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Nobel Prize Awarded to Federal Scientist
Maryland NARFE Federation congratulates Dr David Wineland of the U.S. National Institute of Science and Technology for receiving the Nobel Prize in physics. The award recognizes fundamental research on understanding quantum particle physics, which advances the scientific foundation for next generation of computers.
Although Dr Wineland works at the NIST laboratory in Boulder CO, the NIST HQ is in Gaithersburg MD, and is a friend neighbor of Chapter 581, whose members have particular pride in his accomplishment and award. The research also is an important illustration of the value of contributions from the Federal work force that enhance the Nation’s science, and offer benefits to society and future technology -- an example of how federal workers “Protect America’s Heartbeat.”
He shares the prize with a French scientist, Serge Haroche.
An article describing aspects of the award can be accessed from http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57528465/american-frenchman-share-nobel-physics-prize/
The opening reception for Congressman Van Hollen's new office in Mt. Airy was well received, and his entire staff was present to welcome everyone. Refreshments were served in his office located at 205 Center Street, Suite 206. After walking across the street to the Mt. Airy Bowling Lanes, the attendees received more refreshments and the Congressman's welcoming speech.
State Senator David Brinkley welcomed Mr. Van Hollen, and thanked him for choosing Mt. Airy for his new office. Attendees from Maryland Federation thought it was great, and later thanked Mr. Brinkley for his formal welcome. Senator Ron Young along with Jan Gardner, former Congresswoman Beverly Byron, and Paul and Raenell Beatty also attended.
Pictured with Congressman Van Hollen center, are Paul Beatty left, and Kathy Siggins on the right.
As part of NARFE Lobby day, a Maryland NARFE delegation had a productive one-hour meeting with K. Jane Williams, Legislative Assistant to Congressman Andy Harris, MD 1st District. left to right: K. Jane Williams, Chris Spain, MD Federation President Dan McGrath and Region II Vice-President Evelyn Kirby. The discussion centered on the potential negative budget impacts on the 60,000 active and retired Federal employees and their families in the First District.
YOUR BENEFITS ARE AT RISK!
GEMS will keep you informed of Congressional efforts to reduce the compensation and benefits for both active and retired employees.
GEMS stands for NARFE's Global Email Messaging System. Join GEMS now! It's easy, timely, and quick! Get up-to-date NARFE information and become an active participant to protect and preserve your benefit package.
To sign up, log on to www.NARFE.org
* Click on "Membership" at the left side of the screen.
* Sign in on the right side of the next screen by typing in your last name, and Membership ID Number which can be located on your monthly NARFE magazine mailing label. It is also on your membership card.
* On the next screen, look for the heading "What You Can Do On-line" on the left side of the screen.
* Click on the box that says "Join GEMS."
* On the next screen, type in your Member ID Number one more time and your Birth Date, then click "Submit."
It's that easy. OR call HQ 1-800-456-8410 and give them your email address!
Be in the know! Join GEMS!
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Maryland at a Glance
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The Maryland Federation of Chapters was established 5 April 1956. At that time, there were 10 chapters. Today,
there are 34 chapters in Maryland.
The purpose of the Federation is to aid and support NARFE in the objectives set forth in the National Articles
of Incorporation; to unite fraternally for the mutual benefit of all Chapters within the State of Maryland; to
promote the general welfare of all retirees, including more liberal retirement laws and annuities; and to support
civic and patriotic activities up-holding American institutions and ideals.
The Federation is managed by (1) an Executive Committee, made up of the five elected officers plus
active Past Federation Presidents, and (2) the Federation Executive Board, made up of the Executive Committee,
all Chapter Presidents, and all Past Federation Presidents. The Executive Committee meets as needed. The Federation
Board meets at least three times each year.
The Federation holds a Convention in May of each odd-numbered year. The next Convention will be held 29 April through 1 May 2013 at Carousel Resort in Ocean City, MD.
TEN THINGS THE MARYLAND FEDERATION OF CHAPTERS (MFC) DOES FOR YOU
REPRESENTS federal retirees/employees within the state. NARFE/MFC
lobbies for our earned rights/retiree benefits
at the state level. Bear in mind that no U.S. Congress or Maryland General Assembly can be relied upon to treat
us fairly or with concern ...MFC has to take the initiative.
PROVIDES a unified voice in Annapolis when dealing with the governor and the General Assembly and educates state
legislators and local officials about concerns of federal retirees/employees. It helps state legislators refine
proposed bills affecting us all.
PROMOTES the objectives of NARFE throughout Maryland. The MFC is the logical organization to set specific and attainable
goals for the chapters to support within the state, the objectives of National Headquarters. MFC speaks for all
Maryland members on National NARFE policy issues.
FACILITATES effective group action to accomplish common objectives. By establishing a viable political base at
the grassroots level, it channels member efforts so as to support National NARFE policies.
TRAINS local NARFE chapter officers, committee chairs and area coordinators in order to provide top quality leadership
skills for the furtherance of common goals.
COMMUNICATES with members and the public-at-large about issues of concern to federal retirees/employees.
SUPPORTS contributions for NARFE's political fund to support political candidates.
MOBILIZES volunteer resources existing in chapters in ongoing support of causes vital to NARFE members, such as
Alzheimer’s research and increasing Maryland's income exclusion for calculating state income taxes.
ADVISES chapters on effective ways of carrying out various functions such as membership, services, and public relations
benefiting federal retiree/employees.
SERVES as a vehicle for the exchange of ideas among members about programs/actions of benefit to federal retirees/employees
through its bi-annual convention and the MFC newsletter.
Try our links to Officers, Chapters, and Committees.
The Internet will be NARFE's most powerful communication tool ever. It will allow NARFE's 55 Federations, made
up of 1422 Chapters and representing over 309,000 members not only to communicate more effectively, but will truly
shrink us to a global village.
Updated: 13 November 2013