APWU OF FLORIDA 4TH BIENNIAL STATE RETIREE CHAPTER CONVENTION, MELBOURNE BEACH, FL., WED., MAY 7, 2008

Tony Carobine, President, APWU National Postal Press Association, AFL-CIO, converses with APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter Officers Dave Bernstein, Legislative Director for active and retired members and Jack Gose, President, (pictured L to R) in front of a PPA display of APWU newsletters from all over the country distributed FREE by Jack Gose, Retiree Paradise Editor, at the APWU of Florida 3-day Spring Seminar held at the Radisson Orlando Resort, Kissimmee, FL on March 7, 2008.
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All APWU $24.00 year dues paying Retirees and their families are invited to the 4th biennial Founders’ APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter Convention, AFL-CIO, to be held on Wednesday, May 7, 2008 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront Resort, 2605 North Highway A1A, Indialantic, Melbourne, FL 32903. Call the Hotel at 1-877-227-6963 or 1-888-233-0368 and ask for the APWU discounted Single/Double rate of $119.00 night, plus 11 % taxes to reserve your room. All the rooms have a fridge/microwave/coffee maker and are available at the special convention rate thru 3 pm on April 16, 2008.
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A FREE LUNCHEON is scheduled from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Coquinas Restaurant inside the hotel, followed by the State Retiree Chapter Convention business session starting at 1:00 p.m. sharp in a separate meeting room. Preparations have been made for the APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter to pay for a FREE luncheon for each APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter member registering as a Retiree Delegate, and a FREE luncheon for up to one (1) family/spouse guest in each family in attendance at the Retiree luncheon to encourage APWU Retiree families to participate.
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Centenarian $25.00 Cash Door Prizes will be awarded to up to the first ten (10) APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter members who register at the Convention business session, and other freebies, give-a-ways, and historical archive gifts will entertain those in attendance.
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All active APWU dues paying National, State and Area Local/Local Officers, Delegates, members and their families and APWU Auxiliary Officers, Delegates, members and their families are invited to attend all our State Retiree Chapter meetings, luncheons, and Conventions. We believe that all the APWU family members, the active working members, the Retiree members, and the Auxiliary members should be treated with dignity and equality, and all of us must band together to take care of all our families.
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This historic Retiree Convention precedes the regular Florida State APWU Convention which is scheduled in the same hotel from Thursday, May 8 thru Saturday, May 10, 2008. Florida State Retiree Chapter Resolutions will be debated and sent to the regular Florida State Convention beginning on Thursday, May 8, and the National APWU Convention to be held in Las Vegas, NV. from Aug. 18-22, 2008.
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Judy Beard, Natl. APWU Retiree Director, has been invited to speak at the Retiree Convention luncheon. She is a dynamic, informative orator who has completed successfully retirement classes at previous APWU of Florida State and Area Local seminars. A new generation is living in Florida, and we yearn to link the active working APWU members with the Retiree APWU members in the classroom and at luncheons.
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Election of APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter Officers shall be held at the Retiree Convention on Wed., May 7, 2008 in accordance with the State Retiree Chapter Constitution and By-Laws. The elected Officers of this State Chapter shall be: President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, Legislative Director, Health Plan Director, Benefits and Organization Director, and up to two Trustees and they shall comprise the Executive Board of the State Chapter. To be eligible for office and to vote in an election of officers, a Retiree Chapter member must be in good standing for three (3) months of the previous calendar quarter immediately preceding the election, as certified by the Chapter Secretary-Treasurer.
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Our State Retiree Chapter membership live in the State of Florida and many other states across the country with 3,000 APWU Retiree Chapter members who pay $24.00 yearly or $2.00 monthly automatic APWU Retiree union dues to the National APWU. Retirees do not have to pay any State Retiree Chapter union dues to the APWU of Florida! We wish to thank all the State and Area Local/Local Presidents, Officers, Stewards, and active working members who continue to sign up APWU retiring members on Form 1187 Retired Member application and mail it in to the National APWU Retirees Department in Washington, D.C.
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Blank APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter Delegate credentials have been mailed to all APWU Area Local/Local Presidents in the State of Florida for completion and return no later than May 1, 2008. Registration kits will be issued at the hotel for this Convention and State Chapter Retirees’ registration fees have been waived for the Retiree Convention in Melbourne Beach to encourage a greater turnout.
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IT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR AREA LOCAL/LOCAL PRESIDENTS TO RETURN THE COMPLETED RETIREE DELEGATE CREDENTIALS BEFORE MAY 1, 2008 IN ORDER FOR US TO KNOW THE NUMBER WHO WILL ATTEND AND MAKE PLANS WITH THE HOTEL MANAGER FOR FOOD SERVICE AND SEATING.
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If you have any questions, contact Jack Gose, President, at home phone (727) 343-2998 or E-mail:
Jak.Gose@Excite.com for more information. You may also visit our APWU of Florida, AFL-CIO, award winning website page www.apwuflorida.org/retiree which was launched in October, 2003 by is now linked up with the National APWU Retiree home page at http://www.apwu.org/ under Local Websites and Links plus the Postal Electronic newsletter at http://www.postalreporter.com/ under 22 Retirement Tips.
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Our APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter website “RETIREE PARADISE” at http://www.retireeparadise.blogspot.com/ launched in November, 2006 is linked with the National APWU Retirees webpage at http://www.apwu.org/ under State and Local Retiree Chapters, and the 21st Century Postal Worker website at http://www.21cpw.com/ for complete worldwide coverage.
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FLARA ANNUAL STATE CONVENTION AT FLORIDA MALL HOTEL, ORLANDO, 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 CTR, 1500 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL 32809.

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. Check in time is 4 pm at the hotel on Sunday, June 1, 2008 for the early birds. If you have questions, phone FLARA Vice President Jack Gose at 727-343-2998.

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 from our 220,000 FLARA membership group in Florida, now bigger than National APWU.

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. Type in
http://www.flara.org/ for info about FLARA and go to http://www.retiredamericans.org/ website to join 3.4 million other Retirees and Community Group members to Unite with us to Win. We Love You!

Our goals are to educate and increase our membership, retiree voter registration and participation. We need to work with other activists in this state to learn how to increase grassroots advocacy, and educate federal, state and local legislators on the issues that concern active union member families, retirees and seniors, including Prescription Drugs, Medicare, Social Security, Retirement Security, and Housing.

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