Missouri Post Masters come together to discuss ideas and prepare for the future.
After a turbulent year the Missouri chapter of the League of Post Masters has come to Joplin for the group's annual conference.
"We titled our convention 'Road to Recovery', not only because we were having it in Joplin, but also because of the changes the Postal Service is going through right now, and we hope to come out strong and still be a viable organization for years to come," says Pamela Payn, the Missouri Chapter President for the National League of Post Master's.
Concerns regarding Saturday delivery have been on the forefront of many Post Masters' minds. Both the House and Senate recently passed a resolution bill to continue six day delivery, despite wishes from the Post Office.
"It doesn't have to be, that's because they are changing delivery and they are going to deliver parcels on delivery, they aren't stopping six day delivery, and that they can continue on and go to five day delivery on August 5th," says Mark Strong, the National President of the League of Post Master's.
It's a decision that will be decided next week by the board of governors in Washington D.C. But despite the savings financially, not all Missouri Post Masters are quite on board stopping mail service on Saturdays.
"I wish it were another day," says Carolyn Hubach, the Post Master for Helena, Missouri. "Saturday is a long spread to build up mail to try and deliver mail on Monday."
Despite the budgetary issues that the Postal Service has seen in the past year, they say one area they are proud of is the fact that they have not seen a single postal lay off in the past year.
"Come here and say 'we're going to find a place for you', it's not going to be like it was yesterday, but we're going to find a place," says Strong.
Strong also says he hopes the members leave the conferences re-energized and ready to face the future as a united front.
About 40 Missouri Post Master's are attending the conference at Joplin's Holiday Inn. It will continue through Sunday.