OLIVER - Pet Therapy Canine Volunteer
They provide comfort, companionship and happiness. They are
the only ones in the world who give unconditional love and never
judge you. They are the pets who become like family.
Some of them no longer have a family and home and have been left behind when an owner moves or goes into a nursing home. Some can’t tolerate other pets in the household. Some have been picked up as strays. All have ended up at Suncoast Humane Society where no animal is turned away. These furry, cuddly friends are waiting for a new family at San Casa Drive in Englewood where Liz Banta, Chapter 717 former Alzheimer’s Research Chair, has volunteered foryears.
This well-run, clean facility has received the coveted top rating of 4 stars from Charity Navigator for the past two years for making the best use of funds and donations. They receive no local, state or federal funds, receive no animal shelter organization funds and depend solely on community support. You can donate money or bring items (except for dog and cat food and treats which they have plenty of right now) on the Suncoast Humane Society Wish List to the September 20, 2018 Chapter 717 Luncheon Meeting at Pelican Pointe Golf and Country Club as part of our Chapter Community Outreach Opportunity.
Director of Community Relations and Volunteer Services Jackie Elliott will tell us about the Suncoast Humane Society’s mission to reduce the number of homeless animals and improve their quality of life. She will be accompanied by Gay Haines of the Pet Therapy Team who visits places like Loveland, children’s sections of libraries, medical facilities, and assisted living facilities with the star of the presentation, Oliver, the Australian Labradoodle, who is affectionate, gregarious and loves to visit, schmooze and be petted by Chapter 717 members.
Bring your donated items to support the homeless animals in our Chapter Community Outreach Opportunity and enjoy the thanks and affection of Oliver who loves all the attention you can give him and returns it tenfold.
By Linda L. Braswell, Chapter 717 Program Chair
The year brought many serious threats to the earned pay and benefits of the federal community and it was NARFE’s priority to defeat those attacks and advance legislative improvements. In 2017, all attempts by Congress and the president to cut the earned pay and benefits of the federal community were thwarted. This was no small feat, and NARFE thanks its members who took action to protect their earned benefits.
NARFE fought back against the $149 billion in cuts outlined in the president’s budget proposal and successfully lobbied Congress to drop the $32 billion in cuts to federal retirement benefits outlined in the House budget resolution. In addition, postal reform legislation that removes postal retirees' health insurance choice did not advance in Congress.
In the midst of all the threats, NARFE also helped provide more flexible withdrawal option for Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) participants with the passage of the TSP Modernization Act. Thank you to all the NARFE members who contacted their legislators in the past year. Find out more about NARFE’s 2017 legislative accomplishments here.