Greetings! It has been a few years since we shared this nice benefit for San Diegans.  Since things are opening up more, you may be getting out and possibly having out of town guests to entertain.  This is an economic way to entertain.
Norma Heeter, SDEA-R President Emeritus

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Special Notice for Recently Retired Members


It was a lovely day in Old Town at Casa Guadalajara for our almost back to normal SDEA-R meeting/activity schedule. About 30 folks gathered for the election meeting and luncheon.  The food was delicious and the service by our server, Benjamin, was outstanding.
Detailed minutes will be sent to the membership, but for now the SDEAR Executive Committee results are as follows.  Since no additional nominations were made from the floor, the slate of candidates was elected by acclamation.  The EC members elected are:
President: Debbie Redenbaugh;                                                                                                                                                 Vice-President: Gail Boyle                                                                                                                                                             Secretary:  Norma Heeter

Treasurer: Joyce Heyn

SDEA-R Rep Council Liaisons : Ann Norman, Valarie Davidson, Elizabeth Ahlgren (alternate)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Congratulations and gratitude to these members elected for keeping our organization going strong.  The newly elected EC members start their term on July 1, 2022.

Welcome to our new members, Emma Smith, Phyllis Collins and Cynthia Henry. Due to limited accessibility to the names of those educators retiring this year, if you know of anyone retiring, please encourage them to join SDEA/CTA/NEA-Retired.  They can contact President Deb Redenbaugh at  or by phone 619-846-4804.  On this website there is also a membership form that can be filled out and mailed.

Following the business meeting, 14 door prizes were won by various members.  The prizes were: a $50 gift card donated by Hamid Yazarlou from Horace Mann; Target, Starbucks and Home Depot gift cards from SDEA-R treasury; and an Essential Oil Cleaning Kit donated by Elizabeth Ahlgren as well as tote bags. Alone Twomey won $83 in the 50/50 fundraising raffle.  Thank you to all who supported the 50/50 drawing.

Judy and Great Grandchild

Dear Colleagues,
In 2007, I lost my home in the San Diego fires.  United Policy Holders is a non-profit organization that goes in to disaster areas to assist the survivors.  I have personally worked with this organization as they helped in the 2007 SD fires, the Lilac Fire and the other Alpine fire.  I am sharing the email below that has suggestions for fire preparedness.  Please read it as I would not want anyone else to go through such a disaster.
Norma Heeter, SDEA-R Secretary, President Emeritus, Past President.

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Movie Club Dates
Canceled Until Further Notice

Book Club Dates

Canceled Until Further


              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.)
       *Automobile insurance
       *Homeowners insurance
       *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

Judy and Great Grandchild

                               FIRST SOCIAL BREAKFAST IN A LONG TIME

The Broken Yolk Café is Mission Valley was the gathering-place for our first breakfast social since the pandemic.  Outside on the patio, the weather was great and the camaraderie even better.  Twenty-three retirees enjoyed good food, good service by the restaurant staff and a few updates from Debbie Redenabaugh, SDEA/CTA/NEA-R President.

Attendees were treated to prize drawings consisting  of a variety of gift cards, like Target, Starbucks and Home Depot, along with a few items like calendars, bags, etc.

Information will be forthcoming about the TGIRT happy hour to be held on the patio at BJ’s in Mission Valley on October 21st.   In addition, there will be a Holiday Kickoff Luncheon on November 15 tentatively set for Old Town outdoors.  Information will be forthcoming on that event, also.  Due to ongoing issues with COVID 19 and the variants, the November Holiday Kickoff will be in lieu of the annual December Holiday luncheon.

                                                                        CHEERS to ALL 

and especially to those who attended the May 26th Happy Hour, lovingly known as TGIRT (Thank Goodness I’m Retired Thursday).  The last SDEA-R event until September was held on the patio of BJs in Hazard Center, Mission Valley.  The weather cooperated and 20 plus current members and two new retirees, attended. It was great seeing retired colleagues again.  Congratulations to new retiree Bridget Sullivan  and Leslie Snow (who retired last year, but has been subbing).  We hope they will become our newest members.
Five attendees won $10 gift cards for BJs.

Judy Thomas

After a hiatus of two years, San Diego Unified resumed honoring employees with a retirees’ reception on the District Lawn. Retirees received certificates and retirees had a chance to introduce themselves, sharing their names, school sites or positions, and years in the District.  The one with the most years in attendance taught 44 years at the same site and even attended school there.  
Retirees were treated to food prepared by the District Cantina.
School Board Members, Sharon Whitehurst-Payne and Richard Barrera, addressed the retirees, thanking them for their service to children and the District.
SDEA-R Executive Committee Members, Gail Boyle, Norma Heeter, Joyce Heyn and Elizabeth Ahlgren were present to inform the new retirees about membership in SDEA-Retired.  I t has been difficult for the past two years to get access to the names of new retirees, so SDEA-R could contact them.
Unfortunately the turnout for the reception was low.

                                        JUDY, JUDY, JUDY! 

Judy Thomas an amazing woman, parent, family member, friend, colleague, union advocate and beloved teacher to so many children near and far, passed in April.  She left behind a legacy reaching way beyond education, but her educator life is our focus here.

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