative Conference at the Hilton Washington and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Av, NW, Washington, D.C. 20009 on Tue., Sept. 4 thru Fri., Sept. 7. 2007. GET ENERGIZED & SPEAK OUT!
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FREE LUNCHEON TO FIRST FORTY (40) CHAPTER MEMBERS/FAMILY MEMBERS TO SIGN IN ON ATTENDANCE SHEET ON TUESDAY, MAY 22, 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.

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, May 22, 2007 in Holiday, Florida. Our invited guest speaker from The Hospice of Fla. Suncoast will talk on Caring for the Family.

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-four (194) persons have signed in and attended our meetings to date since 1998! Please join us and pick up your prize! Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries!
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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
FSRC FOUNDERS 2006-2007 EXECUTIVE BOARD
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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
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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 727-819-2094
Rutha Gavin, Chaplain 727-894-1349
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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, March 27, 2007 at Buddy Freddys Buffet Restaurant in Holiday, FL. 34691!
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FLA. SUNCOAST RET. CHAPTER MEMBERS (18)
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Clearwater, Mario Miceli; Gulfport, Tony Fiore; Holiday, Susan Gilley, Peter Stecyk, Jr., and John R. Stephens; Hudson, Dan Delehanty; New Port Richey, Tom Brown, Jerry Columbus, Alfred Martinez and Richard Scarpato; Oldsmar, Louis Falco; Pinellas Park, Bob Jilek; Port Richey, Don Robinson; Saint Petersburg, Bill Baker, Spencer Blydenburgh, Jr., and John Sardin, Jr.; South Pasadena, Jack Gose, and Tarpon Springs, Pauline Glidden.
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INVITED FAMILY MEMBERS AND GUESTS (10)
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Holiday, Dorothy Stephens; Hudson, Joan Delehanty and Evangeline Ritchie; New Port Richey, Eugenia Columbus and Helen Nicosia; Oldsmar, Louise Falco; Port Richey, Henry Brown; St. Petersburg, Patricia Blydenburgh; Tarpon Springs, Richard Coultes; and Invited Guest Speaker Doug Duncan, Metro Crime Prevention of Florida, from Tarpon Springs, FL.
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STATE RETIREE CHAPTER EXEC. BOARD
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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
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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 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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