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Dear A-PLUS Members and Potential Members,

Hello A-PLUS Family and Friends,

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your National President for the past six months. Iíve met with the National Executive Board and we are off to a great start, with a commitment to work as one team to address the needs of the membership. It is a great opportunity and a huge responsibility to serve as your National President. I need your support and your 2017 Membership to support the goals and objectives of A-PLUS to grow and prosper as an organization.

I hope your summer has been rewarding and enjoyable for you and your family.†As we reflect on 2016, letís keep our thoughts and prayers on A-PLUS and Postal families who were impacted by Hurricane Matthew.†Many of our members live and/or work in areas that were in the path of the hurricane.†As we think about community service projects in the near future, consider projects that will aid victims of the recent hurricane.

I attended the Eastern and Southern Region Conferences in Charlotte, NC and Shreveport, LA.†I was extremely pleased by the level of participation by Postal Executives and managers at both Conferences.†Congratulations to Bobby Shaw, Eastern and James Mitchell, Southern Region Presidents, as well as their conference chairs and committees for two well-planned events.†Both conferences had great general sessions, workshops, speakers, and of course great food!

The 30th Anniversary A-PLUS National Convention will be hosted in Philadelphia, Thursday, April 20 thru Monday, April 24, 2017 at the Renaissance Hotel, in Philadelphia.†On Thursday, we will have a Blood and Marrow Donor Drive in honor of Dot Sharpe. Friday, we will honor the Founding Fathers of A-PLUS for their insight and courage to create our organization.†The Parade of Chapters will be held on Saturday and the 30th Anniversary Celebration Banquet will be on Sunday.†The banquet will be a Black Tie event and promises to be the highlight of the Convention!

The A-PLUS Historical Committee is working on a 30th Year Anniversary Book and we need you to submit your personal reflections of A-PLUS so it will be recorded in the anniversary book.†I appointed Founding Father, Eloise Miller
-Bonner as the A-PLUS National Historian. I asked each Region to†appoint a Regional Historian to†perform the same duties as the National Historian.†Eloise will serve as the chair. Letís welcome her as the National Historian and assist her by providing A-PLUS history at the national, regional and chapter levels.

I hope to see every A-PLUS member at the 30th Anniversary National Convention in Philadelphia. Please register early, as the hotel will fill up quickly. A-PLUS is planning to book the entire hotel for this very special event!

Peace and Blessings,

National President

Message from the Chairman of the Board

Hello A-PLUS,†

Ihumbly accept the nomination as the Chairman of the A-PLUS National Board of Directors.† I am delighted in my selection and grateful for the opportunity to serve the organization that I have been a proud member for 29 years and to have served as a diligent Executive Board member, representing the Western Region, for the past 25 years. † I am filled with a strong sense of pride and honor on being selected.† I am confident and committed to fulfilling the duties of Chairman of the Board and striving to make significant contributions to APLUS and its membership. † I look forward to working with the Board, Regions and Chapters. I fully understand my position as Chairman and readily accept the responsibilities of the position.† During the next 24 months of my tenure, I solemnly agree to: †

  • Accept my legal and fiduciary responsibility to the Board by staying informed about what is going on in the organization;†
  • Ask questions and request information; participate in and take responsibility for making decisions on issues, policies, and other Board matters. †
  • Attend and take charge of all meetings of the board and membership as scheduled and called, unless excused;†
  • Protect and steward the mission of the organization and abide by the constitution and by-laws; †
  • Read and prepare all necessary materials in advance of board and other meetings;†
  • Represent the organization to the general public through my professional, personal, and social networks.† Assist in membership, volunteer, and board member recruitment efforts.†

I pride myself on supporting each board member and believe that we offer an opportunity for our members to learn and grow within the A-PLUS organization.† Realizing that we have a lot of work ahead, I know that we stand prepared to meet all challenges and will maintain and raise the standards and expectations of the organization going forward.† As in the past, I embrace the opportunity to interact with the Executive Board to provide the best possible leadership and to represent A-PLUS in the highest professional manner.† Again, thanks to the Executive Board for my selection and to all members for making A-PLUS a viable organization. †

Awanda Gaines,

Chairman of the Board


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