FLARA ANNUAL STATE CONVENTION, FLORIDA MALL HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER, ORLANDO, FL., JUNE 1-3, 2008

Jack Gose, 2nd VP, Florida Alliance for Retired Americans (FLARA) sits awaiting with 16 other FLARA activists for an appointment with staff people inside Republican Congressman Ric Keller's downtown Orlando office on Lake Eola to express our concerns about his voting record and ask him to state his position on important senior and retiree issues. Chief of Staff stated we did not have an appointment, and declined to invite us into his Conference room. (Picture taken on Tue., June 3, 2008 with a digital camera.)
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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. A special invitation goes out to the APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter Executive Board elected officers, where a block of two (2) double rooms have been reserved for housing the elected State Retiree Executive Board Delegates.
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The Florida Hotel and Conference Center room rate for FLARA members and guests is $94.00 per night for single or double room plus 12.5 % taxes, including 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. The $5.00 day hotel service fee for parking is included in the group rate. We ask that you arrive at the hotel early with check in time of 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 1, 2008 for a 2-nite stay. There are a limited number of rooms available at this rate and the cutoff date for room reservations is Friday, May 9, 2008 so please make your reservations ASAP.
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Our meeting will begin Monday, June 2nd from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm, with a break for lunch provided by FLARA. We will meet again on Tuesday, June 3rd at 9:00 am with a break from 12 noon to 1:00 pm for lunch provided by FLARA. 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 225,000 FLARA membership group in Florida, now bigger than National APWU.
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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. If you have questions, phone FLARA Vice President Jack Gose at 727-343-2998 or E-mail at
jak.gose@excite.com for more info. We are fortunate to have two (2) back to back Retiree union events taking place in the Greater Orlando area the first week in June, including the above FLARA Annual Convention and the Quadrennial Southern Region National Alliance for Retired Americans Legislative Conference being to be held on Walt Disney World property described in the below article.
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QUADRENNIAL SOUTHERN REGION NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR RETIRED AMERICANS LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE AT BUENA VISTA PALACE HOTEL IN DISNEY WORLD RESORT, FL. JUN. 4-5, 2008

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The Alliance for Retired Americans invites all Southern Region active and retiree members to attend its Quadrennial Southern Regional Conference meeting on June 4-5, 2008 at Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa in Walt Disney World Resort, 1900 Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL. 32830. The National ARA non-profit org has 3.4 million dues paying members with charters in thirty (30) states. Attendees from all twelve (12) southern states from Texas to Virginia including Florida will hear national speakers; go to education workshops and training sessions to get ready for the 2008 General Elections across the nation.
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Hotel reservations must be made by calling the hotel directly at 866-397-6516. Be sure to ask for the Alliance for Retired Americans discounted room rate of $169.00 per night plus $13.00 resort fee and taxes that is guaranteed until May 5, 2008. Check in time is 4:00 pm and checkout time is 11:00 am. Of course, there are hundreds of other resort facilities in the Lake Buena Vista and Kissimmee areas nearby, and we encourage you to shop for the best deal you can find for this once every four (4) years regional ARA Legislative Conclave taking place right in our own backyard.
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Registration for the Conference is 1 p.m.-4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4, 2008. The opening session is scheduled to begin Wednesday, June 4 at 2 p.m., and the last event will conclude by 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 5. Registration fee is $80.00 before May 4, 2008 by calling Joni Jones toll-free 1-888-373-6497 at ARA office in National AFL-CIO Bldg. in downtown Washington, D.C. or visit the ARA website at
www.retiredamericans.org to get a copy of the registration form. The Registration fee of $80.00 includes one dinner, one breakfast, and one lunch, and late registration fee of $15.00 will be required after May 4, a total of $95.00 if you are late.
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Speakers, workshops and training sessions will focus on growing our State Alliance power to educate and increase membership, retiree voter registration, and retiree voter participation. This regional meeting will provide a forum to work with other activists in the region to learn how to increase grassroots advocacy, get seniors and retirees registered and voting, and educate federal, state and local legislators on the issues that concern retirees and seniors, including prescription drugs, Medicare, Social Security, Housing, and Retirement security.
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With several million members educated to vote for candidates that will have the concerns of retirees and seniors and their children at the forefront of their agendas in 2008 and beyond, the Alliance is positioned for making a critical difference in shaping America’s direction. Building the strength and future of the Alliance’s Southern Region is in your hands. Join us to set the course for the Alliance for Retired Americans and for a country that cares about workers, retirees and their families.
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Regional Executive Board Member Elections will occur at this quadrennial meeting, and APWU Retiree Delegates will have a voice and vote to elect a new Sub Region 2 Executive Board member from South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida and one to represent self-enrolled members from the entire Southern Region. Other Sub regions: Sub region 1: Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arkansas and Sub region 3: Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and Texas.
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If you have any questions or want more info, contact Jack Gose, FLARA 2nd VP, at
www.jak.gose@excite.com online or phone 727-343-2998 me at home 24/7. The National Alliance for Retired Americans website is www.retiredamericans.org for registration and other programs.

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