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February 2021

President, Tony Pizza,

The major subject of discussion this month among most of us is vaccination for the covid-19 virus. People 75 and older have been eligible, and I hope it won't be long before the 65 and older are also eligible. That will happen when there's more vaccine available. Limited vaccine has made making an appointment difficult and frustrating, and maybe impossible for some. We can only hope by the time you read this that the situation has improved.

Did you know that NARFE will celebrate its 100th birthday in February? The cover story in the January/February issue of NARFE Magazine has a look back at NARFE’s humble beginnings as an organization founded to protect the benefits offered by the then-new Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS). Now there's FERS too, but the main objective still is to protect our benefits, so that's why maintaining your membership is so important. The elected people who make the laws listen to numbers, especially if they know those numbers are organized and that they vote.

A recent survey of what NARFE resources members found most valuable found these results.

1. NARFE Magazine

2. Federal benefits articles and white papers

3. Federal benefits webinars

4. Personalized answers to benefits questions from NARFE's team of federal benefits experts

5. Discounts on travel, health services, insurance, etc., through NARFE Perks

The results clearly indicate that members are focused on the answers and information NARFE provides to help them get the most out of their federal benefits, and the most visible tool for delivering that information is NARFE Magazine. It is worth noting that NARFE Perks also had a strong showing on this list, and since those programs have tangible value that helps offset the cost of membership.

An elderly man was on the operating table, about to be operated on by his son, a famous surgeon. Just before they put him under, he asked to speak to his son:   "Don’t be nervous, boy, just do your best and just remember, if it doesn’t go well, if something happens to me… your mother is going to come and live with you and your family."