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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

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- OPM scam alert 3/22/2017

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.  

  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

                  Save the dates:     
3rd UPMA National Convention,July 27, 2019
Iowa Fall Tour
Tentative: Iowa 2020 UPMA Convention
              April 24, 25 & 26, 2020
              Honey Creek Resort
              Moravia, IA 52571
 The Hawkeye Heartlander will have more information.
        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?
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UPMA Leader, November 2018, page 17
   Keeping Posted    for  Retired USPS Employees
April 2018 Memorial Service Postmasters

Maxine E. Stein, Postmaster of Newhall, IA 52315, retired January 27, 1989.
She was born November 25, 1927 and passed away Friday, May 19, 2017 at the age of 89.

John William Schlump, Postmaster of Charles City, IA 50616, retired December 28, 2007.
He was born March 24, 1947 and passed away Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at the age of 70. 

Mary Lou(Okey) Strandberg - PM Callendar, IA 50523 retired June 3, 1994.
She was born July 25, 1930 and passed on Aug 23,2017 at the age of 87.

James (Jim) Reinig, PM of Garner, IA 50438 and retired 9/28/1992.
He was born February 16, 1928 and passed away Friday, August 25, 2017 at the age of 89.

Leona Bender, Postmaster of Springville, IA 52336, retired March 4, 1983.
She was born June 5, 1920, passed away November 9, 2017 at the age of 97.

Frank Pontious, Postmaster of Sac City, IA 50583 retired April 30, 1986.  
He was born December 6, 1927 and passed on November 21, 2017.

JoAnn M. Schneekloth, Postmaster of Malcom, IA 50157, retired November 20, 2001.
Born October 16, 1933, died December 6, 2017 at the age of 84.

Paul Green, Postmaster of Gowrie, IA 50543 retired April 30, 1992.
He was born February 29, 1932 in Milton, Wisconsin and died December 8, 2017 in Boone, IA at the age of 85.

Rodger L. Johnston, Postmaster of West Liberty, IA 52776, retired February 14, 1975.
Born on July 28, 1916 and passed away Sunday, December 10, 2017 at the age of 101.

Todd Ohlsen, Postmaster of Ogden, IA 50212 retired July 31, 2012.
He was born in Lake City, Iowa, on March 21, 1960 and died on February 19, 2018 at the age of 57.

Betty Louise(Mellering) Duwe, Postmaster of Garnavillo, Iowa, 52049 Retired June 3, 1988.
She was born May 31, 1923 and died March 2, 2018 at the age of 94.

Carol Margaret Thieman, OIC and Postmaster of Marble Rock, IA 50653, retired July 11, 2005.
She was born on August 24, 1944 and passed away Sunday, April 8, 2018 at the age of 73.

Robert W. Grote, Postmaster of Portsmouth, IA 51565.  retired November 1984.
He was born July 31, 1922 and died on March 14, 2019, age 96.

​Bernard "Bud" Smith, PM of Mason City IA 50401, retired 1987.
Born August 22, 1929 and died February 16, 2019.

​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.

​Celma Ann "Sally" Birdsall, Postmaster of Floris, IA 52560, retired April 1951.
Born July 14, 1908
and died August 17, 2018, age 110.


Dorothea M. Watnem, previous Auxiliary Officer, born August 4, 1939 in Fort Dodge, IA and died February 28, 2019, age 79. Husband Bruce Watnem, Retired Postmaster, Pocahontas, IA.

April 15, 2019  Kate Aulner's husband passed away today from a massive heart attack. You will remember Kate had been the Postmaster in Spirit Lake. She just lost her mother the end of February.     Kate Aulner
                                  511 Walnut St
                                  Alexandria SD 57311
Robert "Bob" Wolthuizen, age 60 of Sheldon who passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at Sanford Rock Rapids Medical Center. Arrangements are at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon. October 28, 1958 to April 2, 2019.