One of the responsibilities of the Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) Committee on Government Relations/Legislative Affairs is to help monitor action and pending action that impact Minnesota's Extension federal retirees. If you are an Extension retiree with a federal pension plan and/or health insurance plan, consider three avenues for information and advocacy:
- Join the Minnesota Pi chapter of ESP, the national Extension fraternity for active and retired employees which includes the function of government affairs monitoring.
- Join the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE). Since 1921, NARFE has worked tirelessly on behalf of federal workers, retirees, their spouses and survivors. NARFE is the only association solely dedicated to preserving and improving the health care and retirement benefits of all federal workers and retirees.
- Sign up for the free online resource My Federal Retirement. This is an excellent resource that includes helpful articles written by highly regarded federal benefits experts, alerts on changes to your federal benefits, information on pensions, insurance, Thrift Savings Plan and many other general interest areas of retirement.
What's your passion? Plan to show your support for Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) at the 2012 Extension program conference (stay tuned for details) by donating an item that reflects your passion to the ESP Silent and Dollar Auctions. Ideas for items to donate: a basket of golf equipment, a masterpiece or handcrafted item you've created, a weekend getaway at your cabin, or dinner prepared in your home by a local chef.
All proceeds for the Silent Auction go to the MEWS (Minnesota Extension Worker Scholarships) Fund to support graduate study and staff development. Extension retirees who are life ESP MN Pi Chapter members may also qualify for scholarships.
Auction items can be submitted as an individual or with a group. Approximately six items will be selected for the Dollar Auction, with the remaining items being offered on the Silent Auction. More specific auction information will be available in late summer; in the meantime get creative and begin thinking about how you can support ESP by sharing your passion. Contact Becky Harrington, firstname.lastname@example.org, (218) 236-2012 with questions.