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          ***BREAKING NEWS***

          LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY DAYS: from National Retiree Co-President Clara
The Advocacy Days are just around the corner. There will be a legislative meeting on Monday 2/26/17 beginning at 12:45 at the Capitol visitors center auditorium. Please arrive early for security purposes. Tuesday, 2/27, will be an opportunity for individual states to visit their representatives. There are many hotels available in the area. Some are staying at the Renaissance Arlington Capitol View hotel. The hotel is located 1/2 mile from Reagan airport and 6 blocks from the Metro. There is a free hotel shuttle available to and from both the airport and the metro. The phone number is; 703-413-1300. Special government rate at the Renaissance is about $182; AAA rates are $91-$179.

As we know, there is a new congress and anything and everything is on the table so we must stay vigilant and actively involved to keep the USPS intact and protect our earned benefits. We need to remember, whether or not you're in attendance for Advocacy Days, we all should be a part of local meetings in our hometowns with our local state representatives. Please do not hesitate to contact John Olson or me if you have questions or concerns. We're always here for you!

GOLD note: The Crystal City Gateway and Crystal City Marriott (where we have stayed in the past) offers government rates of $182; AAA rates $159-$239. The Metro runs underground in both Crystal City properties.


The national UPMA website needs to be your first source of information during the drastic processes that are currently taking place. Information is changing continuously, and UPMA leaders have promised to keep members informed with factual information as it is available. UPMA is committed to presenting the facts quickly, without putting out information that later may need to be retracted because of accuracy. Go to for the most current facts.





Illinois UPMA is currently seeking Postmasters and Managers who would be willing to serve as PM Reps for their area.  If you are interested, please email or call Ruth Cauble.

"Let us do together what we cannot do alone."


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Positive Thoughts

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.
~ Henry Van Dyke

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If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we are not really living. Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.
~ Gail Sheehy

All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: act as if it were impossible to fail.
~ Dorothea Brande


Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him.
~ Aldous Huxley