Hello!  Hope your holiday and year-end season is going well so far. Been quite a year -- sure we all look forward to a more normal year in 2021 :)

We wanted to share some updates and ask for your help as we plan for 2021:

1) FYI - there have been some interim management changes for Portland District and Cornfoot.  Reece is now the interim Plant Manager; Scott Manier is now the interim Portland Postmaster. The good news is that both Reece and Scott will be supporting the GPPCC and will serve as co-Postal Chairs! I met Scott today, and he is excited to be part of our team, and we are excited to have him join us!

2) 2020 Mailers & Shippers Conference. Last month's in-person conference was a real success (especially in light of the Covid world we live in). We are working on seeing if the videos of the keynote presentations turned out, and if so we'll pass your way.  We also took some pictures we hope to share too.

3) 2021 Monthly meetings. We will stay with meeting on the second Thursdays 9:00 - 10:00 am at Cornfoot and on Zoom.  The first meeting will be on January 14th.  All January in-person and Zoom attendees will receive our new GPPPC face mask!  Also, all in-person attendees will also receive a new GPPCC mug we are developing.

4) We need your topic ideas!  We are starting to plan for our 2021 webinars and lunch & learn events, and want your ideas for value-added topics.  Please email me or Ellen Koch (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you have ideas. We are also looking for ideas for our monthly meeting postal enrichment and industry enrichment times (and are looking for people to share at our industry enrichments; both of these enrichment times are planned for 15-20 minutes each).

5) We are looking for Mail related success stories!  We are interested in hearing about how Mail has been used to benefit your organization. One of the purposes of hearing your story is that we are submitting some stories as part of our national PCC award submissions for both 2020 and looking ahead to 2021. Email me if you have something to share.

We successfully completed over 15 GPPCC related meetings and events this year, which is pretty amazing under the circumstances of dealing with a once in 100 year pandemic. Thank you for your participation and support!  We are looking forward to a better 2021 -- and the good news is that the vaccines are coming!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wes Friesen, Industry Co-Chair and on behalf of Reece Steelman and Scott Manier, Postal Co-Chairs

December 1, 2020
Shipping Strategy – Products and Services – Markes Lucius, USPS Director of Product Management - Shipping
Headquarters PCC Program Office
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST
Link to join virtual event:
Password: 743055
USPS Holiday Mailing & Shipping Tips - USPS Sr. Sales Executives, Donna Fahler & Frances Laskowski
South Jersey PCC – Atlantic Area
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive ZOOM invite
December 2, 2020
EDDM/Holiday Shipping/Price Change/Operation Santa
Nevada Sierra PCC – WestPac Area
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST
Register to attend:
December 3, 2020
Business Customer Gateway Redesign – Presented by Mike Filipski, USPS Business Process Specialist
Sioux Falls Area PCC – WestPac Area
10:00 AM CST
Link to join virtual event:
Password: 969626
Informed Visibility & Seamless Acceptance – Presented by Tom Mackel, President Engage Marketing
Sierra Coastal PCC – WestPac Area
11:00 AM PST

Register to attend:

December 3, 2020
USPS Operation Santa and Holiday 2020
Sacramento PCC – WestPac Area
11:00 AM PST
Register to attend:
PCC Advisory Committee Reporting On News You Need To Know From MTAC – Recap of the November Mailers Technical Advisory Committee meeting
PCC Advisory Committee
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST
Link to join virtual event:
Password: 214702
Holiday Celebration Meeting
Arizona Desert Skies and Albuquerque PCCS – WestPac Area
4:00 PM MST
Register to attend:
December 4, 2020
#USPSOperationSanta Webinar
Cincinnati and Central Ohio PCC – Central Area
10:00 AM EST

Register to attend:

December 4, 2020
Back to Basics – Part 11 – In Spanish – Flats Basic Design Elements and USPS 2021 Price Change
Caribbean PCC – Southern Area
9:30 AM EST
Link to join virtual event:
Password: 464961
For more information contact Olga at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fall General Membership Meeting
Greater Baltimore PCC – Atlantic Area
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
WMPCC Holiday Gala Virtual Event
West Michigan PCC – Central Area
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST
Register to attend:
December 8, 2020
Central Florida PCC Holiday Luncheon – Dubsdread Central Florida PCC – Southern Area
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM EST
Register to attend:
Informed Delivery Campaigns & 2021 Rate Changes – Dave Lewis, President SnailWorks
Greater Wilmington Area PCC – Southern Area
11:45 AM – 2:00 PM EST
Register to attend:
DMPCC Holiday Event – Guest Speaker, Jim Hermann, Hawkeye District Manager – USPS Updates and 2021 Rate Changes Des Moines PCC – Central Area
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM CST

Contact Natalie Welter to attend at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

December 9, 2020
Detroit Holiday Gala – Featuring Holly & USPS Operation Santa Detroit PCC – Central Area
1:00 PM EST
Register to attend at:
December 11, 2020
Greater St. Louis PCC Virtual Holiday Planning – Featuring Holly & USPS Operation Santa Greater St. Louis PCC – Central Area
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM CST
Link to join virtual event:
December 18, 2020
Home For the Holidays Virtual Tour – Margaret L. Sellers Processing & Distribution Center San Diego and Inland Empire PCC – WestPac Area
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PST

Register to attend at:

Hello!  We had a good monthly meeting today along with a profitable Conference planning session. Here are some updates and description of the 5 attachments to this email:

1) Today's Monthly Meeting: we had informative presentations by Ellen Koch on Seamless Acceptance and Tommy Werbin on USPS related facts.  Both of their presentations are attached.

2) Parcel and Packages Webinar: Wednesday, October 21st 11:00 - 12:00 on the same Zoom link we have been using.  More details to follow.

3) Mailer and Shipper Conference: Thursday, November 12th at Cornfoot.  The conference just keeps getting better and more valuable! Attached is an updated conference flyer. One addition is that we will have an optional Plant tour in the afternoon.  Also, Moonlight BPO will be donating cool backpacks to add to the list of freebies for all attendees! Attached is the draft schedule for the day, so you get a feel for all the valuable education, networking, and fun we are planning.

We will have to limit attendance to the first 50 Industry people that register.  So, please register now so you don't miss out!  You can register at our website, or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  You can pay the $49 fee via check, PayPal or a card. (FYI: we will be in a very safe environment: Cornfoot is being diligently sanitized every day; we will be wearing masks -- another freebie will be new, cool PCC masks!; and we'll maintain reasonable social distancing).

The time is also here to start preparing and submitting your Pinnacle Award application (attached). Hard deadline is October 31st. Also, it looks like we have room for 10 Exhibitors this year, and 3 spots are taken.  If you want to reserve a spot please email me soon.

FYI - below is a copy of the national award recognition we received at the recent National PCC Day :)

Thank you for your participation and support of the GPPCC. We look forward to seeing some of you at the October 21st webinar, and truly hope to see 50 of you at our November 12th Conference!


Wes Friesen, Industry Co-Chair in partnership with Reece Steelman, Postal Co-Chair


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Thursday, October 8, 2020 Cornfoot Road in person at 9:00 a.m.

            Zoom Meeting #: 160 549 5325  Password: 939460


GPPCC Meet and Greet – 9:00 to 9:05


Call to Order

Attendee Introduction


Officers & Team Leaders:

·        Industry Co-Chair –Wes Friesen

  • Postal Co-Chair – Reece Steelman
  • Vice Chair – Scott Brenton
  • Communications –Timothy Michael

·        Secretary – Taylor Dole

·        Treasurer – Melanie Harrington
·        Education – Ellen Koch
·        Membership – Marilyn Webber
  • Postal Liaison – Kirsten Sherrill/Lynn Yut
  • Annual Conference – Team


Co-Chairs Update


Industry Enrichment: Ellen Koch, Moonlight BPO


Postal Enrichment: TBD   

Committee Updates:

Membership – Marilyn Webber


Education – Ellen Koch

Wednesday, October 21 Webinar: Parcel/Package Symposium 11:00 - 12:00 pm PST

Communications - Tim Michael

Annual Conference – Thursday, November 12th   @ Cornfoot  Wes/Kirsten

Social – Wes Friesen


New & Old Business:  Refer to GPPCC Remaining Calendar

Next Board Meeting:


10:00 Adjourn


When: Thursday, November 12 at the 7007 NE Cornfoot USPS Center (8:00AM - 4:00PM)
           Early Bird Registration (through 11/9) $49
           Registration (after 11/9) $59
           Exhibitor Booth $250
Register here on or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you would like to Exhibit please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Mailer’s Conference is the place to be to learn, grow, network and improve yourself and your team! This is the one event that brings together the top mailers, leading vendors and suppliers, and the leaders and experts from the United States Postal Service in one place.

We have an inspiring keynote speaker lined up -- Charles Marshall, who will share the "Seven Secrets of Success". We will also have an important keynote address from USPS District Manager Bill Schwartz.  There will be fve breakout seminars to choose from covering topics like Informed Delivery & Visibility, Shipping Strategy, Small Business Initiatives, Building High Performance Teams, and other useful topics.

The registration fee includes a light breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Also included are a Gift Bag, Conference Program and a Backpack – and the first 50 people who register will get a free copy of the book “Seven Secrets of Success". Attendance will be limited so don’t procrastinate and register soon!

COVID-19 Precautions

The conference planning team thought it would be helpful to summarize the safety protocols that we will be following at the conference. We will be following all the COVID safety guidelines for Multnomah County, including masks, social distancing, sanitation, etc.) 

Here is a list of safety protocols:

1) The Cornfoot facility itself is very safe. The facility undergoes diligent sanitation every day, and has state-of-art HVAC systems in place. All employees and visitors are wearing masks. In the past 7+ months there has been no spread of COVID within the facility. 

2) We will all be wearing masks.  When we arrive in the front lobby, we will get a baggie with the new PCC mask (fun!) and a bottle of sanitizer.

3) We will have a temperature check scanner when we arrive into the meeting area.

4) We will be maintaining social distancing.

5) The food items will be individually packaged.