I couldn’t think of a better prepared candidate to become our new Regional Vice President. As well as being our NC Federation Vice President and President, Robert has led the North Carolina Federation through trying times in many different board officer and committee positions, including as Area Vice President, Bylaws Committee Chair, Public Relations Officer, and as chair of various other committees. Robert has also shown the same leadership skills in instituting the Federation Strategic Plan that North Carolina is still operating from today.
Robert is well versed with the issues currently facing NARFE, and its federations, chapters, and members, through his experiences at the federation and national level. He led the National Bylaws Committee for four years (2016-2020) as that committee ensured that our national bylaws were reworked to make them better match the needs and issues of a modern national organization.
Past North Carolina Federation President
I still seek his thoughts and ideas on NARFE issues. I believe Robert’s dedication, knowledge and communication skills will enable him to be an excellent RVP.
Jackson TN chapter 0519
Tennessee Federation Membership Chair And Past President
What is not generally understood by members is that an RVP, as a “director,” is personally liable if NARFE fails to adhere to federal laws, the District of Columbia Non-Profit Act, and the Internal Revenue Service Tax Code. During his 6-year tenure on the BC, especially as the committee chair, Robert delved into each of these subject areas while reviewing proposed amendments giving him a broad perspective of governance requirements.
Robert, recognizing a governance problem, submitted a bylaw amendment this year to allow NARFE to conduct electronic meetings. Zoom and Face-Time meetings are now regularly conducted; however, both the DC code and Robert’s Rules require the organization’s bylaws allow electronic meetings. At the present time National Bylaws do not. His amendment will correct this oversight and bring NARFE into compliance.
Within the next year or so the National Executive Board (NEB) will have to consider whether or not to restructure the association to compensate for the continuing loss of 12-15K members each year and the corresponding membership dues revenue; chapter closings; the inability to recruit officers, even RVPs; and the continuing growth of national-only members. It will take time for new members to come up to speed, time which NARFE may not have. Robert Allen’s credentials will be invaluable to NEB deliberations.
Edward J Konys
Bylaws Committee Member
Past Ohio Federation President
Past Region IV Vice-President
I encourage you to support Robert Allen for Regional Vice President, Region X.
President, Kentucky Federation
Marilyn Riddle Testimonial
I have attended the last four regionals and have observed how well informed that Robert Allen (NC) always is. From that first one in Pigeon Forge to Winston-Salem, I have seen him continue to grow as a leader in Region X.
He works for all members no matter what he is doing. Robert is always very approachable to any member no matter whether you are a leader with many years of credible service to NARFE or a member who is just beginning to work at the local level.
He established his reputation as a strong leader when he served as a member and then chair of the National Bylaws Committee, 2016-2020. He always reached consensus with that group—not an easy feat. Few choose that committee to do their first notable service, because it is likely the most difficult one to handle well, but it is so very critical to the health of any organization, especially during the time of conference or convention.
For more specific information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, before you vote. I am certain that you will be pleased to have him represent you.
Marilyn Riddle, VA