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My husband and I recently attended the 32nd biennial convention of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association in Sparks, Nev. NARFE, the largest association of federal employees and retirees, is dedicated to protecting their rights and benefits. At the convention, NARFE’s legislative agenda and direction for the next two years was determined, focusing on preserving retirement security.

The director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, John Berry, spoke about the invaluable contributions of civil servants to the everyday lives of Americans, steps that OPM has made in helping federal employees ease into retirement and progress in processing a flood of retirement applications as baby boomers leave the federal workforce.

The president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, Harry Johns, also delivered remarks, thanking NARFE members for donating nearly $10 million to the Alzheimer’s Association to fund needed research.

The present national officers were re-elected to serve for the next two years, and the delegate from Maryland chosen to be our Region Two vice president was Evelyn Kirby. She will represent us on the 14-member NARFE National Executive Board.

NARFE’s the only membership organization solely dedicated to protecting and preserving the earned benefits of all federal workers and retirees. Founded in 1921, NARFE’s legacy spans more than 90 years, advocating on behalf of the federal family.

Maureen Jacobs, La Plata

The writer represents NARFE Upper Marlboro Chapter 2262.