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November 6, 2020 Update from Dan Heins, UPMA National President

Posted by Frank Augustosky on 11/06/20

Friday Message – November 6, 2020 

Last Friday at the National Convention in St. Louis we had five individuals that were given time on the agenda to make some introductory remarks regarding their candidacies for National Office for the election that will take place in 2021.     With the adoption of the bylaw change that has us now electing one vice president each year from four different areas instead of two from the east and the west as we had in the past, we have the following candidates who have announced:

East (Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, and West Virginia) – Announced Candidate is Jeff Lightner from Pennsylvania.

North (Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) – Announced Candidate is Mari Beth Kirkland from Ohio.

South (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas) – Announced Candidate is Greg Nors from Texas.

West (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii/Pacific Islands, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming) – Announced Candidate is Katie Evertsen from Utah.

National President: The announced candidate is Edmund Carley from Illinois.

If you wish to run for one of these offices, please let us know at the National Office so that we can make sure you are included when we offer the opportunity for the candidates to have a free information piece in an upcoming issue of the UPMA Leader magazine.

Congratulations to those individuals that were elected to positions on the National Executive Board at the convention.   They include: Susan Rice from Alabama as National Secretary-Treasurer; Dan Leonard from New York and Tammy Powell from South Carolina as National Vice Presidents from the East and Jim Dunlap from Colorado and Jim Maher from Missouri as National Vice Presidents from the West.

Also during the convention, the proposed changes to the UPMA Articles of Incorporation and the UPMA National Bylaws were voted on.   The following changes were adopted: Articles of Incorporation changes #1, #2, #3, and #5; UPMA National Bylaws changes #1, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, and #14.   The remaining proposed changes to the bylaws did not have sufficient votes to be adopted: changes #12, #13, #15, #16, #19, #21, and #22.    Articles change #2 and Bylaws changes #2, #17, #18, and #20 were withdrawn by the submitters prior to consideration at the convention.    All the changes are still posted on the national website unitedpma.org, if you want to take a look at them.   The updated Articles of Incorporation and the National Bylaws will be published in an upcoming issue of the UPMA Leader and will be posted on our website.   Please note that any proposed changes for consideration next year need to be submitted to the National Office by February 1, 2021.    

During the convention Nicole Standly and Federal Employee Service Association (FESA) provided a generous contribution toward our breakfast on Friday morning.    We are very grateful for their support of our convention and extend a big thank you.   Also, we want to thank Blue Cross/Blue Shield for supplying us with bags and supplies including hand sanitizer that were distributed to all those in attendance.   I want to thank the Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy for being with us as well.  

This coming Wednesday the United States pauses to thank everyone that has served and that is currently serving in our military by observing Veterans Day.    As we are all aware it is because of the men and women that have served and are now serving that give us the right as citizens of this great country to have the freedom to honor our own during this time.    The important thing to remember is that we not just thank our veterans one day a year, but that we thank them every day.     For so many individuals and families it is a tremendous sacrifice that these individuals have given to allow us to do what we do on a daily basis.    For some, they have given the ultimate sacrifice of laying down their lives for this country and for us and we appreciate that very much.  We pause to remember those fallen heroes at this time.    Thank you all so much!

On Thursday we had a National Election Mail Task Force meeting and while Election Day has come and gone, our efforts are still ongoing.   Continue to monitor for political mail and handle all mail and ballots as instructed by your district and the Postal Service.    Overall, the reports were very positive on how you and your employees handled the election mail this year.    On Tuesday, I received a phone call from the Postmaster General wanting to express his thanks to all of our UPMA members for their efforts in handling this challenging situation and for rising to the occasion to get the job done for the American public.    Let me add my sincere thanks, as well!   It truly was a job well done from the reports I am receiving.

As always, stay safe, practice proper COVID precautions and take care of yourselves, your families, and your coworkers during these challenging times.

Thank you,

Dan Heins
National President