Auxilary's Report

Gaye Meredith
TSALCA President
618 Royal Oak Drive, Duncanville, TX 75116
214-336-8968 

Dear Auxiliary Member:

I am wishing a Happy Spring to you and your family and hope that this greeting finds you doing well. 

Please note that I have a new phone number:  214-336-8968 and new email address of: gmered@charter.net.

The TSALC/TSALCA State Convention will be on June 26 to 28, 2019 at the Embassy Suites – Denton, 3100 Town Center Trail, Denton, TX  76201.  Phone 940-243-3799.  If you are planning to attend and stay at the Embassy, let the hotel know the Reservation Code: “NALC” to get the group rate of $129/night.  The Cut Off Date for Hotel Reservations is June 20, 2019.  We will need each Auxiliary attending to send a list of your Delegates to Secretary Beatrice Fuentes at 121 NW 11th Street, Dimmitt, TX  79027 by Friday, May 24, 2019.  The Auxiliary Delegates will still need to register with Denton by May 1, 2019 (TSALC 2019 Convention, Mike Cox, P.O. Box 415, Denton, TX  76201) but will not be required to pay the $70.00 registration fee.  If you wish to attend the evening activities of Family Night on Tuesday, June 25, Dinner/Banquet on Wednesday, June 26, and the Night on the Square on Thursday, June 27, please designate on the registration form and pay the set fee of $40.00 by the May 1, 2019 deadline.  If you wish to attend the Veterans/Retiree Breakfast, please designate on the Registration form.  Please use the enclosed registration form that shows “AUXILIARY” registration.  Be sure your registration form states “Auxiliary member” if you use the Union’s registration form.  Each Auxiliary attending is asked to bring a Basket of your choosing to raffle off for our Auxiliary Fundraiser.  All baskets will be appreciated; also, if you want to bring something individually, you are welcome to do so.  We will be having our Auxiliary Luncheon at a restaurant this year on Thursday, June 27 at 11:30a.m.  I would appreciate it If you could let me know if you want to attend the luncheon by May 24, 2019 (so I can make tentative reservations).  No payment will be required up front as you will be paying individually at the restaurant. Also, if you want to participate in the Luncheon Gift Exchange, please bring a wrapped gift of $10.00.  You do not have to be a delegate to attend the Luncheon.  Also, if you know of any deceased members (Auxiliary or Union), please let Linda White, TSALCA VP know at 14411 Suzanna, Amarillo, TX  79119 or call her at 806-290-6576 or email her at:   lswhite.white543@gmail.com.  She will need the Names, City, Branch/Auxiliary #.  The State Memorial Service will be on Friday, June 28 at 8:30a.m.  More Convention/Luncheon details to follow as I get the information and will be sent to the Delegates attending.  Auxiliary Delegate registration will be on Tuesday, June 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, June 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  I hope everyone can attend but if not, you will be in our thoughts. 

There will be a Fall NBA Region 10 School in Corpus Christi over Columbus Day weekend (Oct 11-14, 2019) at the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel, 900 North Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX  78401, phone 1-800-843-6664.  If you are planning to attend, let the hotel know you are with the NALC (Group code:  100819NALCREGIO) to get the group rate.  Room rates are from $121 to $141/room/night depending on the room type.  Cut-off for reservations is Tuesday, September 10, 2019.  The Auxiliary meeting is tentatively scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 13, 2019.  The Executive Board Meeting is tentatively scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 12, 2019. More details to follow as we get closer to the school.   Any Auxiliary member who is attending is welcome to bring a basket or item to raffle for our Auxiliary fundraiser.  Also, you are welcome to attend any of the Training classes being held.

I am, also, happy to inform you that the TSALCA’s Welfare Project is still the Postal Employees’ Relief Fund (PERF).  If you or your Auxiliary is interested in contributing, please send any donations made payable to TSALCA to our Welfare Chairman, Judy Arldt, 7709 Creston Lane, Austin, TX  78752. 

We had a productive meeting at our Spring NBA 10 School in San Marcos in February.  We had 14 members attending, representing 6 Auxiliaries.  We discussed the State convention and the NBA Region 10 Fall School.  We discussed Member Drives that several Local Auxiliaries are having.  We have new application brochures, so if you need any, please let me know and I will send them to you.  We were happy to install two new Local Auxiliary Presidents.  We had a discussion on Empathy in the Auxiliary and how to overcome it.

You should have already received your State Dues/Per Capita forms.  They were due on February 1, 2019.  Please be sure to get your Per Capita of $2.00 per member (50 Year Members do not pay Per Capita or Dues) in to our State Secretary, Beatrice Fuentes as soon as you receive the form.  Her address is 121 NW 11th St, Dimmitt, TX  79027.  Also, if your Local Auxiliary has dues to be paid, be sure to pay them.  Thanks to everyone for your continued support. 

The TX State Legislative Delegation of 50 Letter Carriers went to Washington DC at the end of February to meet with our Congressmen/women and Senators about Postal Issues.  They had successful meetings with most of our representatives’ and senators’ and staffs. 

As Auxiliary members, our voices are important in Washington.  Please use your voice to tell Congress about the right kind of postal reform.  With the right reforms, we can stop seeing service cuts and instead focus on the innovation of the postal service.    Right now, we are focusing on 4 House Resolutions that are the same ones we have been working on from the last session but now that we have the new 116th Session we have new House Resolution numbers.  House Resolution 33 (same as HR 933 from last session) and Senate Resolution 99 is the resolution for USPS anti-privatization.  This resolution is calling on Congress to take all appropriate measures to ensure that the Postal Service remain an independent agency of the federal government and not be subject to privatization.  House Resolution 23 (same as HR 28 from last session) is the resolution to maintain door to door delivery.   House Resolution 54 (same as HR 15 from last session) is the resolution to continue 6-day mail delivery.  House Resolution 60 (same as HR 31 from last session) is the resolution to restore service standards in effect as of July 1, 2012.  We must contact our Congressmen and Senators and let them know where we stand on these issues.  You can call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected with your appropriate representative.  Once connected ask for the House to support resolutions:  HR 23, 33, 54, and 60 and the Senate - SR 99.  The new NALC Fact Sheets for these resolutions are enclosed.   

For more legislative information, you can go directly to our NALC website at www.nalc.org, or you can contact our Regional Legislative and Political Organizer, John Beaumont at 202-340-5145 or email him at beaumont@nalc.org or you can contact TSALCA VP/State Organizer Linda White or you can contact me. 

I am, also, including a copy of the National Auxiliary Officers’ column from the Postal Record for those of you who do not receive a Postal Record.  Unfortunately, we were unable to find an acceptable way for the National to get the information to you, so I will continue to mail them to you.

Please know that you are always in our thoughts and prayers and are thought of lovingly and with gratitude for all that you have done in the past and are doing currently to make this the Great organization that it is.

Thanks for all you have done and thanks, again, in advance for all you are doing to help support our Letter Carriers.

Sincerely,

  

Gaye Meredith
TSALCA President