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March 2023

President, Tony Pizza,

The February meeting went well, although the winter weather may have caused a few cancellations due to colds and flu. I’m hoping we will finally warm up by this month’s meeting. My jokes got a few more laughs, either because of Pattie’s infectious laugh, or the members were laughing AT me. Thanks, everyone.

March is NARFE’s official NARFE-Pac month, so now’s the time to quit putting off making a donation. You should have received a donation request in the mail in the first week of March. And, in case you overlooked this in our magazine about Myth vs. Reality:

MYTH: Funds from NARFE’s general fund, including member dues, go to NARFE’s political action committee (PAC) and are used to defend earned benefits by electing Fed-friendly lawmakers.

REALITY: No dues money or any general funds from NARFE go to any political candidate. Only member contributions designated specifically for NARFE-PAC go to the PAC, and only funds from the PAC can be used to help NARFE campaign for elections. NARFE-PAC is a separate, segregated NARFE account that is funded solely through specific member contributions. Please consider contributing during the NARFE-PAC month so the PAC has the funds to defend the federal community in 2023. See the NARFE-PAC article starting on page 23 of the March issue of the NARFE magazine.

Do your survivors know that in the event of an annuitant’s death their CSA number, as well as their SSA number is needed to notify OPM. In the case of the death of a survivor annuitant their CSF and SSA numbers are needed. The easiest way to report the death is at Login not required. Need assistance, call 831-758-4888 or 831-262-1702.

You should have received an invitation by email or postal mail to the NARFE California State convention on May 8 – May 10 in San Luis Obispo. The registration fee is $80.00 each if paid before March 31, and $100.00 after that. Hotel reservations at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, SLO, will be handled by the hotel. Rooms are $142.00 (plus taxes/fees) that includes full breakfast, Wi-Fi, parking, and daily happy hour. The special rate expires on April 16. Use for Embassy’s NARFE reservation page, or call (805) 549-0800, then dial 0 to get the SLO operator. Use the Group Code XRF when calling.

Son: “Dad, I want to be in politics when I grow up.”
Dad: “Are you insane? Have you completely lost your mind? Are you a moron?”
Son: “Forget it, there seem to be too many requirements.”


 I told my boss that three companies were after me, so I needed a raise in pay to stay with the current job. He asked which companies? I told him gas, electric, and cable.