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!"
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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.

                                          Museum of Making Music

Music makes the world go round, go round!  The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad California was the scene of our 2023 SDEA-R annual outing.  This was the first outing since the COVID Pandemic.  Thanks to Gail Boil for suggesting it.  While the number of attendees was small, it was still a very interesting tour.  Our docent Pat did a nice job, taking us through the development stages of musical instruments.  Areas where we could have hands on experiences with various instruments was an added attraction.
Of course, the gift shop was a big hit as retirees found many musical treasures.

                                        SPRING TGIRT IN MAY
BJs in Hazard Center, Fashion Valley was the sight of our spring TGIRT on May 25th.  Retirees gathered to chat, nibble and have a beverage.  Tyler from VEBA joined us and gave us VEBA chip clips.  Valarie decorated with all kind of memorabilia for National May (everything) Days:  National Chocolate Chip Day, National Wine Day, National Unmatched Sock Day, National Memorial Day and more.
Retirees won prizes: SDEA-R pens plus $5.00, SDEA/CTA/ NEA-R pins plus $5.00 and wine.  Winners were Barbara Jenkins, Valarie Davidson, Elizabeth Ahlgren, Elida Melendez,  Deb Redenbaugh, Ann Norman and Susanna Gonzalez.
A SUMMER TGIRT on July 13 is in the works.


On Friday, June 9, 2023, SDEA-R Retirees supported SDEA by counting new contract ratification vote ballots.  Paper ballots were used as the union believes they get greater participation in the balloting process.  It must be true, because 5405 union members took part in the ratification vote! More than 98% of those who voted said “yes” to approve the new contract.  The SDEA Election Committee members and our retirees, Tim and Barbara Jenkins, Debra Redenbaugh, Norma Heeter, Joyce Heyn, Valarie Davidson, Elizabeth Ahlgren, Ann Norman, Doris Hetrick, and Fran Knapp, alphabetized ballots, verified members voting and opened two envelopes per ballot.  The volunteers started at 9:00 a.m. and some stayed until the final ballot was tallies, around 9:00 p.m.
Some of the contract gains are 15% pay increase, extending maternity leave, continued fully paid health care coverage, increased counselor staffing and protection of nursing services, expanded elementary enrichment classes,  and addressing workload concerns of special education staff with alleviation of privates school assessments from their plates.
SDEA President Kyle Weinberg said “By approving this agreement we have paved the way for attracting and retaining the educators our students need and deserve.”
Congratulations to our active colleagues on a well-deserved contract.

The SDEA Auditorium was the location for what is likely the last time that SDEA-R will be holding luncheons there as the site is sold.  While the turnout was a bit low, camaraderie, good food, drawings for 50/50 and door prizes made it fun.  A lot education related information was shared, also. Italian food from Nicolosi’s was the food faire for the day.  Our previous caterer was on vacation, so as good educators do, we improvised and adjusted.  President Debbie Redenbaugh arranged for the food and paper goods and picked the food up that day.  Other members came to the rescue, bringing ice, setting up the tables and decorations and the serving line.  Thanks to the members of the SDEA-R Executive Committee, Ann Norman, Norma Heeter, Elizabeth Ahlgren and Joyce Heyn.  Thanks also to members Lucy Laudate, Fran Knapp, Doris Hetrick and Terry Pest as well as Paul Heeter, spouse.  Thanks too, to all who cleaned up afterward including, Emma Smith, Carol Hanson, Cindy Hayes, Becky.  Sincere apologies to anyone whose name was missed.
Terry Pesta did the drawing for the 50/50.  A $151.00 was collected and the winner got $76.00.  Terry drew his own ticket!  Also, 5 participants got $20.00 bills each in the door prize drawings.
The next SDEA-R event will be the TGIRT Happy Hour at a new location: the Jolly Joker Tavern in the Kearny Mesa area.  Watch out for emails or check the calendar on the website.


On April 17, 2023, 40 SDEA-R members and guests gathered in the SDEA auditorium for the last general membership luncheon/ meeting of the membership year.  A new luncheon location is being sought as SDEA will be moving out of the current location.
It looked like spring as colorful flowers adorned the tables.  Another fine lunch featuring prime rib was served by Cupid Catering.  
The guest speaker was Kris Acquarelli, Road Scholar Ambassador, who made a presentation on Road Scholar travel, etc.  A lot of information was disseminated both verbally and in the form of brochures.  The presentation was well received.
Thanks to all who bought 50/50 raffle tickets.  Gerri  Gandolfo, CTA-R District 4 Rep, won $53.00!  Congratulations, Gerri!
A wonderful door prize ($50 Outback Gift Card) provided by Hamid Yazarlou  from Horace Mann and was won by Harry Smith.   Thank you, Hamid, and congratulations Harry!
 Ten dollar door prizes were also drawn and the winners were Terry Pesta, Becky Wilder, Norma Heeter, Valarie Davidson, and Don Crawford.
The final SDEA-R activity for the year is the May25th Happy Hour.


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Movie Club Dates
MOVIE:  "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3"
DATE:  Tuesday, September 19, 2023
MOVIE: 1:10pm 
BRUNCH: 11:00am  **California Pizza Kitchen, prior to the movie 
[🍿] Group meets in the lobby.

Book Club Dates

Book: CAN'T WAIT TO GET TO HEAVEN by Fannie Flagg.
Place: SDEA Bldg

Date: October 2nd, 2023

Time: 10am.
Get your book and start reading I believe we'll have a lot to discuss. 

Time:  10AM 
Place:  SDEA Building...10393 S.D. Mission Rd.