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The UPMA Fifth Annual National Convention
Congratulations Ohio, you built it…and they came. We hosted over 900 attendees at the UPMA National Convention at the Kalahari convention center and resort in the lakeside community of Sandusky
Ohio. Postmasters, managers, retirees, their guests; spouses, children, and friends were here. By all accounts the Ohio Chapter’s presentation was a grand success.
Our Chapter’s hard work and dedication was evident throughout the convention center. The behind-the-scenes preparations before, continuous efforts during, and wrap up at the convention’s conclusion were the culmination of two years of planning by Mari Beth Kirkland and Lou Stuckey with the support of 70 members and guests from Ohio.
While registration for the convention began Saturday morning, the three days prior to Monday’s official start were reserved for official meetings of the Executive Boards of the UPMA, UPMA retired
and UPMA Auxiliary organizations. Break out sessions were held for Chapter Presidents, Secretary Treasurers, Editors, membership, Legislative and PAC chairpersons as well. There was even a session
for the UPMA BRATS (Bringing Real Attributes to Society) the children in attendance.
In the evening our chapter scheduled classes in photography and fused glass jewelry. Members participated in a trivia night, took a sunset cruise, and were entertained by the dueling pianos of the Cleveland Keys.
Monday’s business session was highlighted by our Guest Speaker, Postmaster General of the United States Postal Service, Louis DeJoy. PMG DeJoy spoke to the issues of today’s Postal Service. While
we are indeed the most powerful delivery network in the world, we are also burdened with 150 billion dollars of negative equity. His plan, “Delivery for America”, is a smart, intellectual, and
forceful procedure to move forward into our future. PMG DeJoy stated he is committed to maintaining six-day delivery and the return to self-sustainability. Privatization is not a solution to the
issues involving the postal service.
In fact, he remarked that our competition should not be at our loading docks. We will rework the contracts with the competitive delivery services and capitalize on two day and next day delivery. We and we alone have the delivery network to do it. He believes that his plan is the operational solution to ensuring the United States Postal Service thrives.
PMG DeJoy opened the session to questions from the membership and continued to state that he is determined to optimize our service and maintain our workforce.
The four days of general sessions were devoted to the business of the UPMA, reports from officers, legislative teams, the Political Action Committee, and many others. There were awards for individual and chapter accomplishments as well as luncheons, dinners, a golf outing, and local tours. The convention culminated in the Grand Banquet Thursday evening. The evening concluded with a wonderful theme-oriented skit performed by your Ohio Chapter. Our convention co-chairs said goodbye to the membership and wished them safe journeys home.
The 2022 national convention will be held in St. Louis Missouri.
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL CONVENTION: from President Retired Rodney
I would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who participated in the 2021 UPMA National Convention. First to the Ohio chapter for hosting the convention. A really big thanks to Maribeth and Lou and the entire convention committee for all of the hard work that went into the planning of the convention. Big thanks to Dan, Gerri, Dave and Frank at the national office for all of their hard work for the convention. And of course, to all of the members both active and retired whose attendance made the convention a success. Without you, there would not be a convention.