Here’s What Happened this Year…
RPEN’S 2019 Annual Convention “Celebrating the Diversity of Public Service” wrapped up Friday, September 20 at the Fiesta Hotel Resort in Henderson. Hosted by the Henderson Chapter, nearly 100 members and guests attended. One of the big things to come out of the meeting was board approval of a bylaw change to impose a $2.00 increase in our monthly dues, raising it from $5.00 to $7.00 per month effective July 1, 2020. The increase was necessary because while our operating costs increase regularly, our membership has been decreasing as between 20-30 members are lost each month who pass away or drop for some other reason. Our organization, being a federally tax-exempt non-profit organization depends solely on membership dues and has since we formed in 1976. We are continually looking to bring in new members each month to try and off-set our losses, however, we typically add 10-15 new members each month but lose 20-30 so it’s difficult to keep up with the losses. As a retiree based organization, there isn’t much we can do to prevent a majority of our losses. And so, when the dues increase takes effect in July it’ll represent the first increase in our dues in nearly 8 years!
The 2019 meeting also saw a new State Vice-President elected, who as of October 1 will immediately move into the State President’s role, following the resignation in July of our former State Vice-President. Typically when a V-P is elected by our Board, they serve in that capacity two years before becoming President, but because of the resignation, per our State Bylaws, the new V-P immediately becomes State President, leaving a vacancy in our State V-P role, which will hopefully be filled in January when our Executive Committee meets at State Headquarters in Carson City. Nominations for V-P are being solicited now, with a cut-off of December 1, 2019 for nominations. The Executive Committee plans to conduct a teleconference in early January to consider those who’ve filled out a biographical sketch and make their selection at their January 21-22 meeting. Our new State President is Ruth Kilmer, who is currently President of the Las Vegas Chapter. She won a race against Leon Borden, who is President of the Fernley Chapter. Ruth succeeds Bernard Paolini who officially completes his two year term as State President September 30, will still serve two years on our Executive Committee as Past State President. Our convention also saw two people selected by their chapters to serve another term on the Executive Committee, Sue Durst of the Washoe Chapter and Diana Peters from Las Vegas Chapter. They join Linda Hoxsie of Carson Chapter who was already on the committee and State Treasurer Rita Evasovic (BV) and State Secretary Paula Petruso (HE) who ran unopposed for their respective offices.
During our Thursday night awards banquet September 19, Jimmy and Doris Green were selected as our 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. The Greens are long-time members of the Las Vegas Chapter. Jimmy served several terms as State Treasurer and Doris worked as our Southern Nevada Membership Coordinator for many years. Three RPEN members were also chosen to receive our annual Pat Fladager Special Recognition Awards. Perralina Palm of Washoe Chapter and Therese Campbell of Las Vegas Chapter were present to receive their awards, and Bonni Smith of the Lincoln Chapter will be receiving her award at a later date as she was unable to attend the convention in Henderson.
Our 2020 Convention will be held in Northern Nevada and jointly hosted at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden by the Bi-Valley, Carson and Fernley Chapters.
Please enjoy the following photographs taken during our convention that started September 17 and concluded Friday morning, September 20.