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UPMA Members and Retirees. To have an event or pictures posted on this website,
Send to Jeff Arment,,  120 N Main St, Conrad, IA 50621,  or call 641-366-2646
Send to Tom T. McGuire,, 514 N Thorington St., Algona, IA  50511, or call 515-227-9050
  UPMA National website, or
   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 December 2016.
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
721 Federal Building, 210 Walnut St, Des Moines, IA 50309, phone 515-288-1145

Senator Joni Ernst 
825 B/C Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510, Phone 202-224-3254
733 Federal Building, 210 Walnut St, Des Moines IA 50309, phone 515-284-4574

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

Congressman Rod Blum, First District, northeast Iowa
213 Cannon House Office Building, Washington DC 20515, phone 202-225-2911
310 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401, phone 319-364-2288
1050 Main St, Dubuque, IA 52001, phone 563-557-7789

Congressman Dave Loebsack, Second District, southeast Iowa
1527 Longworth House Office Bldg, Washington DC 20515, phone 202-225-6576
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 David Young, Third District, southwest Iowa
515 Cannon House Office Bldg, Washington DC 20515, Phone: 202-225-5476

208 West Taylor St., Creston IA 50801, phone 641-782-2495
501 5th Ave., Council Bluff, IA 51503, phone 712-325-1404
2700 Grand Ave, Suite 109, Des Moines IA 50312, phone 515-282-1909

Congressman Steve King, Fourth District, northwest Iowa
2210 Rayburn House Office Bldg, Washington DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-4426
1421S 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
306 Grand Ave, PO Box 650, Spencer, IA 51301, phone 712-580-7754
526 Nebraska St, Sioux City, IA 51101, phone 712-224-4692

​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.

Brenda K. Gibbs, National Representative for IA, ND and SD
PO Box 445, Garnavillo IA 52049-0445
(H) 563-964-2178, (C) 563-880-9490,  

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

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

Amy Quick, Iowa Adverse Action Coordinator, Belle Plaine, IA Post Office
 513 Main St, Kelloge IA 50135  
(C) 641-521-9822, (O) 319-444-2340

Jaqueline Coyle, Iowa Adverse Action Coordinator, Cresco, IA Post Office
(O) 563-547-3780, (C) 507-951-8112

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

2018 UPMA National Convention, Reno, NV
     July 21 - 27, 2018
2018 Iowa Board Meeting
     Quality Inn & Suites, Ames, IA
     July 14 & 15, 2018
​2018 Fall Tour

2019 Legislative Days, Washington, DC
     January 28 & 29, 2019
2019 Iowa UPMA Convention
   Quality Inn & Suites, Ames, IA
   April 6, 7, & 8, 2019,  Sat., Sun. & Mon.

- 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

     Past events
Iowa UPMA 2018 State Convention
    The Hotel Kirkwood, Cedar Rapids, IA
    was April 14 - 16, 2018
- 2018 Legislative Days, Washington, DC
    was February 26 & 27, 2018 
Executive  Board Meeting
January 20 - 21, 2018
The Hotel at Kirkwood Center
7725 Kirkwood Blvd SW
Cedar Rapids IA 52404

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.  

2nd UPMA National Convention
Reno, Nevada
July 21st - 27th, 2018

Nugget Casino Resort
1100 Nugget Avenue
Sparks, NV 89431
800-648-1177,    Group code:  GUPMA18
Request the UPMA Convention Rate
$90 – single/double/triple/quad

Registration for Postmasters: $215.00 to $265.00
UPMA Retired & Guest with Retired Luncheon included: $186.25 to $223.75
Auxiliary/Spouse/Guest: $161.25 to $198.75
Grand Banquet: July 26, 2018

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.

  Eight Iowa Postmasters and Retirees attend the 2018 Legislative Advocacy Days in Washington DC on February 26 and 27. After listening to Senators, Representatives, the Deputy Postmaster General, and Megan Brennan, Postmaster General on Monday, we went to every elected official's office to meet with their staff and meet with Congressman David Young on Tuesday. It will help if you could contact your Representative and Senators to urge support for HR 756.

March 27, 2018 update.
Please contact your House Representatives about supporting HR 756 and your Senators to support S 2629.
Iowa UPMA Retired Officers elected 4/22/2017
Tom McGuire, Iowa Retired President,  514 N Thorington St, Algona IA 505115514 N Thorington St, Algona IA 50511
(H) 515-295-2686, (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 6, 7, 8, 2019, Sat., Sun., & Mon.
Quality Inn & Suites Starlite Village
2601 E. 13th St, Ames, IA 50010
Mary Alvestad, wife of Dale Alvestad past National Postmaster President died recently.

The Memorial Service will be on Saturday, June 30, at 10:30 a.m. at 
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
30 James River Road
Kimberling City, MO 65686 417-739-4357

Dale Alvestad
33 West Rim Rd.  
Kimberling City, Missouri 65686

Anoka Stratton, wife of Jack Stratton died on April 25, 2018. She was born on December 1, 1924.
A celebration of life service will be at the Collins Community Center, Collins, IA 50055 on July 25, 2018.
From Bob Levi, 7/17/2018

Phone Script Requesting Cosponsorship of H.Res. 993, a measure Opposing Privatizing the US Postal Service 

This call should be made to members of the House of Representatives.

Capitol Switchboard 202-224-3121

I’m calling to ask Representative ____________ to cosponsor House Resolution 993, bipartisan legislation expressing the sense of Congress to sustain the Postal Service as a government entity and to oppose efforts to privatize it. Rep. Steve Lynch (D-MA) and Rodney Davis (R-IL) introduced H.Res. 993.  

A recent White House proposal to privatize the Postal Service would destroy universal mail service, raise postage rates and gut essential services to rural America and other postal reliant communities. 

If the Congressman has any questions, please have him/her call me back. My phone number is ___________. 

Please let me (Bob Levi, ) know when Representative signs on to the bill.