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Dear A-PLUS Members and Potential Members,

I wish each of you and your families a wonderful 2016. As we reflect on 2015 we collectively count our blessings while we redirect, focus and Pray for the families who were victims of tragedies. The 2016 National Convention theme, Eyes Wide Open (Reflecting & Connecting You) gives a new meaning to what is happening in the world today. The Convention will assist you in assessing what is needed to be productive as employees of the United States Postal Service and as members of A-PLUS.

Our outlook and focus is to remain positive as we remember the tragedies in the world. We look forward to new beginnings, while remaining vigilant and aware of our surroundings. We must remember to live each second like it is our last and take every opportunity to develop ourselves and adapt to what is needed now to equip ourselves with the necessary tools needed to be an asset in our positions.

This is an election year for A-PLUS and we have a slate of officers eager and ready to serve as leaders on the Executive Board for 2016-2018. Show your support by returning your ballots timely and attending the National Convention. I am personally inviting you to the 29th National Convention in Las Vegas, NV April 24th April 28th. The start of the convention is Tuesday, April 26th, 2016. Make reservations at the RIO Hotel, (all rooms are suites), located at 3700 W. Flamingo Rd., in Las Vegas, NV 89103-4043. You can make reservations using the website https://resweb.passkey.com/go/SRNAP6 and use the A-PLUS Code which is SRNAP6. The hotel has a reduced room rate of $59.00 plus a daily resort fee of $25.00 and tax. All reservations will require your credit cards to be charged one night in advance, cancellations must be made within 72 hours prior to your scheduled arrival date. The hotel prefers we make all reservations via internet website provided. For those needing to dial the hotel directly the telephone number is 702-667-1667. The Western Region is the host, Convention Chairperson Awanda Hampton Gaines, Co-Chair Barbara Salmond. The Convention theme is, Eyes Wide Open Reflecting & Connecting You. Bring your families and explore all that Las Vegas has to offer by combining your vacation with the Convention. Please put your Annual Leave request in early, (convention planned during the week to obtain reduced room rates). Secure airline tickets early for best rates.

A-PLUS always takes this time of the year to request that our membership provide coats, blankets, and socks for those less fortunate and donate items to your Homeless Shelters under the name of A-PLUS. I look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas! Go on Facebook A-PLUS and let me know you will be attending the 29th National Convention. We promise to make sure nothing is overlooked and guarantee that this will be the convention of the year. Your attendance will make it a memorable event with:

Eyes Wide Open - Reflecting & Connecting You

See you in Vegas at the 29th National Convention,

Debbie Ector
National President

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