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Send to Jeff Arment, armeje@mchsi.com,  120 N Main St, Conrad, IA 50621,  or call 641-366-2646
Send to Tom T. McGuire, tmcguire@netamumail.com, 514 N Thorington St., Algona, IA  50511, or call 515-227-9050
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UPMA Interim board members as of 8/20/2016, updated 11/21/2016

Kevin Schwab,  Co-President,     1130 Main St, Ackley IA 50601-1745 (H) 641-847-2066(C) 515-669-9616
    Eldora, IA (O) 641-858-3971     mailman4699@yahoo.com

Dixie Bentley,  Co-President,     1334 Whitetail AveSumner IA 50674(C) 319-240-6289
    Moline IL (O) 309-764-5629     pm61265@gmail.com

Rich Springer,  Co-Secretary/Treasurer,   3131 N 3rd St,     Clinton IA 52732-1643 (H) 563-243-9736 (C) 563-249-4242
    Fulton IL (O) 815-589-2020       moonlightingdj@mchsi.com

Janet Plumb,  Co-Secretary/ Treasurer,  2204 1500th St       Kirkman IA 51447(H) 712-799-4780(C) 712-216-0567
    Denison, IA (O) 712-263-2343     jkplumb@yahoo.com

Janeene Beeman, Interim Board Member, 314 NW Valley View Dr, Grimes IA 50111, (H) 515-986-3965, (C)     712-720-5445, 
    Dallas Center, IA (O) 515-992-3320     jbeeman17@hotmail.com

Ellen Opperman, Interim Board Member,  3503 Shady Ridge Ct,  Davenport IA 52806(C) 563-940-3979
    DeWitt, IA (O) 563-659-3712      eopper1234@hotmail.com

Sheila Ludwikowski, Interim Board Member,  5523 Durant StAmes IA 50014(C) 515-460-7244
    Perry, IA (O) 515-465-3615      ludd99@hotmail.com

Johanna Hill,   Interim Board Member,   PO Box 83Sheldahl IA 50243(H) 515-685-4032(C) 515-229-4918
    Altoona, IA (O) 515-967-2262     lanehill@hotmail.com

Diane Howland, Co-President - Postmasters Retired,  206 W 8th St   Riceville IA 50466   (H) 641-985-2576   (C) 507-272-2239  
    Retired,    dhowland@myomnitel.com

Tom McGuire, Co-President - Postmaster retired, 514 N Thorington St,Algona IA 50511 (H) 515-295-2686(C) 515-227-9050
    Retired,    tmcguire@netamumail.com

Congressional addresses and phone numbers as of December 2016.
Email addresses at senate.gov, 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: house.gov, 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, gibbsbk@hotmail.com  

Dixie Bentley, National Representative for NE, KS, CO and MO
1334 Whitetail Ave, Sumner, IA 50674-9586
(C) 319-240-6289, pm61265@gmail.com  

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 reavisalter@yahoo.com

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 im_all_red@yahoo.com

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

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

1. Call Senators Grassley & Ernst
2. Fall Tour dates & locations
3. DC Legislative Day, February 26 & 27,2018
4. 2018 Iowa UPMA Convention dates 
      & location
4. Adverse Action Representatives
    National     &   Iowa
5. UPMA Interim Board Members
6. Senator's and Representative's addresses
     and     phone numbers.
7. website contact information
8. OPM scam alert 3/22/2017
9. Meetings & Telecoms
10. UPMA Legislative/PAC Telecom slides, October 9, 2017.
2016 to October 31, 2017 UPMA Interim Board meeting and telecom dates

September 14, 2016 Telecom
Discussed the State Paper (name, publisher, and frequency). 2017 State Convention possible location and dates. Board meeting date, financial audits, 2017 budget, and the Iowa by-laws.

October 29 & 30, 2016, Holiday Inn Airport Hotel & Convention Center, Board Meeting

November 18, 2016 Telecom

2017 Iowa UPMA State Convention Program 
Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center
6111 Fleur Dr.
Des Moines, IA 50321 phone (515) 287-2400.

Next telecom in January 2017.

March 2017, The Hawkeye Heartlander will be published by Wilcox Printing, 102 S Main St, PO Box 167, Madrid, IA  50156 as a Periodical.
3/22/2017 UPMA Gold
OPM SCAM ALERT: www.opm.gov 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 www.opm.gov Please share this alert with your federal retiree friends who may not have e-mail.  

UPMA Fall Tour  
Monday, October 23, 2017 to Thursday, October 27, 2017.

Winterset, Monday, October 23, 2017, 
Cherokee, Tuesday, October 24, 2017,
Charles City, Wednesday, October 25, 2017,
Riverside (80 & 218), Thursday, October 26, 2017.
Places: keep in mind airports, Des Moines & Cedar Rapids.

6:00-6:30 PM registration, 6:30 PM supper,  7:00 PM meeting
When the the Registration is determined, you will send payments to 
Rich Springer, Treasurer 
3131 N 3rd St
Clinton, IA 52732 

2018 UPMA Iowa Convention 
Saturday, April 14 to Monday, April 16, 2018
The Hotel at Kirkwood Center
7725 Kirkwood Blvd SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
319-848-8700
Room rate $114.00

2017 UPMA NATIONAL CONVENTION  
Saturday, August 5th – Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Galt House Hotel
140 North 4th Street
Louisville, KY 40202-2910
800-843-4258

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.

  Legislative Advocacy Days 2018, Washington DC
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  

October 9, 2017,  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.

The House Budget Resolution ((H.Con.Res. 71) was approve by the House (219-206) on October 5, 2017. 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.The only programs with money are CSRS, FERS, TSP and FEHBP.