On Monday, December 11, 2017, nearly 70 SDEA-R members and guests attended the annual holiday luncheon at the Butcher Shop Restaurant in Clairemont Mesa.  Beautiful holiday décor and holiday attire added to the festivities.
In addition to a fine buffet luncheon, attendees were entertained by a very professional show group, Rhapsody, with an abundance of Christmas and Hanukkah holiday music.  Santa Baby was a real hit as was the Elvis Blue Hawaii rendition.
An abundance of door prizes, raffle prizes and opportunity drawings were held, with folks winning poinsettias, gift cards, an emergency kit and holiday baskets.  A big thank you goes to Rich Billock from Horace Mann, Suzanne Urban from California Casualty, Heather Simonson from VEBA for their gift contributions as well as SDEA-R members, Elizabeth Ahlgren and Lucy Laudate.
Members brought loads of toiletries, cosmetics, clothing as well as monetary donations, etc. for Mary’s Guest House, a safe haven for trafficked young women as they transition back in to a normal life.  Sisters Judith Sheridan (Mary’s Guest House Director), Christina Maclean and Sister Patricia Phillips were our guests as well as Lindsay Burningham, SDEA President, and her new baby Stryker, and  SDUSD Manager, Employee Benefits, Dana Chernoy.  Cindy Marten, SDUSD Superintendent, stopped by and networked with the attendees.

                                                  April West and Sherm Skeete          Karen Berg and Yolanda DiLorenzo

                      SDEA-R MOVIE CLUB AND BOOK CLUB

                            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.
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.

                               MARCH FOR OUR LIVES San Diego
A number of SDEA-R retirees and others from SDEA (active) took part in the San Diego March For Our Lives on Saturday, March 24th at Waterfront Park.  Thousands took part in the student led march and rally.  We are glad we could support the students in this demonstration to get gun reform to stop this senseless killing that has become prominent in our country.  It is time to for legislators to act, not just give lip service. Please do your part to make our legislators and President accountable.  Enough is Enough!  Pictured are some of the participants.
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On January 11, 2018, Sandy Ambrosi, Joyce Heyn and Norma Heeter represented SDEA/CTA/NEA-Retired at the  CTA/NEA-Retired Region IV Leadership Session held at the San Diego Regional Resource Center in Mission Valley.   Participants included representatives from the North County Retired and South County Retired as well as President Marc Sternberger and District IV Director, Sharon Fitch Boudreau and Don Dawson, retired liaison to SDCSCC . The session was facilitated by Sheila Bell and VP Orval Garrison.
Participants were given information on communication tools and resources, including using the CTA-R Dropbox, using Zoom, membership recruitment and reporting.  Small group work supported chapter work, diversity, liaisons, etc.

                                    FEBRUARY LUNCHEON/MEETING:

On February 12, Members of SDEA/CTA/NEA-Retired, guests and featured speaker, Dr. Wendy Patrick, gathered at Brothers Family Restaurant for the second lunch/business meeting of the year.  Guests included Sharon Fitch Boudreau, CTA-R District IV Director and State Council Rep, Pat Ryan Gardener, CTA-R Rep for CARA (California Alliance for Retired Americans), and Alen Ritchie, member of the NEA-R Executive Council.
Dr. Wendy Patrick, a San Diego Assistant DA, spoke to the group about Red Flag, How to be safe.  She emphasized that predators are the least likely to look like predators and are often folks in one’s everyday life.  Her presentation was well received despite the fact that we had an equipment failure for her power point. (We educators are accustomed to that, right?) Her book, Red Flag, was available for purchase.

Primary business centered on nominations for the SDEA/CTA/NEA-R Executive Committee elections taking place at the April meeting.  We have candidates running for all positions but treasurer.  The current treasurer will be happy to work with anyone interested in the treasurer position, so help is available.  Sandy has termed out several times, but continued in the position to help us out. If you are still interested in running for any positions, we will take self-nominations up until March 1, 2018.  Information was sent out on positions earlier, but if you misplaced it, you can find descriptions on our website in the By-laws. (  Contact Norma Heeter at to declare your candidacy.

The slate of candidates will be sent out at the beginning of March for informational purposes prior to the election at the April 9th luncheon/meeting.

              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

                     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.

Pres. Norma, Marylen Haines, & Frank Tarantino Recruiting.        Elizabeth -- Manning the CTA Women's Caucus Table.

                                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.

Deb Redenbaugh leads SDEA-R!   Did you get that down Rae?        We have to lick envelopes?           Having fun yet Deb?

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.

                      Dr. Wendy Patrick receiving a certificate of                         Sharon Fitch Boudreau, CTA-R District IV Director,

                      appreciation from SDEA-R President Norma.                     sharing information.

SDEA-R Executive Committee Members,  Norma Heeter,

Joyce Heyn and Sandra Ambrosi sharing

Sister Judith Won an Emergency Safety Kit                      SDEA-R                           President Norma Officiating the Festivities 


            CalSTRS CEO Jack Ehnes                    CTA-R President Marc Sternberger      CTA President Eric Hein Addressing 

            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?

SDEA-R Contingency

Candy Nieto, New Retiree             Day of the Educator -                Recruiting New Retirees            Day of the Educator Cake

                                                        Electric Slide

                            TGIRTers Partying !

                                  Enrollment Forms (Press Button to Access)

2017 Donations for Mary's Guest House         Raffles, Door Prizes & Opportunity Drawings         Newbie, Susanna Wins 


Elizabeth delivering purses and toiletries to CTA Women's Caucus.

SDEA-R and SDEA demonstrate for gun reform!

Leadership Training

                                            SDEA-R MEMBERS ACT!
“Members of SDEA/CTA/Retired have taken part in multiple events this spring. Most recently Norma Heeter and Terry Pesta attended one of the Town Hall Meetings hosted by SDEA. Terry spoke about the need to retain elementary prep time.
In addition, members of the Executive Committee had an information table at the SDEA Day of the Educator celebration in efforts to recruit the newbie for our organization. The event was moved to the Ed Center lawn, because the school board was acting on the SERP and educator layoffs on the same day.
Congratulations to soon to be retired Candy Nieto. She is being awarded the CTA State WHO Award for her association leadership and commitment to public education.
If you know any educators retiring, please tell them about us. Have them contact me at for membership information.
Norma Heeter, Past President of SDEA-Retired

SDEA/CTA/NEA-R members Norma Heeter, Marylen Haines and Elizabeth Ahlgren along with South County Teachers United member Frank Tarantino manned information tables on CTA/NEA-Retirement and CTA Women's Caucus  at the CTA Region IV Leadership Conference held April 13-15 at the Sheraton Harbor Island Hotel.

                                        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.