Bold strokes

The Postal Service’s latest Forever stamps, Women’s Rowing, were dedicated May 13 at the Philadelphia Girls’ Rowing Club on the bank of the Schuylkill River.

“Women’s competitive rowing requires strength, endurance and determination, and we hope these new stamps inspire you to push yourself harder to reach your goals and succeed at anything — keep rowing,” Cara M. Greene, the Postal Service’s controller and vice president, told the crowd.

Before the passage of Title IX, the law prohibiting sex-based discrimination in any educational institution receiving federal funds.

“Title IX opened the opportunity for women and girls to grow and grow,” said Sophie Socha, president of the Philadelphia club.

Once the law was passed, women lost no time making their mark on the water.

In 1975, the famed Red Rose Crew took silver in the World Rowing Championships. The next year, female rowers went on to win bronze in the Summer Olympics, their first time competing.

In 1984, the next Summer Olympics in which the United States competed, the women’s team won gold — a feat they replicated in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

Joining Green and Socha for the dedication were Amanda Kraus, CEO of the United States Rowing Association; Carol Bower, Olympic gold medalist and Bryn Mawr College head rowing coach; Elizabeth Milroy, professor emerita of art history, Wesleyan University; and Ashley Keough, who sang the national anthem.

Ethel Kessler, the stamps’ art director, also attended.

Nancy Stahl illustrated and designed the stamps.

The Women’s Rowing stamps are available in panes of 20 at Post Offices and at usps.com.

Strictly business

USPS honored several business customers at this week’s National Postal Forum.

CVS Health and Credit One Bank received the Partnership for Growth Award, which is given annually to companies that have made significant contributions to the mailing and shipping industry.

CVS Health, based in Woonsocket, RI, relies on the Postal Service to deliver more than 50 million prescription orders annually, while Las Vegas-based Credit One Bank uses Informed Delivery to market its financial services and Informed Visibility data to measure the effectiveness of its campaigns.

The Postal Service also presented several mailing industry awards, which are given to recipients in each of the organization’s four geographic areas.

These awards are presented in three categories: Mailing and Digital Innovation Awards, which recognize customers who demonstrate creativity by finding new methods to use mail; Shipping and eCommerce Innovation Awards, which honor customers who implement new technologies to maximize efficiencies; and Innovation and Growth Awards, which recognize companies that take steps to position themselves for significant growth with the Postal Service as a partner.

The Mailing and Digital Innovation Award recipients are:

• UNTUCKit, New York City (Atlantic)

• KeyBank, Cleveland (Central)

• DirectMail.io, Mandeville, LA (Southern)

• Best Friends Animal Society, Salt Lake City (WestPac)

The Shipping and eCommerce Innovation Award recipients are:

• BariatricPal, Inwood, NY (Atlantic)

• LovelySkin, Omaha, NE (Central)

• Metzer Farms, Memphis, TN (Southern)

• eBay, San Jose, CA (WestPac)

The Innovation and Growth Award recipients are:

• EVEREVE, Edina, MN (Central)

• Virtuoso, Fort Worth, TX (Southern)

• Poshmark, Redwood City, CA (WestPac)

The Partnership for Growth Award news release has more information about CVS Health and Credit One Bank, while the online USPS Newsroom’s local news section has releases with more information about the mailing industry award honorees.

NPF, the mailing and shipping industry’s largest annual conference, was held May 15-18 in Phoenix.

What’s next?

Postal Service employees can participate in an upcoming webinar on preparing for retirement.

The session, “Retirement 101,” will be held Thursday, May 26, at noon EDT.

An Aetna representative will conduct the webinar, which will cover how retirement benefits work, including tools and resources to help employees plan changes.

Participants must register before the event on the webinar website. Following the session, every registrant will receive an email with a link to a recording of it.

Participation is voluntary. Nonexempt employees may only participate off the clock or during authorized breaks.

The USPS Wellness LiteBlue page also has retirement planning information.

For more information, email the USPS Benefits and Wellness team.