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                              Membership Database Instructions

Greetings Blacks In Government,

 We are so excited about this new system.   It is going to allow us to be more efficient and cost-effective as we move this great organization forward as a member-focused world-class organization.

As you enter into this new system and a new way of doing things, please keep in mind that although change is new and exciting; it can also be challenging. You may have some challenges navigating this new system, but the membership team is available to answer all your questions and provide assistance when needed. 

These are the primary instructions on becoming a member and also renewing your membership.   The new database is full of new and exciting things that will assist us in recruiting and retaining members. More information on this system is forthcoming.

Thank you for Thinking BIG!

Monica R Hedgspeth
National Membership Chair
membership.hedgspeth@gmail.com

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      "BIG NTI: Your Benchmark for Achieving Excellence in the Workplace"    

               2019 National Training Institute Keynote Speakers For
                    The Opening and Closing Plenary Sessions
 

         
           Johnny Ford x        Peter Johnson - Photo 2 (002)

           Opening Plenary Session
        The Honorable Johnny Ford
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        Closing Plenary Session
      Rev. Peter Jerome Johnson
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2019  BIG's National Training Institute (NTI) Registration
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2019 Sheraton Downtown Dallas Hotel Information 
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2019 BIG's National Training Institue  (NTI) Exhibits Info
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2019 National Training Institute Advertisement Contracts
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2019 National Training Institute (NTI) Request For Volunteers
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2019 Blacks In Government GiveBack To Veterans Campaign
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2019 Military Veterans Emphasis Program (MVEP) Forum
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2019 BIG’s National Training Institute
Approved Training Sessions (June 14, 2019)

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2019 Management Concept One day Leadership Course
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2019 Blacks In Government Gold Plus Life Membership Price Reduction 

It is with Great pleasure we announce that BIG will offer a $50.00 savings for those that would like to take their membership to the next level and become a Gold Plus Life member.  The regular price is $250.00; however, during the 2019 NTI from August 03 – 08, 2019, that next step of membership will be at the low, low price of only $200.00. 

Membership does have its privileges; all new Gold Plus Life members will be given priority seating during all General sessions, Great, right? So, get your reduced Gold Plus Life membership while at the 2019 NTI, I’ll see you at the membership booth, please stop by.  There may be a few other surprises; but you won’t know unless you stop by!

For questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Monica R Hedgspeth, BIG National Membership Chair, at (240) 778-7616 or membership.hedgspeth@gmail.com. 

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                 2020 Iberostar, Jamaica Fundraiser


Blacks In Government® (BIG) invites you to join us as we travel to Montego Bay, Jamaica. This fundraising endeavor will help raise funds to further our commitment to promote the well-being of government employees on issues of Equity, Excellence and Opportunity in the workplace through Advocacy, Education, Training, Legal and Financial Support.  

BIG was established in 1975 and incorporated as a nonprofit national organization under the District of Columbia jurisdiction in 1976. BIG is comprised with over 200 chapters in 11 regions of the U.S., as a national response to the need for African Americans in federal, state and local government service, to organize around issues of mutual concern and use their collective strength to confront workplace and community issues.

                           Please see the attached flyer. 

                        Thank you for thinking BIG!!!!   


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    Blacks In Government/Management Concepts 2019 National         Certificate Program Scholarships 

The National Organization of Blacks In Government (BIG), Inc. and Management Concepts are pleased to announce the 2019 Certificate Program Scholarship!!!  All BIG Members, who have at least two consecutive years as a member in good standing is eligible to apply.  Two (2) Leadership Scholarships will be awarded!!  The Applicants must complete and submit an Essay on the NTI 2019 Topic, “BIG NTI: Your Benchmark for Achieving Excellence in the Workplace,” no less than 500 words and no more than 1,000 words, discussing why you feel the leadership scholarship will enhance your career.  In addition, the essay must address the transformative actions you will bring back to your agency, after completing the Program.

The Recipients must complete all the program requirements within three years of being awarded the Scholarship.  Application deadline is June 30, 2019.

For further information, please contact Ms. Mazella Thomas mazellathomas@aol.com or Ms. Michelle Clark at mclark@managementconcepts.com.  For more information, please download application package from the link below.

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      BIG National/Grantham University 2019 Scholarship 

The National Organization of Blacks in Government (BIG) is partnering with Grantham University to award three BIG members a Certificate scholarship or three (3) $5000 scholarships toward either an undergraduate or graduate degree from the University each calendar year. Scholarship value depends on degree selected and credits transferred.

            2019 Scholarship Dates and Deadlines

·         Scholarship Application Process currently open!!!

·         Scholarship Application Final Submission Date:  July 5, 2019

·         Applicants must complete a 1,000 word essay discussing What the National Training Institute Theme for 2018 - "Leveraging Your Professional Attributes for Sustained Growth and Development” - Means to you.

·     Grantham will notify BIG National of its top selections no later than:  July 15, 2019

Application only available online at https://www.grantham.edu/scholarships/grantham-scholarship-for-the-national-organization-of-black-in-government-b-i-g/

For website issues contact:  trhodes@granthan.edu

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The National Coalition for Equity in Public Service (NCEPS) opposes the implementation of Proposal #11“Reorganizing the U.S. Office of Personnel Management 

The National Coalition for Equity in Public Service (NCEPS) opposes the implementation of Proposal #11“Reorganizing the U.S. Office of Personnel Management of the Trump Administration Reform and Reorganization Plan: Discussion of 35 Government-Wide Proposals.” This proposal is scheduled to be implemented in March of this year. Six national non-profit organizations that promote the participation and advancement of minority and women managers as well as employees in the Federal Government wrote a letter to the Chairman of the Oversight and Reform Committee, in the strongest possible terms, stating that the Office of Personnel Management should remain an independent agency. 

Blacks In Government is one of the six national non-profit organizations that oppose this reorganization. 

Memo of opposition is attached.    
                 
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              Blacks In Government's Position Paper

Opposition of Proposed Legislation Regarding Federal Retirement Benefits Position Paper
 

The National Blacks In Government (BIG) organization is concerned about the proposed changes to the federal employees' retirement system because it will adversely impact thousands of civil servants. BIG believes the four recommended changes to federal retirement benefits will diminish the quality of retirement life for many dedicated and loyal federal employees.

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National Constitution Of Blacks In Government ® (BIG)

P R E A M B L E

We believe that Blacks in government should have the opportunity for full, complete and equitable access to jobs, education, advancement, housing and health services, and that they must have recourse in adverse situations without discrimination because of race.

We further believe that Blacks should unite in order to obtain and secure the rights and privileges of full citizenship participation.  It is necessary to develop a mechanism for inclusion, growth and power for all present and future Black employees in Federal, State and local governments.

Therefore, we, the members of Blacks In Government ® (BIG), in order to act as an advocate for the employment and general welfare of Blacks employed in Federal, State and local governments and to establish a national network of Black Federal, State and local government employees, do hereby establish this constitution for a national organization of Blacks in government.

                                    GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

1.   1. To be an advocate of equal opportunity for Blacks in government.

2.   2. To eliminate practices of racism and racial discrimination against Blacks in government.

3.   3. To promote professionalism among Blacks in government.

4.  4. To develop and promote programs which will enhance ethnic pride and educational opportunities for Blacks in government.

5. To establish a mechanism for the gathering and dissemination of information to Blacks in government.
 

6.  6. To provide a nonpartisan platform on major issues of local, regional, and national significance that affect Blacks in government.

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!
 
On this Veterans Day, Blacks In Government salutes our Veterans and extend our gratitude for their service. They are our members, relatives, friends, neighbors and co-workers. These individuals committed to a cause larger than their own and accepted the challenge to defend our Nation.
Our Veterans put everything on the line to protect our freedom. We may never be able to repay them for their sacrifice, but we can show them just how much we appreciate all that they've done. Everyone can do something to let Veterans know how much we appreciate their service.
                            Visit http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/veterans-day/

It takes great courage for a soldier to risk life and limb for his/her country and as civilians we must honor these heroes. This is the basis of the Veterans Day celebration.
 
Honor these great men and women with words of appreciation.
 
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!
 
 
 
 
 
Click the link below to hear the Bebe Winans song:
 
 
                                      The History of Veterans Day
 
November 11, or what has come to be known as Veterans Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor Armistice Day - the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. President Woodrow Wilson honored the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations..."

In 1954, Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, struck out the word "Armistice" and inserted the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Between 1968 and 1975, Veterans Day was moved around on the calendar, sometimes even appearing on the last Monday of October. Finally on September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.