Hi everyone,
Can you believe it's been over a year since we last met. Unfortunately, our meetings were put on hold for awhile but hopefully we can solve that soon. So bring your ideas on how we can get our Club up and running again. For example, date to meet, time, ideas for places to meet, book choices, etc.
PLACE:  Tecolte Shores
DATE:  Tuesday, October 05, 2021
TIME:  11am
BOOK:  -------
You may have noticed there's no book to read and discuss this time. Instead of discussing a book I thought this meeting would be a great time to find out what each of us has been doing and how we came through the pandemic to date.
Also, you could bring title(s) of some book(s) you read during this time along with a short summary of each. If you didn't get a chance to read a book perhaps you heard of a book that you can share. 
We will be able to add all these books to our Book List.
It will be wonderful seeing everyone face to face again. As we start returning to our previous lives you may want to check out some of the upcoming SDEA-R events.
As you may know our Club can't meet at SDEA presently, so that is why we are meeting at Tecolote Shores. It is a beautiful setting by the Bay. There are bathrooms, ample parking, a gazebo with picnic tables and benches and a large grassy area. Feel free to bring chairs, food and/or a drink if you wish.
Sea World Drive exit on the 5. Take a right at the traffic light onto East Mission Bay Drive (by Fiesta Drive). You'll pass a playground area, the next left will be Tecolote Shores. If you pass the hotel you've gone too far!
If you are not sure if you will be continuing in the BOOK CLUB, please come to this meeting to share & reunite with others.
Hope to see many of you there, 
Valarie [🐄]
Should you have any questions/concerns call Valarie at 619-838-3681 or email 2vjdavidson@cox.net 


Mon, Sep 20, 6:24 AM (1 day ago)

Dear Colleagues,
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

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.


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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.

                                      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.


              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

Special Notice for Recently Retired Members

                          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.

                               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.


                      SDEA-R MOVIE CLUB AND BOOK CLUB

"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

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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

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