Happy Pride Month!

Photo from  Capital Pride 2011

The month of June was chosen for LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. As a result, many pride events are held during this month to recognize the impact LGBT people have had in the world. Brenda Howard is known as the “Mother of Pride”, for her work in coordinating the first LGBT Pride march, and she also originated the idea for a week-long series of events around Pride Day which became the genesis of the annual LGBT Pride celebrations that are now held around the world every June.

On several occasions, the President of the United States has officially declared a Pride Month. First, President Bill Clinton declared June “Gay & Lesbian Pride Month” on June 2, 2000. Then, from 2009 to 2016, President Barack Obama declared June Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.

Keep an eye on our public Facebook Page for information on local events and festivities!

Caribbean Heritage Month Flagship Event

Caribbean Heritage Month flagship event will be on Tuesday, June 13, from 12-1:30pm at GIPA. As per their tradition, they will be taking lunch orders so people can enjoy a Caribbean lunch after the event. If you’re interested please email your order to CIPA by June 2. Please see the attached flyer for menu options, prices, and more information about the event.

Speak Up!: Employee Viewpoint Survey

Marketing FlyerOn May 9, OPM asked a random sample of USPTO employees to participate in the 2017 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS). Some of you are a part of that sample, so please check your inbox for a link to this year’s FEVS from OPM.GOV.

This year’s FEVS slogan is “Speak Up!,”­ and as an affinity group, it’s important that we do just that. Unlike the People Survey, the FEVS goes to a random sample of employees, so not everyone will have an opportunity to take it.

Responses to the survey are completely confidential. Managers and supervisors will have no knowledge of who receives a survey link.

As always, thanks for doing you part to make the USPTO a great place to work.

T-Shirts and More: Check Out Our Shop!

If you missed our t-shirts on Community Day, or saw them and would like to buy one, check out our brand new Lambda Shop. We have so many styles and colors to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find something you like. Plus all profit ($3 out of every sale) will go to the Lambda PTO fund. Since our group has the distinction of being the only one that doesn’t charge membership dues, we could use other ways to raise funds to use for membership events. We are also looking for ideas and graphics you would like to see and wear, so we can expand our selection. So If you can imagine a quirky design that may appeal to PTO folks, we can make it happen!

Save the Date: Pride Celebration at USPTO

Dr. T. Parker-Meredith PhotoJune 7th 2017 at the Knox Conference Center
Time: TBD
This will be a joint LambdaPTO, UMA & FEW event.

Our guest speaker: Lieutenant Colonel & Dr. Tosha Parker-Meredith

After serving almost 25 years in the United States Army and Air Force Reserves, Dr. Parker-Meredith retired in 2012 as a Lt. Col. She had the privilege of serving her great nation while leading hundreds of military troops during various assignments around the world. Having a background in research, healthcare administration, and finance, Lt. Col Parker-Meredith held various senior leadership positions in the military.

A proud graduate of the University of Phoenix, Dr. Parker-Meredith holds a Doctorate of Business Administration and an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the American Fellowship Church. Dr. Parker-Meredith also bolsters Three Master’s Degrees; a Master’s in Business Administration; a Master’s Degree in Adult Education and Training; and a Master’s Degree in Military Operational Art and Leadership. She considers herself a life-long learner and received her undergraduate degree in Administration of Justice from Marian University. Dr. Parker-Meredith is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Theology from Apostolic University, in Cary, NC.

In addition to her ministry and military experience, Dr. Parker-Meredith has over 20 years of experience managing assets up to $2Million through her real estate company, Meredith Real Estate Holdings (MRH). Dr. Parker-Meredith has a solid reputation for providing financial literacy training through her foundation, The Dr. Tosha Meredith Foundation (DTMF). Known for her motivational speaking and teaching all around the world, Dr. Parker-Meredith travels and facilitates on their family’s core values; Authenticity; Integrity; and Transparency. Dr. Parker-Meredith is married to Mrs. Lu’Wana (Elle) Parker-Meredith and together they have two daughters; Kharma Rene’ and Aje Denise. The family has three dogs; Duke, Zeus, and Princess.

Dr. Parker-Meredith is the self-published author of four books and two special publications. All of her self-published books are available on Amazon.Com, BarnesandNoble.Com, and Apple IBooks.

USPTO Blood Drive

For those who can donate: Event FlyerTwo Opportunities to Save Lives
April 20, 2017 from 9AM to 4PM
April 21, 2017 from 9AM to 3PM

Plus a chance to receive Two Tickets* to a Washington Nationals game!

Two Tickets for each of the following games are available as a giveaway for two lucky donors:
Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets, Saturday, April 29th at 1:05PM
Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets, Sunday April 30th at 1:35PM

Two lucky donors will be chosen randomly.

*Donors must go through the screening process on 4/20/17 or 4/21/17 to be eligible for the ticked giveaway.

ResponAbility Meet & Greet

Event FlyerNeed a late afternoon pick me up? Take a coffee break and come out next Thursday, April 20, from 2-3:30 p.m. in the lower atrium of the Madison building. We’ll have free Starbucks, cookies, and cupcakes, as well as our various handouts and information—even a video playing in the background.

Come say hello to your friendly ResponsAbility board and fellow members.