This Week’s News and Notes: Please Help ZTL Member in Need
Thursday, October 18, 2012

Atlanta Center member Ian Kelley and his wife, Jessica, are going through a very difficult and tragic time. Ian is in the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program (VLTP) and needs the help of NATCA brothers and sisters with donations.

A few weeks ago, Ian and Jessica’s 4-year-old son, Henry, wasn't feeling well and they took him to the hospital. Henry was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Emergency surgery was performed. However, the surgeons could only remove about half of the tumor. The remaining tumor was diagnosed as fatal. Ian and Jessica have taken Henry home to care for him and make his last weeks as comfortable as possible.

In order for Ian and Jessica to be able to stay at home as well as absorb the extra expense of the hospital bills, he has been approved for the VLTP. We are asking for your help to get Ian the time away from work so that he can be with his wife and son. In addition to this, his ZTL family has been collecting donations.

You can view our online database of all NATCA members needing leave donations here:

We ask that you please consider making a donation to assist them if you have leave to spare and we thank you for any help you can provide.

If you know a member that is also in the VLTP and needs to be added to our database, please email Director of Communications Doug Church (

Archie League Award Nominations Due Dec. 31

The ninth annual Archie League Medal of Safety Awards will be presented on March 6, 2013 at Communicating for Safety (CFS) in Las Vegas. We are now accepting nominations for the awards through Dec. 31.

Please take a few moments to think of notable and extraordinary efforts made by your brothers and sisters at the facility this year to ensure safety. They would be great candidates for an Archie League Medal of Safety award and we urge you to nominate them.

Click here for more information.

Check Out Our New Websites for CFS/Reloaded

There are two great new websites now available for your usage and enjoyment – courtesy of the work of the Outreach and Special Events staff, the Safety Committee and the Reloaded Committee – and we invite you to check them out:

NEW Communicating for Safety website, please click here.
NEW Reloaded website, please click here

Do You Yet “Like” Our NATCA Facebook Page?

Between issues of The NATCA Insider, our NATCA Facebook page ( is the best place to go to get quick bites of news, information, photos and other material. We want to hear from you about your photos, events, outings and news. Either post to the NATCA wall or send ideas for Facebook page postings to either Doug Church ( or Sarah Dunn (

Upcoming Retirement Seminars

November 7 - Detroit/Romulus, Mich.
November 16 - Cleveland
November 30 - Indianapolis
December 7 - Atlanta/Peachtree City, Ga.
December 11 - Hauppauge/Ronkonkoma, N.Y.
If you wish to register for one of the above referenced seminars, please do so by signing on to the NATCA Portal:

Please verify the personal information listed for you including email and cell phone number. If any information is incorrect or missing, please correct or add it under the "My Profile" tab.

To register for a seminar, click the "Events" tab. Then click "2012 Retirement Seminars-Membership Registration." Complete the requested information and hit "next." When you come to the screen listing the seminars, click on the box next to the one you wish to attend, hit "next," verify your requested seminar information and then click on the "done" key. You will receive a confirmation email that your registration was complete.

Spouses and significant others are also invited to attend. Please ensure that you add them to the registration when asked if you will be bringing a guest.

For your guide to “Understanding your NATCA Federal Benefits Package,” please visit this Web site: If you attempt to register for a seminar on this site, it will automatically lead you to the NATCA Portal.

If you have any questions regarding these events, registration process – or would like to have a retirement seminar take place in your area - please contact Sallie Sullivan at NATCA’s National Office by either emailing her at or calling 202-220-9803.

Do We Have Your Current Contact Information?

Visit Under the "My Profile" tab, please verify and update your address, email and cell phone number. If you have never used your NATCA Portal, there are step-by-step instructions to register on the opening page.

New Addition for a National Office Employee

Many of you know Senior Support Staff Specialist Charry Jimenez through your interaction with both the National Office and the NATCA Store. We are pleased and honored to announce the arrival of Isabelle Angeline Jimenez, the second child born to Charry and her husband, Patrick. Isabelle entered this world at 10:59 a.m. EDT on Oct. 13, weighing in at 8 lbs, 4.4 oz. Both Isabelle and Charry are both happy and healthy. Congratulations to Charry, Patrick, and big sister Olivia!