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. (sdea-r.org)  Contact Norma Heeter at buckeyebabe1966@gmail.com 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.

                              NEW LUNCHEON LOCATION FOR 2017-18!

Listening to our membership is important.  Therefore, we will be trying a new venue and format for our 2017-18 general membership meetings.  Brothers Family Restaurant located at 5150 Waring Road will be our new location for this membership year. Three luncheon/business meetings will be held at 11:30 a.m. as in the past.  We will still have a private room and you will be able to order from the menu and you will pay individually at regular meetings.  *(You will not be mailing in reservation forms and checks except for the holiday luncheon.)  The annual holiday luncheon will be the only prepaid event as in the past. *Parking in front of the restaurant and more at the far end of the building is available. For planning purposes, please send your reservation confirmation to Debra Redenbaug at d.redenbaugh@cox.net. or call 619-258-1576.  (Needed for planning purposes).

                     WHAT DOES THE SDEA/CTA/NEA-R DO FOR US?
The active 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, (while we have no contractual ties to SDUSD), we do meet with the Superintendent on retiree issues, such as working with them on the open enrollment for retirees and making suggestions for their new retiree handbook. We lobby the district as needed on issues like the premium processing fee that SDUSD was imposing on us for handling our payments 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 as well as public education. 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 500 of our nearly 800 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 clarifies just what the union does for us.

Sincerely, Norma J. Heeter, Proud President of SDEA/CTA/NEA-Retired

On May 16, twenty-five retirees and guests were treated to a private tour of the Taylor Guitar Factory.  The tour was outstanding and participants raved about it. The FREE Taylor Guitars factory tour took guests through the steps of guitar construction from wood selection to final assembly. Participants experienced each process as a guitar evolved from raw wood into a finished instrument. To our amazement the facility is enormous consisting of many large buildings and Taylor Guitars has other locations in Tecate, overseas and more.  The company is environmentally proactive and very innovative in the guitar field. The factory functions 24 hours a day and produces 600 guitars per day!  If you were unable to attend this tour, we highly recommend taking the public tour, which is at 1:00 p.m. daily.  Our wonderful guide, Chris, recommends choosing a day other than Friday or Monday as they are more "tourist" attended.

TGIRT Decor -- Dia de los Muertos               Our Newbie, Julie, & Don

As you know, from time to time, we receive information about volunteer opportunities that may be of interest to retired educators.   I recently received an email from the Roynon Museum and the SDEA-R Executive Committee authorized sending it to our members for informational purposes.

Norma Heeter, SDEA/CTA/NEA-R President

                                      FALL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

On Monday, September 18, SDEA/CTA/NEA-R held its first general membership luncheon of the 2017-18 membership year at our new venue, Brothers Family Restaurant.  We had a very nice turn out.  Our speaker was Officer Crisostomo of the SD Police Department, who addressed safety tips while traveling on vacation or business. 

Becky Philpot, a Board member, of the San Diego Education Foundation (SDEF), spoke to the group about the Foundation that supports the Future Educator Scholars.   The Foundation provides scholarships to assist low income, minority students aspiring to be teachers.  It is the only organization that has a partnership with SDUSD. The Foundation is seeking donations and folks to mentor and tutor.  If you are interested in helping in either or both aspects, please contact Becky at 619-884-2173 or info.sdef@gmail.com.

A certificate of appreciation was presented to Tim Jenkins, an SDEA-R Executive Committee member, who served on the board for 14 years.  Tim has chosen to resign from the Executive Committee, but will assist us with maintaining our membership data base.  Thank you, Tim, for helping make this organization what it is today.

Under the business portion of the luncheon, the mailed 2017-18 Goals and Rules of Operation as well as the Budget were approved by the members present.

President Norma announced that the Holiday Luncheon venue has changed from the original published calendar and luncheon forms due to unforeseen issues with Riverwalk Golf Course.  She will be sending revised calendars and luncheon forms to all in the near future.

SDEA-R welcomes all the new retirees who attended the event and hope more will join us in the future.

Here are the most immediate upcoming events:

Dec. 11, 2017 SDEA-R Holiday Luncheon @The Butcher Shop Steakhouse  11:30-2:00 p.m.

(Pre-paid:mail $30.00 checks to SDEA-R Treasurer, Sandra Ambrosi. 4306 Maryland St., San Diego. CA  92103.)          

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

                      appreciation from SDEA-R President Norma.                     sharing information.

            We Appreciate Tim !!               Doing the business of the organization and enjoying each others company :)

SDEA-R Executive Committee Members,  Norma Heeter,

Joyce Heyn and Sandra Ambrosi sharing

Don, Deb, Ann, & Claudia                         Ellie and President Norma                      Ray taking Joan & Sherm's Order

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              

SDEA-R Contingency

                                                      TGIRT TIME! 

The first TGIRT (Thank Goodness I’m Retired Thursday) was held on Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) at BJ’s in Hazard Center.  Twenty veteran and new retirees assembled to eat, drink and make merry.  Three attendees retired in 2000 and one before that but he “retired” from the event before checking his retirement year.  Several folks were reunited with colleagues they had not seen for a while and several made new acquaintances, which is one of the fun things about this event.  Our next event is the Holiday Luncheon on December 11.

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

                                                        Electric Slide

                                   JOINT OPEN ENROLLMENT SEMINAR
On October 24th, about 100 retirees attended the SDEA-R/SDUSD Joint Open Enrollment health care seminar.  In addition to presenters of the health care providers, SDEA-R/CTA/NEA-R, SDEA-R business partners, HICAP, the District, and flu shots were available for networking.  This is the fourth year we have sponsored this retiree oriented seminar with San Diego Unified.

Greetings from your SDEA-R Executive Committee Members and welcome to the world of retirement. Congratulations! We know that your retired life will be a busy one, but we sincerely hope you will continue to support and even be involved in the chosen profession that you so faithfully supported during your active years in education. You can do so by joining your professional retired teachers’ organizations, SDEA/CTA/NEA-Retired. SDEA/CTA/NEA-R is the only retirement group affiliated with CTA/NEA-Retired and you are asked to join all three if you choose to belong to SDEA-Retired.

The membership year for your professional associations is September 1st to August 31st. You may pay a onetime membership fee for all 3 organizations of $150 for SDEA-R dues and $450 for CTA/NEA-R dues. Whichever method of payment you choose, you will need to complete the two enrollment forms and return one to SDEA-R and the second one to CTA/NEA-R. As an alternative, we highly recommend paying your dues through the CALSTRS Dues Deduction Service method for ease of keeping your dues current. Your dues will be deducted automatically at the low amount of $1.25 per month for SDEA-Retired and $5.40 for CTA/NEA-R. Additional Option: You are able to pay for your Lifetime CTA/NEA-R membership or your annual membership by credit card. Please note that we do not have this option for the SDEA-R dues

If you choose to pay your membership annually, SDEA-R annual dues are $20.00 and CTA/NEA-R annual dues are $70.00. You will need to complete the two enrollment forms and return one to SDEA-R and the second one to CTA/NEA-R. Please note, if you plan to be a visiting teacher, you can only join right now as a pre-retired member, until you no longer are in active status with SDEA, but you will be able to join us in our activities such as luncheons, health seminars, happy hours, and retiree advocacy as well as receive all the SDEA-Retired materials and emails.
Please send your SDEA-R check (if applicable) and the completed form to SDEA-Retired P.O. Box 880282, San Diego, CA 92168-0282. Please send your CTA/NEA-R check (if applicable) and the completed form to CTA at the address on the form.
Your membership is important to all of your colleagues in SDEA-Retired. If you have any questions regarding SDEA-Retired or this letter, please contact me at 858-485-9888. Please check out our website at sdea-r.org.
Norma Heeter, SDEA-Retired President

Enrollment Forms (Press Button to Access)

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

                                            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 buckeyebabe1966@gmail.com for membership information.
Norma Heeter, SDEA/CTA/NEA-R President”

                                        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.

Leadership Training

Movie  club usually meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month to enjoy a film and often attendees stay to have lunch together, discuss the film or just enjoy the camaraderie.   Movies are at the AMC Theater in Fashion Valley.  Valarie Davidson sends out emails with the selected film and the time, once the times are posted. If you are not yet a member of the "Movie Club", contact Valarie at to 2vjdavidson@cox.net to get on the email list. Here are the movie dates: Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21, Dec. 19, Jan. 16, Feb. 20, Mar. 20, April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, Aug. 21. For the latest information check "About Us" ---> "Movie Club" at the top of the page on the left.

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.


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.