Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

September 5, 2012

NARFE goes green at Aug. meeting


Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — Chapter 0813 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees met on August 21 at the Ponderosa Steakhouse in Greensburg for its monthly meeting.  

President Eva Stone opened the meeting by welcoming those present followed with Kay Hineman leading the group with the Pledge of Allegiance and the invocation.

For the monthly program, Rita Flack introduced Jeff Ton from Goodwill Industries District Office in Indianapolis giving a program on Going Green.

Ton reiterated on many thinking green ideals such as recycling, donating instead of putting some items in the trash, capturing rainwater for plant watering, dual flush toilets, turning water off while brushing teeth as the average brushing will use 10 gallons of water, unplug cell phone chargers when not in use, using power strips so that you can turn electronic equipment (computers and accessories) off with one switch, use CFL and LED bulbs, use natural plants and grasses for our area of the country, plus many more familiar green ideals.

Ton went on to say the number one pollutant for Indiana is soil erosion (run-off). He gave an example of such as his group cleans up a two to two and a half mile stretch of river north of Indianapolis once a year, and this year they collected more than two tons of trash from tires, refrigerators, stoves and much more.

With many communities using rivers/reservoirs for their drinking water, it makes you wonder what people are thinking, especially when communities have programs to take care of regular and large trash.

Ton had two stories that were very interesting, one was of the iconic "flip flops" footwear.

With ocean currents carrying flip flops from the shores of eastern U.S. and western Europe, they are washing up on the shores of African countries where they are collected and recycled into toys that are then sold in U.S. and European stores.

The other was of a floating island made of trash (Great Pacific Garbage Patch) that is roughly the size of Texas in the Pacific Ocean. It is located 1,000 miles northeast of Hawaii, toward the U.S. west coast in an area of heavy currents and slack winds that keeps the trash slowly swirling in a giant whirlpool.  He had an aerial photo of an individual trying to kayak (he had to be highlighted in the photo) through the piles of trash, he never did say what happened to the man.

One of the problems with this pile of trash, is that it keeps growing and continues polluting the ocean. Ton had a final comment of new Goodwill commercials being shown now and more to air in the future, the members agreeing that they are some of the better commercials on TV.  Narfe members offered thanks to Ton for his very thoughtful program.

President Stone followed with a business meeting with the secretary and treasurer's reports being read and approved and with other office and committees reports.

Attendance prize was won by Diana Leising. Guests included Kyla Taffe great grand daughter of Eva Vanatta and Wilma Mock guest of Harry Brindley.

The next meeting will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Greensburg, with optional lunch following the meeting.

If you are a retired federal employee or currently an active employee and have an interest in attending the chapter meetings, join us at our next meeting.