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!

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