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RPEC Weekly NewsFlash, May 10, 2024

RPEC Weekly NewsFlash, May 10, 2024

Older Americans Month

The month of May is celebrated as Older Americans Month, a time in which we support older Americans in making connections, aging in place, building and maintaining relationships, and being involved in their community and with organizations. This year’s theme is Powered by Connection, which emphasizes the importance of having connections as you age. Social isolation poses serious concerns to the physical and emotional health of older Americans. If you or someone you know is at risk for social isolation, there are many resources to provide support. Visit the link more information:

Public Service Recognition Week

The first full week of May is celebrated annually as Public Service Recognition Week to acknowledge and glorify the contributions of past and present public service workers. On Wednesday, May 8th, the Washington State Office of Financial Management hosted an event on the East Plaza Lawn, across the street from Capitol Campus in Olympia. At the event, labor affiliates and organizations relevant to public sector workers exhibited booths for attendees to visit. RPEC was fortunate to have a booth again this year, which helps grow RPEC’s visibility with public sector workers and retirees.

Thank you to the Chapter 2 members who staffed our booth and connected with the attendees of the event, emphasizing to them the importance of having RPEC as an advocate for public sector retirees. Shoutout to Tim Welch (Ch 2 Vice President), Diana Finch (Ch 2), and Sarah Wilson (Ch 2) for running the RPEC booth!

RPEC Leadership Training – Registration Open!

Are you interested in being a future leader for your chapter or serving on RPEC’s Executive Board? Are you a newly elected or re-elected chapter officer? We encourage any member who is interested in or is curious to know more about leadership to attend RPEC’s annual virtual Leadership Training. This training is necessary for all re-elected and new chapter officers.

This will be a 2-part training on Zoom: Leadership Training, led by the Council Office on June 10th, and the AFSCME Financial Standards Training on June 14th. The registration deadline is May 17th, only 1 week away!

Register here:

The format and content of the training has been revamped to align with the new Strategic Plan implemented by the Executive Board, and will cover topics including: RPEC’s organizational structure, effectively communicating with your chapter, interacting with and recruiting potential members, mobilizing your chapter for legislative advocacy, running successful meetings, and more. The tools and content for the training are updated and improved upon each year, so please plan to participate even if you have already done so in the past.

To the leaders who are maintaining their position of office, we look forward to continuing our work with you. To those that are new to leadership, welcome, and we hope you are as excited as we are about the path ahead of you. With a strong foundation of chapter leaders, there is no limit to what RPEC can accomplish.

RPEC’s New Website Coming Soon – Join us for a “Sneak Peek”!

The Council Office has been hard at work building RPEC’s new member-oriented website. We are close to completion and would like to take a moment and invite you to a special “Sneak Peek” 1-hour event on May 17th at 1:00 pm to become familiar with the new website and its components. The new website features a member-only area which requires a login to the website, which we will take time to familiarize you with.

The meeting link is

We heard our members in previous listening sessions last year, and worked to create a more informative, useful, and interactive website for leaders and members alike. If you wish to take some time prior to this event to take a look around, you can find it at this temporary URL –

Join us for this special “Sneak Peek” event ahead of the website’s launch later this month. We hope to see you there!

Convention Delegates

The Biennial RPEC Convention is an essential aspect of our organization and its governance structure. At Convention, Statewide Executive Board members are elected, proposed resolutions are considered, RPEC’s priorities are set for the next 2 years, and members enjoy the experience of working and socializing with fellow members. Each chapter is allotted a number of delegates based on their total membership, and it is crucial that as many delegates as possible attend the convention. Your chapter needs sufficient representation when RPEC’s direction is being decided for the 2 years following Convention. Any member, new or not, is encouraged to consider being a delegate for their chapter.

If you’re interested, please reach out to your chapter president. If you don’t have your president’s contact information, you can contact the RPEC office at (360) 352-8262, ext. 106.

For more information, please visit:

Upcoming Events:

Please refer to our calendar page for more information for each event, including links to Zoom meetings, if available.

  • May 17 – Leadership Training Registration Deadline
  • May 17 – New Website “Sneak Peak” (1:00 pm)
  • May 20 – Political Action Committee (10:00 am)
  • May 21 – Select Committee on Pension Policy (10:00 am)
  • May 23 – Healthcare Workgroup (3:30 pm)
  • May 24 – Pension Policy Workgroup (tentative; 10:00 am)
  • May 27 – Council Office closed, Memorial Day
  • June 7 – Legislative Update Call (2:00 pm)
  • June 10 – Leadership Training Part A (9:30 am)
  • June 13 – Public Employees Benefits Board (9:00 am)
  • June 13 – Healthcare Workgroup (3:30 pm)
  • June 14 – Leadership Training Part B: AFSCME Financial Standards (10:00 am)

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