Susan Hyde of Rockland recently represented Waldo and Knox counties, joining some 900 other delegates, members and guests at the 34th Biennial National Convention of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, held in Reno, Nev., Aug. 28 to Sept. 1.

Jessica Klement, NARFE legislative director, told delegates that NARFE has been in a defensive posture for the past six years as federal pay and benefits have been targeted to help curb federal deficits. In this climate, she said, “maintaining benefits should be considered a victory for the Association.” She outlined NARFE’s efforts in several policy areas, including reform of the Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision, which significantly reduces the earned Social Security benefits of some federal retirees.

The delegates heard from U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-NM, a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, who pledged her continued support.

A highlight of the convention was the election of the National Officers who will guide NARFE over the next two years. National President Richard G. Thissen and National Secretary/Treasurer Jon Dowie, both of Florida, were re-elected at the meeting.

The convention delegates also pledged to reach a cumulative goal of $13 million for Alzheimer’s research in 2018. To date, NARFE members have donated more than $11.9 million, which is used as grants for research projects.

Hyde is secretary of local NARFE Chapter 2169, which encompasses Knox, Waldo, and most of Lincoln County. It meets monthly at the Offshore Restaurant on U.S. Route 1 in Rockport. For more information, call 594-2466.