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A Rose By Any Other Name Is Actually Daisy

By Helen Robinson, Regional Manager, D.C. Metro Region

On Sunday March 8, 2015, I was honored and humbled to attend a 100th birthday celebration for Ms. Daisy Fields. Daisy was a founding member of Federally Employed Women (FEW) and served as the second national president. She was the first editor of News and Views and served in that position for 16 years.

daisy 7During the celebration, Shamella Riggs, a member of the FEW Foundation, informed Daisy that the foundation has renamed its Past President’s Scholarship the “Daisy Fields Past President’s Scholarship.” The gesture brought tears to Daisy’s eyes: “I just worked hard and did what I thought was the right thing to do.”

Daisy looked an amazing 100 years young and was wearing her “original” FEW pin — the pin she herself designed and that we still wear today.

daisy4The FEW family collaborated to make this a memorable event. Past National President Mae Morris (1976-1978) sent 101 red roses – one for each year and one to grow on. Marylouise Uhlig, Past National President (1980 – 1982), brought a “birthday cake” of flowers and wine with a private “Daisy Fields” label, “bottled every 100 years.” Past National President Patricia Wolfe provided festive red and white paper goods. Michelle Crockett and D.C. Metro Regional Manager Helen Robinson provided the refreshments.

Daisy is truly a “veteran feminist.” In addition to being a partner in the founding of FEW, she also served on boards and held offices in many organizations: Federation of Organizations for Professional Women, National Association of Women Business Owners, National Council of Career Women, National Woman’s Party, VP of the Women’s Institute and Managing Editor, Women’s Institute Press where she edited and published Winds of Change: Korean Women in America by Diana Yu.

Daisy was visibly touched by the celebration, saying “This is a reason to live another 100 years.” In reality, what Daisy has done for us as FEW members is more than most people could accomplish in 200 years.

We wish Daisy many more birthdays and are blessed to know her.

National Training Program Registration Now Open

Natl training ProgramThe 46th National Training Program registration site is now open. We are thrilled to open our doors and welcome you to NTP 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana! This year, we continue to offer training classes that will educate, inspire, and transform attendees on their “Journey to Excellence.”

Please take some time to view the courses offered before you start the registration process. This will allow you to better select your class schedule. Additionally, if you haven’t made your lodging reservations, we encourage you to make your reservations at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, at per diem rates now. This will ensure you secure a room on the conference site.

At the NTP, you will experience exceptional training tracks, mentoring and unprecedented opportunity for irreplaceable networking with experienced professionals and attendees. Take your career in your own hands by investing in yourself. Use our NTP Toolkit page to begin the conversation and request funding. Your “Journey to Excellence” begins now!

Visit the NTP website for key registration links here.

Free Federal Benefits and Advanced-Planning Webinars are Available!

The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP)’s spring education campaign and Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) includes informational webinars. We also cover related long term care issues such as making the most of your benefits, financing long term care, and the advantages of planning for retirement. These webinars are available at no cost.

Spring webinars are available!

Learn more about the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) and Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP), plus explore related long term care issues such as making the most of your benefits, financing long term care, and the advantages of planning for retirement. Sign up for a free webinar today at All events are available on-demand.

FEDVIP: Understanding Your Coverage and Navigating Changes April 14, 2015

Did you experience a qualifying life event outside of open season this year? Join us as we discuss the coordination of benefits and the actions you should take if you’re making changes to your Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) plan outside of open season, including eligible qualifying life events, enrolling outside of open season, and keeping it all straight using your personal My BENEFEDS account.

The 6 Key Retirement Decisions You Can’t Afford to Ignore
April 23, 2015

Have you thought about what decisions will need to be made that will support you and your loved ones in retirement? Make sure you’re fully prepared to navigate your way. Join Joanne McGehrin of McGehrin and Associates and Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) representatives as we discuss survivor benefit election options, when to receive Social Security benefits and Medicare Part B, and how to protect it all by working with your family to craft a plan for long term care.

Medicare and the FEHB: Part Two
April 30, 2015

The Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) Program helps meet your current medical needs and also provides preventative care to support your ongoing health. But how does the FEHB transition into retirement, what are the parts of Medicare, and what strategies can you take to maximize all your health benefits in retirement? Join James Marshall of Federal Retirement Planning, LLC, and David Santana of Health and Human Services, with Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) representative Jeannie Singleton as we demonstrate how these federal benefits work together.

May 7, 2015

Caregiving is one of the most stressful situations a family can face. Is your family prepared? Join us as Mary Lou McGuinness, senior long term care specialist for LTC Partners, hosts an open discussion on the many stages of caregiving and the issues many caregivers face when they provide long term care for a loved one. Mary Lou will also share helpful resources and details about the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program’s benefits and features.

Am I Saving Enough for Retirement?
May 12, 2015

The average federal employee has $111,517 (CSRS) to $112,487 (FERS)* saved in investment vehicles such as the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). How much more is needed to secure a comfortable retirement, and where will it come from? Join Karen Schaeffer of Schaeffer Financial and Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) representative Jeannie Singleton as we discuss the various funding strategies for retirement, including federal benefits, and private investments such as IRAs, as well as how to protect years of careful planning from unexpected financial challenges.

*Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. “Thrift Savings Fund Statistics,”, September 2014.

Maximizing Your Social Security Benefit
May 21, 2015

Most people have a general understanding of Social Security, but what about your individual situation? Join James Marshall of Federal Retirement Planning, LLC, and Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) representative Jeannie Singleton as we review federal annuitant case studies to help you—and your spouse (if married)—maximize your Social Security benefits and decide the best option for you.

Midcareer Planning Checklist
May 26, 2015

If you’re like most people, when you plan your summer vacation, you make a list of what you need to do and bring, so you don’t forget anything important. You should treat your retirement planning the same way. Join Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director at the National Institute for Transition Planning, as she shares her midcareer checklist to help you evaluate your goals, get on track now for a successful retirement, and learn how to protect that retirement against rising health and long term care costs.

Maximizing Your Federal Benefits: Calculating TSP Elections for FERS Employees
May 27, 2015

If you are covered by the Federal Employees’ Retirement System (FERS), the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is one part of a three-part retirement package that also includes your FERS basic annuity and Social Security. Join us as TSP and Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) representatives detail strategies for maximizing your TSP contributions and elections, as well as avoiding pitfalls to your retirement savings.

Maximizing Your Federal Benefits: Calculating TSP Elections for CSRS Employees
June 3, 2015

If you are covered by the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or are a member of the uniformed services, the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a supplement to your CSRS annuity or military retired pay. Join us as TSP and Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) representatives detail strategies for maximizing your TSP contributions and elections, as well as avoiding pitfalls to your retirement savings.

The FLTCIP (Part 1 of 2): Planning Ahead with the FLTCIP
April 7, April 21, and May 5, 2015

This webinar explores the realities of long term care and family caregiving. We also review possible long term care funding options (and their tradeoffs) such as Medicaid and investing.

The FLTCIP (Part 2 of 2): Planning Ahead with the FLTCIP
April 8, April 28, and May 14, 2015

This webinar includes a thorough review of the benefits, features, and costs of the FLTCIP plan.

2015 Women’s History Month

WomensHistoryMonthYou are cordially invited to our 2015 Women’s History Month program: Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives on Wednesday, March 11, 12:00 – 1:00 pm at the DOT Headquarters Conference Center, Rooms 8, 9 & 10.

Ms. Wanda Killingsworth, Executive Vice President of FEW, will represent the National Board of Directors for this event and will provide opening remarks. The program will feature a panel of leading Department of Transportation Women with interesting stories followed by a discussion. Panel speakers are Vasiliki Tsaganos, Deputy Chief Counsel for Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA); Daphne Jefferson, Counselor to the Chief of Staff (OST); and Linda Martin, Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel (FRA). Come out to hear their career paths and experiences.

Please spread the wor: All are welcome! Light refreshments will be served.

For those that do not work in the Department of Transportation, please arrange with Vanessa Williams in advance to be escorted through security. If you require an accommodation, contact Patrice Wilson at 202-366-9256 or Metro Assessible: Navy Yard

FEW Washington, D.C. Update

August 15, 2014

Congress has now adjourned for the summer so things should remain relatively quiet for the rest of August. Before they left, 32 Members of Congress from 18 states (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin) signed the joint letter to the President about the serious demise of the Federal Women’s Program (FWP). To view a copy of the letter, follow this link:

To view the full update, Click Here or visit the Legislative Updates page at

More information: FEW’s Washington Representative Janet Kopenhaver at; or FEW’s National Vice President for Congressional Relations Kim Kirkpatrick at


Job Announcement and News for People with Disabilities

Job Vacancy for People with Disabilities
Job Title: Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Job Announcement Number: ALL OFC-2014-0063

“New Online Course Teaches Hiring Practices for People with Disabilities”

Connect with Employers at the ABILITY Jobs Virtual Career Fair! October 14 2014

Phased Retirement Regulations Finalized

On August 7, OPM released final regulations implementing phased retirement in the federal government. For specific information, see “OPM Issues Final Rule on Phased Retirement” at and “Five Things to Know About Phased Retirement’\” at

Money Saving Tips

Are you interested in ways to cut expenses and save money? AARP published a list of “99 Great Ways to Save” by money guru Jean Chatzky (see in the July-August 2014 Bulletin. Topics include home, health, food, and finances.

Senior Expo (Maryland – October 19; Virginia – October 26)

Two free events for older adults and their families will be held on Sunday, October 19 at the Silver Spring Civic Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, and on Sunday, October 26, at the Ballston Mall (3rd floor) in Arlington, Virginia, from noon to 4 pm, featuring expert speakers, health screenings, resources, information and entertainment. These events are sponsored by the Beacon Newspaper ( or 301-949-9766).

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Robert Fischell, physicist and inventor of dozens of life-changing medical devices, and his topic is “Biomedical Engineering for Humanity.” Government agencies, nonprofits and local businesses will provide information and answer questions about retirement communities, home remodeling, financial planning, healthcare, travel, fitness, senior services, government resources, and more. Giveaways and door prizes will also be available.