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The 2020 Ohio State Convention, May 14-17,
has been cancelled as of 4/4/2020.
Ohio's awesome, hard working, Convention Chair, Tracy Canby, was notified this afternoon. The Summit in Cincinnati will not be booking anything until July. While we are disappointed, however this was the best case scenerio for the Ohio Chapter. It released our chapter of a lot of financial obligation, on the Ohio Chapters part. So at this point, sit tight. The executive board will meet this week to decide what the 2020 format will be for our State convention.
There is discussion about holding a "mini" convention, somewhere on a Saturday and Sunday once this all lifts. Example, the Dalton Center, or a hotel with a large meeting room. We would only conduct required business and hold off on all the fun stuff. Well, maybe some fun in the evenings. Suggestions are welcomed.
On the National level, Gerri Swarm and Dan Heins tried to get the St. Louis Convention center to postpone the dates, however they would not. So right now, St. Loius is a go. A lot of uncertainty right now but please know your Exevutive board, and the convention chair, is on top of all this.
Please visit the website every couple of days for updates. Thank you Jordan Davenport for being the most awesome webmaster, for all of us.
Stay safe and healthy, and God Bless. Enjoy springtime. Alot can be taken from us, however, this cannot take
away the wonders and beauty of spring.
Happy Spring and Happy Easter
As you have heard many times we are definitely in uncharted waters as far as this current pandemic is concerned. For those of you that have been with the Postal Service for a number of years we have had many different challenges but none, in my opinion, have risen to the level that this one has. In talking with many of you and hearing the stories about the challenges you are facing, my heart goes out to you and I pray for strength, understanding and patience for all of you.
In the meantime, make sure that you are practicing social distancing, frequent hand washing and all the other precautions that you are encouraged to take. As I have stated previously and will continue to tell you; what you do everyday matters to the American public and cannot be minimized. Thank you for all you do and thank you to all your employees that are helping to keep the mail moving and getting the mail delivered on a daily basis.
In the meantime, it is very important that you continue to send updates on PPE shortages and any other operational issues related to the coronavirus to your state chapter president.
Dan Heins 4/3/20
Good Morning! 3/20/2020
In looking at all of the reports that are coming out and all of the changes and closures that businesses throughout the country are making, I have made a decision that we will be taking steps to protect those of us that work here at the national office. As of tomorrow, March 21, 2020, the national office will remain open, but we will have limited staff on site. Normally, there will be one person on site during normal business hours, Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM with varying times for lunch breaks, of course. The remainder of the staff, including me, will be teleworking and will be available on our cell phones, or via email if you need to reach us. So, if you call the national office and do not get an answer, you can either leave a message, or you can reach out to us via cell phone numbers, or email, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. At this time, we have no way of knowing how long this will last, but we will send out messaging and keep up to date postings on the website as the situation changes.
NOTE: The best way to communicate with us, will be via email.
Daniel M. Heins
United Postmasters and Managers of America
8 Herbert Street
Alexandria, VA 22305
We are just returning from our Legislative Summit in Washington, DC. If you were not in attendance you missed out on a lot of information. I challenge you to join us next year!!! We had a record for attendees at 420!!!! We had very good weather which was a bonus because we have been there when it is very cold and snowy.
We were fortunate and honored to have Postmaster General Megan Brennan speak to us and even answered questions from the audience.
She started by congratulating us for a great peak season, she appreciates all of our hard work to deliver a record breaking number of packages during our Christmas season. Our delivery scores are doing very well.
Then she went on to remind us just how important it is for us to connect with our customers and bring in new revenue. We have generated a lot of new $$$$ for U.S.P.S.
Ms. Brennan told us that we REALLY need Postal Reform and without it U.S.P.S will run out of cash in about three or four years and we will not be able to pay our bills.
She encouraged us to talk to our Representatives and Congressmen to make responsible legislation a reality.
Retirees President Jack Wilkinson invited Ms. Brennan to join UPMA as a retiree and I am happy to tell you that Ms Brennan is the newest member of UPMA!!!
We also had Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Strohman talk to us about our purpose during our Legislative Summit.
We need your help to be successful!!! We need you to be involved!!!
Some of the issues that we need help with from Congress is :
Universal service for all communities
Maintaining an independent Postal Service
Remaining the delivery partner of choice for American small businesses
If you have questions on how you can participate please contact myself or our executive board members.
Take Care and God Bless you,
Deb Justice, President, Ohio Chapter UPMA
Ohio brought it home today in Uncasville, Connecticut. We bid the UPMA National Convention 2021 to be held, at Kalahari in Sandusky, Ohio. We competed against Orlando, Florida. We took it by a long shot. 464 to 1065! It is very exciting.
We want to thank everyone who participated in the bid. It was a lot of work but Ohio UPMA really came through. Special thanks to Fran Brown and her husband. Fran is the Senior Sales Manager at Kalahari. She and her husband Steve were there the entire convention and worked very hard to help Ohio.
Ohio has alot of work to do in preparing for this. Please reach out to Lou Stuckey at 419-215-2227, email@example.com, or Mari Beth Kirkland at 440-821-4667, firstname.lastname@example.org, to assist with Ohio National 2021.
Way to go O-H-I-O 8/1/19