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Send to Jeff Arment,,  403 Thunderbird Dr, Marshalltown, IA 50158, or call 641-751-9141
Send to Tom T. McGuire,, 514 N Thorington St., Algona, IA  50511, or call 515-227-9050
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                                    UPMA Executive Board 11/1/2017

Ellen Opperman,President,  3503 Shady Ridge Ct,  Davenport, IA 52806
563-940-3979,   Bettendorf563-332-6656,

Rich Springer,Secretary/Treasurer, 3131 N 3rd StClinton IA 52732-1643
563-243-9736, 563-249-4242, Fulton IL, 815-589-2020,

Jeff Arment, Executive VP–Membership, 403 Thunderbird Dr, Marshalltown IA 50158
641-751-9141,   Conrad

Kerry Nichols, VP - Education Chair,  PO Box 128,  DeWitt, IA 52742
309-948-4133,   DeWitt, 563-659-3712,

Lisa Eittreim, VP - Legislative/Pac, 8009 Plum Drive, Urbandale IA 50322-8316
515-276-6758, 515-229-6198, Van Meter, 515-996-2458, 

Darcie Renze, VP-Communications, 301 Lampkastner Dr., Holstein IA 51025
712-369-9684, Holstein 712-368-2117,

Tom McGuire, President - Postmaster retired, 514 N Thorington St, Algona IA 50511
515-295-2686, 515-227-9050, Retired,

​Congressional addresses and phone numbers as of 1/4/2019
Email addresses at, upper right corner: Find Your Senators, click on Iowa and click on Go.

Senator Charles Grassley,
135 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510, Phone 202-224-3744, FAX 202-224-6020
721 Federal Building, 210 Walnut St, Des Moines, IA 50309, phone 515-288-1145
111 7th Ave SE, Box 13, Suite 6800, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401, phone 319-363-6832

Senator Joni Ernst, 
111 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510, Phone 202-224-3254, FAX 202-224-9369
733 Federal Building, 210 Walnut St, Des Moines IA 50309, phone 515-284-4574
111 Seventh Ave SE, Suite 480, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401, phone 319-365-4504

Email addresses:, upper right corner: Find Your Representative, Enter your ZIP Code

Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer, First District, northeast Iowa, 
124 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515, (202) 225-2911

Congressman Dave Loebsack, Second District, southeast Iowa,
1211 Longworth House Office Bldg, Washington DC 20515, phone 202-225-6576,  FAX 202-226-0757
125 S. Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240, phone 319-351-0789
209 W. 4th St, Suite 104, Davenport, IA 52801, phone 563-323-5988

Congressman Cindy Axne, Third District, southwest Iowa,
330 Cannon House Office Bldg, Washington DC 20515, phone: 202-225-5476
208 West Taylor St., Creston IA 50801, phone 
501 5th Ave., Council Bluff, IA 51503, phone 

Congressman Steve King, Fourth District, northwest Iowa,
2210 Rayburn House Office Bldg, Washington DC 20515 phone: 202-225-4426, FAX 202-225-3193
1421 S. Bell Ave, Suite 102, Ames IA 50010, Phone: 515-232-2885
723 Central Ave, Fort Dodge, IA 50501, Phone: 515-573-2738
202 1st Street SE Suite 126, Mason City IA 50401, Phone: 641-201-1624
320 6th St. Room 112, Sioux City, IA 51101, phone 712-224-4692
306 Grand Ave, PO Box 650, Spencer, IA 51301, phone 712-580-7754
​Adverse Action Legal Defense Fund (AALDF) and the Adverse Action Legal Defense Plan (AALDP).
To be eligible for the AALDF benefits, you must be a Member and have paid dues to UPMA (or NAPUS/League) for six months prior to the date the alleged conduct or performance deficiency occurred.

Dixie Bentley, National Representative for NE, KS, CO and MO
1334 Whitetail Ave, Sumner, IA 50674-9586
(C) 319-240-6289,  

Amanda Reavis, Iowa Chapter Membership Representative, Grinnell, IA Post Office 
501 Washington Ave Apt 3, Grinnell IA 50112  
(H) 641-792-3568 (C) 641-417-9002, (O) 641-236-5353

Aimee Quick, Iowa Chapter Membership Representative, State Center, IA Post Office
513 Main St, Kellogg IA 50135  
(C) 641-521-9822,

Hartley D. Alley, UPMA Legal Defense Attorney, 
23107 Fairway Brg., San Antonio, TX 78258-7129

- Adverse Action Legal Defense
- UPMA Board Members
- UPMA Retired Officers
- Senator's and Representative's addresses
          and phone numbers.
- website contact information
- OPM scam alert 3/22/2017
- Meetings & Telecoms

3/22/2017 UPMA Gold
OPM SCAM ALERT: from Carrie Kuester
   The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has issued a Scam Alert to all Federal Retirees regarding a scam in which imposters are contacting federal annuitants to try to steal money from them. This is how the scam works: An imposter claiming to be an OPM employee contacts a retired federal employee and threatens to cut off his/her retirement payments and tells them that a magistrate will prosecute. Then the imposter demands an immediate payment. The imposter can sound quite convincing and my actually use real names and titles. They may also have identifiable information on the retiree they contact.  
  Remember, OPM never makes phone calls such as these to retired federal employees, so DO NOT fall for any such phone calls.  
  If you have encountered or may encounter one of these scams, please report it to the OPM Office of Inspector General by calling the hotline at 877-499-7295 or use the OPM online complaint form which can be found on the IG Section of the OPM website Please share this alert with your federal retiree friends who may not have e-mail.  

UPMA Legislative/PAC teleconference, October 9, 2017
  Budget Reconciliation Process
Congress must first pass a Budget Resolution – does NOT have force of law.
Budget Resolution creates a legislative fast-track to enact fiscal proposals, by enabling the Senate to pass with a simple majority and under expedited rules.
GOP to use Budget Reconciliation to enact Tax Reform bill.
Budget Reconciliation used to offset revenue losses.

  House Budget Resolution ((H.Con.Res. 71)
Approved by House (219-206) on October 5.
Reconciliation instructions require Oversight & Government Reform Committee to cut $
32 billion from programs under its jurisdiction.
The only programs with money are CSRS, FERS, TSP and FEHBP. 
Further action awaits Senate approval of its own Budget Resolution.

  H.Con.Res 71 – Postal Provisions
Move USPS “on -budget”.
◦ Receipts and expenses included in federal budget.
◦ Postal appropriations subject to sequestration ($35 million).
Recommends Postal Reform legislation akin to HR 756.
◦ Flexibility to respond to falling mail volume and changing market conditions.
◦ Frequency and mode of delivery. 
◦ Expand products and services to generate revenue.
◦ Equalize employer FEHBP & FEGLI contributions.
◦ Address retiree health pre-funding.

  Senate Budget Resolution (S.Con.Res. --)
Approved by Senate Budget Committee on October 4.
Will likely be consider next week.
Does not currently include reconciliation instructions that would impact federal retirement and health benefits.

  HR 756, Postal Reform Act of 2017.
Still pending before House Ways & Means Committee.
Still pending before House Energy & Commerce Committee.
President’s call for tax reform legislation dominating Ways & Means agenda.
Looking for committee daylight.

UPMA PAC Information
UPMA members contributed $15,861 at National Convention.
  2017 PAC recipients primarily belong to:
◦ Oversight & Government Reform Committee.
◦ Ways & Means Committee.
◦ Energy & Commerce Committee.
◦ Senators up for election in 2018.
  “Leader of the PAC”
◦ Average contribution per UPMA member (minimum 20 contributors).
◦ Legislative/PAC Chair must be present at Legislative Advocacy Days.

  Legislative Advocacy Days 2018
Monday, February 26, 2018,
◦ Morning Program at Renaissance Arlington Capitol View Hotel
◦ Afternoon Program at U.S. Capitol
◦ Evening Reception in Rayburn Foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building
Tuesday, February 27, 2018, Day to Engage with Senators and Representatives
Must call hotel to provide credit card ASAP, 800-228-9290  

Create Chapter Network
Create What’s App Group, starting with Executive Board.
Instruct to Call Senators to Reject Any Budget Resolution that includes Reconciliation to Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee.

  UPMA chapter officers and legislative activists should call their U.S. Senators (202-224-3121) this week with the following message:
"I urge Senator Grassley and Ernst to oppose any Senate Budget Resolution that includes reconciliation instructions to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to cut the retirement and health benefits of UPMA members – Postmasters, postal managers and retirees.

  Nine Iowa Postmasters and Family attended the 2019 Legislative Advocacy Days, January 27, 28 & 29 in Washington DC. Speakers included: Megan Brennan, Postmaster General, Ron Stroman, Deputy Postmaster General, Robert Taub, Postal Regulatory Commission, Representatives, Senators, and Aides. On Tuesday, they went to every elected official's office. They meet with Rep. Steve King, Rep. Dave Loebsack and Aides.

Please contact your House Representatives about supporting H.Res 33. Also ask about H.R. 141, and H.R. 597.
                            Iowa UPMA Retired Officers elected 4/22/2017

Tom McGuire, Iowa Retired President,  514 N Thorington St, Algona IA 50511
(C) 515-227-9050,

Patty Sorge, Iowa Retired VP,  1055 South Hill Drive, Waterloo, IA 50701
(H) 319-235-1052,

Dorothy Wegner, Iowa Retired Secretary/Treasurer
20 N 1st Ave E,  Hartley, IA 51346
(H) 712-928-3419, (C) 712-260-0716,

          2019 Iowa-UPMA Convention
             April 12, 13, 14, 2019
                 Fri., Sat., & Sun

Registration Fee of $50.00 received on or before April 1, 2019 is refundable only at convention check-in.

   Quality Inn & Suites Starlite Village
    2601 E. 13th St, Ames, IA 50010

Room Rate: - $109.00 plus taxes 
(Ask for the UPMA Rate) 
Room Block expires March 22nd

Phyllis J. Briese, born 4/16/1935 in Dawson, ND. Passed away Sunday, 2/10/2019 in Sioux Falls after a short illness. Postmaster of Meriden, IA 51037 until 2003. Cards may be sent to  PO Box 33, Meriden, IA 51037.

                  Save the dates:     
 April 12, 2019, Friday, USPS District Training &
                       UPMA Chapter Convention
 April 13, 2019, Saturday, UPMA Chapter 
​ April 14, 2019, Sunday, until noon, 
                       UPMA Chapter Convention

Snacks for the Hospitality Room.

Items the PAC auction.

Volunteers for Committees.

Names & Funeral Homes of Deceased Postmasters & Managers

  More information will be in the March 2019 
                Hawkeye Heartlander.
        3rd UPMA National Convention
         July 27th - August 2nd, 2019
​           Saturday through Friday

    Mohegan Sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. 
               Uncasville, CT 06382
           Group Code: UPMMA19, 
            $139.00 – Group Rate.
Why Join?
To Connect, Learn, and Explore

UPMA Leader, November 2018, page 17
   Keeping Posted    for  Retired USPS Employees