October 18, 2022 Meeting

Our meeting this month features Carrie Cobb, Crescent School Spanish teacher. She will tell us about the life changing experience we helped provide for the Crescent School Spanish Classes. After navigating Covid shutdowns and travel restrictions, the class went to Hawaii and helped with turtle recovery efforts. Carrie will share their many experiences with us at noon, during our regular meeting at Joshua’s Restaurant, 113 Del Guzzi Dr, Port Angeles, WA. We will order off the menu and Joshua’s prepares a free special dessert just for us.

2022-2023 Meetings

We are again meeting in person.  We meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month and most meetings are held at noon at Joshua’s Restaurant using current WA State Covid guidelines.

GREETINGS

If you are a new member, welcome! If you are still working as a school employee, we know that it is unlikely that you can attend, but we want to keep you aware of what we do. If you are a cash member who pays dues once a year and decide to change to dues deduction, please let us know. Your reward will be $10 off your first luncheon at Joshua’s Restaurant after you sign up. Any new person who joins us will receive $10 toward their lunch.

CCSRA LUNCH –  NOON

Joshua’s Restaurant
113 N. DelGuzzi Drive
Port Angeles

MENU

Each attendee is able to order any item from the menu. A free dessert is usually included after lunch.

Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner items are offered. There is also a daily special.

CCSRA officers:

President, Lora Brabant; Vice President, Cathy Stordeur; Secretary, Jill Oakes; and Treasurer, Arlene Morganroth. Marcia Homer is Membership Chair. Mary Bell is Sunshine Person. If you know of someone who could use a greeting card from us, please let Mary know. We are still in need of a new Historian. If you’re interested or even curious, ask an officer.

We are still collecting new and gently used children’s books for First Step in Port Angeles and Head Start in Sequim. You are welcome to bring books or monetary donations to any of the luncheons. Books will be delivered in May.

Low Cost Fundraiser:

We will continue to collect money for the Washington State School Retirees Political Action Committee which works in partnership with our organization. Each month a basket with candies will be passed around. You are invited to donate and take a treat. If you wish to donate more, you can do it online at <wssr-pac.org> or you can write a check to WSSR-PAC and put it in the basket. Any donation of $25 or more lets legislators know there is another person on the list who cares about what is happening in Olympia. You can also write a check to WSSR-PAC and mail it to:

Lora Brabant
WSSR-PAC Treasurer
125 W 11th Street
Port Angeles, WA 98362

LOOKING AHEAD:

FUTURE MEETINGS:

October 18, 2022:  Crescent SD Hawaiian service project report by Carrie Cobb Spanish Teacher

November 15, 2022:  4PA talk by Joe DeScala

December 20, 2022 : Mt. Kilimanjaro & Mt Meru by Hal Force

January 17, 2023:  Ron Allen, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Chair/CEO

February 21, 2023: Intro to Genealogy by Roberts Griset from Clallam County Genealogy Society (CCGS)

March 21, 2023: Genealogy Training at CCGS, 8th & Peabody NOTE LOCATION CHANGE

April 18, 2023: Getting Started as a Family Archivist by David Brownell CC Historical Society

May 16, 2023: Field Hall Tour

June 20, 2023  Potluck Picnic

Executive board meetings are usually at 10:00 AM each month except December

BOOK CLUB: At 1:00 on second Thursday of each month, the CCSRA book club meets in the “Library” at Traylor’s Restaurant. Bring a book to share or learn about some books you might want to try – an informal meeting of folks who like to read. Come and enjoy the camaraderie and a meal or snack. This group meets year round.

2020-21 Meetings

Due to Covid19 all 2020-2021 CCSRA meetings will be done by the 3 methods listed below. Just choose what will be best for you….no pressure, we just want to keep everyone safe and allow each person to make their own choice. Lora Brabant will be sending out CCSRA Agendas & the ZOOM  login information by email (thank you Marcia Homer-our little helper bee!).

In-person at Joshua’s Restaurant using current WA State guidelines

ZOOM (internet/computer APP that allows people to hear/see people) to get ZOOM please click on:

https://zoom.us/  then click on “Sign up, it’s Free” is in the top right corner and it is orange. Then follow the instructions and set up an account. Then, about 10 minutes before the meeting, click on the link provided. 

To obtain the link with the meeting ID and Password, contact Marcia Homer at homers@olypen.com 

Lora will add you to the meeting as soon as she can….(depends on how many join…be patient. If not able to get on, call Lora 360.670.5183 and someone will help you through the process if you are having issues)

Meeting, Tuesday, February 18, 2020

GREETINGS

If you are a new member, welcome! If you are still working as a school employee, we know that it is unlikely that you can attend, but we want to keep you aware of what we do. If you are a cash member who pays dues once a year and decide to change to dues deduction, please let us know. Your reward will be $10 off your first luncheon at Joshua’s Restaurant after you sign up. Any new person who joins us will receive $10 toward their lunch.

CCSRA LUNCH – Tuesday, February 18, 2019 at NOON

Joshua’s Restaurant
113 N. DelGuzzi Drive
Port Angeles

Our speaker will be David Brownell, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe. Here is what he wrote about his subject:

A presentation of ethnographic and archaeological research on sxʷčkʷíyəŋ, one of the ancestral villages of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe that stood at Washington Harbor. The presentation will feature artifacts, maps, and historical photos. This village, at least 500 years old at the time of European contact, was intrinsically linked to the Sequim Prairie: the S’Klallam name, pronounced “sh-ch-kwung,” is translated as “a good place to shoot” and is the origin of the name “Sequim.”

We will also have as our guest Dr. Alan Burke, WSSRA Executive Director.

If you will be attending, please let us know by 3:00 pm the Sunday prior to the meeting, if possible, by calling Darlene Jones (360-457-5352) or Jill Oakes (360-417-3012).  It’s okay to come even if you miss the deadline. We just like to have a general idea so the restaurant knows how many places to set. Sometimes the restaurant workers have to scramble to set up more tables, but they are happy to have us.

MENU

Each attendee is able to order any item from the menu. A free dessert is usually included after lunch.

Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner items are offered. There is also a daily special.

CCSRA officers:

President, Lora Brabant; Vice President, Beverly Brown; Secretary, Linda Boyd; and Treasurer, Arlene Morganroth. Marcia Homer is Membership Chair. Mary Bell is Sunshine Person. If you know of someone who could use a greeting card from us, please let Mary know. We are still in need of a new Historian. If you’re interested or even curious, ask an officer.

We are still collecting new and gently used children’s books for First Step in Port Angeles and Head Start in Sequim. You are welcome to bring books or monetary donations to any of the luncheons. Books will be delivered in May.

Low Cost Fundraiser:

We will continue to collect money for the Washington State School Retirees Political Action Committee which works in partnership with our organization. Each month a basket with candies will be passed around. You are invited to donate and take a treat. If you wish to donate more, you can do it online at <wssr-pac.org> or you can write a check to WSSR-PAC and put it in the basket. Any donation of $25 or more lets legislators know there is another person on the list who cares about what is happening in Olympia. You can also write a check to WSSR-PAC and mail it to:

Lora Brabant
WSSR-PAC Treasurer
125 W 11th Street
Port Angeles, WA 98362

LOOKING AHEAD:

BOOK CLUB: At 1:00 on second Thursday of each month, the CCSRA book club meets in the “Library” at Traylor’s Restaurant. This month it is on the 13th. Next  month it will be on the 12th. Bring a book to share or learn about some books you might want to try – an informal meeting of folks who like to read. Come and enjoy the camaraderie and a meal or snack. This group meets year round.

FUTURE MEETINGS:

March 17,
April 21
May 19
Potluck Picnic is tentatively scheduled for June 16

Executive board meetings are usually at 10:00 AM each month except December

Meeting, Tuesday, November 19, 2019

GREETINGS

If you are a new member, welcome! If you are still working as a school employee, we know that it is unlikely that you can attend, but we want to keep you aware of what we do. If you are a cash member who pays dues once a year and decide to change to dues deduction, please let us know. Your reward will be $10 off your first luncheon at Joshua’s Restaurant after you sign up. Any new person who joins us will receive $10 toward their lunch.

CCSRA LUNCH – Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at NOON

Joshua’s Restaurant
113 N. DelGuzzi Drive
Port Angeles

We have an opportunity to find our more about the perks of being a Washington School Retirees” Association (WSSRA and CCSRA) member. Jeff Burgess from Association Member Benefits Advisors (AMBA) will give a short presentation about membership benefits and will stay after the meeting to answer any extra questions.

Our main guest speaker will be Mike Soiseth from CCH Individualized Support Services, an organization that serves adults with life-long disabilities in Clallam and Jefferson Counties.

Let us know that you will be coming to the meeting by 3:00 pm Sunday, November 17, 2019, if possible, by calling Darlene Jones (360-457-5352) or Jill Oakes (360-417-3012) or Marcia Homer (360-683-4317 – leave a message).  It’s okay to come even if you miss the deadline. We just like to have a general idea so the restaurant knows how many places to set. Sometimes the restaurant workers have to scramble to set up more tables, but they are happy to have us.

MENU:

Each attendee is able to order any item from the menu. A free dessert is usually included after lunch.

Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner items are offered. There is also a daily special.

STATE NEWS:  PROPERTY TAX RELIEF?

November 12, 2019

Dear WSSRA Member:

The Washington State Legislature has expanded eligibility for senior property tax reductions. You should be aware that you may qualify for a property tax deferral or exemption.

The previous annual household income cap to be eligible for the benefit was $40,000. However, the cap is now based on a percentage of median county household income. For instance, the eligibility cap for an exemption in King County is now $58,400.

Program information is available here:

http://rpecwa.org/wp-content/uploads/PropertyTaxExemption-Seniors.pdf?link_id=2&can_id=19f8ece3cc76d17510bdd8e8b750bdc9&source=email-property-tax-exemption-program-for-senior-citizens&email_referrer=email_655487&email_subject=property-tax-exemption-program-for-senior-citizens

The exemption and deferral program is being managed by county assessors. Contact information is available here:

https://dor.wa.gov/find-taxes-rates/property-tax/county-assessor-and-treasurer-websites?link_id=4&can_id=19f8ece3cc76d17510bdd8e8b750bdc9&source=email-property-tax-exemption-program-for-senior-citizens&email_referrer=email_655487&email_subject=property-tax-exemption-program-for-senior-citizens

This is a program seniors must apply for. The stated application deadline for the 2020 calendar year is December 31, 2019; however, assessors have the legal leeway to accept applications beyond the deadline.

Questions about the program and your eligibility can be best answered by your county assessor’s office. If you think you might qualify, please give them a call.

Sincerely,

Alan Burke, Executive Director

Washington State School Retirees’ Association

Plan 1 COLA  (Unfortunately, this is the same time as our meeting, but if you’re in that area…)

Dear WSSRA Leader:

The Washington State Select Committee on Pension Policy will be meeting on Tuesday, November 19th to discuss re-endorsement of Plan 1 COLA Legislation. If you are available and in the south Puget Sound region, it would be helpful to have concerned citizens in the audience. An empty room always signifies a lack of interest.

The SCPP will meet on November 19th at 10:00 am in House Hearing Room A. Parking on the capitol campus is $2.00 per hour. Free parking and a free shuttle is available at the Olympia Farmers Market. https://www.intercitytransit.com/bus/routes/dash-101

The committee will also be televised on TVW.

Sincerely,

Peter Diedrick, Legislative Director

Washington State School Retirees’ Association

(360) 413-5496

UNIT NEWS:

CCSRA officers are  president, Lora Brabant; vice president, Beverly Brown; secretary, Linda Boyd; and treasurer,  Arlene Morganroth. Marcia Homer is membership chair. Mary Bell is Sunshine Person. If you know of someone who could use a greeting card from us, please let Mary know. We are still in need of a new historian. If you’re interested or even curious, ask an officer.

We are still collecting new and gently used children’s books for First Step in Port Angeles and Head Start in Sequim. You are welcome to bring books or monetary donations to any of the luncheons. Books will be delivered in May.

Low Cost Fundraiser: We will continue to collect money for the Washington State School Retirees Political Action Committee which works in partnership with our organization. Each month a basket with candies will be passed around. You are invited to donate and take a treat. If you wish to donate more, you can do it online at <wssr-pac.org> or you can write a check to WSSR-PAC and put it in the basket. Any donation of $25 or more lets legislators know there is another person on the list who cares about what is happening in Olympia. You can also write a check to WSSR-PAC and mail it to:

Lora Brabant

WSSR-PAC Treasurer
125 W 11th Street
Port Angeles, WA 98362

LOOKING AHEAD:

BOOK CLUB: at 1:00 on second Thursday    

At 1:00 on the second Thursday of each month, the CCSRA book club meets in the “Library” at Traylor’s Restaurant.

This month it’s on the 14th. Next  month it will be on the 12th. Bring a book to share or learn about some books you might want to try – an informal meeting of folks who like to read. Come and enjoy the camaraderie and a meal or snack. This group meets year round.

Coming Meeting Dates:

Please mark your calendars. Remaining meeting dates for this year, the third Tuesday of each month, are : December 17, January 21, February 18, March 17, April 21, May 19, and the potluck picnic is tentatively scheduled for June 16.  Executive board meetings are usually at 10:00 AM each month except December and June. If you would like to attend a board meeting, you may, as a nonvoting member.

We hope to see many of you at our luncheons. Have a good year!

Marcia Homer

Membership Chair

Clallam County School Retirees’ Association

Meeting, Tuesday, May 21, 2019

GREETINGS FROM CLALLAM COUNTY SCHOOL RETIREES’ ASSOCIATION (CCSRA – Unit 3)

If you are a new member, welcome! If you are still working as a school employee, we know that it is unlikely that you can attend, but we want to keep you aware of what we do. If you are a cash member who pays dues once a year and decide to change to dues deduction, please let us know. Your reward will be $10 off your first luncheon at Joshua’s Restaurant after you sign up. Any new person who joins us will receive $10 toward their lunch.

CCSRA LUNCH – Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 at NOON

Joshua’s Restaurant
113 N. DelGuzzi Drive
Port Angeles

Our guest speaker will be Melissa Williams, Executive Director of Feiro Marine Life Center. We will be invited to visit the center after the luncheon if we would like to go.

Let us know by 3:00 pm Sunday, May 19, 2019, if possible, that you will be attending by calling Darlene Jones (360-457-5352), Jill Oakes (360-417-3012) or Marcia Homer (360-683-4317).  It’s okay to come even if you miss the deadline. We just like to have a general idea so the restaurant knows how many places to set. Sometimes the restaurant workers have to scramble to set up more tables, but they are happy to have us.

MENU:

Menu items start at $8.
Soup, Soup and Salad, just Salad Bar, a Lunch Special, or off the Menu
Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner items are offered.

UNIT NEWS:

The officers for the 2019 – 2020 year will be  president, Lora Brabant; vice president, Beverly Brown; secretary, Linda Boyd; and treasurer,  Arlene Morganroth. Marcia Homer will continue as membership chair. Mary Bell will continue as Sunshine Person. We still need a new historian. Please consider volunteering for this position.

Books that have been donated over the course of the year will be delivered this month to First Step in Port Angeles and to Head Start in Sequim. You are welcome to bring more books to the luncheon.

LOOKING AHEAD:

BOOK CLUB: at 1:00 pm on second Thursday
This month it was on the 9th. Next month it will be on the 13th.

At 1:00 pm on the second Thursday of each month, the CCSRA book club meets in the “Library” at Traylor’s Restaurant.  Bring a book to share or learn about some books you might want to read – an informal meeting of folks who like to read. Come and enjoy the camaraderie and a meal or snack. This group meets year round.

Coming Meeting Dates:

Our potluck picnic will be June 18. Please mark your calendars. We hope to see you! Please contact me if you have questions about our meetings. The first meeting for the fall will be on September 17th.

Marcia Homer
(360-683-4317)

Meeting, Tuesday, April 16, 2019

GREETINGS FROM CLALLAM COUNTY SCHOOL RETIREES’ ASSOCIATION

If you are a new member, welcome! If you are still working as a school employee, we know that it is unlikely that you can attend, but we want to keep you aware of what we do. If you are a cash member who pays dues once a year and decide to change to dues deduction, please let us know. Your reward will be $10 off your first luncheon at Joshua’s Restaurant after you sign up. Any new person who joins us will receive $10 toward their lunch.

CCSRA LUNCH – Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 at NOON

Joshua’s Restaurant
113 N. DelGuzzi Drive
Port Angeles

Please reply if you will be attending.  Let us know by 3:00 the Sunday prior to each meeting, if possible, by calling Darlene Jones (360-457-5352) or Jill Oakes (360-417-3012) or Marcia Homer (360-683-4317).  It’s okay to come even if you miss the deadline. We just like to have a general idea so the restaurant knows how many places to set. Sometimes the restaurant workers have to scramble to set up more tables, but they are happy to have us.

MENU:

Soup, Soup and Salad, just Salad Bar, a Lunch Special, or off the Menu  Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner items are offered.
Menu items start at $8.

AGENDA:

Our guest speaker will be Luanne Hinkle, Executive Director of Olympic Peninsula Humane Society.

We will also be holding an election of officers for CCSRA for the 2019 – 2020 year.

UNIT NEWS:

If anyone is interested in running for office as president, vice president, secretary, or treasurer, please let us know. We can accept nominations from the floor. We also need a new historian. Think about volunteering for this position.

LOOKING AHEAD:

BOOK CLUB: at 1:00 on second Thursday

This month it is on the 11th. Next  month it will be on the 9th.  At 1:00 on the second Thursday of each month, the CCSRA book club meets in the “Library” at Traylor’s Restaurant.  Bring a book to share or learn about some books you might want to read – an informal meeting of folks who like to read. Come and enjoy the camaraderie and a meal or snack. This group meets year round.

Coming Meeting Dates:

May 21, 2019, and our potluck picnic will be June 18, 2019.  Please mark your calendars.  We hope to see you!

Please contact Marcia Homer at (360-683-4317) if you have questions about our meetings.

Meeting, March 19, 2019

GREETINGS FROM CLALLAM COUNTY SCHOOL RETIREES’ ASSOCIATION (CCSRA – Unit 3)

If you are a new member, welcome! If you are still working as a school employee, we know that it is unlikely that you can attend, but we want to keep you aware of what we do. If you are a cash member who pays dues once a year and decide to change to dues deduction, please let us know. Your reward will be $10 off your first luncheon at Joshua’s Restaurant after you sign up. Any new person who joins us will receive $10 toward their lunch.  If you would like to join, please contact Marcia Homer (360-683-4317).

CCSRA LUNCH – Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 at NOON

Joshua’s Restaurant
113 N. DelGuzzi Drive
Port Angeles

MENU:
Menu items start at $8.
Soup, Soup and Salad, just Salad Bar, a Lunch Special, or off the Menu Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner items are offered.

Please reply if you will be attending.

Let us know by 3:00 the Sunday prior to each meeting, if possible, by calling Darlene Jones (360-457-5352) or Jill Oakes (360-417-3012) or Marcia Homer (360-683-4317).  It’s okay to come even if you miss the deadline. We just like to have a general idea so the restaurant knows how many places to set. Sometimes the restaurant workers have to scramble to set up more tables, but they are happy to have us.

PROGRAM:
Our guest speaker will be Kathy Estes, director of the North Olympic History Center. Kathy is going to talk about the 2019 Hands on History Project. We have eleven students participating in Grades 6-12 who are researching topics they chose about Clallam County History. All of the topics have surprising relevance to today and many have significant national and international significance. There will an invitation to attend the public presentations on April 7, 2019.

UNIT NEWS:
We will be accepting nominations for the CCSRA community service award. Please share with anyone on the board if you have an idea of someone who would be a good candidate for the award.

If anyone is interested in running for office as president, vice president, secretary, or treasurer, please let us know. We also need a new historian. Think about volunteering for this position.

LOOKING AHEAD:

BOOK CLUB: at 1:00 on second Thursday    This month it is on the 14th.

At 1:00 on the second Thursday of each month, the CCSRA book club meets in the “Library” at Traylor’s Restaurant.  Bring a book to share or learn about some books you might want to read – an informal meeting of folks who like to read. Come and enjoy the camaraderie and a meal or snack. This group meets year round.

Coming Meeting Dates:
April 16, May 21, and our potluck picnic will be June 18. Please mark your calendars. We hope to see you! Please contact me if you have questions about our meetings.

Marcia Homer (360-683-4317)