The Official Publication of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel JULY-AUGUST 2011 VANGUARD
Volume 68, Issue #1
MARSP & Foundation donate $10,000 to classroom projects During Teacher Appreciation Week in May, more than 60 teachers across the state learned that their classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org had been fully funded by the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel (MARSP) and the MARSP Foundation, Inc. The $10,000 donation benefited 62 teachers in 54 different Michigan schools from Detroit to the Upper Peninsula, in projects that ranged from buying books and art supplies to bugs and flexible classroom seating.
Are you studying the candidates who are running for office in August? Wait, don’t you mean for the elections in November? If you are planning on waiting until November to vote in the general election, you will join 80 percent of the eligible voting public who miss the purpose of voting in the primaries. Aug. 7, 2018, is the date of the primary election in Michigan.
Thank-you from a student in Mrs. Lis’ kindergarten class at Hillman Elementary School for funding their flexible seating project.
“It was our way of supporting teachers,” says Mark Guastella, MARSP executive director and CEO of the MARSP Foundation. “Using DonorsChoose.org, which strictly focuses on public education, we were able to fund 65 projects that benefited about 3,317 students across the state. A MARSP staff member learned about DonorsChoose.org, and we thought it would be a great way for us to support current public school teachers.
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“Many of our members remember how difficult it often was to obtain resources to enhance classrooms and lesson plans,” continued Guastella. “They wanted the best for their students, and that often meant personally funding the costs for materials and equipment. We want to encourage each of our MARSP chapters to consider funding a project through DonorsChoose.org to begin the school year.” MARSP and the MARSP Foundation funded all the chosen projects the same day. Thank-you notes from teachers around the state poured in after the day’s donations were realized. “Thank you so much for funding this project,” wrote Lansing School District’s Catherine Schrock, whose project request for 70 blue building blocks for her prekindergarten students at Gier Park Elementary School received funding. “I’ve (continued on page 5)
You might think that 80 percent means you are in good company. It does, if you believe that election outcomes are determined in the general election. Unfortunately, the primary election is the one that determines who eventually wins, especially in districts (continued on page 10)
All you need is one; One is all you need! Membership Goal 4,150 (new or returning members)
Previous members who have rejoined = 3,054*
New members = 1,086*
*Members who have joined/rejoined from 7/1/17 to 5/31/18
TO P R E S E R VE, PR OTEC T AND ENHANCE BENEFITS AND PR O VID E SO CIE TAL SUPPO R T THAT CR E ATE A DIG NIFIED RE TIREMENT FO R CURRENT AND FUTURE PUB L IC SCHO O L RE TIREES.
MARSP and MARSP Foundation show appreciation by funding classroom projects By Paul Lerg, MARSP President firstname.lastname@example.org
In recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week, the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel and the MARSP Foundation this year started a pilot project that funded nearly $10,000 in classroom grants through DonorsChoose. org. With the motto “Support a Classroom, Build a Future,” DonorsChoose.org connects teachers in high-need communities with donors who want to help. One of the major considerations for using the organization was the GuideStar ratings for low overhead costs. Through the efforts of MARSP staff members Krista Beller, Mandy Hitsman and Mark Guastella, the idea of connecting MARSP to public school classroom teachers was developed. The MARSP Executive Board and the MARSP Foundation Board thoroughly reviewed the proposal. One of the key designs was to flash fund as many projects throughout the state in as short a time as possible. With the project guidelines already established by DonorsChoose.org, special consideration was given to complete the funding for projects that were $250 or
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less. By using Teacher Appreciation Week to fund projects, we hope materials will be ordered and delivered yet this school year for next year’s projects. Since this is a pilot project, staff and board members look forward to reviewing the progress. Already teacher thank-you notes appear on the MARSP Facebook page. Although this year did not include chapter or individual MARSP member participation to fund projects, local involvement may be possible in the future. Also, some teachers may not be aware of the DonorsChoose.org option to fund projects. The MARSP progress review will examine both areas for the future. To date, DonorsChoose.org has 3,147,391 supporters funding 1,167,799 projects that reached 28,040,942 students. Please go to the DonorsChoose.org website for additional information. Thanks to all the teachers who have given their students the benefits of these projects!
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Executive Director’s Message
Join the 20 percent who make an impact in elections By S. Mark Guastella, Executive Director email@example.com
Among people who vote, are you one of the 80 percent or one of the 20 percent? Only 20 percent of the voting-age population really exercises its power in elections that matter most – the primaries, which are coming up on Aug. 7. So your vote in the general elections in November may have little or no impact. How can that be? Let’s dig a bit deeper to understand how your vote in a general election could be of little consequence following the primary election. Voting district lines are redrawn every 10 years following the census by the majority party in the Legislature at that time. That party is allowed to draw district lines favoring its own candidates. The process is legal, and while there can be court challenges, both parties have become adept at following the rules while still favoring themselves.
Do you want to have a voice in Doing so is not playing games with the selecting your legislator? If so, take a voting system, as some would have you step back, identify the level to which your believe. It is realistic or pragmatic, if you district may have been gerrymandered, will. When voting in a gerrymandered review the candidates from that party and district, select the best candidate from vote in that party’s primary among the candidates for the candidate to whom of the party that controls “...nearly 90 percent of you can best relate. When the process. Look closely all district elections are the general election comes at those candidates and predetermined by the around in November, vote select the one who most controlling party.” for the candidate you most closely reflects what truly believe in. Your chosen you are looking for in a candidate may not win, but at least you legislator. will know you have had a real voice in Don’t try to pick the weakest candidate selecting your legislator. because that very well could be who ends VOTE in the primary on Tuesday, Aug. 7 up being your legislator. Pick the one and be one of the 20 percent who makes you find closest to your beliefs. That may an impact. still be a candidate you would never vote for in the general election but it quite probably will be the candidate who wins and represents you for the next two or four years.
As a result, nearly 90 percent of all district elections are predetermined by the controlling party. Therefore, these districts are set up to ensure the election of more members of the controlling party than the minority party. The process is referred to as “gerrymandering” and it results in nearly 90 percent of all legislators being selected as a result of the primary election. So how can you have an impact in your local election even if you are not of the party gerrymandered to control your district? The answer is easy, but may make you feel somewhat uneasy. When voting in primary elections, vote for the party that has a controlling interest in your district, even if it is not your preferred party or candidate in the general election. Sum me r 2018
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Calendar of events MARSP committees (Legislative, Finance and Membership) meet as necessary during the same week as the MARSP Board/Executive Committee. Please check with MARSP’s office for the schedule if you are interested in one of these committees.
Save the Date:
MARSP Foundation Scholarship Golf Outing
July 4 Independence Day – MARSP office closed July 16 Legislative Committee meeting July 17 Membership Committee meeting July 18 Executive Committee meeting July 19 MPSERS Board meeting Aug. 14 MARSP Foundation Bruce Moeggenborg Golf Outing Sept. 3 Labor Day – MARSP office closed Sept. 10 Legislative Committee meeting Sept. 11 Membership Committee meeting Sept.12 Executive Committee meeting Sept. 13 MPSERS Board meeting
Pension 301 Seminar dates As seminars are added frequently, please check the MARSP website for the current list of events: www.marsp.org/events.
The VANGUARD classified ad deadline is six weeks before the quarterly print date. The Fall issue ad deadline is Aug. 10, 2018.
The MARSP Foundation holds two annual golf outings to benefit the MARSP Foundation Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is available for all public school employees, no matter what their current position is, as long as they are furthering their education in an area that will be beneficial to working in the public school arena. Corporate, individual and hole sponsorships are available. MARSP’s goal is to have every chapter sponsor a hole for one or both outings.
The U.P. North Golf Outing was held on June 28 at the Gladstone Golf Club in Gladstone. The Bruce Moeggenborg Memorial Outing will take place on Aug. 14 at Maple Creek Golf Course in Shepherd. Mark your calendar to be a part of the upcoming Moeggenborg Memorial Outing in Shepherd to raise funds benefiting active school employees. Online registration is available on the MARSP website now.
Verification of Coverage Form: Due July 15
For those on the Blue Cross PPO plan, both Medicare and Non-Medicare, the Verification of Coverage (VOC) is required to be completed and returned to Blue Cross on an annual basis. Forms were sent out in May and early June and the deadline is July 15. This is a very important form as failure to return it will result in loss of MPSERS medical and prescription coverage.
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The Bottom Line
The National Debt: Part 1, History By Hess Bates, MARSP Treasurer firstname.lastname@example.org national debt totaled more than $75 I have an old friend who once quipped, million (big money in those days). “You know, when I’m dead I won’t have to worry about the national debt anymore!” After the United States achieved What a card! But my friend’s comment independence and was freed from the actually has had a lasting impact on me high costs of waging war, modest federal and I’ve found myself thinking more about budgets produced small surpluses that our nation’s debt and the questions that were used to pay off much of the war debt. swirl around it. This article will consider With the arrival of the War of 1812, though, how the debt arose. Future articles will money was again borrowed and debt piled look at the components of the debt, who up. By the late 1830s and into owes what to whom, the 1840s and ‘50s, budgetary “Today the national debt the financial stability surpluses were again used to of a debt-soaked exceeds $21 trillion.” pay down debt and virtually government and, in all that the government had deference to my friend, borrowed was covered … just how much we (retirees in time for the very expensive especially) really should be worrying about (in more ways than one) Civil War. By the the national debt. So now, let’s start with a end of that horrific conflict, the Union’s little history: debt had accumulated to more than $2.7 billion, equivalent to about 40 percent of From its earliest days, our federal the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) government has never been shy about at that time. We should note here that borrowing money. During the American a useful way to speak about the nation’s Revolution, both the states and the Continental Congress financed their efforts debt is as a percentage of GDP. This way, in the war by borrowing. Following victory, comparisons are not obscured by changes the fledgling federal government assumed in the value of the dollar over the decades (even centuries) that must be considered. the debts of the states and in 1791 the
World War I, the Great Depression and the huge expenditures required during World War II all contributed to growth of the national debt, and by 1945 had pushed the total to just over 110 percent of GDP. Historic patterns of borrowing and repayment began to change after WWII when little effort was made to clear debt from the books. Today it appears that the nation’s approach to debt has diverged even further from its historic norms, because the functions of government have broadened as it runs huge social programs that would never have been considered by the founding fathers. Today the national debt exceeds $21 trillion! I think that I (and maybe you too) need a little time to digest that number. When we look again at this topic in the Fall issue of VANGUARD, we will consider what has driven the recent stratospheric increases in the national debt and then take a look down the road into our country’s financial future. Maybe we can even get a handle on the fiscal reality of “$21,000,000,000,000.”
MARSP & Foundation donate (continued from page 1) been dreaming for these blocks for many years, and I can’t wait for my children to see them next fall. Your donations will enable my children to build outdoors, and enrich my outside area.” DonorsChoose.org was founded by Bronx high school history teacher Charles Best, who was trying to raise funds to buy books for his classroom in 2000. Thinking there might be people who wanted to help if they could see where their money was going, he created a website. Today, DonorsChoose.org is open to teachers in every public school in the U.S. “The idea of positively impacting more than 3,300 students in a single day was especially gratifying,” shares Marie Wilkerson, chair of the MARSP Foundation board. “Although we provide scholarships every year to public school employees who want to further their education, we particularly liked Sum me r 2018
that DonorsChoose.org does all the vetting whose projects had been fully funded. It of projects as well as the fulfillment.” is great to know that these teachers can finish their projects before school lets out MARSP and the MARSP Foundation for the summer and end the school year each allocated $5,000 toward fully on a high note.” funding as many projects as possible through the DonorsChoose.org According to DonorsChoose.org, it is website for schools with more than 50 the only crowd funding platform that vets percent of students from low-income each request, delivers materials directly to households. Additionally, opportunities schools and captures the impact of every where matching donations would apply project with photos, thank-you notes and were prioritized. For example, many of a cost report showing how each dollar the projects that were funded earned was spent. The charity received a four-star matching donations from the PNC rating (highest available) from Charity Foundation, Google, General Motors and Navigator and the 2017 Platinum Seal for other companies. Transparency from GuideStar. “We also decided to ‘flash fund’ them,” “We really liked that 95 percent of all notes Paul Lerg, MARSP president. “In other donations go directly to fund classroom words, we spent our entire $10,000 on the projects,” Guastella notes. “DonorsChoose. same day. Within 48 hours, we had dozens org makes great use of volunteers and of thank-you notes directly from teachers support from its partners.” www.marsp.org
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Contributions to the MARSP Foundation March 1, 2018 – May 31, 2018 Contributions to the MARSP Foundation include donations to the following funds: Scholarship Fund, General Fund, Richard and Margaret Smith Fund and the MARSP Foundation Endowment Fund.
From Members Agosta, Leigh – Macomb North Albert, Margaret – Otsego Allen, Betty – Bay Area Ancona, Mary – Kent Awosika, Joyce – Washtenaw Ball, Daniel – Oakland North Bartz, Thomas – Jackson Berger, Nancy – Kent Bitnar, Gwendolyn – Wayne Metro Bitzarakis, Nancy – Wayne NW Black, Michele – Cass Blessing, Dorothy – Kalamazoo Bornstein, Audrey – Oakland Farmington Borowski, Margaret – Charlevoix Bouman, John – Shiawassee Bown, Mary – Mecosta-Canadian Lakes Boyak, Marianne – Macomb North Bratt, Darrell – Oakland Farmington Brown, Dale – Montcalm Burnell, Marie – Berrien Bydlowski, Beverly – Wayne NW Carlson, Dorothy – Iron Carpenter, David – Oakland Farmington Carpenter, Judith – Newaygo Ceno, Beverly – Genesee SE Charlotte, Pierce – Gladwin Childress, Carl – Oakland Suburban Chilman, Marie – Marquette Courtright, Dorothy – Wayne Metro Croftchik, Gregory – Grand Traverse Daniels, Eunice – Oakland Suburban Davies, James Gary – Wayne Metro Deglopper, Joan – Newaygo Desico, Angela – Wayne Metro Dietel, Phyllis – Mason-Lake Doerr, Marilyn – Ingham Greater Lansing Doolin, Leon – Wayne NW Dvorak, Janeen – Shiawassee Dye, Jean – Wayne Detroit Ecklund, Linda – Clinton Engle, Ruth – Macomb East Evans, Elizabeth – Bay Area Faltyn, Kenneth – Oakland Suburban
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Fancett, Wilda – Michigan Farmer, Marylynn – Wayne Detroit Fleming, William – AZ Tucson/Green Valley Forsthoefel, Joanne Marie – Wayne Metro Forsythe, Phyllis – Shiawassee Fowler, Barbara – Jackson Franco, Manuel – Grand Traverse Frank, Gregory – Shiawassee Gale, Grover – Jackson Gilmer, Thomas – Allegan Goetz, Janet – Monroe Gonzalez, Irene – Monroe South Green, Allison – Tennessee East Green, Larence – Michigan Griffith, Carole – St. Joseph Gunther, Werner – Michigan Haapapuro, Charlene – Cheboygan Hager, Aisha – Wayne Downriver Hagopian, Jean – Macomb East Halper, Allen – Oakland Suburban Harper, Michael – Wayne Detroit Harrison, Patricia – Livingston Lois Hatcher – Wayne Metro Haynes, Charles – Ingham Greater Lansing Haynes, Margaret – Muskegon Helm, Doris – Berrien Heistand, Gayla – St. Joseph Henderson, Sally – Wayne NW Henry, Gale – Genesee Herbert, Willie – Wayne Detroit Hinz, Muriel – Macomb East Hooks, Hal – Lapeer Hoover, Eula – Macomb East Hoover, Joan – Michigan Horn, Vern – Oakland Suburban Houle, William – Macomb East Howton, Charles – Wayne Metro Howton, Judy – Wayne Metro Husa, Margaret – Van Buren Iott, Donn – St. Joseph Irish, Joan – Oakland North Irwin, James – Wayne Metro Jankowski, Eugene – Mason-Lake Jenness, Mark – Kalamazoo Johnson, Richard – Emmet Kast, Richard – Oakland North Kemp, Andrew – Bay Area Kemppainen, Darley – Marquette Klenczar, John – Oakland Farmington Klotz, Sharon – Jackson Koch, Jana – Oakland North Knickerbocker, Barbara – Kalamazoo Knoebel, Dixie – Michigan Knoop, Richard – Genesee SE Kronmann, Alma – Wayne NW Krumm, Kay – Eaton Kunkel, Karen – Oakland Suburban Lachance, Leilah – Montcalm Lavalley, Daniel – Calhoun Lavender, Lavonne – Montcalm Lawrence, Bonnie – Lapeer Lawshe, Dorothy – Ingham Greater Lansing Lawton, Marilyn – Muskegon
Legal, James – Oakland Suburban Lemley, Kenneth – Lenawee Leonard, Dolores – Wayne Metro Leonard, Helen – Michigan Leski, Robert – Monroe Maddox, Adelena – Michigan Madison, Dorothy – Macomb East Maiale, Deborah – Macomb North Mann, Judith – Oakland North Mansour, Mary – Ingham Greater Lansing Manthei, Dale – Grand Traverse Marlett, June – Kalamazoo Marsack, Richard – Wayne NW Martin, Linda – Oakland Farmington Matthews, Laura – Oakland North McArdle, Joanne – Wayne Downriver McCallum, Carla – Osceola McClure, Cecilia - Livingston McQuiggan, Carolyn – Oakland Farmington Mette, Richard – Oakland North Milam, Hazel – Saginaw Mildner, Roland – FL Lee County Miller, Alice – Michigan Miner, Robert – Tuscola Minnaar, Ruth – Kent Miock, Donna – Washtenaw Moll, Dorothy – Michigan Money, Margeret – ChippewaMackinac Moore, Frances – Wayne Detroit Muthleb, Joynal – Oakland Suburban Natkowski, Carol – Wayne Metro Newman, Joan – Wayne NW Olgiati, Louis – Oakland Suburban Olsen, Thomas – Presque Isle Palka, Paul – Monroe South Papadoulis, George – Washtenaw Patten, Maureen – Wayne Downriver Payne, Janie – Oakland North Perry, James Sr. – Saginaw Perry-Stokes, Joanne – Oakland Suburban Phillips, Marilyn – Berrien Phillips, Martha – Leelanau Pitt, Mary – Wayne NW Popvits, Beverly – Genesee Porter McClain, Carrie – Genesee SE Potvin, Jane – Marquette Prestay, Dolores – Marquette Purdy, Walter – Jackson Quick, Alan – Isabella Randall, Marilyn – Oakland North Reagan-Ackroyd, MaryEllen – Oakland North Rebhan, Robert – Michigan Ricci, Donna – Saginaw Rider, Elwyn – Jackson Royer, Joanna – Calhoun Ruddy, Arthur – Shiawassee Rydahl, Lois – Isabella Scott, Lula – Washtenaw Secord, Staci Doyle – Oakland North Hirley, James – Oakland Suburban Sisovsky, Shirley – Charlevoix
Smith, Donna – Wayne Detroit Smith, James – Oceana Smith, Mildred – Michigan Snell, Roger – Oakland Suburban Stein, Donna – Jackson Stephenson, Marjorie – Kalamazoo Stock, Rosalie – Saginaw Studer, Alan – Michigan Sutter, Robert – Washtenaw Thrash, Ruth – Genesee West Towers, Carolyle – Washtenaw Towner, Michael – Michigan Tromp, Paula – Wayne NW Tutelian, Edward – Monroe South Urso, Sally – Wayne NW Vandenberg, Gretchen – Kent Vandoorne, David – Ottawa Vansickle, Camille – Bay Area Vierheilig, Mary – Kent Vymazal, Phyllis – Macomb East Walker, Lenora – Saginaw Warner, Peggy - Lapeer Weatherhead, Barbara – Genesee West Wencley, John – Oakland Suburban White, Danny – Macomb East Wierenga, Nancy – Kent Willis, Delano – Wayne Detroit Wilson, Sandra – Presque Isle Wilson, Wyonne – Genesee Young, John – Van Buren Zientek, Jane – Isabella
In Memoriam from Members Aleks, Albert – from Patricia Aleks Bernard, Sandra – from Barbara Perry Daly, Thomas – from Norene Daly Ebert, Allen – from Joyce Ebert Eloff, Carole – from John Eloff Erickson, Martin – from Margaret Peterson Gorman, Johnny – from Eva Gorman Green, H. Frank – from Marie Wilkerson Hough, Florence – from James Hough Ingold, Johann – from Catherine Spring Ingold, Johann – from Marie Wilkerson Johnson, Helen – from Donald Tyrrell Kelley, Mitchell – from John Kelley Kroell, Anne – Oakland Suburban Lynch, Georgene – from Anne Carolini Malechuk, Edward – from Marcella Malechuk Morey, Dick – from Kenneth McCoy Munn, Mr. and Mrs. Dobie – from Mary Munn Owen, Mary – from Judith Depetro Raglin, Anka – from Arthur Raglin Rashewsky, Karen – from Jasper Flikkema Rifenberg, Jack – from Joan Rifenberg Roberts, Elizabeth – from Oscar Boyajian Rose, Joe – from Larry Flanders Plungis, Robert – from Diane Plungis Sack, Sandy – from Elizabeth Zabik Stout, Keith – from Carol Baker Wauddt, Mercedies – from Alexander Wauddy S ummer 2018
Weir, Margaret – from James Weir Zitka, Bernadine – from Martha Jovanovic
Contributions to MARSP
In Honor of from Members
March 1, 2018 – May 31, 2018
Flikkema, William – from Jasper Flikkema Mulka, Sylvia – from Stanley Mulka Raglin, Anka – from Arthur Raglin Richter, Mary – from Jasper Flikkema Schermer, Bonnie – from John Kelley Tessier, Kathleen – from Vern Tessier
In Memoriam from Chapters Berrien – Irene Chisek, John Cooper, Marian Moyse, Charles Murray Susan Rubeck, Charles Shields, Lois Tallis, Forence Wolfanger Oceana – Harold Carlin, Dennis Hedinger, Elizabeth Hiscock, Alice Murdock Roscommon – James Engelhard, Dr., David Randolph Shiawassee – Margaret Cooper, Vivian MacGillivray, Joan Melzow Wayne Detroit – deceased members
From Chapters Macomb North
Endowment Fund from Members Crane, Mary – Oakland Suburban Fikse, John – Charlevoix Kronman, Alma – Wayne Northwest Meldrum, Patricia – Macomb East Rogers, Mary – Mecosta-Canadian Lakes Shaw, June – Michigan Volstromer, Elizabeth – Wayne Detroit Weinle, Donna – Macomb East Zwart, Mary – Kalamazoo
Endowment Fund from Chapters Lapeer – Margaret Farley, William Kapustka, Camille Laursen
Contributions to MARSP include donations to the General Fund.
From Members Ayling, Richard – Grand Traverse Bidwell, Donald – Calhoun Bresko, Sylvis – Wayne Downriver Carner, Margaret – Wayne Metro Chrostowski, Adam – Oakland Suburban Cogswell, David – Michigan Cramton, Anne – Wayne Metro Daly, Jeannine – Oakland Suburban Daly, Michael – Oakland North Dewland, James – Jackson Frierer, Patricia – Michigan Frew, Daniel – St. Joseph Gilmore, Norma – Ingham-Greater Lansing Gruber, Harold – Monroe South Hager, Aisha – Wayne Downriver Hellman, Nancy – Charlevoix Hibbard, Dolores – Grand Traverse Kellogg, Kathylnn – Macomb East Kidston, Ann – Kalamazoo Kitson Ernest – Clinton Kojima, Sylvia – Oakland North Laird, Anne – Macomb East Landon, Sheila – Lenawee Lemcool, Wilma – Grand Traverse Ling, Patricia – Sun Coast Loboda, William – Greater Lansing Malovey, Betty – Branch McIntyre, Mary – Wayne Metro McMahon, Lorna – Cheboygan Mutkala, Alice – Marquette Ottevaere, William – Macomb North Patalon, Bonnie – Tennessee East Potgeter, Eugene – Ottawa Roeske, Jerome – Macomb East Roseer, Sharman – FL Lee County Salera, John – Macomb North Wright, Mary Jane – Tennessee East Young, Adelieu – Ingham Greater Lansing
In Memoriam from Members Barone, Marilyn Ann – from William Barone Donofrio, Theresa – from August Donofrio Helm, Herbert – from Doris Helm Marentette, Jill – from Diane Peterson
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Monroe South – Dorothy Huebner, Shirley LaBo Saginaw – Timothy Apsey, Martha Cook, Albert Lacker, Ernest Schneider Van Buren – Will Hahenberg, Lawrence Landry, Beverly Marks, Elizabeth Miller, Dixie Saxon
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Chesaning Timothy Apsey
Clio Robert Quiring
Grand Rapids Evelyn Blaauw Gordon Hunsberger Gaye Niewiadomski Richard Radecki Richard Ryan
Columbiaville Elizabeth Ring
Grayling Florence Hough
Commerce Township Laurence Soldan
Greenville Douglas Denney
Davidson Barbara Vukovich
Gregory C Dale Armstrong Douglas Cooper
Clinton Township Norma Gerbino
February 28, 2018 – May 31, 2018 “... these immortal dead, who live again in minds made better by their presence.” Michigan Alpena Lillian Irwin
Dearborn Sarah Doyle
Ann Arbor William Browning Peri Gagalis Richard Reinholt
Dearborn Heights Pauline Steiner Detroit Thomas Calhoun Ollie Cooper Cleon Gilliam Laura Hutson Gloria Long
Armada Richard Heldt Auburn Hills Joanne Stroebel Battle Creek Jason Loving
Dewitt Mary Albright
Bay City Erma Kisser Patricia Stevenson
Dowagiac Donna Bailey David Seifferlein
Hartland Steve Boloyan Betty Vaughan
Hope Gordon Hoffman Houghton Lake Arlette Harris
Bloomfield Hills Eileen Longpre
Essexville Beverly Ballor
Brighton Theodore Crossman Jacqueline Hahn Earl Vashon
Evart Betty Marshman
Caspian George Stockero
Gaines Catherine Cavanaugh
Cass City Jennie Osentoski
Galesburg Mary Sullivan
Cassopolis Barbara Behnke
Gaylord Delores Fullmer
Cedar Lynn Baumann
Grand Blanc Helen Jewett
Charlotte Jacqueline Adams
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Grand Ledge Ruth Clever
Marquette Clifford Luft Marysville Helen Wheeler
Middleville Robert Evans Carolyn Jackson
Jackson Elizabeth Carpenter Larry Rubeck
Flushing Theodore Bison Shirley Deneen Norma Dewitt
Marlette Mary Massoglia
Holt Alice Rissman
East Lansing Margaret Wilkening
Canton M Rita Reuter
Livonia Daniel Kachnowski Macy Keyworth Edward Schulz Larry Schwartz
Metamora William Kapustka
Benton Harbor Earl McKee
Fenton Judith Stoeri
Pigeon Beverly Dressler
Holland Donald Shankwiler
Ionia Arlene Stien
Cadillac Edward Cameron
Lawton Maureen Beall Beverly Marks
Menominee Raymond Maki
East Detroit Albert Goetzinger
Brooklyn Nancy Fensch
Petersburg Victor Stevens Robert Thomas
Hillsdale William VanArsdalen
Belleville Doris Beckley Yolanda Harris
Farmington Hills Helen Anthony Beulah Gray Ronald Wangrud
Lapeer Lyndell Kintner Camilla Laursen
Jenison June Moored Kalamazoo Barbara Buckingham Jack Cleveland, Ed.D. Daniel Frew Helen Harris Lloy Haw Nancy Martin Donna Nusbaum Carol Passavant Eleanor Sheeler Kentwood Truman Hinton Kinde Allan Davis Kingsford Helen Mott Lake Linden James Stevens L’Anse Mary Veker Lansing David Voorhees Greta Wagner-Slagle
Plainwell James Bump Plymouth Douglas Avery Lionel Guregian Genevieve Kurek Virginia Wallath Port Austin Mary Craig Port Huron Sylvia Bargiel Bonnie Blomquist William Johnston Portage Joan Melzow Patricia Mills James Spitzner Jeannette Valkner Reading Melvin Daglow
Monroe Larry Bezeau Rose Ann Blohm H Frank Green Raymond Kessler
Redford Elizabeth Haewski
Mount Clemen James Phillips
Richmond Samuel Toia
Mount Pleasant Mary McEvoy Robert Rankin
Rochester Hills William Broughton James Kuszmaul
Muskegon Naomi Baugus Florence Hanks Ruth Steingass
Rockwood Joan Cowie
New Baltimore James Meli Newberry Dorothy Cox Niles Helen Crawford Okemos Barbara Gliniecki Jerome King Owosso Vivian MacGillivray Oxford M Margaret Farley Paris Roy Hanson Paw Paw Willard Hahnenberg
Richland Mary Godfrey
Roscommon James Engelhard Rosebush Ruth Fransted Royal Oak Betty Mathie Saginaw Martha Cook St. Johns George Dush Sault Ste. Marie Johann Ingold Leonard White Schoolcraft Mary Dowty Sebewaing Maida Fuller Shelby Township June Cook Frank Pichel, Ph.D. S ummer 2018
Six Lakes Ann Pool South Haven Laurence Landry South Lyon Marjane Baker Southfield Curtis Butler Dorothy Byrd Southgate Sylvia Bresko Sparta Jim Kane St. Clair Shores Stephen Castellucci Mildred DeMeulemeester Johanna Wilson Standish Jean Lentz Stephenson Faye Menke Sterling Heights Raymond Mandziuk Stevensville Virginia Varney Swartz Creek Georgia Brimley Frank Rehanek Three Oaks Frederick Williams Traverse City Dorothy Stein Shirley Weber William Wilson Twin Lake Marie Schmitt Vassar Gail Vernon Vicksburg Ann Linton Walled Lake Patricia Russell Warren Dolores Martin Joseph Skupin Waterford Paul Oâ€™Neill Wayne Susan Schindler Weidman Donald Cotter Wellston Robert Belic Westland Thelma Bilbrey Sum me r 2018
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Gwynn Oak, Maryland Vivian Banks Nashua, New Hampshire Jeannette Brooks Henderson, Nevada Claudia Vettraino Oberlin, Ohio Nancy Beauchamp
Mesa, Arizona Myron Damon
Edmond, Oklahoma Ruth Vrieling
Sun City, Arizona Robert Chartrand
Crossville, Tennessee Delbert Butson
Tucson, Arizona James Bump C Suzanne Seely Lana Straight
Murfreesboro, Tennessee Geneva Delene
Oakland, California Madge Woodward Palm Desert, California Adam Mick Arcadia, Florida Helen Crawford Bonita Springs, Florida Constance George Clermont, Florida Virginia Conlon Lakeland, Florida Lester Stover
Boerne, Texas Margaret Galbraith El Paso, Texas Mary Wilcox Georgetown, Texas Marie Hawkins Daleville, Virginia Nancy Detert Stanwood, Washington Donna Beuthien Manitowoc, Wisconsin Margaret McLaughlin
Melbourne, Florida Gloria Jadwin North Port, Florida Jack Sherburne Saint Augustine, Florida June Kilmer Singer Island, Florida Ronald Wangrud Sun City Center, Florida Robert Barriger Vero Beach, Florida Robert Lee West Palm Beach, Florida Virginia Post Winter Haven, Florida Jeffery Moorhead Fort Wayne, Indiana David Cogswell Berea, Kentucky Arthur Ricketts Simpsonville, Kentucky Walter Fightmaster Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts Elmer Eschenburg www.marsp.org
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March 1, 2018 – May 31, 2018 The Voluntary Benefit Defense Fund (VBDF) is used to initiate and/or participate in legal or legislative battles that may be necessary to protect Michigan school retirees’ benefits now and in the years to come. From Members Anderson, Janet – Presque Isle Armstrong, Donald – St. Clair Baublit, John – Washtenaw Benvenuto, Joyce – Ingham Greater Lansing Bloom, Stuart – Michigan Borchers, Thomas – Roscommon Boyle, Brian – Oakland North Brown, David – Wayne Northwest Burnstein, Maxine – Oakland Farmington Candela, James – Wayne Downriver Crawford, Jean – Ottawa Dennings, Janet – Clinton Dewland, James – Jackson Doneth, Rita – Isabella Drabant, Patricia – Jackson Ebert, Joyce – Macomb East Evans, Patricia – Oakland North Farrell, Betty – Wayne Downriver Freye, Robert – Kalamazoo Goodman, Catherine – St. Clair Graber, Joseph – Macomb East Hardy, Carole – Oakland Suburban Hibbard, Dolores – Grand Traverse Hillgruber, Barbara – Clinton Howe, Charles – Clinton Inman, Sophie – Wayne Metro Jansky, Audrey – Menominee Johnson, Nancy Rose – Berrien Ketelsen, Ginger – Oakland North Kitson, Nancy – Clinton Lockwood, Ruth – Washtenaw Marchuk, Pamela – Genesee West Massey, Maryanne – Wayne Northwest McCall, Kay – Kent McDaniel – Oakland Suburban McMahon, Lorna – Cheboygan McWatt, Catherine – Macomb North Midgley, Jack – Ingham Greater Lansing Moors, Barbara – Wayne Metro Munn, Mary – Roscommon Nagy, Margaret – Oakland Suburban Ogemaw Osceola Pintacura, Toby – Genesee South East
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Porubsky, Mary – Clinton Riley, Timmie – Menominee Schwartz, Mary – Jackson Story, Ellen – Michigan Tober, Robert – Berrien Truesdell, Kathleen – Washtenaw
that have been politically gerrymandered. Since about 90 percent of all districts are drawn primarily along political lines, it’s very possible that your primary vote could be the most important vote you cast this year!
In Honor of, from Members Armstrong, John – from Audrey Armstrong Pickett, Dave – from Fred Hudak Shelder, Orville – from Evelyn Shelder
As you read this issue of VANGUARD, you will hopefully gain some new insight into how the process of electing our legislators is more involved than just showing up in November and casting a ballot.
In Memory of, from Members Barone, Marilyn Ann – from William Barone Green, H. Frank – from Paula Trilety Hunt, Robert – from Margaret Hunt Ingold, Johann – from Robert Wiles Ocalington, Jeannie – from Robert Wiles Schillio, Vivian – from Serge Schillio
The time to learn about the candidates for office is right now! Take advantage of candidate forums, news articles, individual candidate meetings, websites, League of Women Voters presentations and any other available information on your local candidates. Here is one critical question to ask of every candidate: What is your opinion on the State of Michigan continuing to provide pension and health care benefits to public school employees? Hopefully the candidate will understand these are two independent benefits and will address each separately. More than anything, try to determine if they strongly support the continuation of the benefits for all current and retired public school employees.
From Chapters Alpena AZ – Tucson/Green Valley Berrien Cheboygan Chippewa-Mackinac Colorado Crawford-Oscoda Dickinson FL Char-Sota FL Heartland FL Ocala FL Space Coast FL St. Petersburg FL Tri-County Genesee South East Genesee West Gogebic Ingham Greater Lansing Kalamazoo Lapeer Oakland Suburban Oakland Farmington Saginaw Shiawassee St. Clair St. Joseph Tennessee Tuscola Wayne Downriver Wayne Metro In Memory of, from Chapters Clare – Jann and John Wolf
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Marie Wilkerson: Advocacy is key in retirement When Marie Wilkerson retired in 1999 after a four-decade public education career, she had little to no knowledge about the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel. “I remember seeing VANGUARD land on my desk, but I really had no idea who was publishing it,” she says. That soon changed, however, and today Wilkerson is one of MARSP’s biggest advocates – including touting membership benefits to current public school employees. “Once I joined MARSP, I really started to notice the importance of getting involved for the benefit of retirees,” says Wilkerson, who shortly after retiring was taken by another member to an Osceola County Chapter meeting and was soon convinced to become its president. From there, Wilkerson became more and more involved with MARSP. Within a
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Now, much of her focus is on raising MARSP’s profile among potential members – both retirees and those still working. “I’m proud of how MARSP not only represents the interests of retirees but also advocates for policies that benefit schoolchildren and current education workers,” she says. “They need to understand what their retirement package is and how things can be taken away if we are not paying attention.” Over the years, MARSP has successfully increased its presence within school buildings, helping to raise awareness about the organization, Wilkerson says. For example, it now regularly stages pension seminars within schools for current employees.
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year of joining, she was asked by MARSP leadership to chair a new committee focused on recruiting new members and creating new member benefits programs. She continued to rise through the leadership ranks, culminating with serving as statewide president from 2007-11.
Also, the MARSP Foundation – which Wilkerson chairs – annually awards scholarships to help current educators further their professional development. “We’re glad to help them out, and we’re also hopeful that scholarship recipients will eventually become new members,” Wilkerson says. Also, many MARSP chapters award scholarships to graduating seniors, further raising MARSP’s profile. Still, current members are the best recruiting tool, Wilkerson said. “It really comes down to one-to-one relationships,” she says. “We’re hoping there are some folks who know these people and would get them to join.” A key message, she says, for recruiters to use: “If you don’t get out and advocate for yourself, no one is going to do it.”
She proudly notes how MARSP was able to convince state legislators to at least alter their originally proposed changes to pensions and health care benefits, softening the blow for retirees. Wilkerson spent the bulk of her career with the School District of the City of Pontiac, where she taught at the elementary level for 27 years, worked as a staff development consultant for five years and served as an elementary school principal for a year. She concluded her career with a seven-year stint as an elementary school principal in her hometown district of Evart, where she continues to reside. After graduating from Evart High School, she obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from what is now Oakland University. “I always wanted to be a teacher,” Wilkerson says, noting how her nieces who were just a bit younger than her would comment on how she always wanted to play school whenever they visited her childhood home. “I guess it was the influence of my teachers at Evart.” She hasn’t slowed down much in retirement. For example, in addition to her MARSP involvement, she goes to exercise class three times a week, volunteers at the local senior center a couple of times a month and assists with the elementary school reading program once a month. “I’m very active,” she said. “Sometimes I even have to say no. If I’m stretched for time and can’t do quality work for an organization, I don’t want to be involved.” Her advice to others who are entering retirement: “Have a project or do something for other people. Doing something for someone other than yourself is important.”
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State Distinguished Service Award winner honored Jack Ferguson, a member of the Branch County Chapter, was honored with the State Distinguished Service Award for his many years of the service to MARSP. Jack is a member of the MARSP state legislative committee and also serves as his chapter’s legislative committee chair. Jack is also active in his local community as a hospital volunteer and member of the deacon’s board at his church.
Jack Ferguson receives the State Distinguished Service Award from Branch County Chapter President Mary Carlisle.
Jack is said to be “a natural when it comes to talking to our elected officials and other organizations.” His fellow chapter members also note that “he diligently works at keeping himself and our chapter informed about legislative matters. At each meeting he is thorough in his coverage of the information and always encourages us to contact our legislators.” The Branch County Chapter was happy to nominate Jack for the State Distinguished Service Award and thinks that he is very worthy of this honor. He works hard at whatever he is doing, and his enthusiasm shows how much he enjoys the duties.
Dedicated chapter members recognized The following members were honored with Chapter Service Awards to recognize their dedicated service to their respective chapters.
Carole Bolton Branch County
St. Joseph County
Mary’s chapter says that she is “loyal to our chapter where she maintains an enviable attendance and participation record.”
Ivan has served as chapter president for 10 years and is also a presenter for the MARSP pension seminars. Ivan often travels to other chapters to gather new suggestions for chapter improvement.
Shiawassee County Branch County Chapter President Mary Carlisle presenting Chapter Service Award to Carole Bolton Carole serves as the chapter secretary, as well as the media person and member of the sunshine committee. Her chapter says that Carole “works hard to promote our organization. We are blessed by her willingness to serve.”
Nancy serves her chapter “behind the scenes” and “her contributions to the annual meetings in Mio have encouraged both attendance and local donations to make the community a better place.”
Alice Czarnota North Macomb
Alice serves as the chapter treasurer and the chapter wanted to honor her for her hard work on their behalf.
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Kathy is a longtime member of the chapter and has served on many committees such as the election committee and program planning. Her chapter says that “Kathy is always willing to help.” She is also a master gardener who presented to her chapter this summer on this topic.
Suzanne Hankinson Genesee Southeast
For the past several years, Suzanne has been involved in the chapter’s community service project to provide Christmas gifts for the Meals on Wheels program participants. The chapter donates over 1,000 gifts per year to the effort. Suzanne purchases many of the gifts and organizes a gift wrapping meeting to wrap them all.
Delos Johnson Ionia County
Delos has served as the chapter treasurer for nearly 30 years! Chapter
members say that “we are so grateful that he keeps us on the straight and narrow with our money and does it with a smile. Delos is a pleasure to have on our board. His gentle nature and confident demeanor help us know that we can afford to do what we do. Thanks, Delos, for all your years of service!”
William Jones Bay Area
William has served his chapter in many roles for over 20 years, including chapter newsletter production and distribution, community service projects, calling committee and recruitment. His chapter notes that “Bill is a great worker and should have been recognized long ago.”
Macomb East Chapter
Ken has served on both his chapter’s board and the MARSP Board of Directors for nearly two decades. His informative reports at chapter meetings about the happenings in Lansing have been very informative, as has his handling of the annual business meeting held jointly with the Macomb North chapter. His chapter members say that Ken “has been a good and faithful servant and deserves recognition for a job well done.”
Phil serves the chapter in two separate roles: legislative chair and health chair. His chapter members describe Phil as going “above and beyond the call of duty for our local MARSP chapter. He is committed to the legislative committee in that he keeps in constant contact with
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local and state legislators. He stands up for retired school personnel issues with editorials to local newspapers and keeps members informed of changes.”
George serves as the chapter president and legislative chair, as well being a presenter for the MARSP Pension Seminars. George also serves as a Chapter Legislative Ambassador.
Marilyn Pomeroy North Oakland
Marilyn has served as chapter president for the past three years. Her chapter explains that “her professional leadership is valued by all who have worked with her.”
Van Buren County
Diane serves as the chapter treasurer and the chapter wanted to surprise her with this award in honor of her hard work on behalf of the chapter.
Roberta Wadel Kent County
Roberta has served as chapter president and secretary. “Bert” is very involved in both the chapter and community. She coordinates the chapter’s school supplies project each year and is liked and respected by her fellow chapter members.
2018 Local Chapter Recognition Program
To encourage local chapters to support the programs and goals of MARSP.
To recognize and encourage the strengths of the local chapter. To recognize those chapters that are most successful in supporting and carrying out those programs and goals. To recognize those chapters that are able to successfully maintain contributing programs within the local community. Congratulations to all chapters that received seals and thank you to all MARSP local chapters. We know you support MARSP programs and goals, and we truly appreciate you.
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Baraga Bay Area Berrien Branch Clinton Dickinson Ionia Kent East Macomb North Macomb Saginaw St. Clair Blue Water Shiawassee Washtenaw
Rebecca Stroube Joyce Sigelko George Pica Mary Carlisle Roseann Torra Milton Wirth Karen Merchant Kalista Castine Maybelle Cook & Mike Schichtel Catherine McWatt & Mike Schichtel Olivia Williams Donald Armstrong Joyce Rairick Sherry Warden
Clare Crawford-Oscoda Gladwin Marquette
Elizabeth Smith Paul Lerg Bonnie Bain Gloria Bigelow
Recruiting spouse for membership nets “Grand” prize Former teacher Andrea Rander recruited just one new MARSP member in 2017, but that was the “one” she needed to win MARSP’s grand prize. By enrolling her husband, Robert, in MARSP last year, Rander became eligible to win a two-night stay at the Grand Hotel for the “All You Need Is One, One is All You Need” campaign, which seeks to grow MARSP’s membership numbers and increase its voice on legislative issues. “It was a big surprise. I was totally floored,” she recalls. “When I signed him up, I did not even dream of winning. I have been through the Grand Hotel, but never stayed there. We love going to Mackinac Island.” A resident of Conklin, Rander joined MARSP when she retired from teaching in Coopersville in 1999 after 15 years of service. A graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in elementary education, she served in a number of different capacities, from kindergarten through community education. “I joined MARSP because teachers have to stick together,” she says, noting that all retirees should join. It’s a theme that Mark Guastella, MARSP executive director, sounds often. “We look for members to grow MARSP by sharing their stories and recruiting their friends in education,” he says. “Those who work in our school systems know the importance of supporting each other. That extends to spouses too, who are often benefit beneficiaries.” For Rander, MARSP unites many educators for one common goal. “What I like about MARSP is that it represents all political viewpoints, but all the purposes are working for our public education system, from the superintendents to the custodians,” she says. “All employees in the educational field are included, and that’s important.” (continued on page 17)
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Outstanding referral effort draws new members Referrals from March 1, 2018 – May 31, 2018 New Member
John H. Anderson
Barbara J. Williams
Vicky L Hoisington
Carol G. Kramer
Mary Ann Izdebski
Lou Ann Thompson
Mary Rose Davis
Robert R. Kennedy
Janet E. Johnson
Karolyn Jagosz Stokley
George Wingfield, Jr.
Lou Anne Baker
D Rebecca Benson
Mary Jane Rampy
Timoth W. Nelson
Sally S. Smith
Lynn M. Anderson
Cynthia Stover Heck
Nancy J. Hutchinson
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Elizabeth A. Jayska
Carol A. Fuller
G S Radakovich
A Kathryn Thomas
MARSP Referrals by Chapter The referrals listed have the following chapter associations: 11-15 referrals: Oakland North, Saginaw and Washtenaw 6-10 referrals: Ottawa, Wayne Metro and Wayne Northwest 1-5 referrals: Allegan, Alpena, Bay Area, Bay- Northern Bay Arenac, Calhoun, Cheboygan, Crawford-Oscoda, Emmet, Eaton, Genesee West, Grand Traverse, Hillsdale, Houghton-Keweenaw, InghamGreater Lansing, Ionia, Iosco-Alcona, Isabella, Kalamazoo, Kent, Luce County/ Tahquamenon, Mason-Lake, Menominee, Oakland Farmington, Oakland Suburban, Southeast Genesee, Schoolcraft, Van Buren, Colorado and FL-Tri-County.
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$25 Visa gift card winners: Nancy Sloan for the Nancy MacDonald referral; Phylis Wikinson for the Stanley Coveleski referral; and Teresa Dickie for the Julia Savickis referral.
Recruiting spouse for membership (continued from page 15) Keeping the interests of education in front of the Legislature is key to the success of maintaining benefit levels, she says. “You have to educate the legislators about the school system, and how it works. If we don’t keep telling people what the truth is, then we might one day lose all our benefits,” she says. “With new legislators, there is a program where they learn about different issues they will face, and that’s a great idea, because unless you have a connection
to teaching, you might not know the issues that teachers face.” Since her retirement, she and her husband have traveled to many destinations, including Antarctica, a trip through the Panama Canal and a cruise from Bangkok, Thailand, through the Suez Canal to Greece and Venice, Italy. For now, Rander and her husband are considering their stateside vacation and planning to use their grand prize stay this summer. “It really is beautiful up there.”
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Membership Committee Report
When MARSP speaks, will your voice be heard? By Membership Co-Chairs Vicki Barnes and Lillian Jones-Thomas Does the back page of this newsletter include a personal note to you? Take a look and if you see a message there saying, “This could be your last VANGUARD,” that means you still need to renew your MARSP membership. No note? That means you deserve a big “Thank You!” because you have already renewed your membership. (You can go online to renew quickly or simply fill out the form on this page and return it with your check.) We need you and you need us. We need your voice to join thousands of other members who speak as one when we go to the Legislature. Legislators pay attention to groups that represent a large contingent of voters, and there is no more active group of voters than retired educators. That fact was proved last year when legislators listened to MARSP as the only retiree organization invited to help negotiate changes to public school
personnel retiree benefits, saving every member about $500 a month in outof-pocket health care costs. Your $35 membership dues are an easy way to express your support for MARSP’s work last year.
As Membership Committee co-chairs, we need your help. Please renew your membership right away while it is fresh in your mind. We know what often happens when we set things aside thinking that we will take care of it later.
For more than 60 years, MARSP has been the only organization totally dedicated to promoting and supporting the rights and needs of retired public school personnel and serving as their legislative voice.
“Procrastination can be categorized as habit, and that habit, if continued repeatedly and turned into a lifestyle, transforms into a bad habit that can pull us back from progress and delay our success.” – Mark Thomas, Procrastination Cure
MARSP’s goals are threefold: 1. Advocate for our members in the Legislature; 2. Keep members informed of discussions in the Legislature that will impact our pensions and health benefits; and 3. Recruit members. When MARSP speaks, elected officials listen and make decisions in the best interest of their constituents.
For your convenience, you may go to the MARSP website and renew online by choosing auto-renewal, or choose Lifetime membership to save time and money.
Chapter Dues List: MARSP: $35 Michigan: Alger: $5 Allegan: $5 Alpena: $5 Baraga: $5 Barry: $7 Bay-Northern Bay Arenac: $10 Bay Area: $10 Berrien: $9 Branch: $5 Calhoun: $6 Cass: $6 Charlevoix: $5 Cheboygan: $5 Chippewa-Mackinac: $5 Clare: $5 Clinton: $5 Crawford-Oscoda: $5 Delta: $5 Dickinson: $5 Eaton: $7 Emmet: $10 Genesee: $7 Genesee Southeast: $7 Genesee West: $7 Gladwin: $5 Gogebic: $10 Grand Traverse: $10 Gratiot: $6 Hillsdale: $5 Houghton-Keweenaw: $3 Huron: $5 Ingham-Greater Lansing: $10 Ionia: $10
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Iosco-Alcona: $5 Iron: $5 Isabella: $10 Jackson: $7 Kalamazoo: $10 Kent: $10 Lapeer: $6 Leelanau: $10 Lenawee: $0 Livingston: $5 Luce County/ Tahquamenon: $10 Macomb East: $5 Macomb North: $8 Manistee: $7.50 Marquette: $5 Mason-Lake: $7 Mecosta-Canadian Lakes: $5 Menominee: $5 Monroe: $5 Monroe South: $5 Montcalm: $5 Muskegon: $15 Newaygo: $5 Oakland Farmington: $6 Oakland North: $7 Oakland Suburban: $6 Oceana: $10 Ogemaw: $6 Ontonagon: $5 Osceola: $5 Otsego: $10 Ottawa: $5 Presque Isle: $10 Roscommon: $10 Saginaw: $7 Schoolcraft: $7
Shiawassee: $5 St Clair: $8 St Joseph: $8 Tuscola: $5 Van Buren: $10 Washtenaw: $10 Wayne Detroit : $12 Wayne Downriver: $10 Wayne Metro: $5 Wayne Northwest: $8 Wexford-Missaukee: $7
Arizona: NW Valley of Sun: $8 Tucson/Green Valley: $5
Colorado: Colorado Chapter: $10
Florida: Char-Sota: $5 Greater Daytona: $10 Heartland: $5 Lee County: $5 Southwest Gulf Coast: $5 St. Petersburg: $5 Sun Coast: $7 Tallahassee/South Georgia: $1 Tri-County: $5
Tennessee: Tennessee East: $5
Thank you so much for all that you do. MARSP needs YOU and YOU need MARSP. We are in this TOGETHER.
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Legislative Committee Report
Voting in Aug. 7 primary is critical By Legislative Co-chairs Chuck Abshagen and Joe Curtin
One question we are frequently asked is, “What is going on in Lansing? There is nothing new on the MARSP website.” We respond that it may be a good thing there is nothing new, which means legislators are not doing something that negatively affects retirees. Keep in mind that this is an election year, and so when they are done with the state budget they will be gone most of the summer and in session only a few days until after the general election on November 6, 2018.
district’s primary and understand the candidates’ perspective toward public school retirees. What are their stands on other issues of interest to you and your vote? Share what you learn with your friends and relatives and encourage them to vote in the primaries on Aug. 7, 2018.
It is hard to believe that there are 28 senators who are term-limited which leaves only ten with any Senate experience. Get to know the people running for Senate in your district in the primary election, especially if your senator Speaking of elections, do you realize that 90 percent of the winners for our state is term-limited. Senate and House seats are determined We have decided that we are going in the primary election, and that they to remind all of our MARSP members as just go through the formality of having often as possible that our health insurance their names on the ballot for the general is not guaranteed. This fact is especially election in November to get elected? If significant because of the lame duck you want to make a difference in who is session following the general election. elected, find out who is running in your
Many legislators who are term-limited and/or are defeated in the primary or general election would like to see school retirees lose their benefits. All retirees need to keep in contact with their incumbent representative and senator through the end of the year to find where they stand on issues and legislation that might affect retirees, especially in the lame duck session. Keep in mind that a lot of bills can be passed then without regard for the bills’ content. In many cases hundreds of bills can be voted on in a very short period of time, to return political favors. We are counting on you to keep up with your legislators’ activity and let them know if you agree or do not agree with their stands on legislation that would affect our members. Have a great summer!