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HISTORICAL INTEREST

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1903 -- National Rural Letter Carriers' Association organized.

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1908 -- The official publication "The RFD News" purchased by W. D. Brown

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1910 -- Successfully defeated the "contract system."

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1917 -- National President Fred White forced out of the service for his activity on behalf of rural carriers.

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1921 -- Slogan "Service With A Smile" adopted.

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1922 -- Past National President White reinstated.

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1924 -- Ladies' Auxiliary organized.

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1938 -- National Office established in Washington, D.C.

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1943 -- "The National Rural Letter Carrier" purchased by the Association.

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1947 -- Goal of 100% membership based on number of routes achieved.

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1948 -- Secretary made a full time resident officer.

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1955 -- Established Health Insurance program.

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1958 -- Vice President made a full-time resident officer.

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1960 -- Established Rural Carrier Benefit Plan. 

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         -- Automobile Insurance Program sponsored.

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1964 --Offices of NRLCA moved to 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.

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1968 -- Began publication of NRLCA magazine at Editors Press.

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         -- Life Insurance Plan adopted.

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1972 -- NRLCA offices of secretary and treasurer combined into office of secretary-treasurer, effective August, 1973.

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1974 -- A position of Director of Labor Relations was established as a resident National Officer, effective August, 1975, increasing National Board to 8 members.

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1975 -- Established an NRLCA Committee on Political Education.

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1976 -- On March 5, 1976, the NRLCA surpassed the 55,000 membership level.

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1977 -- Dues Withholding Program for retired rural carriers was implemented. 

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         --NRLCA withdrew from Postal Labor Negotiating Committee.

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1978 -- NRLCA reached an all-time high in membership of 60,000 members.

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1979 -- A position of Director of Governmental Affairs was established.

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1981 -- The NALC attempt to raid the NRLCA membership failed miserably.  Only 3% of rural carriers showed an interest. 

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        -- PMG Bolger's attempt to force one Postal Union was denied by the National Labor Relations Board.

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1982 -- The Political Education Committee was redefined as the Political Action Committee.

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1983 -- Rural carriers officially purchase and move into new headquarters building located in historic, Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. 

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          -- NRLCA reached an all-time high in membership of 65,000 members.

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1985 -- Smithsonian Institution selected the NRLCA as one of 13 organizations to participate in the Ninth Annual Trees of Christmas exhibit.

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1986 -- Smithsonian Institution recognizes and honors Rural Delivery with a new permanent exhibit in the National Museum of American History.

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1990 -- Sold headquarters building at 1448 Duke St., Alexandria and purchased larger building at 1630 Duke St. for slightly more than five million dollars.

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1991 -- First National Postal History and Philatelic Museum established in Washington, D.C. 

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          -- NRLCA membership reaches an all-time high of 80,000 at the end of its fiscal year, June 30, 1991.

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1993 -- "The National Rural Letter Carrier" becomes a bi-monthly publication and has a new format. 

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         -- Rural Carriers retain suburban rural routes following triparite arbitration.  

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        -- Postal Service decided to place USPS-owned long life vehicles on nearly 12,000 rural routes.

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1994 -- Dues Withholding Program for relief carriers was implemented.

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1995 -- Two positions of Assistant to the Executive Committeemen were established to handle Step 3 grievances.

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1996 -- NRLCA membership reaches an all time high of 93,000 members. 

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         --Rural Free Delivery reaches centennial milestone after humble beginnings in Charles Town, West Virginia in October 1896. 

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         -- RFD first-class 32 commemorative stamp issued August 7, 1996.