The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:04 P.M.  The invocation was given by R. Estrada.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except T. Robles. The following members were added to the attendance list for tonight:  Justin Williams, wife had a baby; and, Adrian Diaz, knee surgery. M. Terral read the attendance list for the October Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No additional names were added to either list. J. Ladd moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the October, 2018, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by R. Estrada.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) Interim Healthcare – We received a letter acknowledging our donation in memory of Brother Jimmy Lee Webb.   

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have two applications for membership: Richard M. Chavez, Levelland; and, Melissa M. Samarron, Plainview. Welcome to NALC Branch 2589.  

COMMITTEE REPORTS: (1) HBR – This announcement is for retirees and active members.  Open Season is November 12 – December 10, 2018.  If you are not with the NALC Health Benefit Plan, please consider changing during open season.  It is excellent insurance and you have someone here to personally help you, should there be a problem.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: (1) Building Repair – We received two bids to prime and paint the building: One from Settler Construction for $9,426.53; and, from CertaPro Painters for $10,797.94. D. Valdez moved to use Settler Construction to prime and paint the building. V. DiPaolo seconded the motion.  Motion carried. (2) Route Count Grievances – Mitch has completed most of the grievances. All are going to Step B.  We are asking to put everything back like it was and readjust using our data. (3) Trustees – There is work for a Work Night. The window on the side door needs to be replaced and the overhang needs to be fixed. This is a good way to make up some missed meetings. (4) Branch Officers Training – Training will be in Orlando, Florida, January 7–10, 2019. (5) Food Drive Luncheon – The Branch will donate $250.00.  The Food Bank will take any donation. If anyone would like to add to what the Branch is donating, let Mike know.  (6) Spring School – The Spring School will be in San Marcos, February 16-18, 2019.  This is the Region 10 Training.  Every Steward needs to go.  V. DiPaolo moved to send all of the Stewards to the Spring School in San Marcos, Texas. Motion was seconded by E. Casias. Motion passed.

NEW BUSINESS: (1) Calendars – The calendars will be handed out tonight.  See Craig after the meeting. You have to turn in your money. (2) Installation Banquet – The Installation Banquet will be held at the Union Hall on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at 7:00 P.M.  Bigham’s Barbeque gave us the best choices for the money.  J. Nairn moved to have Bigham’s cater the Installation Banquet with a three meat dinner and all the sides.  Motion seconded by A. Rodriguez.  Motion passed.  The Executive Board recommended we allow $250.00 for the Auxiliary to spend on decorations.  V. DiPaolo so moved.  Motion seconded by J. Smith.  Motion carried.  Bring toys to donate to Toys for Tots.  (3) Houston Trip – The Fall School was in Houston on October 7-8, 2018.  Those attending were supposed to be fly back Monday afternoon and be at work the day after the holiday.  The flight was delayed and then cancelled due to weather.  If a flight is cancelled due to weather, you are on your own. They got three hotel rooms. But, the flight was cancelled again the next morning so they rented a vehicle and drove home Tuesday evening.  V. DiPaolo moved to pay everyone who incurred expenses because of the cancelled flight and for lost time for Tuesday. Motion seconded by E. Casias.  Motion carried.  (4) Nominations – Nominations for Delegates to the State Convention in 2019.  Sixteen people were nominated. We are allowed 30.  The following Delegates were elected by acclamation: Penny Polk; Steven C. Cooley; Fernando Small; James Petrey; Eric Casias; Andres “Andy” Rodriguez; Mitch Terral; Michael Links; Joshua Smith; Toni Smith; Tommy Chrestman; Alvin Williams; Jeremy Ladd; Matt Kuss; Howard J. Steffens; and, Tony Hopp. Nomination of Officers – The following officers were elected by acclamation: President – Michael Links; Vice-President – Vince DiPaolo; Recording Secretary – James Petrey; Financial Secretary – Fernando Small; Treasurer – S. Craig Cooley; Sgt. At Arms – Kevin Perry; and Health Benefits Representative – Fernando Small. There were no nominations for Editor.  The following members were nominated for the three Trustee positions:  Toni Smith; Joshua Smith; Justin Williams; Tony Hopp and Eric Casias.  There will be an election for the three Trustee offices. The Election will be from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M., November 15, 2018, at the Union Hall, 1101 - 31st Street, Lubbock, Texas. Requests for absentee ballots must be made individually, in writing, and should be mailed to the Election Committee, 1101 - 31st St., Lubbock, Texas, 79411. Absentee ballots must be requested before November 1, 2018.  Election results will be announced at the regular branch meeting, November 15, 2018. The Election Committee will be Vince DiPaolo; Andy Rodriguez and Gabe Tarango.

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) Congratulations – Roy Estrada was presented with his 45 years of service award today.  Congratulations, Roy! (2) Legislative Updates – Matt Sellmyer, our District Three Representative spoke about important Legislative Updates.  HR993 – Keep the Post Office – has 219 co-sponsors.  We need 218, so have one to spare. The Senate Resolution, SR633, has 42, nine short of a majority. We need to contact our Senators and urge them to co-sponsor SR633. Other important legislative items are HR15 (keep six day delivery) and HR28 (door to door delivery). They want to ignore service standards.  Contribute to LCPF, Letter Carrier Political Fund, (formerly COLCPE). The more people we get signed up, the more we can accomplish.  LCPF supports those who support our views, regardless of party. (3) District Three Meeting – The District Three Meeting will be Sunday, April 28, 2019, here in Lubbock. It will start about 9:00 A.M. (4) Legislative Liaison – Matt also said we need a Congressional Liaison here in Lubbock.  If anyone is interested, see Matt after the meeting. (5) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  M. Kuss moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by D. Valdez.  The motion carried.  (6) Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  (7) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – A. Williams won for October.  

Meeting was adjourned at 8:05 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Penny Polk,

Recording Secretary