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UWM Announcements

Fall Fundraiser

                            UWM Presents:

    FALL CELEBRATION LUNCHEON

        

           Cost:        $40.00

          When:     Tuesday, September 17, 2024

          Time:       1:00pm – 4:00pm

          Where:     Olde Philadelphia Inn

                           9510 Philadelphia Road

                           Baltimore, MD 21237

                            

               Deadline to Purchase Tickets:

               Tuesday, September 3, 2024

 

                   Make checks payable to:

                       United We Matter

                        P.O. Box 44102

                    Nottingham, MD 21236

                Memo Line: Fall Celebration

          *****HERE IS THE MENU ******

 

  • All lunches served with tossed salad

  • All Lunches served with fries

  • Pub Battered Rockfish (A Maryland favorite).

  • Turkey Sandwich w/lettuce & tomato

  • Chicken Fingers (white meat tenders)

  • Hot Roast Beef or Hot Turkey (served open face on white bread with gravy)

  • Shrimp Salad (Made Fresh Daily)

  • Classic BLT - Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato on white toast with mayo

 

In addition, these menu items are available for everyone:

  • Maryland Crab Soup

  • Meatballs

  • Ice Cream Bar

  • Soda, Coffee, Tea

* Proceeds go to fund

UWM Save A Senior Campaign

June 19, 2024

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January 13, 2024

NOTICE

United We Matter Member meeting scheduled for January 17, 2024.

ALERT 

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Maryland General Assembly

December 18, 2023

MD General Assembly considering giving illegal aliens FREE HEALTHCARE!

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United We Matter Rally

November 2, 2023

SAVE A SENIOR CAMPAIGN RALLY

January 10, 2023

11:00am - 12:30pm

EVERYONE IS INVITED!  

Click here for more details. 

See you there!

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United We Matter Rally

October 21, 2023

5th Anniversary of Fitch v. Maryland
ONLINE Meeting

November 13, 2023

6:15pm - 7:20pm

United We Matter Members Only  

Click here for more details. 

See you there!

5th Anniversary of Fitch v. Maryland

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Announced October 4, 2023

Fitch v. Maryland DISMISSED!

       

     The Court has dismissed the case of Fitch v. Maryland. Now its time for us to appeal. That is why I need to thank everyone who donated to help with appeal costs. Your donation has given us the opportunity to continue our argument through the Courts to get this benefit reinstated.

       The attorney will discuss more at the upcoming meeting on October 11, 2023.

                                                    Ken Fitch, President

         

5th Anniversary of Fitch v. Maryland

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Announced September 20, 2023

United We Matter Members Only!

       Get Updated on everything that has occurred in the Fitch v. Maryland case and celebrate the five years we have been fighting to reinstate this benefit.  Register Today. 

         Wednesday, October 11, 2023 @ 11:30am

  • Registration closes on September 30, 2023

CLOSED

Meeting for Out of State and Housebound

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Announced July 21, 2023

United We Matter Members Only!

United We Matter is setting up a Zoom meeting for Out of State members and members who were housebound at the time of the June 29th hearing. Register Today. 

                 Wednesday, July 26, 2023 @ 6:15pm

  • Registration closes on July 24, 2023.

  • Link will be sent Wednesday morning. 

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Ken Fitch 05/19 Radio Interview

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Deb Hill, Esq 05/13 Radio Interview

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HEARING SCHEDULED!

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May 3, 2023

Legal Update in Fitch v. Maryland

         The District Court for the District of Maryland  (Greenbelt) has scheduled a hearing in Fitch v. Maryland on June 29, 2023 @ 2:00pm.  The Court will hear arguments on class certification, whether to dismiss the and dissolve the injunction.  

            Support the attorney who has been fighting for you the last 5 years.  Attend the hearing.

Remember United We Matter.

RX Drug Coverage Meeting 

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Announced March 3, 2023

2023 RX Drug Coverage Meeting 

April 11, 2023 11:00AM - 1:00PM

The 4th Circuit has issued an opinion.  What does it mean for our lawsuit?  The Attorney General's Office has filed to dissolve the injunction that has been in place for five years.  What does that mean?  Join Us and find out.  Question & Answer session after the presentation. Seating is Limited. Register Today. 

 

RX Drug Coverage Group Meeting is being Sponsored by United We Matter. 

CANCELLED

Fitch v. Maryland in 2022

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        United We Matter presents the Fitch v. Maryland in 2022 Legal Update Meeting with the lead attorney Deborah Hill, Esq.  Catch up with what has happened with the lawsuit in 2022.

 Attendance limited to United We Matter members.  RSVP Today!

  

           

Announced December 15 2022

New Television Ad Airing 
WBFF MYTV Channel 24 and 45.2

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            United We Matter Television Ads have started airing on WBFF MY TV on Channel 24 and 45.2  I want to thank every donor who contributed to the MEGA Media Blitz to make this happen. 

            If you are a State Retiree and not part of United We Matter – JOIN US.   If you would like to contribute to the Mega Media Blitz, please send a check or money order to:

                                      United We Matter

                                      P.O. Box 44102

                                      Nottingham, MD 21236

     In the memo line: MEGA MEDIA BLITZ or ADS

    Remember – WE MATTER and United we will make a difference!

New Radio Ad Airing 
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         Starting September 5, 2022, United We Matter Radio Ads will start airing on WBEY 97.9, WCTG 96.5 and 101.5 FM.  The production of these ads and their airing are strictly due to donations.  I want to thank every donor who contributed to the MEGA Media Blitz to make this happen. 

            If you are a State Retiree and not part of United We Matter – JOIN US.  Just go to www.unitedwematter.com and hit the gold JOIN US button. If you would like to contribute to the Mega Media Blitz, please send a check or money order to:

                                      United We Matter

                                      P.O. Box 44102

                                      Nottingham, MD 21236

     In the memo line: MEGA MEDIA BLITZ or ADS

 

    Remember – WE MATTER and United we will make a difference!

Fitch v. Maryland Legal Update Meeting 

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        United We Matter is sponsoring the Fitch v. Maryland Legal Update Meeting with the lead attorney Deborah Holloway Hill, Esquire.  Find out what's going on. Attendance limited to United We Matter members.  RSVP Today!

  

           REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

Announced May 30, 2022

1st Annual UWM Bull Roast 

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Announced May 30, 2022

        United We Matter is sponsoring the first Annual Bull Roast.  The Bull Roast is scheduled for October 8, 2022.   For more information 

  

           CLICK HERE

May 2022 Brick & Mortar Meeting

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        United We Matter is sponsoring a Legal and Legislative Update Meeting on May 24, 2022 at Gunpowder VFW 10067, 6309 Ebenezer Road, Middle River 21236 from 11:00am to 2:00pm.  Seating is Limited

  

            REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

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April 6, 2022

Delegate Johnny Mautz to the Rescue!

Delegate Johnny Mautz offered an amendment on the House Floor to reinstate prescription drug coverage for active and retired State employees who had at least 5 years of service prior to 2011 and worked at least 16 years. 

Click here for more info

Fitch Plaintiffs file Response

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April 3, 2022

Legal Update in Fitch v. Maryland

        The Fitch Plaintiffs filed a response to the Defendants, the State of Maryland, Governor Hogan and Secretary Brinkley (DBM) Motion to Certify Interlocutory Appeal on April 3, 2022.

State Files Motion 

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Legal Update in Fitch v. Maryland

The Defendants, the State of Maryland, Governor Hogan and Secretary Brinkley (DBM) through the Maryland Attorney General Office files a Motion to Certify Interlocutory Appeal on March 18, 2022. 

March 18, 2022

House Hearing on HB 892

  Click below to listen and see the virtual hearing on HB 892 held in the Maryland House of Delegates  

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    United We Matter (Ken Fitch) testified in a virtual hearing in front of the Maryland House Appropriations Committee asking for a favorable recommendation for HB 892.  HB892 was sponsored by Delegate Joe Boteler.  The hearing was held on March 15, 2022 at 1:00pm

March 15, 2022

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Senate Hearing on SB 578

    United We Matter testified at the Maryland Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, asking for a favorable recommendation for SB 578.  SB 578 was sponsored by Senator Kathy Klausmeier.  The hearing was held on March 2, 2022 at 1:00pm

SB 578 Hearing (2022)

March 2, 2022

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HB 1230 Hearing (2020)

February 11, 2022

Online Meeting Scheduled

 

Online meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 17, 2022.  The 2022 Legislative bills and Media Blitz will be discussed.  This meeting is for Members Only.  

You must RSVP by 10:00pm February 16, 2022.

Legislative Update - HB 892

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February 9, 2022

 

   Delegate Joe Boteler (with 42 co-sponsors) has filed HB 892 in the Maryland House of Delegates.   This bill seeks to reinstate prescription drug coverage for retirees and active employees who worked at least five years prior to July 1, 2011. 

Legislative Update - SB 0578

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February 3, 2022

(FOR Members ONLY)

Legislative Meeting about SB 0578 has been scheduled for members on 

Saturday, February 5, 2022 @ 6:00pm

 Link will be sent one hour before meeting

Court Order issued in Fitch v. Maryland

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The U.S. District Court of Maryland has issued an Order in Fitch v. Maryland on December 30, 2021. 

Legal update meetings have been scheduled. 

 

Please go to the Member Section for more information.  

December 31, 2021

2022
Make it Right /Fix it Now

  Car Rally 

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Announcement #29
 

     The United We Matter 2022 Mega Media Blitz is starting with the

MAKE IT RIGHT – FIX IT NOW RALLY 

                          Date: 1/12/2022

Location: Annapolis

Time: 945am till?

RSVP for a count

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   Send us an email to RXDrugRally@gmail.com to confirm your attendance. DON'T FORGET TO GIVE YOUR NAME! More info will be sent as we get closer to the date.   

RECAP of Eastern Shore Meeting

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     The Eastern Shore RX Drug Coverage Meeting went very well. 

if you are a member, CLICK HERE for a full recap.  If you are not a member JOIN US.   

New Radio Ad Airing on Eastern Shore
WTDK-FM 107.1 & WI-FM - 100.9 & WCEM - FM 106.3 & WCEM-AM 1240 Sports

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Eastern Shore RX Drug Coverage Group Meeting

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        United We Matter is sponsoring a RX Drug Coverage meeting on 11/18/2021 in Stevensville, Kent Island from 11:30am to 3:30pm

  

             United We Matter members click here to register.

        If you have difficulty signing into the member section or are a Non-Member  click here to register. $10.00 Entry Fee for Non-Members

     

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United We Matter Address Change

United We Matter

P.O. Box #44102

Nottingham, MD 21236

30 Second Commercials  Click below

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UWM Annual Meeting - October 12, 2021

        United We Matter is sponsoring a meeting on 10/12/2021.  

       

        United We Matter members click here to register.

 

        Non-Members click here to register. 

        ($10.00 Fee also needed for entry. Cash or Check Only)

 

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Ken Fitch 08/11 Radio Interview

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Delegate Dan Cox Announces Candidacy

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On this 4th of July 2021, Valerie and I are announcing that I am stepping up to run to be your next Governor of Maryland to restore Freedom to the Free State. My video announcement is linked below on our campaign website.  Thank you for your support and I ask you to consider a contribution by clicking the link below and donating on the secure site, as we need your help to carry this Flag for us and our children. #PoliticsAnsweringToThePeople #FreedomIsNotFree #RuleOfLaw #fourthofjuly2021 #dutyhonorcountry #GodBlessAmerica #MakeMarylandThriveAgain #freedom #dontstopbelieving

https://www.coxforfreedom.com

2021 Lawn Chair Mega Rally 

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Announcement #20
May 22, 2021

      This rally will be a little different -  First it will start at about 5:15pm.  Second - Bring your lawn chair (no Standing if you don't want to) and Third - no walking.  This Rally is a Senior's dream.  You just need to show up. 

       The Rally will be taking place in Catonsville, Baltimore County.  Plan to show for this.  Remember June 9th.   Save the date!   

         Enter your email address to confirm your attendance.  More info will be sent as we get closer to the date.   

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Announcement #19

May 4, 2021

Rally Cancelled due to Weather Forecast

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Check back for the new date and time. 

Sign Up for the Carl Jackson Rally 

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Announcement #18

April 29, 2021

                            REMEMBER THE RALLY IS  AROUND THE CORNER 

     

            Carl Jackson has forgotten he represents us!  LETS REMIND HIM.... 

 

Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Time: 10:00am

Meeting Locale:

Looneys Pub

8706 Belair Rd

Perry Hall, MD 21236

 

                                  Click link below if you wish to attend. 

 

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Announcement #17

Posted 04/24/2021

McIntosh refuses to call vote

     

      Well disappointing. Delegate Szeliga withdrew the Amendment because Delegate McIntosh REFUSED to put it up for a vote in the Appropriations Committee. McIntosh is also a member of the House Rules committee (where HB 1335 was). She represents Baltimore City and yet was in a position to deny thousands of state retirees the right to prescription drug coverage. A right that they earned with their service to the State. For three years this committee has not allowed this bill out of committee. She needs to go.

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Announcement #16

Posted 04/12/2021

CALL, CALL, CALL APPROPRIATIONS

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House Minority Whip, Delegate Kathy Szeliga (Baltimore, Harford County)

Announcement #15

Posted 04/12/2021

Minority Whip Szeliga moves to Amend!

Well well well.  If you got to look at the House Floor Session today, Minority Whip, Delegate Kathy Szeliga moved to amend SB 680 to include the reinstatement of Prescription Drug Coverage.   Of course there were resistance.  Delegate Maggie McIntosh then moved that the amendment be “special order” to the Appropriations Committee.  (Delegate McIntosh is the chair of that committee and that is where all our other bills died.)  There was an argument as to which motion had precedence and the “special order” motion won out backed by Delegate Wilkens who is the “only parliamentarian” in the House of Delegates.     

 

What is a “special order”?  It is when a floor action is postponed until a definite time and date.  Well since this is the last day of session for 2021, it appears this will be in the Appropriations committee in 2022. That’s my take, but it could be wrong.  If I hear differently I will let you know.   So looks like we need to let Delegate McIntosh and Delegate Wilkins feel our presence….... 

 

                                                              RALLY TIME!  

Maryland House Floor Session 04/10/2021

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Announcement #14

Posted 04/10/2021

         Well did you hear it?  The House of Delegates had a debate over whether a bill should pass to allow one judge health care benefits with his pension.  HB 607.  (It passed by the way).   

 

         The debate starts at 9:20 marker.  Delegate McComas (Harford County) could not see the sense in doing this for one judge when thousands of state retirees don’t have prescription drug coverage. That’s at 27.50 marker.  Delegate Szlyega is working hard to get an amendment in.

 

          Oh by the way this was in the morning session.  So a lot of you might have missed it. For those of you who watched the afternoon session, don’t feel bad.  I watched it too – its quite interesting to see how a part of the sausage is made.  

  

To hear the debate click onto the link below. 

https://youtu.be/Qj7DEibohRo

Announcement #13

Posted 04/06/2021

       

·       In June of 2011, the Maryland General Assembly passed a law that eliminated prescription drug coverage for State retirees who reached 65 or retired disabled effectively sentencing them to death.

       In June of 2018, the State of Maryland got around to telling State Retirees that their prescription drug coverage was eliminated seven years earlier.   

        Now when disabled and elderly retirees need their prescription drug coverage the most, the Maryland General Assembly says NO.   Click here to sign the Petition to Save the Lives of the Disabled and Elderly Retirees.  Reinstate the RX Drug Coverage Program

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Announcement #12

Posted 03/22/2021

Fitch Television Interview

       

       Television Interview of Delegate Lauren Arikan and Ken Fitch on Lawyer's Mall in Annapolis Maryland.  State Retirees braved a bucket load of rain  to protest against the elimination of Prescription Drug Coverage.  Click onto the link below.

 

Retired state employees want prescription drug benefits restored | WDVM25 & DCW50 | Washington, DC (localdvm.com)

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Announcement #12

Posted 03/22/2021

Fitch to Interview - March 25, 2021

     Ken Fitch will be interviewed live at 9:55 AM on March 25, 2021 by Dave Norman on WCBC 1270 AM. WCBC covers Western Maryland.   Tune In!   For anyone whose radio will not receive Western Maryland stations - you can click the above link to hear the March 2nd interview LIVE as it happens!. 

Announcement #11

Posted 03/22/2021

      WDVM will be having a press interview with Ken Fitch in Annapolis.  Senator Paul Corderman and Delegate Lauren Arikan have stepped up to show their support in our efforts and will be present during the press conference.  

HB 1335 PULLED!

Announcement #10

Posted 03/22/2021

      Delegate Carl Jackson pulled HB 1335 from the House Rules and Executive Nomination Committee. As a result, there is no bill pending in the General Assembly in 2021 that will address the Prescription Drug Coverage Needs of Retirees who are disabled or 65 and older.  It is a death sentence for every retiree who needs medication to stay alive. 

Car Rally 03/16/2021 & 03/17/2021

Announcement #9

Posted 03/15/2021

       2nd & 3rd Car Rally of 2021!  We will Rock the Capital!  State Retirees will be circling the State House to protest against the elimination of their Prescription Drug Coverage.  The Car Rally Protest will begin promptly at 8:30am.  Please contact Ken Fitch at unitedwematter@gmail.com for more information. 

Announcement #8

Posted 03/07/2021

       1st Car Rally of 2021!  State Retirees will be circling the State House to protest against the elimination of their Prescription Drug Coverage.  The Car Rally Protest will begin promptly at 8:30am.  Please contact Ken Fitch at unitedwematter@gmail.com for more information. 

Car Rally 03/09/2021

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Fitch to Interview on March 2, 2021

     Ken Fitch will be interviewed live at 9:20 AM on March 2, 2021 by Dave Norman on WCBC 1270 AM. WCBC covers Western Maryland.   Tune In!   For anyone whose radio will not receive Western Maryland stations - you can click the above link to hear the March 2nd interview LIVE as it happens!. 

Announcement #7

Posted 02/24

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Announcement #6

Posted 02/19

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Announcement #5

Posted 02/18

Fitch to Interview Live on WCBC

       Ken Fitch will be interviewed live at 9:55 AM on February 24, 2021 by Dave Norman on WCBC 1270 AM. WCBC covers Western Maryland.  A second live interview will occur on March 2, 2021.  Tune In! 

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Announcement #4

Posted 02/11

HB 1335 introduced!

     Delegate Carl Jackson (Baltimore County) has introduced HB 1335 in the Maryland House.  HB 1335 is a bill that seeks to reinstate prescription drug coverage for state retirees who vested into the Maryland State Employee and Retiree Health Welfare and Benefits program.  Call the House Rules and Executive Nomination Committee to show your support!

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Announcement #3

Posted 02/11

Eastern Shore & Western MD ADS

United We Matter will be running radio ads in Western Maryland on WCBC and on the Eastern Shore on WTDK-FM 107.1 and WAAI-FM 100.9.  If anyone would like to donate for these ads, it would be appreciated.  You can hear the radio ads below.

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Announcement #2

Posted 02/6

WCBM - 1st Radio Ad

      I want to thank everyone that sent a check in for the radio advertisement.   We were able to meet our goal!  The radio ad will run on WCBM 680 AM starting  Monday Feb. 15 2021 till Friday, February 19, 2021.  Then the radio ad will run Monday Feb. 22nd and Tues. 23rd.  The ad will be heard two times on the specified days between 6am and 6 pm.  This  could not have happened without your support!  Thank you.   Listen below.                                        

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Radio ADS?

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Announcement #1

Posted 01/26

Hello members,

 

     I have been getting a lot of questions about the radio advertisement.  Thank you for all the questions!  Here is more information,

     The target audience is the 48,000-90,000 State retirees who still live in Maryland and who are affected by the loss of prescription drug coverage. The purpose of the ad is to raise awareness about this issue to generate greater participation to our letter, email and phone campaigns, rallies and demonstrations.  It won't hurt to make the general public more knowledgeable and maybe more sympathetic about our issue. 

      Donate whatever you can. I am looking to run an ad between 6am and 6pm for seven days. The one-minute ad costs $70 a minute. The ad would run 2 or 3 times a day. $10 from 100 members would cover the cost.

      If you decide to donate to the ad  (give whatever you can) please make your checks payable to: United We Matter.  Send it to 111 Warren Road, Suite 7A, Cockeysville, MD 21030.  In the memo line, put in Radio AD.

Ken Fitch

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