1st GENERAL MEMBERSHIP LUNCHEON AT OLD TOWN TEQUILA FACTORY
On September 1, we had a nice turnout for our first general membership luncheon, held at the Old Town Tequila Factory. As is usual, change takes some adjustments. Elizabeth Ahlgren, SDEA-R EC member, made a very interesting and informative presentation on Essential Oils and gave out prizes, too! Thank you, Elizabeth.
The proposed 2018-19 Goals and Rules of Operation were approved as emailed. The proposed By-law change for adding the President Emeritus went through some amendments, but was ultimately referred back to the Executive Committee for further review.
Outgoing EC member, Gail Boyle, was recognized for her valuable contributions to the SDEA/CTA/NEA-R Executive Committee with a certificate of appreciation. While Gail will no longer be active on the EC, she will be taking over maintenance of the Data Base from Tim Jenkins.
Back by popular demand is our red SDEA-Retired shirt that was inspired by the movie RED (at a cost of $10.00). We took orders for sizes that we did not have on hand. We need a minimum of 12 to place the order. If you would like a shirt, contact Norma Heeter by email to place the order. We have 3 size large shirts on hand and can get them to anyone needing that size.
Finally, if you have any donations for the holiday gift basket raffle (baskets, gift cards, wine, jewelry, etc.) that you would like to donate, contact Norma and we will work out getting the items from you.
Our next major event is the Joint Open Enrollment Seminar on October 25th at 2:00 p.m. at the SDEA (active) Auditorium. An informational flyer was sent out with the new membership year document and can also be found on the website sdea-r.org. Reminders will be sent out in the future.
Norma Heeter, Appointed SDEA-R President Emeritus
New Retiree and "Experienced" Retiree TGIRT
On Thursday, May 31, SDEA-R held the Welcome New Retirees TGIRT (Happy Hour) for new and current retirees. Those attending had a really good time with Joan Robinson and Sherman Skeete being the two members who have been retired the longest (since 2000). New retiree, April West, got the equivalent of her first year's local membership for signing up that day. Welcome, April. Attached are some photos of the event at BJs. Thanks to Valarie Davidson for organizing the event.
REDENBAUGH TAKES THE HELM!
On Monday, July 16, 2018, Debra Redenbaugh conducted her first SDEA/CTA/NEA-R Executive Committee in great style. Norma Heeter was appointed as President Emeritus (immediate past president) with voting privileges on the Executive Committee. Terry Pesta is serving his second term as Vice-president, while Sandra Ambrosi is again the Treasurer. New to the Executive Committee: E. Rae Riner began her term as Recording Secretary and Elizabeth Ahlgren assumed the position as a Liaison to the SDEA Rep Council. Switching positions, Joyce Heyn is now serving as Corresponding Secretary. Claudia Weimer and Valarie Davidson continue in their roles as Liaisons to SDEA Rep Council. Judy Thomas and Ann Norman were appointed again to sit on the District Health and Welfare Benefits Committee.
One item that will be going to all members and will also be posted on the website is the permanent change to the By-laws to add the past president as President Emeritus to the Executive Committee. Wording of that change will be forthcoming from President Deb and the By-law change will be voted on at the first general membership meeting on September 10, 2018 at the Old Town Tequila Factory.
All 2018-19 membership information will be hard copied mailed or sent via email around August 1st. New this membership year is that annual dues is no longer an option due to tracking issues. Annual members many now pay by STRS payroll deduction, which is actually less or become lifetime members. Information will be in the mailings/emails.
Following the business meeting, Executive Committee Members assembled hard copy mailings that will go out to all members who do not have email addresses on file with SDEA-R. Amazingly that is 450 plus members.
Members Enjoy Buffet ! Serious Business---- By-Law Change Proposal.
Deb Redenbaugh leads SDEA-R! Did you get that down, Rae? We have to lick envelopes? Having fun yet, Deb?
PROPOSED BY-LAW CHANGE ADDS PRESIDENT EMERITUS POSITION
The SDEA/CTA/NEA-R Executive Committee voted at its last meeting to propose a permanent change to the By-laws that allows the immediate past president (called the President Emeritus) to sit on the SDEA-R Executive Committee. Wording of the proposed By-law change is listed below. The By-law change will be voted on at the first general membership meeting on September 10, 2018 at the Old Town Tequila Factory. A copy of the By-laws in full appear on the website under Docs and Links and click on side bar Archives.
Proposed change is below in bold black type.
Section 8: Appointed Positions
Section 8-A. The Executive Committee may appoint members:
1. To serve on the SDUSD Health and Welfare Benefits
2. To serve on the SDUSD Health Care Trust;*
3. To serve as the liaison to VEBA;*
4. *These appointed positions will serve on the Executive Committee with full voting rights after their appointment
has been approved at the next General Membership meeting following their appointment.
5. To serve in areas of need to the Association that are identified by the Executive Committee;
Section 8-B. The President Emeritus (immediate past president) may serve on the Executive Committee with full voting rights. If the immediate past president is not able to fill the position, the current President, with Executive committee approval, may appoint a past President to the position:
1. To ensure continuity during governance transitions and organizational change,
2. To help ensure the appropriate succession of Executive Committee Members,
3. To support the President in his/her role,
4. To provide continuity to the organization by providing historical context for issues
5. To actively participate in Executive Committee Meetings,
6. To perform other duties as requested by the President/Executive Committee.
CalSTRS CEO Jack Ehnes CTA-R President Marc Sternberger CTA President Eric Hein Addres
Speaking on Pensions Addressing Local Retiree Chapters the Retirees
Judy and Val at the 7/16 EC meeting. Welcome Elizabeth. Stamps? Who has the stamps?
TGIRTers Partying !
Enrollment Forms (Press Button to Access)
Elizabeth delivering purses and toiletries to CTA Women's Caucus.
April West and Sherm Skeete Karen Berg and Yolanda DiLorenzo
SDEA-R MOVIE CLUB AND BOOK CLUB
CTA-R Issues Conference
On March 1-2, 2018, one hundred and thirty plus retirees attended the annual CTA-R Issues Conference in Torrance, CA. SDEA/CTA/NEA-R members attending were Elizabeth Ahlgren, Cathy Crawford, Marylen Haines, Norma Heeter, Ann Norman, Henry Powel and Sherman Skeete. A multitude of session were offered ranging from educator pensions to healthy brain/lifestyle to CTA/NEA Member Benefits and more. Participants were updated on state and national issues of concern to our retirees by CTA (active) President Eric Heins and NEA Lobbyist Dr. Silvia Johnson. FYI: over all CalSTRS is doing well and current retirees do not have to worry about losing/reducing our pensions. A bit of information, CalSTRS females now have a life expectancy of age 90 and males 87.5. Our oldest member is 109 years old! Of great concern: we are most likely to lose agency fee in the Supreme Court Janus case, which affects our membership and our bargaining power. While we have many challenges in Washington, we have had some wins: children’s health insurance renewed for 10 years; Affordable Care Act weakened, but survives; Educator $250 tax deduction retained; student load deduction saved; graduate student tuition waivers remain untaxed; Excise tax on high cost health plans pushed back 2 yrs. to 2020.
Of great importance to us in California is the Election of a new Superintendent of Instruction. CTA and CTA-R have endorsed Tony Thurmond. Tony is now as well known is Southern California, so please avail yourselves of information about him and consider supporting his candidacy. I will be forwarding CTA information on Tony in the future.
Gavin Newsome is the CTA/CTA-R endorsed candidate for Governor. Please be informed and consider supporting him. He is educator/education supportive and keep in mind that he has the power to make 5 appointments to our CalSTRS Board.
FANTASTIC FINAL LUNCHEON MEETING!
The last General Membership luncheon meeting for the membership year was jammed full of members, speakers and elections. Speakers on the SDSU OLLI program with lifelong learning enrichment classes, etc. and the Angel Flight West Earth Angels volunteer driving program enlightened our attendees. Check them out on the web if you could not attend. www.osherfoundation.org
The results of the election for the SDEA-R Executive Committee are as follows:
President- Debra Redenbaugh
Vice President- Terry Pesta
Recording Secretary- Rae Riner
Corresponding Secretary- Joyce Heyn
Treasurer- Sandra Ambrosi
SDEA Rep Council Liaisons:
Elizabeth Ahlgren, Claudia Weimer and Valarie Davidson as Alternate.
Thank you to all for stepping up and volunteering to serve!
As always, members step up to help others. Thank you to those who brought purses and toiletries for the CTA Women’s Caucus Purse Packing Project. They have been delivered to the CTA Women’s Caucus contact for distribution.
DON’T FORGET TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP!
A reminder to previous SDEA-R Annual dues payers that renewals are due by September 1, 2018 for the 2018-19 membership year. An email was sent out August 1st to all annual dues payers concerning the change in dues options.
Due to the ongoing issues SDEA-R has had with the annual membership dues option, SDEA-R is no longer offering the annual dues payment. Members often forget to renew their dues and SDEA-R has to make repeated contacts, which are often unsuccessful. Payments by mail have often not reached us, causing us to do a lot tracking, etc. (Please keep in mind that your Executive Committee is made up of all volunteers). Therefore there are now two membership option starting this coming membership year, September 1, 2018-August 31, 2019.
Renewing membership via the STRS payment option. Monthly Deduction from CalSTRS Pension Check: $1.25 monthly. This option is actually $5.00 less than the $20.00 yearly payment and can be stopped at any time.
Lifetime Dues Payment SDEA-Retired: $150
The SDEA-R Membership form was sent to annual dues payers, but can be accessed on this website. You just need to fill it out and send it to the SDEA-R address. SDEA-R will process the STRS payment option for you.
SDEA-R hopes you understand the reasons for the change and will continue your membership via one of the two available options.
Debra Redenbaugh, SDEA/CTA/NEA-R President
Gail is Appreciated !! Hallelujah! Free Silver Fit for Retirees! Our Friend Heather, from VEBA.
WHAT DOES THE SDEA/CTA/NEA-R Membership DO FOR US?
The union is the only group that can negotiate with a district for benefits that may be received after an employee retires. In our case, it is the supplement from the Joint Health Trust that can help pay for our health insurance premiums until the age of 67. Other locals have negotiated for different benefits. As SDEA-R, we lobby with the district, state legislature, and Congress about issues that affect us, like the premium processing fee that SDUSD was imposing on us for handling payment for our health insurance. We, SDEA-Retired, got that removed by lobbying SDEA and SDUSD! At the state level, working with CTA-R, we focus on pension and other issues with which retirees deal. At the national level we work with NEA-R on Social Security Offset, educational issues and health care issues, among others. Our dues support those activities, along with many others.
Our membership in SDEA/CTA/NEA-Retired, makes us eligible to continue to participate in many economic benefits available to active members. Here is a partial list:
*CTA Group Legal Services (One half hour of advice & consultation relating to retirement benefits, health & welfare benefit issues and substitute employment.)
*Vision Service Plan
*Long Term Care Plans
*Entertainment, travel, and purchasing discounts
*1 million dollars liability
*No-fee, low-rate VISA/Master Card
At the local level, our dues are used for paper, printing, envelopes and postage for our yearly, hard copy, informational mail outs to 450 of our 800 plus members, for whom we do not have email addresses. Other printing costs include flyers and agendas for our meetings, luncheons and seminars. In addition, we have luncheon costs for guests and speakers and sometimes luncheon room charges. We also have a website that costs us yearly for the domain and the carrier. Each year we have expenses for a new retiree welcome event, whether it be a party or happy hour. Also, each year, we try to send the president and the treasurer to the CTA-R Annual Leadership Conference.
The SDEA-Retired Executive Committee is made up of all volunteers, who spend their own time, travel expenses and efforts on behalf of our retirees.
We hope this clarify just what membership in SDEA/CTA/NEA-R does for us.
Norma J. Heeter, Proud Past President of SDEA-Retired