My Civil Service career began in Augusta, Georgia in 1971 when I was hired as an Air Traffic Controller for the Federal Aviation Administration. After a few years I moved to Atlanta and then to Chattanooga, Tennessee where I retired as an air traffic supervisor in 2003. During my career I was an on the job training instructor for many newly hired controllers, served on several committees concerning air traffic procedures, and as an additional duty was an EEO complaints investigator for the Office of Civil Rights.
Having grown up in Washington, D.C. and Long Island, N.Y. it was an easy decision to move east to Virginia to be closer to my two daughters and five grandchildren who live in northern N.J. and Norfolk, VA.
My first information about NARFE came in the mail a few months after my retirement. I immediately joined the Chattanooga chapter and eventually became the newsletter editor. After moving to Virginia I transferred to Williamsburg chapter 685 where I have served as secretary, newsletter editor, president and currently as treasurer. In the VFC I have been on the by-laws, resolutions and election committees. I have attended the national conventions since joining NARFE and served on the membership committee for the 2014 convention in Orlando.
I volunteer as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children and serve as president of my local homeowners’ association. Through my church I participate in preparing meals and providing shelter for the homeless and sing in the choir. During tax season I am a volunteer tax preparer for VITA. In my spare time I enjoy travel, going to shows, swimming, and playing tennis.
Area I, serving more than 1,350 NARFE members, consists of the following four chapters in the Tidewater area:
- 682 PENINSULA
Chapter 682 meetings are held on the second Monday of each month. Meetings are held at the Midtown Community center, 570 McLawhorne Dr, Newport News from 10:30 AM until 12 PM.
- 685 WILLIAMSBURG Chapter 685 meets the second Tuesday of the month September -May at the Colonial Heritage Club House, 6500 Arhtur Hills Dr. Williamsburg, VA. Registration and a social hour start at 11:00am and lunch is served at 11:30. A program and business meeting follow lunch. A chapter picnic is held in June and a breakfast in August. The December meeting is a holiday dinner.
- 1757 MIDDLE PENINSULA
Meets on the third Thursday of each month at Olivia’s Restaurant on Rt 17, Gloucester except for July, August and December at 11:30.
- 1823 NORTHERN NECK
Meets 1st Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. (May and December at noon). To share the driving burden among chapter members, meetings are held at various locations throughout the year (e.g. Wicomico Episcopal Church, Lowery’s in Tappahannock, or the Kilmarnock Library.)