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1 NARFE Membership Options eNARFE & Zip-Code based chapters

2 A NARFE member is a NARFE member no matter what chapter they choose to belong and NARFE needs the support of every member we can recruit and retain now, more than ever!

3 Life is full of choices  When you want ice cream, there are choices  When you want to buy a car, there are choices  When you want to go out for dinner, there are choices  The key word is “Choice”. NARFE 2012 Membership Options Presented by eNARFE Florida (www.eNARFEFL.net)

4 A little history  All new NARFE members have been required to belong to a chapter and pay Chapter Dues in addition to National Dues for several years  Mandatory Chapter Membership, as it is, forces members to pay chapter dues even when over 95% of NARFE members are passive and do not take advantage of chapter activities. NARFE 2012 Membership Options Presented by eNARFE Florida (www.eNARFEFL.net)

5 Often heard  All I want from NARFE is:  My retirement benefits protected  The magazine NARFE 2012 Membership Options Presented by eNARFE Florida (www.eNARFEFL.net)

6 In order to survive  NARFE needed to offer another membership option for those looking for something fitting their lifestyle  In late 2010, the NARFE NEB authorized eNARFE, the electronic chapter, as a new option within the requirement for Mandatory Chapter Membership NARFE 2012 Membership Options Presented by eNARFE Florida (www.eNARFEFL.net)

7 eNARFE option made available to every Federation  The Virginia Federation, at the request of NARFE HQ, was the first to set up an eNARFE Chapter, Chapter 2363, and then NARFE HQ took it over NARFE 2012 Membership Options Presented by eNARFE Florida (www.eNARFEFL.net)

8 eNARFE in Florida  NARFE Florida, Inc., was the 2 nd Federation a few months later with eNARFE Florida Chapter 2364  eNARFE Florida is not operated by HQ staff, it is operated by NARFE members in Florida, and  Remains the only state operated eNARFE chapter  eNARFE Florida is open to any NARFE member in the world with an address NARFE 2012 Membership Options Presented by eNARFE Florida (www.eNARFEFL.net)

9 After a year of experience  eNARFE Florida is proving to be a great recruiting option, and  A great retention option which  Provides current zip-code based chapter members an alternative choice that prevents them from dropping their NARFE membership NARFE 2012 Membership Options Presented by eNARFE Florida (www.eNARFEFL.net)

10 How does eNARFE differ from a zip- code based chapter?  eNARFE has no face-to-face meetings or social functions  eNARFE has no newsletter  eNARFE has an active website with blogs  eNARFE Florida bylaws require members to provide NARFE an address  eNARFE Florida has $0 chapter dues NARFE 2012 Membership Options Presented by eNARFE Florida (www.eNARFEFL.net)

11 eNARFE communicates frequently  eNARFE communicates up-to-date information to its members frequently using NARFE’s internal system (now available to all chapters in OAM), its website, its blogs, and periodic teleconferences  The info eNARFE provides on its website is available 24 hours a day through the internet  For an eNARFE member, Retirement Life Magazine is the only hard-copy form of communications NARFE 2012 Membership Options Presented by eNARFE Florida (www.eNARFEFL.net)

12 How much does it cost to be a member of eNARFE Florida?  eNARFE Florida’s National Membership Fee is $40 a year  $34 for retired members who are on Dues Withholding  This is the same cost as National Dues for any zip-code based chapter after the first year  eNARFE Florida Chapter dues are $0  Dues for eNARFE Chapter 2363 also are $0  So, the total annual cost of membership in eNARFE Florida is $40 a year, or $34 if retired on DW NARFE 2012 Membership Options Presented by eNARFE Florida (www.eNARFEFL.net)

13 How can eNARFE Florida operate without chapter dues?  NARFE Florida, Inc. supplied it with start-up funds  Like any chapter can do:  eNARFE Florida applied for and received Chapter Assistance funds for recruiting, retention and PR, from NARFE Florida, Inc. (Florida Federation)  eNARFE Florida applied for and received Matching Funds from HQ for recruiting and public relations  eNARFE Florida sells advertising on its website NARFE 2012 Membership Options Presented by eNARFE Florida (www.eNARFEFL.net)

14 eNARFE has minimal targeted expenses  eNARFE Florida’s overhead expenses are minimal and targeted almost exclusively to recruiting and retention…Why?  HQ has not printed any eNARFE recruiting or retention collateral or applications  Until HQ does, eNARFE Florida finds it necessary to print its own collateral and transfer form NARFE 2012 Membership Options Presented by eNARFE Florida (www.eNARFEFL.net)

15 eNARFE Florida is not just for its members  eNARFE Florida is part of NARFE Florida, Inc.  eNARFE Florida is not in a District  Oversight is provided by the Executive VP  All NARFE members have access to the eNARFE Florida website,  Except for its blogs, which are limited to its members NARFE 2012 Membership Options Presented by eNARFE Florida (www.eNARFEFL.net)

16  Your last name and NARFE ID number are all that is needed for any NARFE member to enter and see the eNARFE Florida website,  If someone goes to our website without a NARFE ID, they will only be able to see part of our website NARFE 2012 Membership Options Presented by eNARFE Florida (www.eNARFEFL.net)

17  Except for EVP Pappa, eNARFE Florida, like eNARFE Chapter 2363 has no Associate Members…Why?  NARFE HQ’s member database does not capture AM information, and eNARFE Florida only has one database, the HQ database  If and when HQ starts to gather AM data, AMs in eNARFE may become an option NARFE 2012 Membership Options Presented by eNARFE Florida (www.eNARFEFL.net) No eNARFE Associate members?

18  A member can be a member of eNARFE Florida and an AM of a zip-code based chapter if the chapter has AMs and the member wants to continue to be involved in the social or other aspects of one or more zip-code chapters  In that way, the member has access to all the up-to-date s sent…and the eNARFE Florida blogs  The AM would still have to pay chapter dues to the Chapter where they are an AM  Several of our members have done this! NARFE 2012 Membership Options Presented by eNARFE Florida (www.eNARFEFL.net) Want to enjoy all that eNARFE has to offer, and a zip-code based chapter, too?

19 Recruit for NARFE – not your chapter!  eNARFE Florida is an option for current and potential members to be a NARFE member in a manner which may better suit their lifestyle  Alternately, current and potential members may want the social interaction of a zip-code based chapter  Either way, members and potential members are entitled to know their options NARFE 2012 Membership Options Presented by eNARFE Florida (www.eNARFEFL.net)

20  Marc Harris at  Ben Pappa at NARFE 2012 Membership Options Presented by eNARFE Florida (www.eNARFEFL.net) For more information

21 A NARFE member is a NARFE member no matter what chapter they choose to belong and NARFE needs the support of every member we can recruit and retain now, more than ever!


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