Movie Club Dates
Canceled Until Further Notice
Book Club Dates
Canceled Until Further Notice
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
JULY REMEMBRANCES AND FUTURE EVENT
We can certainly appreciate freedom and independence more than ever as we find our way back from the constraints of the COVID 19 pandemic. We hope this 4th of July is a memorable one for all.
In addition to the Fourth of July, there are some other notable dates in July. On July 26, 1990, The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed.
July 27, 1953 marked the End of the Korean War.
On July 19, 2021, SDEA-R members will gather for the second social picnic. We will gather at Tecolote Shores, Mission Bay at 11:30 a.m. Bring your own lunch and chair. We will have some door prizes again.
We hope you will plan to join us. More information will be emailed nearer to the date.
Cheers to our Independence
Debra Redenbaugh, SDEA-R President
Norma Heeter, SDEA-R President Emeritus
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.
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.
The next picnic social event will be on September 23. 2021, at 11:30 a.m. at the same location. We hope more of our members will be journeying forth and join us for this event.
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President Hugh Boyle Leading Teachers at the Spreckles Organ Pavilion
WE STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS
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
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.
"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
SDEA-R MOVIE CLUB AND BOOK CLUB
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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.
"Recess" In Peace President Hugh
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.