4TH ANNUAL APWU OF FLORIDA STATE RETIREE CHAPTER CONVENTION IN MELBOURNE, FL ON WED., MAY 7, 2008 DAY BEFORE FLORIDA APWU CONVENTION MAY 8-10, 2008

APWU OF FLORIDA STATE RETIREE CHAPTER CONVENTION WILL BE AT CROWNE PLAZA MELBOURNE OCEANFRONT ON MAY 7, 2008
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The 4th Biennial APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter Convention will convene at the Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront Resort & Spa, 2605 North Highway A1A, Indialantic (Melbourne), FL 32903 at 1 p.m. and adjourn promptly at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, 2008 the day before the APWU of Florida regular Convention from Thursday., May 8 thru Saturday., May 10, 2008. Standard room rates are $119.00 nite plus tax with check in after 4 pm and check out by 11 am. Rooms will be held until 3 pm on Apr. 16, 2008. Phone the hotel at 1-800-227-6963 or 1-888-233-0388 for APWU reservations.
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Preparations have been made for the APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter to pay for a FREE luncheon, tax, and tip for each APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter member registering as a Retiree Delegate and one family guest in attendance for the Convention. The luncheon is scheduled from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Coquina’s Seafood Grill onsite Restaurant.
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Nominations and elections of Chapter Officers will be held during the business session on Wednesday afternoon. The Offices are President, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer, Legislative Director, Health Plan Director, Benefits and Organization Director, and two Trustees. Up to ten (10) Centenarian Cash Door $25.00 Prizes will be awarded to Chapter members signing in on the attendance sheet and present at the Retirees luncheon. Freebies, give-a-ways, and historical gifts will entertain those attending the Luncheon and Convention.
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APWU of Florida Area Local/Local Presidents will be mailed blank APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter Delegate credentials. Contact President Jack Gose, home telephone 727-343-2998 or E-mail to
jak.gose@excite.com if you have any suggestions, questions or comments.
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APWU OF FL. STATE RETIREE CHAPTER FREE LUNCHEON AT APWU OF FLORIDA SPRING SEMINAR IN MARCH, 2008
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An APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter FREE luncheon for each Retiree Chapter member paying Retiree union dues to the National APWU Retirees Dept. of $24.00 year and one guest, limit of two per family attending the Chapter luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the day before the APWU of Florida Spring Seminar begins in March, 2008 at the same Hotel where the semi-annual conclave is held for educational classes for active and retiree APWU members. Retiree Happy folders will be distributed to all those attending, and everyone is invited! The hotel location and dates will be announced at a later date in this newsletter!
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NATL APWU BIENNIAL CONVENTION IN LAS VEGAS, NV FROM MON. AUG. 18 THRU FRI. AUG. 22, 2008
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If you visit the
www.apwulasvegas.com website, Joe Lewis, President, Las Vegas APWU Local 761, has posted Mon., August 18 thru Fri., August 22, 2008 as the dates for the National APWU Biennial Convention to be hosted by the APWU Las Vegas Local Union in southeastern Nevada desert. Three union hotels are listed: Bally’s @ $99.00 nite, Paris @ $119.00 nite, and Flamingo Hilton @ $89.00 nite.
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Many APWU state and local unions are on a tight budget for 2008, and it behooves all of us to plan ahead and make early reservations for airline and hotel accommodations for our elected Convention Delegates. Now that we have a new four (4) year 2006-2010 bargaining contract with the U.S. Postal Service and a newly installed National APWU Executive Board to serve for a three (3) year term of office, we should all get down to business by putting the membership first and try to restructure our organization.
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FLARA LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE TO BE IN TALLAHASSEE, FL AT HOLIDAY INN HOTEL & SUITES ON MAR. 19-20, 2008
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Tony Fransetta, President, Florida Alliance for Retired Americans (FLARA), has announced a quarterly Executive Board meeting and FLARA Legislative Conference to be held in Tallahassee, Fl. on Wed. & Thurs., March 19-20, 2008 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 2725 Graves Road, Tallahassee, Fl. 32303. Directions to the hotel heading west on I-10 from the east and south are to use North Monroe Street exit, and make a right turn onto North Monroe Street to the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites less than a mile distant on left side of highway.
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The conclave has been called to discuss and layout plans for action in the State of Florida legislature and in the Congress. The meetings will run from 9 a.m. to 4 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 history and upcoming events!
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All FLARA Executive Board members, Club and individual members including 3000 APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter members, and invited family/guests are welcome at this exciting gathering to foster support for the important issues that face Florida Union active members, retirees, and seniors. Contact FLARA in West Palm Beach area at 1-561-792-8799 if you are interested or have any questions or comments. Phone Jack Gose, FLARA 2nd Vice President, at 727-343-2998 for more information!
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Holiday Inn double room rate is $135.00 per night plus taxes for FLARA members and guests. Call the Holiday Inn at 1-850-536-2000 to make room reservations, and ask for the FLARA special group rate. You are to arrive on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 and check in at the hotel after 4 pm and checkout time is 11 am on Thurs., March 20, 2008. All roads lead to Tallahassee for FLARA/APWU Retiree Actions now. Join us in real APWU Retiree Solidarity as We Continue to Fight for all of our Future!
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FLARA STATE CONVENTION SCHEDULED FOR FLORIDA MALL HOTEL IN ORLANDO, FL ON JUN 2-3, 2008
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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) 2008 Annual Convention and Quarterly Board of Directors meeting to be held on Mon. & Tue., June 2-3, 2008 at the FLORIDA HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER, 1500 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL 32809. Hotel check-in is 3 pm and check-out 12 noon. Your departure check-out date is on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008.
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The Florida Hotel and Conference Center room rate for FLARA members is $94.00 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. If you have questions, phone FLARA VP Jack Gose 727-343-2998.
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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.
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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. Unite with us to Win. We Love You!

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