Each year, NARFE districts throughout the U.S. hold conventions to meet with other members, conduct officer training and hear from Federation officials. District 14 is one of 15 districts within Texas and is comprised of three chapters: Chapter 1591 - Beeville, Chapter 91 - Corpus Christi and Chapter 2354 - Victoria.
The convention began with welcome remarks by Corpus Christi Mayor Nelda Martinez. She was followed by comments from Joe A. Gonzalez, Nueces County commissioner. District Representative Noemi Galvan conducted the convention from this point on. The morning session included introduction of NARFE officials and important training presentations by Texas Federation officers, Vice President Stan Sartain and South Area Vice President Fran Pantoja.
The afternoon session began with training by National Legislative Representative Sam Pantoja. Chapter reports were given by each chapter president who held the office during 2012. For Beeville, Millie Hammond gave the chapter report. Noemi Galvan gave the overall district report. Ronald G. Wideman was elected as the new District 14 representative. The Victoria chapter will host the 2014 district convention at a date and place to be announced.
NARFE was founded in 1921 with the mission of protecting the earned rights and benefits of America’s active and retired federal workers. The largest federal employee/retiree organization, NARFE has a membership of nearly 400,000 men and women. Texas membership totals about 10,000.
Anyone who is a federal retiree or an active federal employee and lives in the Beeville area is invited to consider joining the Beeville chapter of NARFE. For more information about NARFE, visit the NARFE website at www.narfe.org or call Denzil Dixon 354-5102 or Jim Patzke 358-7376.
The next meeting will be Monday, March 18, 12:30 p.m. at Beeville Dairy Queen meeting room.