Minutes of the 2004 Florida Federation Convention

18 – 20 May 2004

Hilton Hotel, Altamonte Springs, Florida


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Tuesday, 18 May 2004

Standing Committees met on this date, per the prepared Convention Program.  Each committee followed its prepared agenda throughout this day of registration for the convention.  The first of three banquets was held; following the banquet, candidates and/or spokespersons for candidates for National Offices of NARFE were given an opportunity to speak.  Spokespersons read prepared statements of the two candidates for National President, incumbent Charles Fallis and challenger Margaret Baptiste.  Ken Martin, candidate for National Vice President, spoke for himself; Dan Galvan had a statement read on his behalf.  Ronald Bowers, candidate for National Secretary, spoke for himself; David Sullivan, the incumbent Secretary, had a statement read on his behalf.  Steve Henderson, candidate for National Treasurer, spoke for himself; Richard C. Ostergren, the other candidate for National Treasurer, had a statement read on his behalf.  Bob Harrell and Guy Haviland,  both candidates for NFVP Region III spoke for themselves.

Wednesday, 19 May 2004

Between 9:00 and 9:45, the first order of business included:  Introduction of Federation Officers by Chairman Pappa; Posting of the Colors, Invocation, Pledge of Allegiance and Singing of “America the Beautiful”.  A Welcome Address was made by Altamonte Springs Mayor Russ Hauck.  The Parade of Banners was conducted.  Keynote Speaker NFVP Region III Ken Martin gave his address.

Between 9:55 and 11:15, the second order of business included:  Introduction of Distinguished Guests by President Whalen, Roll Call of Officers by Secretary Henderson;

            Present: Elected Officers:  President David Whalen, 1st VP Benjamin Pappa, Jr., 2nd VP Donald Stewart, Secretary Steve Henderson, Acting Treasurer Kenneth Carter, Junior Living Past President Guy Haviland, the eleven District Vice Presidents, and delegates from chapters of the Florida Federation.

            Guests: National Treasurer Michael Hoyman, NFVP Region III Ken Martin

The Credentials Committee Preliminary Report was provided by Vice Chair Allen Salo. It was determined a Quorum was Present to conduct the convention.

The Rules Committee Report was provided by Chair Larry Feingold and the Standing Rules of the Convention were adopted.

President Whalen called for Adoption of the Convention Agenda and the motion was made by Mary Ellen Schoolmaster, properly seconded and adopted by delegates. 

President Whalen called for Adoption of Change to the Program/Agenda and the motion was made by Mary Ellen Schoolmaster, properly seconded and adopted..

President Whalen called for Approval of the Published Minutes of the previous FL Federation Convention. Secretary Henderson made a motion that, since this information had been provided previously to delegates, these minutes should be approved.  The motion was properly seconded and then adopted.

President Whalen called for Approval of the Published Minutes of Executive Board Meetings since the past convention. Secretary Henderson made a motion that, since these documents had been provided previously to delegates, these minutes should be approved.  The motion was properly seconded and then adopted.

President Whalen called upon Acting Treasurer Carter. Treasurer Carter  commented that the various documents are in the registration packet.  He made a motion that the Audit Reports of Convention Treasurer Blackwell’s records and Alzheimer’s Treasurer Crowley’s records be approved.  This was accomplished without objection.

The five Federation elected officers reported on the operations of their offices and focused on issues regarding this convention.

Awards and prizes were awarded by vendors (Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Mail Handlers, and Hilton Hotel) to convention delegates.

President Whalen adjourned the business session at 11:15 for lunch.

The Memorial Service, led by Chaplain Mary Ellen Schoolmaster, was held between 1:30 and 2:10.

The afternoon Business Agenda of the Convention was called to order at 2:35 by President Whalen.

The Alzheimer’s Report was provided by Leonora Sicular,  the NARFE Region III and Florida Federation Alzheimer’s Chairperson.  She provided Certificates and Pins to three delegates for their work collecting funds for Alzheimer’s; Lois Todd, Rita Hill and Cathy MacKenzie were honored. 

Dr. Christopher B. Eckman, the featured speaker about Alzheimer’s was introduced and had the floor for the next 45 minutes with commentary and answers to questions from delegates. 

President Whalen called for Committee Reports.  These were initiated when Chairman Harold Bartelt of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee made recommendations for convention action:

            FB-001, Federation Constitution and Bylaws Revision, made by the Executive Board.  Committee recommended ADOPT, with several minor changes:

                        Article 4 – keep the phrase “Junior Living Past President” instead of changing the term to “Immediate Past President”.  A motion was made and properly seconded and delegates agreed to keep the phrase “Junior Living Past President”.

                        Article 6 Section 3 para a – change the word “confirmation” to “concurrence”.  A motion was moved and properly seconded and delegates made the change to the word “concurrence”.

                        Article 10 Section 6 column 3 – insert the phrase “except the office of Florida District Vice Presidents in caucus voting”, which had not been duplicated in the document.  Only a syntax correction.  After the motion was moved and properly seconded, delegates agreed to the wording.

            FB-002 Chapter 0058, FB-003 Chapter 2247, FB-004 2279, all dealing with the FL Federation having Biennial Conventions.  Committee recommended NON-ADOPT.  After the motion was made and properly seconded, there was an amendment made and properly seconded to have the biennial convention (if the original motion passed) in the same year as the biennial National Convention.  When the question of biennial conventions was called and the oral vote was taken, it was too close to call: President Whalen called for a Roll Call vote.  Of the 858 votes counted, there were 509 yea votes and 349 nay votes to change to biennial conventions.  However, the resolution was NOT passed, as it needed 570 yea votes to get the 2/3 votes required.  Therefore, we will continue to hold annual conventions.

Because of time limitations and a Federation Bylaw which requires the Nominating Committee to make its report, prior to the caucuses of chapters to vote for DVPs, the C&BL Committee report was suspended until the next business day. 

Nominating Committee Chair Dee Flynn provided the delegates with the names of the five nominees for elected office – President Whalen, 1st VP Pappa, 2nd VP Stewart, Secretary Henderson, and Treasurer Carter – who had been interviewed.  Chairman Flynn indicated that all meet elected officer requirements and should get chapter delegate support to continue in these offices.  By acclimation, this occurred.

Other committee reports – General Resolutions, Credentials Committee , and Time, Place and Site – were held in abeyance until the next business session. 

At 4:40, District Caucuses were held to confirm or elect DVPs for the upcoming year and the first business day of the convention was concluded.  The second convention banquet was held on Wednesday evening.

Thursday, 20 May 2004

President Whalen called the meeting to order at 9:05.  Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance were accomplished. The Credentials Committee Interim Report was provided by Vice Chair Allen Salo.

Ballot & Tellers Committee Chair Donald Zebold reported about elections held in the eleven districts:  those re-elected included DVP 1 Charles Gardner, DVP III Ruth Blackwell, DVP IV Sharon Sharp, DVP VI Herbert Sicular, DVP VII Mickey Rosenthal, DVP IX Richard Gerber, and DVP X Lucette Chizik.  Newly elected individuals are DVP II Harold Bartelt, DVP V Robert Snodgrass, DVP VIII Wallace Roepke, and DVP XI Alice Hart.

NARFE-PAC Committee Chair Don Wasson provided a report about the $23,482.00 contributed by the members of the FL Federation. He indicated that some of these funds were distributed to Representative Mark Foley of the House Ways and Means Committee.  There were large increases in funds provided by FL members.

FEEA Committee Chair Larry Feingold spoke about the scholarship funds and the assistance provided to victims of natural disasters by this fund.  $60,000.00 is available for scholarships so that six $1,000.00 scholarships may be distributed in each of the ten national regions of NARFE.

President Whalen introduced Beth O’Brien, of LTC Partners.  As the Long Term Care Speaker, Ms. O’Brien expressed her company’s credo that we all NEED Long Term Care Insurance.

A Recess was taken between 10:10 and 10:25.

Continuing with recommendations, which had been interrupted because of time in the previous business meeting, C&BL Committee Chair Harold Bartelt continued to provide committee recommendations.

FB-005 Chapter 1137, recruitment funds.  Committee recommends NON-ADOPT.  The bylaw change recommends that 30% of monies of the FL Federation should be used for recruitment and retention.  The resolution was moved and properly seconded and, following some pro and con discussion, the resolution did NOT pass.

            FB-006 Chapter 1322, reports.  Committee recommends ADOPT.  The bylaw change would provide that end-of-year reporting by chapters should be as of the end of December.  After the motion was made and properly seconded, delegates adopted the change.

            FB-007 Chapter 1322, reports.  Committee recommends ADOPT.  DVPs now send quarterly membership reports; the resolution calls for semi-annual reports of membership in April and October and reports due to the 1st VP (Membership) in May and November.  After some discussion and fine tuning, the motion was adopted so “FL Federation District VPs will turn in semi-annual reports to 1st VP (Membership), instead of submitting quarterly reports.  After the motion was made, and properly seconded, delegates adopted the change.

General Resolutions Committee Chair Darrell Chinn led these discussions about NATIONAL Resolutions:

            NG-001 Chapter 0160, NG-002 Chapter 1589, and NG-003 Chapter 1104 all deal with Off-Budget Resolutions.  NG-002 was used as an example and, in essence, it recommends “exclude CSRF from the Federal Budget”.  Committee recommends ADOPT.  Motion was made, properly seconded and delegates adopted these resolutions.

            NG-004 Chapter 1589, NG-005 Chapter 2279, NG-006 Chapter 0160, and NG-007 Chapter 1104 all deal with protecting provisions of the FEHBP.  The wording says “protect all aspects of FEHB Plan to protect federal annuitants and spouses.  Do not change provisions of the FEHBP.”  Committee recommends ADOPT.  Motion was made, properly seconded and delegates adopted these resolutions.

            NB-001 Chapter 0161 recommends that, with membership dues being $29.00 per member, National should work out a discount for spouses so the couple will NOT have to pay $58.00 per year for two members.  Committee recommends ADOPT.  Motion was made, properly seconded and delegates adopted this resolution to change the national bylaws.

Committee Chair Chinn led these discussions about FEDERATION Resolutions:

            FG-001 Chapter 2279 seeks to eliminate the GPO.  Committee recommends ADOPT.  Motion made and properly seconded and delegates adopted this ideal.

            FG-002 Chapter 2279 seeks to repeal the WEP.  Committee recommends ADOPT.  Motion made and properly seconded and delegates adopted resolution.

            FG-003 Chapter 2279 seeks to restore National ONLY membership.  Committee recommends ADOPT.  Motion made and properly seconded that the FL Federation should propose this change and pursue revision of national bylaws to

allow for National ONLY membership.  There was much discussion with a determination by the President to have a Roll Call Vote.  Final vote count indicated there were 387 yea votes and 401 nay votes plus 70 votes not cast among the 858 authorized votes.  The motion was defeated; hence the resolution was NON-ADOPTED by the FL Federation of Chapters.

            FG-004 Chapter 2279 seeks to change the name of NARFE.  Committee recommends NON-ADOPT, because National has taken the initiative to include current employees.  After the motion was made and properly seconded, the delegates voted  NON-ADOPT.

            FG-005 Chapter 1137 seeks to have the federation stop raising money for Alzheimer’s.  The committee recommends NON-ADOPT.  The motion was made and properly seconded and resoundingly denied.  The delegates voted NON-ADOPT.

            FG-006 Chapter 1137 seeks to recruit members by publicizing in newspapers with federation funds, chapter contribution and national matching funds.  Committee recommends NON-ADOPT.  Motion was made and properly seconded and loudly defeated.

Prior to break for lunch, Alzheimer’s Chair Leonora Sicular awarded a prize.

Recess until 1:30  when President called the convention to order.

Awards for Hobby Show entrants related by Guy Haviland.

The final Credentials Committee Report was made.

The Membership Contest Awards were presented by Membership Chair Ann Murray. $3,960.00 was provided from the Federation to various chapters.

Remaining committees – Sergeant-at-Arms, Time & Place, Greeters, Host Committee & Ticketing and Seating, Hospitality, Vendor’s Table Sellers, Raffle Ticket Takers, Behind the Scenes Workers, Door Prizes, Registration, Hobby Show, and Program Book – all were recognized by chairs.

President Whalen presented  Distinguished Service Awards to former DVPs James Dean, Tom Singletary, Art Garafolo, and Jack Fordham.  President Whalen then recognized Convention Chair Benjamin Pappa, Jr., with an award.  The Federation Man of the Year Award was presented to Automation Chair Bill Leatham (in absentia) and the Woman of the Year Award was presented to ZIP-Code Chair Margaret Pappa.

As the business session neared its conclusion, Convention Chair Pappa provided plaudits to all who assisted with the convention, President Whalen indicated he would have comments at the evening banquet about the Future of the FL Federation of NARFE and several other officers made general comments.  The President called for the Benediction and it was provided by the Chaplain.  The final business session of the FL Federation of Chapters for the 2004 Convention came to an end.

The third banquet of the convention was held on Thursday evening. Entertainment was provided by a high school jazz ensemble of 25 young people. National Treasurer Michael Hoyman was the Convention Speaker and President David Whalen provided a view of the future of the FL Federation.  Elected officers were sworn in by National Treasurer Hoyman.  Photos were taken.  Door prizes ad infinitum were provided and finally the FL Federation 2004 Convention was concluded.

 

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