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1 Virginia Federation of Chapters (VFC) STRATEGIC PLAN April 2013

2 VFC STRATEGIC PLAN COMMITTEE MEMBERS Richard Giangerelli, VFC 1 st Vice President Kathy Arpa, VFC 2 nd Vice President Pierce Johnson, VFC Area IX AVP Gaston Gianni, VFC Public Relations Chair Bob Brady, VFC Chaplain Kitty Price, Middle Peninsula-Gloucester Chapter

3 Idea for Strategic Plan – April 2010 Chapters submit ideas for plan – Summer 2010 Strategic Plan Inventory – May 2011 (Fourteen categories – 145 items) Review of inventory – May/June 2011 Top 13 items identified – July 2011 Strategic Plan presented – April 2012 Strategic Plan revised – October 2012 Strategic Plan approved by VFC Board – January 2013 ADMINISTRATION & OPERATIONS Communications with chapters and area VPs needs to be improved Need better description of VFC officers responsibilities Consolidated listing of chapter officers and contact information Committee to review and update VFC bylaws Committee to review and update VFC policies and procedures Review Area VP boundaries with a view of cutting down travel Create Area VP jurisdictions to coincide with VAs 11 Congressional Districts Institute a Civility Code of Conduct for all meetings and interactions Too much emphasis on raising money, should only focus on dues, NARFE PAC, and VA PAC Monitor chapters (develop indicators of a strong chapter) No contests for raising money More effective help for at risk chapters Article on what has NARFE done for you lately Permit Chapters to merge rather than close Strive for stability and continuity in the State Board (Officers and Committees), i.e.; Membership, Alzheimers, Public Relations enabling Chapters to get the help they need. In lieu of the type of reporting VPs do during State Board meetings, change the Area Vice Presidents meeting to focus on airing problems Chapters in their areas are experiencing and what we collectively can do to help them or sharing things the Chapters are doing that work in solving these problems. Develop an SOP for putting on the VFC Convention Develop a policy and guide on letting Chapters merge TRAINING Training of leadersVFC and Chapters (NARFE UniversityRegion V) Training for Area VPs On line training programs/IT Provide the funds needed to carry out Area workshops annually. Teach Chapter nominating committees to be active all year round in their search for Candidates to fill offices, especially the top two. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Need to plan for moving to the electronic world Create internet chapters Expand the capabilities of our web site Web page –modernize and expand capabilities for chapters Training /guidance for building a modern chapter web site addresses (need to get more of our members to sign up) Dues information on the VFC web site ADMININTRATION & OPERATIONS- TRESURER Fiscal Accountability & Transparency to Chapters An efficient VFC Annual Audit AREA VPs/TRAINING Conduct Functional meetings with chapter leaders, i.e.; legislation, membership, etc. More effective way to exchange best practices within and among Area VPs Help for chapters who are having difficulty with leader succession ALZHEIMERS Every chapter should have an Alzheimer's Chairperson By January 1, 2015, exceed $100,000 collected in donations from VFC members Each chapter should have at least one fund- raiser for Alzheimer's contributions On a chapter-by-chapter basis, establish an outreach program. With Service Officers' assistance, identify Alzheimer's patients, give support to the families of patients, including literature and visitations Make the public aware of Alzheimer's disease and the efforts NARFE puts forth monetarily for research MEMBERSHIP Plan for attracting and retaining Active employees(use of more incentives) Making membership reports more user friendly Share tools to better manage membership, i.e., generating letters, tracking members, getting addresses,(currently only about 25% are in GEMS) Retention--Need a consolidated VFC action plan to approach this effort Dues withholding action plan Need information on numbers and locations (by chapter area) of active employees Get active employees involved in chapters Membership Chair needs to focus on these issues. MEMBERSHIP TRAINING Encourage all Chapters to develop a recruiting plan and assist them in doing so. Conduct an Area workshop (of at least four hours) each year involving three persons per Chapter focusing on topics Chapters select. Chapter training focusing on topics Chapters select. Help each Chapter develop an officer succession program for Presidents and Vice Presidents so that each President and or Vice President will not serve more than 2 terms. NATIONAL LEGISLATION Develop and use an organizational structure among areas and chapters Automated system for raising and tracking PAC funds Broaden support for NARFE in BOTH parties Greater VFC financial support for Area VPs to attend National Legislative Training STATE LEGISLATION Develop and use an organizational structure among areas and chapters Education on need for State Pac Funds SERVICE OFFICER Need more and timely training for Officers Use the web site to post current information and issues and to keep chapters current Articles for inclusion in chapter newsletters PUBLIC RELATIONS Develop plan to get NARFE message out to VA public media More community outreach Better branding of NARFE and VFC to get more membership (active and retired) Advertising NARFE Making the time and place of the meetings known through announcements in the local newspapers (which we currently do) and on local radio. Placing information about NARFE in work areas of Federal employees, e.g., Post Offices, Social Security Offices, Veterans clinics, etc. Setting up booths at various public events to provide information to all retired Federal employees in this area. VFC CONVENTIONS Add VFC/Chapter training components Why every year? NEWSLETTER/WEBSITES Create an award(s) for best newsletters and websites History of Strategic Plan 3

4 Vision Reverse the trend of declining membership. Mission Develop and sustain productive chapters through advisory support and resource allocations.

5 Values Enhance the lives of active and retired federal employees through legislative advocacy and collaboration with other similarly motivated organizations.

6 Recruit and retain members. Increase member participation in dues withholding from 12.37% to14%. Increase advocacy intensity on national and state legislation. Increase member participation in GEMS from 35.7% to 40%. Establish mutually beneficial relationships with other organizations. Objectives

7 Strategies

8 Recruitment Encourage and assist chapters in developing a recruitment plan. Reach out to active employees. Reach out to prospective retired members. Retention Use a systematic approach to avoid membership lapses. Use personal contact to retain members. Encourage dues withholding. Membership

9 Member Involvement Encourage members to join program committees to get more involved in chapter activities. Membership (cont.)

10 At a minimum, continue biennial officer training. Use area meetings for training officers in off years. Expand training at state convention. Ensure maximum participation in biennial legislative training Training

11 Respond to NARFE HQ calls for action on specific legislation. Participate in local congressional town halls and office visits. Encourage chapters to submit ideas to help develop a robust state legislation plan. Personally deliver legislative plans to local members of Virginia General Assembly. Legislative Advocacy

12 Encourage more members to submit addresses to NARFE HQ. Update and maintain VFC web site. Continue to mail chapter newsletters to members who do not have computer capability. Continue PERSONAL contact (telephone calls) with members who have been sent renewal notices and those whose membership has dropped. Communications

13 Conduct quarterly assessments of all objectives. VFC

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