Honoring Nancy Reagan

People applaud as drape falls, unveiling stamp image

A stamp honoring former first lady Nancy Reagan was dedicated at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, CA, on July 6 — what would have been her 101st birthday.

“As a first lady of both California and the nation, she built a legacy of public service throughout her eventful life,” said Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, one of several people on hand to dedicate the stamp.

“Whether she was giving voice to the needs of America’s Vietnam veterans, promoting foster grandparent programs or raising visibility for important health issues, she was a passionate and effective public advocate for a wide range of causes close to her heart.”

Joining the postmaster general for the ceremony were Dennis Revell, Nancy Reagan’s son-in-law; Ann B. Wrobleski, who worked on Reagan’s Just Say No anti-drug program; Pete Wilson, former governor of California and a board member of the Reagan library and museum; and John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute.

“It’s fitting that this fiercely vigilant and politically astute first lady, who left her stamp on one of the most consequential presidencies of the 20th century, should now be celebrated and commemorated on a Forever stamp of her own,” Revell said.

The stamp’s image is a detail taken from Reagan’s official 1987 White House portrait, an oil-on-canvas work by artist Aaron Shikler. Greg Breeding was the art director.

It shows Reagan (1921-2016) clad in a flowing gown of bright red, her signature color.

“To honor her in this way on what would have been her 101st birthday is a way for Americans to remember her lasting legacy of service,” Wilson said.

The Forever stamp is being issued in panes of 20 and is available at Post Offices and usps.com.

The Postal Service’s July 6 news release has more information. A feature story about the stamp can be viewed at Facebook.com/usps.

Cards on the table

The Postal Service has mailed the latest Delivering for America postcard to employees.

The card focuses on USPS Connect, an important component of the Postal Service’s 10-year plan to achieve service excellence.

Employees may reference the card when speaking with customers or colleagues about USPS Connect, which helps businesses meet consumer demand for fast and affordable package delivery by providing improved access to the Postal Service network.

At the bottom of the card is a QR code that, when scanned, directs employees to the USPS Connect LiteBlue page for more information.

Mailed to employees’ homes this month, the card is the third in a series.

Cards on additional topics will be mailed throughout the year.

News Briefs

Scanning snapshot

Scanning snapshot. A snapshot of Postal Service scanning data shows the national rating was 97.04 percent during the week ending July 1, down 0.11 percent from one week earlier.

The data was collected July 6.

Central led the four areas with a rating of 97.30 percent, while Atlantic ranked last with a 96.83 percent rating.

Among the 50 districts, South Carolina, part of Southern Area, ranked first with a 97.96 percent rating, while California 4, part of WestPac Area, ranked last with a 95.21 percent rating.

Scanning data allows customers to track their mail and packages, which helps USPS deliver excellent service, boost loyalty and drive revenue.

To see the latest data, go to the Informed Visibility website and select “Customer Experience,” followed by “DES 2 Scan Performance.” Postal Service employees must request Informed Visibility access through eAccess.

Delivery data. From April 1-June 24, the Postal Service delivered 93.5 percent of First-Class Mail on time when compared with the organization’s service standard, according to data released last week.

During the same period, USPS delivered 94.7 percent of Marketing Mail and 86.4 percent of Periodicals on time, the figures show.

Postal Bulletin. Postal Bulletin’s June 30 edition features an overview of USPS passport services, along with the latest updates to USPS policies, procedures and forms.

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