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President’s Letter - December 2012


    In this season of giving, I hope we are all thankful for what we have and reach out to those less fortunate to extend a hand.  Wishing you all very happy holidays!


    Capitol Visit

    On Thursday, November 15th, Chance and I had the opportunity to visit the Capitol in Washington, D.C. and lobby with members of our Senate and Congress.

    It was refreshing to know that Senator Maria Cantwell was very welcoming and cordial.  We were lobbying efforts to continue with the Tax Relief Act of 2010 which provides up to $5,250 in tax-free education benefits for employees.  Senator Cantwell was not only in favor of continuing the Act but also expressed her desire to increase the amount to $10,000.  Since President Obama has stressed the importance of education in 2012 and also in 2013, let’s hope that she can have some impact on this issue.  

    Additionally, we lobbied to have employer-provided retirement plans be continued and encouraged as they are currently.  House Concurrent Resolution 101 introduced by Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) and Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA) and the Senate Concurrent Resolution introduced by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) are identical and emphasize the importance of employer-sponsored plans.  Together, these resolutions show the desire of members of Congress to preserve the current tax treatment of retirement plans.

    As always, know that your support is heard when you continue to write letters to your specific representatives.  There was a clear message to us from our representatives and their staffs that are messages are heard.  I encourage you to continue to write letters regarding these issues; there is no time like the present.


    Our next meeting is Thursday, December 20th at 11:30.  I hope to see many of you there to close out 2012 with us.  Shanda has added a different twist to the meal and I think you’ll enjoy it.


    Until then, stay positive and when you can….pay it forward. 

    Rhonda R. Kelly, PHR

    Chapter President