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Manuscripts by Subject - Groups / Organizations - #11240

Title: Bismarck-Mandan Chapter. National Association of Retired Federal Employees
Dates: 1963-2014

Collection Number: MSS 11240

Quantity: .75 ft.

Abstract: Records consist of bylaws, constitution, membership information, meeting minutes and newsletters. The Bismarck-Mandan Chapter of the NARFE exists to protect and improve the benefits of federal employees, retirees and their families.

Provenance: The Bismarck-Mandan Chapter. National Association of Retired Federal Employees records were donated to the State Historical Society of North Dakota by Darrell C. Wetzel, President, on October 3, 2014. 

Property rights: The State Historical Society of North Dakota owns the property rights to the collection.

Copyrights: Copyrights to materials in this collection remain with the donor, publisher, author, or author's heirs. Researchers should consult the 1976 Copyright Act, Public Law 94-553, Title 17, U.S. Code and an archivist at this repository if clarification of copyright requirements is needed.  Permission to use any radio or television broadcast portions of the collection must be sought from the creator.

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"NARFE's mission has remained the same since 1921, to protect and improve the benefits of federal employees, retirees and their families."

In October 1961, a group of retirees in the Bismarck area submitted an application for chapter membership to the National Association of Civilian Employees (NARCE).  [Note: NARCE eventually evolved into NARFE, the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE).]  NARCE approved the chapter’s charter in March 1962 and the group became known as the NARCE Bismarck Chapter 0195.  Due to the increase of membership from Mandan, the name was changed to the Bismarck-Mandan Chapter 0195 in 1983.

During the early years, meetings were held in the Civil Service Room at the old Federal Building and moved to the new Federal Building when it was built.  Later, meetings were held at the Patterson Hotel, Municipal Country Club, Knights of Columbus Hall, Town House Motel, and various restaurants in the Bismarck area.  As the membership increased, a larger facility was needed.   The Burleigh County Senior Center in Bismarck became the meeting place from 1978 to 1999.  In September 1999, the membership unanimously voted to change the meeting place to it current location, the Bismarck Elks Lodge. 
Through the years, membership has increased from a “potential list of 33 persons” in 1961 to the current enrollment of 268 members in 2009. 

"Historical Information." Bismarck Mandan NARFE. Retrieved from http://www.bismannarfe.org/about-us/about-the-chapter on 10/3/2014.
"Welcome to the Bismarck-Mandan NARFE Chapter." Bismarck Mandan NARFE. Retrieved from http://www.bismannarfe.org/ on 10/3/2014.


Box 1:
1 Founding documents ca. 1980s-2000s
2 Membership lists 1963-2012
3 Minutes1964-1976
4 Minutes1977-1985

Box 2:
1 Minutes1986-1991
2 Minutes1992-1997
3 Minutes1997-2011
4 Executive minutes1996-2004
5 Executive minutes 2008
6 Newsletter 1998-2014

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