SDEA-R MOVIE CLUB AND BOOK CLUB
"Recess" In Peace President Hugh
Movie Club Dates
Canceled Until Further Notice
Book Club Dates
Canceled Until Further Notice
AT LONG LAST! SDEA-R MEMBERS WILL REUNITE!
SDEA-R will hold its first, all member gathering since the luncheon in February 2020! We will be picnicking at Mission Bay Park on Monday, May 17th at 11:30 a.m. We will gather at Tecolote Shores, just south of the previous Hilton Hotel on the Bay. There is plenty of parking, a gazebo with picnic tables, bathrooms, and a large grassy area with trees. Please bring your own lunch, drink and a chair. Mask wearing is your choice.
Along with camaraderie, there will be door prizes to spice up the event.
The easiest way to get there is to take the Sea World Drive exit on the I-5. Take a right at the traffic light onto East Mission Bay Drive (by Fiesta Island). Just pass a playground area, the next left will be Tecolote Shores. If you pass the hotel, you have gone too far.
The SDEA-R Executive Committee is excited about seeing SDEA-R members (friends and colleagues) in person. Please plan to attend.
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CTA/NEA-RETIRED ISSUES CONFERENCE
February 27-28, 2020, six members of SDEA/CTA/NEA-Retired attended the 16th Annual CTA/NEA-Retired Issues Conference at the Marriott Irvine in Irvine, California. Four SDEA-R Executive Committee Members: President Deb Redenbaugh, President-Emeritus Norma Heeter, Treasurer Sandy Ambrosi and SDEA Liaison Elizabeth Ahlgren participated in the multitude of workshops. Members Sherman Skeet and Douglas Shamburger also attended the conference.
Douglas Shamburger received an Ethnic Minority Scholarship for the conference. Congratulations to Douglas.
Keynote Speaker was the new CTA president E. Toby Boyd. He was well received and is representing CTA members well. He spoke during breakfast. Guest Speaker Mary Kusler, NEA Senior Director for the Center for Advocacy addressed the attendees giving an update on Washington and centering her speech on the importance of the upcoming census.
Among the 16 workshops offered were ones on CalSTRS Investing in our Pensions, Campaign 2020 (Schools and Communities First ballot), Personal Emergency Preparedness, Demystify Medicare, Educator Pension Reward Decades of Classroom Service with STRS CEO Jack Ehnes and many more.
May, the month of spring flowers, Mother’s Day and the month of patriotic recognition days. May 8 is VE Day (1945), May 9 is Mother’s Day, May 12 is California Day of the Teacher, May 15 is Armed Forces Day and May 31 Memorial Day.
Your SDEA/CTA/NEA-Retired Executive Committee is wishing all mothers, all who had a mother (ha), and all looking forward to being a mother (at our age?) a very Happy Mother’s Day.
Some notable quotes for Mother’s Day:
"I believe the choice to become a mother is the choice to become the greatest spiritual teacher there is. —Opra
"A mother’s hug lasts long after she lets go." —Unknown
May 12 is the California Day of the Teacher and this year’s theme is Cultivating Minds & Healing Hearts. California educators have been providing the quality public education all of our students deserve for generations. Happy Day of the Teacher to those who have served in the past and present.
May patriotic days recognizes our military heroes both present and past. VE Day (Victory in Europe Day) is the day celebrating the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces on Tuesday, 8 May 1945, marking the end of World War II in Europe. Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May, and it is the day Americans celebrate their military.
The most recognized one and the one that is an official holiday is Memorial Day, which is often celebrated with parades, cemetery services and family events. Memorial Day is a public holiday observed on the last Monday in May to honor and remember the American soldiers who died as they valiantly fought for the freedom of their countrymen.
Memorial Day quotes:
"Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have “Home of the free, because of the brave.” – Unknown
‘Peace is the real and right memorial for those who have died in war’.-Unknown
We are looking forward to seeing you in person. We hope you will join us for our first (finally) SDEA-R get together (picnic) on May 17 at 11:30 a.m. at Tecolote Shores at Mission Bay Park.
Look for details via email.
Debra Redenbaugh, SDEA-R President
Norma Heeter, President Emeritus
Dear SDEA-R Members,
Hugh Boyle passed away Monday, February 3rd, 2020. Hugh touched so many lives over his lifetime. He was an amazing man, father, husband, and educator. He was President of SDTA two times. Hugh was an advocate for teachers and fought for many of the union rights we have today, a true mentor.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Gail, and his family at this difficult time. He will be truly missed. Rest in peace Hugh.
Debbie 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.
Lunch, Trusts and Prizes Top the February Luncheon/Meeting
On February 10, SDEA-R held its first luncheon meeting of 2020 at Elijah’s restaurant with an Italian themed buffet.
The guest speaker was Thomas C. Lawler, Attorney At Law. H was very informative,. He discussed Estate planning , wills, and trusts. He informed the group about some of laws that have changed regarding trusts and suggested that folks who have trusts already should see an attorney to update and check their current trust.
During the meeting portion, President Deb announced that elections are coming up for positions on the SDEA-R Executive Committee. If anyone is interested in running for a position, please contact her. Information about the positions and duties was sent out to all members in January. A suggested By-law change is in the works, assigning membership duties to the vice-president.
Ann Norman won the Valentine door prizes and Rae Riner won the 50/50 drawing..
The next SDEA-R event will be the breakfast social on March 14 at Elijah’s in the main dining room.
President Hugh Boyle Leading Teachers at the Spreckles Organ Pavilion
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"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
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
WE STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS
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.