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James (Jim) E. Gard Passed away October 9, 2018 at the age of 89.
Jim is survived by his wife, Barbara Gard; his sisters, Carolyn Coomer (Jack), Jane Rimer, and Mary Soudrette; his sons, John Gard, Scott Centers, Bryan Centers (Chris Adelman) Centers; and his daughters and son-in-laws, Ellyn & Thomas Mills, Gail & Donald Foster, and Jean Ann & Michael Matthews. Jim is also survived by his grandchildren, Natalie Ray Yochum, Jennifer Ray Brewington, Valerie Ray, Ryan Ray, Sean Plake, Meghan Foster, Amanda Brophy, Dakotah Howard, Nicholas Centers, and Hannah Centers, as well as several great-grandchildren.
Jim began his career in the United States Postal Service as Railway Mail Clerk, then served as Highway Mail Clerk, and was eventually promoted to Postmaster. Within the United States Postal Service, Jim held such positions as Postmaster of Aurora, Indiana, Assistant Postmaster in Burlington, Iowa, Director of Mail Processing and Postmaster of Evansville, Indiana, Postmaster/Manager of New Orleans, Louisiana, and finishing his career as District Director of Field Operations for the Tampa, Florida District. Jim was one of the few postal employees to achieve executive status, ranking in the top 300 of 700,000 employees, without a college degree.
UPMA 2019 Southern Officers Conference
October 4-7, 2018 (Sponsored by Texas Chapter)
Omni Houston Westside - 13210 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX
Florida Chapter Attendees
Florida Chapter in Reno for 2nd National Convention
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information could potentially be used to redirect annuity payments and
direct deposits to a different account.Please be aware OPM will NEVER call you and request your retirement claim
number, or any other information, UNLESS you have recently contacted them
and are responding to your inquiry.
LiteBlue will help you communicate faster and stay connected. It is packed
with the information you want about career development, revenue and service
performance products, recognition -- you name it. There is even a place
where you can give feedback. You also have secure access to PostalEase
through LiteBlue to check, and during open season, change you benefits
selections. (You will need your employee number to log in.)
LiteBlue Human Resources will help you with subjects - Retirement, VER
(Voluntary Early Retirement) Information and more.
Photos of 2018 Steak Out - Reunion
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135 Retirees, Actives & Guests attended the 2018 Steak Out January
13, 2018 in Eustis, FL Guests included UPMA Executive Board, Signature Credit Union, 15 other States and more
(photo credit: Ralph Viegelmann, Editor of "The Postmasters and Managers Bugle")
Benefits of joining UPMA as a Postmaster, Manager or Supervisor
UPMA is the ONLY management organization that can represent you at Postal
Headquarters on specific Postmaster issues, including the planning and
development of pay policies and schedules and fringe benefit programs.
ALL national UPMA leaders and state presidents are current USPS employees.
National officers serve one term only in their current positions.
As an active member, you have the privilege to vote and hold leadership
positions at all levels of the organization
A national website - unitedpma.org - that offers the latest information regarding the organization, legislative issues, interactive training videos and Postal Service information that affects you career.
A national magazine and state publications that contain information important
to you in your current position and will help you in your future endeavors.
Annual national and chapter conventions that offer training to help you
After you have been a dues-paying member for six months, you have the benefit
of our Legal Defense Plan and network of Adverse Action Member reps, should
the need arise.
You gain a network of Postmasters and Managers who can assist you in your
day-to-day duties and mentor you for future opportunities.
Benefits of joining UPMA as an Associate
UPMA wants to help you meet your goals and is the premier management organization
that allows you to become a member before being promoted to an EAS position.
A network of active postal employees who will help prepare you to take
advantage of opportunities of upward mobility.
Associate members are enrolled with the Retiree Membership. (Monthly dues
are only $5.00.)
Other benefits as described above. For further assistance, call the UPMA
National Office at (703) 683-9027.
The UPMA National Executive Board, approved six months FREE membership for new EAS (active) membership.
Join on-line at www.unitedpma.org or by completing form 1187 and mailing to the UPMA National Office.
Any questions - contact the National Office by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (703) 683-9027,
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