Open Enrollment Health Seminar SDUSD
The district is holding an Open Enrollment Health Seminar on site and via Zoom. The open enrollment dates are from October 18th-November 21st. Open enrollment letters were mailed out to all retirees covered under the district plan after retirement.
The district is hosting one on-site enrollment event and one virtual event. The virtual event will consist of the same general medicare presentation that Kaiser and VEBA presented at previous events. The virtual event will be a live webinar over Zoom.
You can get more information on the following website:
Note: if you are enrolled in the district's medical plan you are eligible for free flu shots.
Please open the enclosed attachment for open enrollment dates and information. ------->
Debra Redenbaugh, SDEA-R President
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.
Our last social picnicwas fun again as colleagues reunited and new friends were made. Should health mandates change; we will be addressing them as to how they impact our plans. Tentatively, we are also planning an outdoor Happy Hour. Please be safe and we hope to see you soon.
Deb Redenbaugh, SDEA-R President
Norma Heeter, SDEA-R President Emeritus
HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN! TOGETHER!
It was a beautiful day in San Diego on Mission Bay and Tecolote Shores. The temperature was in the low 80”s with a cool breeze off the bay - July 19, 2021!
This was the second SDEA-R social event since the start of the COVID Pandemic. Twenty retirees gathered under the covered shelter, including a brand new retiree and one who retired a few years ago.
Bearing lounge chairs and lunches, members and first timers enjoyed visiting and discovering teaching relationships from long ago. President Deb Redenbaugh welcomed the group and Vice-President Gail Boyle, passed out membership cards for those who had not received them or may have misplaced them. Folks introduced themselves and shared memories of careers.
Attendees got raffle tickets for door prizes like Target cards, Starbucks cards, Home Depot cards and good old cash.
Tim Jenkins shared some good news for those who purchased CalPERS long term care insurance between the years 1994-2005 that included lifetime coverage or protection from inflation. In 2015 those who had the policies were assessed an 85% rate increase, forcing folks to change their plans to accommodate the costs. Following another announcement of a 90% increase in the next two years, a lawsuit was filed and ultimately won, resulting in CalPERS
agreeing to pay $2.7 billion to settle the lawsuit over the increases since 2015. The settlement covers 62,000 workers and retirees and nearly 18,000 family members of those who have died since the premium increases took effect. The settlement will take effect in about a year with options like purchasing a new policy, paying for their own care or foregoing the refunds and staying in the CalPers program. Several picnic attendees are affected by this ruling.
Enrollment Forms (Press Button to Access)
SDEA-R EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETS TO PLAN FOR THE FUTURE
Members of the SDEA-Retired Executive Committee met after the September 20th breakfast social to make plans for the rest of 2021. Members met at the home of VP Gail Boyle.
The Committee ironed out a budget for the rest of the 21-22 membership year.
Details were confirmed on the upcoming TGIRT (Thank Goodness I’m Retired) happy hour to be held on October 21 at 3:30 p.m. at the Mission Valley BJ’s on the patio. There will be door prizes.
In addition, plans were made for the Holiday Kickoff Luncheon to be held tentatively on November 15 in Old Town. This is in lieu of the annual December Holiday luncheon. There will be a short business meeting , door prizes and a 50/50 drawing.
President Deb Redenbaugh will be emailing the details of both events in the near future.
The Executive Committee voted to give six $25.00 Target gift cards for the holidays to our charity, Mary’s Guest House for trafficked young women. EC will be suggesting to our members to donate additional Target cards, either at the November 15 luncheon or sent by mail.
Val Davidson will be sending out an email to Book Club members about an outdoors organizing meeting to be held at Tecolote Shores at 11:00 a.m.
Movie Club is on hold.
Movie Club Dates
Canceled Until Further Notice
Book Club Dates
Special Notice for Recently Retired Members
FREE SAN DIEGO HOMETOWN PASS FUN!
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
"Our Free Hometown Pass is the best way to entertain visiting friends and family!"
Locals Receive Free Admission!
Introducing the Historic Tours of America Hometown Pass Program. Residents within our six cities can take advantage of some of our tours and attractions for FREE when accompanied by an adult paid guest.*
It's Simple, Fast & Best of all... Free
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
This Thursday, October 21st is our TGIRT Happy Hour! We will be meeting outside on the front patio at BJ'S Hazard Center. The time is 3:30-6:00, no reservations required!! We will have door prizes! We look forward to seeing all of you Thursday!!
The SDEA-R Holiday Luncheon will be next month at Casa Guadalajara in Old Town 4105 Taylor Street, right off the 5 and 8 freeway. The luncheon begins at 11:30. We have reserved a covered patio for SDEA-R. For this luncheon we will be doing the 50/50 and of course door prizes!
For this luncheon you will need to print the enclosed attachment and MAIL it with a check to: Susan King, Treasurer, 15749 Riverbend CT. Poway, CA 92064. Please feel free to invite spouses, other retired friends or future retirees! Please mail your check and reservation by Friday, November 5th.
CLICK ON THE ATTACHMENT, PRINT, AND MAIL TO SUSAN KING.
Debra Redenbaugh, SDEA-R President
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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.