Federal workers group holds state convention in Havelock

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Nate Johnson, left, of Havelock, an officer with the local chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees, stands with state NARFE president Samuel Crain at the start of the group’s state convention Tuesday at the Havelock Tourist Center.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 05:35 PM.

Nate Johnson has Havelock on his mind, so much so that he brought the National Active and Retired Federal Employees association to the city for its 57th annual state convention this week.

He said that at last year’s state convention, discussion focused on where to have the next meeting. He said everyone looked around at each other, but he popped up and suggested Havelock.

"I had to do what a man had to do," he said Tuesday as the convention opened at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center. "It worked out real good. Every one here is very, very happy, especially with the Holiday Inn Express and the Hampton Inn. They have supported me in this effort 150 percent."

Johnson said the two hotels put aside 100 rooms for the attendees of the convention. About 160 members from the state’s 49 NARFE chapters are attending the event, and Johnson said they are helping the local economy.

"They’ve eaten at the Carolina Grill. They’ve been over to Crabby Patty’s, and we’re just passing the money around here in Havelock trying to help out the economy," he said. "That’s what I did it for. I’m going to be honest, ‘cause I love my Havelock."

There are 67 NARFE members here in Havelock at Chapter 2211.

"Our organization is all about protecting the earned benefits of all of our federal employees, both current and retired, because we have to make sure that everything that we’ve worked for for all of those dedicated years we put in aren’t taken away from us through no fault of our own," said Robert Allen, from Person County, who is the organization’s public relations director. "There’s strength in numbers. We have nationwide about 300,000 members of NARFE."

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