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
THE ANNUAL MAY OUTING:
THE CALIFORNIA WOMEN’S MUSEUM
On Wednesday May 8, 2019, SDEA-R members gathered at the California Women’s Museum at Liberty Station for the organization’s annual outing. The museum has been in this location since 2012. This was the second time SDEA-R has visited the museum. A knowledgeable docent provided us with background information on trailblazing women from our state. In addition to suffragette memorabilia, a display of purses from many eras was the featured display. Folks who are members of the museum have access to the archives on the second floor.
What is an outing unless there is lunch! Participants migrated to the Marketplace where an abundance to different foods were available from which individuals could choose. 05/2019
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SDEA-R MOVIE CLUB AND BOOK CLUB
FALL TGRT GET TOGETHER
BJ's Hazard Center, Mission Valley, was the site of the November 7th "favorite team jersey" themed event. A nice turnout of members enjoyed food, drinks and camaraderie. Two of our newer retirees, Janet and Gizelle won the Autumn themed sale prizes,much to their surprise and delight.
Be sure to send in your reservation/payment for the annual holiday luncheon on December 7 at the Butcher Shop. Info was emailed
APRIL GENERAL MEMBERSHIP LUNCHEON HIGHLIGHTS
On April 8th, SDEA-R members and guests gathered at the Old Town Tequila Factory for lunch, a presentation and the general membership meeting. We had 40 attendees. Our speaker was Jill Swain with the travel group Road Scholars. Check them out on the website for something new for educators.
Cathy O’Leary Carey won a $50 voucher for travel.
President Deb requested that folks update their email addresses and phone numbers should they change. She will be sending out a survey in the future for current breakfast and lunch locations and suggestions. Just a reminder that the venue needs to accommodate 40 plus, not have a room charge and be centrally located. Members particularly like being able to pay individually on site.
Future dates for the Movie Club and the Book Club were reviewed. Check the SDEA-R website for details.
Our May outing will be to the Women’s Museum of CA, on Wednesday, May 8th from 10:30-11:30 a.m. with lunch on your own at Liberty Station. We will have a docent for our group. The cost per person is $3.00. More information will be sent by email.
Shannon Hoffman from VEBA gave all participants a cow hand warmer or cooler. She spoke about the VEBA Wellness Program and provided flyers.
Deb asked folks to let any potential retirees know about us. She will be sending information to the ones on the District’s retiree list. SDEA will also send information via their Union Notes. Our liaisons to Rep Council will have an information table at the SDEA Rep Council April and May meetings. Our Welcome New Retirees TGIRT Happy Hour will be held on May 23rd from 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Deb also recognized recording secretary, Rae Riner for her Delta Kappa Gamma Outstanding Service to The Community Award. Congratulations.
Cathy O’Leary Carey was a very lucky winner today as she won the $50 Road Scholars voucher and the Spring Basket door prize! Allone Twomey won $66.00 in the 50/50 raffle. Fran Knapp won the Retired Extremely Dangerous SDEA-R tee shirt.
"We are like dwarfs sitting on the shoulders of giants. We see more, and things that are more distant, than they did, not because our sight is superior or because we are taller than they, but because they raise us up, and by their great stature add to ours." 04/2019
John of Salisbury
Movie Club Dates
Book Club Dates
NEW RETIREE WELCOME HAPPY HOUR-RAIN FREE!
“It did not rain on our parade” as the skies cleared up on Thursday, May 23rd for our annual, new retiree welcome happy hour, known as a TGIRT (Thank Goodness I’m Retired Thursday). SDEA-R sends congratulations to all new retirees and welcome them to continue their professional involvement with us in a fun way.
There was a nice turnout at the event held at BJs in Hazard Center with SDEA-R gaining three new retirees, Mary Ann Thomson (Hickman), Janet Oudah (Morse) and Teri Armstrong (EB Scripps). SDEA-R members also networked with two more potential members. All new retirees were treated to a beverage of their choice. Something special about our events is that colleagues often encounter other educators that they have not seen for years as well as make new friends. That was the case with Dianne Jones and Mary Ann Thomson, former teachers at Miller Elementary.
New Retiree Mary Ann Thomson won the drawing for the equivalent of a one year membership by signing up as a member at the event. Teri Anderson, also a new retiree, won the door prize donated by VEBA. Everyone present received small flashlights from VEBA. VEBA is very good to our retired organization and we are so appreciative.
NEW MEETING/DINING LOCATION FOR 2019-2020
After assessing the luncheon surveys, the SDEA-R Executive Committee met in June and decided to try a new venue for 2019-2020 due to speaker/private area limitations of our previous location. We will be meeting at Elijah's Restaurant on Clairemont Mesa Blvd. for breakfast and lunch. Both breakfast and lunch will be a buffet. The breakfast buffet will cost $15.00, which includes tax and tip and lunch will be $20.00, which also includes tax and tip. Elijah's offered their banquet room to us at no additional cost for breakfast and lunch, and will provide microphones and a projector for our guest speakers. The restaurant is centrally located, right off the 805 freeway. There is plenty of parking and we have a separate entrance to the banquet room.
Please save the dates for our SDEA-R events and we look forward to seeing all of you in 2019-2020. Please refer to your mailed out calendars and sign-up information mailed out at the beginning of August for dates and reservation replies.
WE STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS
OLD TOWN MUSEUM STAFF AND TOUR GUIDE
From time to time, SDEA-R is contacted with employment Opportunities that may appeal to our retirees. We are posting this for informational purposes only.
Greetings, We are looking to hire part-time, current and retired educators to work as museum staff and tour guides at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Currently, we have retired educators and substitute teachers on our staff, and have benefited greatly from their experience in interpreting and disseminating historical knowledge, as well as their competence in educating children. At the park, we offer daily, guided tours to the public, as well as mid-week school programs which cater to the state-wide, 4th grade history curriculum which educates children about California history. We also maintain and staff historical museums which are open to the public, daily. If any of your members are interested in opportunities to work at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, please have them contact me. Regards, Casey Edwards Visitor Services Coordinator Old Town San Diego State Historic Park Casey.Edwards@parks.ca.gov (619) 220 - 5422
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL JOINT OPEN ENROLLMENT SEMINAR
FOR SDUSD RETIREES
On October 24, 2019, SDUSD retirees gathered at the SDEA auditorium for a joint Open Enrollment for Health Benefits Seminar sponsored by SDEA-Retired and the school district. The event was well-attended. Presentations were made by the various health carriers and retiree questions addressed. Vendors, health carriers, and business partners had information tables for participants to visit. Flu shots were also available. This event has been a popular event organized by SDEA-Retired for many years to assist our members and other retirees.
2019-20 SDEA-R MEMBERSHIP YEARS KICK-OFF LUNCHEON
On September 9th, SDEA-R members gathered at the new lunch location, Elijah’s Restaurant, in Clairemont. The facility is large, centrally located and conducive to guest speakers. Lunch consisted of a Greek buffet, but the theme can change each time.
Guest speakers for this luncheon were Barbara Wibe, founder of the Scarlet’s Kids Foundation and Kristin Hetrick, the daughter of SDEA-R member Doris Hetrick and Foundation volunteer. Scarlet’s Kids Foundation, a 501(C)(3) nonprofit foundation was started by Barbara Wibe, Scarlet’s mom, who spent countless days and nights bedside at Children’s Hospital with her sick baby. During her stay she discovered that the bland and boring setting of a hospital room was a difficult and challenging environment for children of all ages. So she came up with the idea to brighten a child’s day, while giving support to their families, and soon Scarlet’s Kids was born... gifting hospitalized children & providing support and resources to families. Barbara’s ideas have blossomed, from just a few people looking to give back, to a full-fledged 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. Started in February 2015, Scarlet’s Kids Foundation is committed to providing relief to underprivileged families during their child’s hospital stay with support groups, gasoline and grocery gift cards that often times come hidden in a handmade gift basket filled with toys, clothes and activities. The Foundation can only achieve these goals with the assistance of donations from members of the community. Without these donations, serving these amazing children would not be possible. Since the organization relies on the generosity of individuals and businesses, they are asking form baby blankets, stuffed animals, toiletries, cosmetics, superhero items, crafts and activities, gift cards for gas, restaurants, etc. Pre-made themed gift baskets are also appreciated. See the website for more details (www.scarletskids.org). Volunteer opportunities are available, also, by RSVP to ScarltesKids@gmail.com SDEA-R will be accepting donations for this cause at future luncheons.
The business meeting followed the luncheon and speaker with the 2019-20 goals, Rules of Operation, April 2019 minutes and the 2019-20 budget being approved. Several members won door prizes like SDEA-R shirt, pens, gift card and gift bag as well as raffle prizes (50/50 and a Home Décor basket).
The next event is the Breakfast Social at 9:00 a.m. at Elijah’s. See Notice above.
President Hugh Boyle Leading Teachers at the Spreckles Organ Pavilion
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
HAPPY HOLIDAYS 2019
Happy Holidays was the theme of the day as members of San Diego Education Association Retired assembled to celebrate the season. SDEA-R President, Debbie Redenbaugh, welcomed members and guests to The Butcher Shop restaurant for lunch, entertainment, prizes and raffle options.
Sisters Judith Sheridan and Theresa MaClean, representing one of our charities, Mary’s Guest House for transitioning trafficked young ladies, were our guests along with Kisha Borden, SDEA (active) President and Dana Chernoy, Manager, SDUSD Employee Benefits Department.
Members celebrated the season of giving by bringing an abundance of gift cards for Mary’s Guest House residents as well as toiletries, games crafts, and toys for Scarlet's Kids, a non-profit that supports families of hospitalized children. Sister Judith Sheridan sent SDEA-R a thank you card with the total of money collected: $320-money (cash and checks), Gift cards- $305, total $625. In addition, members donated toiletries and clothing to Mary's Guest House.
Door prize poinsettias provided by Hamid Yazarlou and Jessica Sturken, of Horace Mann, a gift card from CA Casualty’s Suzanne Urban, a 50/50 raffle won by Don Crawford and donated to Mary’s Guest House, 11 raffled gift baskets made by Lucy Laudate from Board member donations and SDEA-R funds made the season brighter for many.
Rhapsody, a wonderful show entertainment group, delighted attendees with their holiday songs.