NAPUS tries to adjust to changing times

At its convention this week, tha National Association of Postmasters of the United States (NAPUS) adopted “sweeping changes” to the organization’s structure in preparation for what’s likely to be a difficult future for postmasters:

During Tuesday morning’s business session, the NAPUS membership voted in sweeping changes to help the organization prepare for the future. Among the changes to the NAPUS Constitution approved by the convention body:

* Postmaster relief/replacements hired to operate a remotely managed post office are now designated active members, with the right to vote.

* State chapters have the ability to merge with other state chapters.

* The number of national vice presidents will be reduced from 22 to 12. National vice presidents will serve a three-year term; there will be three vice presidents from each of the newly designated four areas:

Area 1—Alaska, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Area 2—Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Area 3—Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Area 4—Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.

This change will be phased in, with the newly constituted board fully operational in 2016.

* Bylaws were established, which include the NAPUS Fiscal Policy, Official Family Policy and Fiscal Policy on National Conventions. The Bylaws and the Constitution are the governing documents of the organization.

* The following articles in the Constitution have been moved to the Bylaws—Article 5, National Conventions; Article 6, Representation and Voting at National Conventions; and Article 14, Committees. (The September/October issue of the Postmasters Gazette will include the entirety of the constitutional changes.)

Tony Leonardi, Postmaster of Rocky Hill, CT, was elected NAPUS national president for 2014-2016.