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)

Meeting, November 20, 2018

GREETINGS, CLALLAM COUNTY SCHOOL RETIREES’ ASSOCIATION (CCSRA – Unit 3) members!

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 20th at NOON 

Joshua’s Restaurant 113 N. DelGuzzi Drive, Port Angeles

Our guest speaker will be Allison Brekke who is head of the department of economic development for the City of Port Angeles.

Let us know by 3:00 the Sunday prior to each meeting, if possible, by calling Darlene Jones (360-457-5352) 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:

2018 – 2019 Officers:

Lora Brabant, President

Beverly Brown, Vice President

Linda Frazer, Secretary

Arlene Morganroth, Treasurer

 

Meeting, May 15, 2018

GREETINGS, CLALLAM COUNTY SCHOOL RETIREES’ ASSOCIATION (CCSRA – Unit 3) members!

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 you choose 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 get a free lunch the next time they come. We also have a door prize at each meeting. Remember to sign in to get a chance to win.

CCSRA LUNCH – Tuesday, May 15th at NOON 

Joshua’s Restaurant
113 N. DelGuzzi Drive
Port Angeles

Our speaker will be local naturalist and author Robert Steelquist who will be talking about his new book “Northwest Coast Explorer.” He will have copies with him for sale for $25 (cash or check). The book is also available at Port Book & News in Port Angeles.

Please reply if you will be attending.

Reserve your spot for lunch by 3:00 the Sunday prior to each meeting by calling Darlene Jones (360-457-5352) 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.

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.

LOOKING AHEAD:

Our annual potluck picnic will be held at noon on Tuesday, June 26th at the 4 Seasons Ranch Clubhouse in Port Angeles.  We hope some of you who are still working will join us for this event.

We welcome anyone who would like to serve our organization in any capacity. If you are at all interested, please let any officer know. Current officers are President Lora Brabant, Vice President Gary Gleason, Secretary Linda Frazer, and Treasurer Arlene Morganroth. Some committees are membership, scholarships and mini grants, program planning.

We are collecting new and gently used children’s books and/or funds to buy them as a community service project this year again. You can bring books or monetary donations to any meeting.  Books will go to First Step in Port Angeles and to Head Start in Sequim. Both places are happy to get books. We will distribute this year’s collection after the May meeting.

Lora has been collecting items for the WSSRF (Washington State School Retirees Foundation) gift baskets which will be taken to the WSSRA convention in June. If you would like to donate something, please bring it to the May 15th meeting or contact Lora about delivering it to her house.

WSSR-PAC:

We are providing the opportunity for members to contribute to the Political Action Committee of WSSRA. The committee works to encourage elected officials to pay attention to issues that affect us and our pensions.  You can now donate directly to the PAC online at this website: <wssr-pac.org>  using a credit card and the “Donate Now” button, or click on the “Contribute” button which pops up under the “Donate Now” to find the form to print out and mail it with your check for a donation.

Also, Lora is selling beautiful, hand-made greeting cards for just $1 each. All proceeds will benefit the WSSR-PAC (Washington State School Retirees-Political Action Committee).

BOOK CLUB: at 1:00 on second Thursday   On the second Thursday of each month, we have a book club meeting in the Library at Traylor’s Restaurant at 1:00.  Bring a book to share or learn about some books you might want to read – an informal meeting of folks who enjoy reading. Come and enjoy the camaraderie and a meal or snack. This group meets year round. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, May 10th.

Thank you!  Hope to see you next week.

Minutes – April 17, 2018 Meeting

Clallam County School Retirees’ Association
Executive Board Meeting
April 17, 2018

President Lora Brabant called the meeting to order at 10:09 a.m. at Joshua’s Restaurant in Port Angeles.
Lora Brabant, Arlene Morganroth, and Linda Frazer were present.

Minutes:  It was moved and seconded that the minutes be approved as presented. The motion passed.

Program of Work:  The presenter for today will be Bruce Giddens, Park Supervisor for Clallam County Parks.

Business:

 *Lora gave a reminder to bring books for First Step or donate money so books can be purchased. The books will be delivered in May.

*This year we will be doing low cost fundraisers each month for PAC (Washington State School Retirees’
Political Action Committee). Lora explained that it is best for each member to donate at least $25 for the
year to PAC. At this point of giving, names from the contributors can be listed for the legislators to see as supporters of political interests for WSSRA. Lora sharerd that $10 was collected in February as well as $52 in card sales for PAC. Lora will be selling the cards at the state convention also.

*There will be a free lunch for first time, new members. Cash members who switch to dues deduction can get $10 off their next lunch.

*The book club meets on the second Thursday of each month from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Traylor’s Library.

*A thank you card was sent to Barry Burnett. He is retiring this year from Port Angeles School District and has been a faithful PAEA president for many years.

*Annual reports are due May 31, 2018

*Marie Cauvel sent a letter of resignation for the position of Historian which she has held for a number of years.

*We are accepting nominations for CCSRA Community Service Award due by May 15, 2018. Presentation date will be June 19, 2018, at our potluck at 4 Season’s Ranch.

* On March 22, 2018 the Port Angeles School District recognized CCSRA at their meeting. Lora Brabant, Beverly Brown, Gary Gleason, and Daisy were in attendence.

*State Conference attendees are asked to fill out “Conference Request” form and then after conference fill out “Travel Expense Claim” form and submit to Arlene for reimbursement.

*Lora asked that items for the Foundation baskets that will be taken to the WSSRA state convention be brought by May 15th to our monthly meetings or May 22nd to her house—125 W. 11th St, Port Angeles.

*SW-3 meeting will be April 24, 2018 in Bremerton. Lora and Linda will be attending. Lora will be SW-3 chair-person for next year.

* Our next meeting will be May 15, 2018 at Joshua’s Restaurant at 10 a. m. Installation of officers will take place at this time.  Bob Steelquist will be the speaker for this meeting.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 11:00 a.m.

Linda Frazer
Secretary