NARFE CHAPTER #2274
Maryland Worcester County Ocean Area
c/o David A. Murdock, Secretary
10000 Coastal Highway, #1604, Ocean City, MD 21842
Chapter President: Arlene Page, 410-352-3749, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chapter Secretary: David A. Murdock, 410-524-1294,
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ACTIVE AND RETIRED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES
(Website updated 08/28/2013)
CHAPTER #2274 MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of NARFE Chapter # 2274 is, in conjunction with NARFE's national organization and the Maryland Federation of NARFE chapters, to protect and defend the earned work- and retirement benefits of all civilian Federal employees in the following ways:
o Support retirement, health benefits and other legislation beneficial to current and future Federal annuitants;
o Oppose legislation contrary to their interests;
o Through monthly Chapter meetings, public appearances, and contacts with officials and media, promote
the general welfare of current and future Federal civilian reetirees and, indirectly, other retirees in Maryland,
and to advise and inform them of their rights under relevant laws and regulations.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF CHAPTER #2274
Chapter #2274's "Founding Father" was a gentleman named Carl G. Foultz, Sr. A World War II veteran, Carl served with the Army in the China-Burma-India theater specializing in meteorology, diesel mechanics and communication. After the war, he was recruited by and spent a career with the Federal Aviation Administration where, among other things, he was responsible for airport infrastructure maintenance and quality control. He retired as a GS-15 Chief Industrial Specialist after 30 years and two months on December 31, 1982, around which time he joined NARFE.
After retirement Carl and his wife of many years, Anna Lucarello Foultz, lived in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Carl became active in the NARFE chapter there and before long found himself elected President. Carl and Anna discovered and fell in love with Ocean Pines, MD and moved there around 1991. Finding that there was no local NARFE chapter conveniently close by, Carl set about organizing one. He literally knocked on doors searching out retired Federal employees. There was an organizational meeting on February 18, 1993, followed by Chapter #2274's first official meeting on March 25, 1993, with 80 attendees.
Chapter #2274, whose current membership numbers around 300, has been going strong ever since. Our members come from Ocean City and Ocean Pines, MD and from adjoining areas including from Wicomico County, MD and a few people from southern Delaware. Our Chapter Presidents have been:
Carl G. Foultz, 1993-1997
D. Thomas Longo, Jr., 1997-1999
Robert D. Munsey, 1999-2001
Frank Altobelli, 2001-2005
Barbara A. Richardson, 2005-2007
Daniel H. McGrath, 2007-2011
Arlene Page, 2011-present
Our Founding President, Carl Foultz, died on April 2, 2010 at the age of 86. He was interred with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery on July 1, 2010. Anna Foultz remains active with the Chapter, currrently as our Program Chairperson.
Anna and Carl Foultz at an Alzheimer's fundraising gala in 2002.
WHY JOIN NARFE?
NARFE is the only national organization devoted to protecting the earned benefits of all active and retired Federal civilian employees. Cost of Living allowances (COLA's), Social Security including Medicare and Medicaid, and Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) health insurance are among the issues in which we have a shared interest and which are at constant risk of being eroded because of political or alleged budgetary reasons. In the present budget-deficit climate, not only is it more difficult to seek improved benefits, NARFE must and has waged an intensive, defensive campaign to preserve what we already have. NARFE has been successful in this. Despite various proposals in recent years, we haven't lost anything (yet).
NARFE is well worth the modest annual dues, which are akin to an insurance premium toward the protection of your own earned benefits, including especially your retirement benefits. NARFE's effectively targeted lobbying efforts on our behalf are vital. NARFE is also a bargain. For example, NARFE's superb, tightly focused monthly magazine is an invaluable source of information on our issues and is by itself worth the annual dues.
No one else can fill NARFE's shoes. No one else will go to bat for us. But for NARFE, YOU would be worse off! NARFE needs you and you need it.
To join NARFE or to receive further information, please contact Chapter President Arlene Page at the phone number or email address shown at the top of this site, or use the "Contact Us" button there. You may also go to NARFE National Headquarters' website at www.narfe.org.
WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME AT CHAPTER #2274?
Your NARFE membership affords the opportunity to attend non-obligatory monthly chapter meetings. Attendance is totally voluntary, but NARFE's chapters are its grass roots. Chapter participation is the best way to make your voice heard in the organization. Also, the meetings are a good opportunity to socialize, to be updated on current NARFE issues, and to engage in interchange with interesting invited speakers. When you join NARFE you will receive a monthly newsletter, "The Coast Line," from our local chapter.
Plus, our meetings are just plain fun. We also organize chapter picnics, outings, excursions and events, and an annual Holiday Party in December which too are fun. Our chapter usually meets on the fourth Thursday of each month (except January) at a local restaurant, currently The Woodlands in Ocean Pines, Maryland. The meetings are announced in the chapter "Coast Line" newsletter each month. They include an optional luncheon at reasonable cost. Reservations are made in advance via a coupon in the newsletter.
Chapter 2274 Officers Elect (l to r) David Murdock, Secretary; Eleanor Kaul, Vice President; Arlene Page, President; and Jack Scott, Treasurer
Former Chapter President and Maryland Federation President, Dan McGrath and Arlene Page Chapter 2274 President, man the NARFE table at the Ocean Pines 45th Anniversary Celebration in August 2013.
Chapter #2274's first four Presidents pictured with a guest at our 10th anniversary celebration in 2003. (l-r) Frank Altobelli, Bob Munsey, MD Federation of NARFE Chapters President Ron Bowers, Tom Longo, Carl Foultz.
(l to r) Anna Foultz, Program Officer; Anne Healy, Acc't Rep, Blue Cross/Blue Shield; and Arlene Page, President, Chapter 2274 (August 22, 2013)
Chapter members (l) Joyce Constant (Quilt Maker) and Jo Fortney present quilt raffled off to benefit the Alzheimer's Fund at the NARFE Convention in Ocean City, Maryland, May 2013.
Chapter #2274 members on a Field Trip to NASA's Wallops Island facility located in Wallops Island, VA. Arlene Page, Chapter President, is second from the left 1st row; Steve Habeger, Organizer of the trip, 3rd row, 3rd from left; and Anna Foultz, 2nd row (orange top), Co-organizer.