African American Postal League United for Success!

Eastern Region

Greetings A-PLUS!

The A-PLUS 30th Annual National Convention held in Philadelphia PA was a rousing success! Thank you to Lou Curry, the Convention Chairperson, the Philadelphia/South Jersey Chapter, the National Executive Board and the entire Eastern Region for the exceptional job of planning, organizing and executing an outstanding Convention. Your hard work was evident in the quality of sessions and the homage paid to our founders.

Secondly, thank you to David Williams, COO, Kristin Seaver, CIO, Dr. Joshua Colin, VP Eastern Area , Jacqueline Krage Strako, VP Great Lakes and all the Postal executives and managers who supported A-PLUS by attending the convention and sharing their experiences and knowledge with us.

I would like to extend special congratulations to Debbie Ector, past National President of A-PLUS, who was the recipient of the prestigious LeGree Daniels Award for her long-time, continued support of A-PLUS and her contributions toward making A-PLUS the outstanding organization it is today.

The Founders Luncheon was the highlight of the convention for me personally. We were blessed to have 8 of the 9 surviving founders of A-PLUS with us at the convention! Looking at the faces of those founding members and their families, I could see the pride they felt as they realized how important a contribution they made to the Postal Service and its employees. Their role, as founders of such a great organization, demonstrates the character and initiative that A-PLUS strives to promote.
After seeing the dynamic organization that A-PLUS has become, our founders have good reason to be proud. Since 1987, A-PLUS has worked to mentor and develop postal employees. Only a small number of African-American managers spearheaded A-PLUS 30 years ago. Now the membership stands at over 1,000. There are currently more than 40 active chapters throughout the United States and we are working to create more involvement and recognition.

The list of the Eastern Region Officers and Board Members are:

  • Bobby Shaw, President
  • Debra Clayton, Director
  • Carl Walton, Vice President
  • Lou Curry, Secretary
  • Vacant, Parliamentarian
  • Jackie McCaskill, Treasurer
  • Melissa Glover, Sgt at Arms
  • Billy Anderson, VP Retirees

In addition to the many training sessions presented over the years, A-PLUS originated “Spotlight on You”, giving members an opportunity to discuss their skills and ambitions with top managers in their area.

Spotlight on You has been very successful, providing detail opportunities for many participants.

The focus of A-PLUS, initially on developing African Americans, has shifted to providing mentoring and developmental opportunities for ALL employees

The convention provided an energetic, dynamic atmosphere where attendees met one-on-one with Postal Managers and Executives, there specifically to assist them with attaining their goals.

The activities, workshops and speakers were outstanding. The excitement of the attendees was exhilarating. With the momentum of the National Convention boosting our spirits, we must continue to show the value of A-PLUS by mentoring, holding educational events, establishing new A-PLUS chapters and increasing membership. It is our task to show the benefits of A-PLUS by conducting quality training and actively mentoring employees. I challenge each of our chapters to make this the best year ever for A-PLUS by increasing our visibility and sharing the benefits of membership.

The Eastern Region is proud of the legacy of A-PLUS that was started 30 years ago in Philadelphia PA. We will continue to celebrate our founders for the sacrifices they made to ensure A-PLUS would be a viable resource for the development of future leaders for the Postal Service.

Bobby Shaw

Eastern Region President

Eastern Region Conference Flyer