NATIONAL ACTIVE AND RETIRED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

Florida Federation of Chapters

2005 CONVENTION

BOOK OF RESOLUTIONS

 

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NATIONAL BYLAWS

NB001 NARFE National Membership (Only)
NB002 Members- At-Large

NATIONAL GENERAL RESOLUTION

NG001 Aggressive Legislative Action

FLORIDA FEDERATION BYLAWS

FB001 Biennial Convention
FB002 Biennial Convention


NB001

BYLAW: NARFE National Membership (Only)
National By Laws, Article I, Section 2

WHEREAS: NARFE National membership numbers have sustained continued reduction for at least a decade; and

WHEREAS: Numerical membership strength is an important factor for organizational pursuit of congressional actions; and,

WHEREAS: NARFE National By Laws requires that chapter membership be maintained, despite no apparent increase in chapter participation; and,

WHEREAS: Additional numerical strength can be attracted by restoring National membership only or members-at-large category;

BE IT RESOLVED: That Florida State Federation of Chapters propose and support revision of NARFE National By Laws, Article I, Section 2 to restore a National only or Members-at-Large category.

ESTIMATED ANNUAL COST: NA

Adopted by Chapter Number: 2279

Adopted by Chapter Name: SW Marion County

Adopted by Chapter State: Florida


NB002

1. SUBJECT:
National Bylaws: Article 1, Section 2, C. Members-at-Large


2. ADOPTED BY:
Chapter 1428 South Okaloosa County, Florida

3. FEDERATION ACTION:
___ Adopted ___Adopted As Amended ___Rejected

4. WHEREAS:
Members-At-Large: Members who belong to the National Association but not a chapter. Members currently classified as members-at-large shall be permitted to retain that status until their memberships are terminated. The proposed change is to provide current chapter members the option when their chapter dissolves to become members-at-large, National only. This action will encourage members that have lost their chapter to continue their NARFE membership without having to join another chapter.

5. BE IT RESOLVED:
Article1, Section 2, C. Members-At-Large:
Members who belong to the National Association but not to a chapter. Members currently classified as members-at-large and members belonging to a chapter that has dissolved shall be permitted to retain and obtain members-at-large status until their memberships are terminated. If the former members subsequently choose to rejoin the association, they shall be required to join a chapter as well.

6. ESTIMATED ANNUAL COST:
Positive



NG001
1. SUBJECT:
Request for more aggressive legislative action by NARFE National


2. ADOPTED BY:
Chapter 1414 Clay County Florida

3. FEDERATION ACTION:
___Adopt ___Adopt as Amended ___Reject

4. WHEREAS:
The Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) laws were enacted in 1977 and 1983 respectively, because Congress considered Federal pensions and annuities as Social Security benefits. AND
The GPO and WEP laws impose a penalty on federal retirees that does not exist in the private sector. AND
Efforts to get Congress to repeal these laws have been ineffective in over 20 years using communication by individual NARFE members. AND
There is increasing discontent within the membership in the belief that NARFE National has not employed sufficient pressure on Congress to effect these changes.

5. BE IT RESOLVED:
That NARFE National be more aggressive in their approach to get Congress to repeal these laws using whatever means at their disposal.
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:
NARFE National be required to keep NARFE membership informed concerning exactly what measures are being used and have been employed in the accomplishment of these goals and any progress.

6. ESTIMATED ANNUAL COST:
To be determined by National

FB001

BYLAW: Hold the Florida Federation of Chapters Convention biennially between NARFE National Conventions.
Article V. of Constitution Change
Article III. Section I of By-Laws
Article IV, Section I of By-Laws
Article V, Section I of By-Laws
Article VIII, Section I of By-Laws
Article X, Sections 2(a) of By-Laws

WHEREAS: Rising cost of holding annual state conventions is additional to biennial national conventions create increased burdens upon the resources of the State Federation, hosting chapters and chapter members required to travel excessive distances to attend; and,

WHEREAS: Aims and objectives of State Federation business can be achieved by executive board sessions, district seminars, and written or e-mail communications, and,

WHEREAS: Additional time between state conventions will allow better opportunities for committee and candidates selection. Also, time toward development and submission of better constructive resolutions will be gained; now therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED: That State Constitution and State By-Laws be amended to hold Florida State Federation of Chapters Conventions biennially between NARFE National Conventions.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:
Required Constitution Change:
Article V, Change the words "annually" and "annual" as they appear in the paragraph.


Required By-Law Changes:
Article III, Section I. Change sentence to read "These officers shall be elected at the biennial convention..."

Article IV, Section I. Change the sentence to read " Conventions of this Federation shall be held biennially in accordance with Article V of the Federation Constitution, and for the purposes set forth therein",

Article V, Section I. Change sentence to read "For all biennial convention business matters and elections...."

Article VIII, Section I. Change sentence to read "All officers of this Federation shall be elected for a term of two (2) years or until their successors shall be installed"

Article X, Section 2(a). Change sentence to read " As soon as practical, after the close of the convention, the President shall announce the appointment of the General Chairman for the next convention".

Estimated Annual Cost: $30,000

Adopted by Chapter Number: 2279

Adopted by Chapter Name: SW Marion County

Adopted by Chapter State: Florida


FB002

1. SUBJECT:
Article VII, Section 1, Conventions

2. ADOPTED BY:
Chapter 58, Daytona Beach, Florida

3. FEDERATION ACTION:
___Adopt ___Adopt As Amended ___Reject

4. WHEREAS:
It is highly questionable that there are enough new issues to be resolved annually, AND
The cost to attend these sessions may be formidable in many instances, AND
With a little foresight we most likely could solve problems at an upcoming District meeting, AND
NARFE stages biennial conventions and the NEB conducts business quarterly between Conventions,

5. BE IT RESOLVED:
That henceforth we stage a three-day convention in odd numbered years, AND
Article XI, Sections 1 and 2 must be rewritten if this resolution is enacted.

6. ESTIMATED ANNUAL COST:
A healthy monetary savings would be realized.



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