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The Official Publication of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel JULY-AUGUST 2011 VANGUARD

Volume 68, Issue #1

Summer 2018

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 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, 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, 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 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




President’s Message

MARSP and MARSP Foundation show appreciation by funding classroom projects By Paul Lerg, MARSP President

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,” 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, special consideration was given to complete the funding for projects that were $250 or





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 option to fund projects. The MARSP progress review will examine both areas for the future. To date, has 3,147,391 supporters funding 1,167,799 projects that reached 28,040,942 students. Please go to the 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

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





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:

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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Summer 2018

The Bottom Line

The National Debt: Part 1, History By Hess Bates, MARSP Treasurer 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.” 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, 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 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 According to, 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.”





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





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


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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.

Chapters Berrien

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

In Remembrance

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

Kathleen O’Boyle

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




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 O’Neill Wayne Susan Schindler Weidman Donald Cotter Wellston Robert Belic Westland Thelma Bilbrey Sum me r 2018

Robert Boyden White Lake June Kilmer Whitehall Margaret Roles

Out of State

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





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

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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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Member Profile

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.”





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

Mary Deisler

St. Joseph County

Mary’s chapter says that she is “loyal to our chapter where she maintains an enviable attendance and participation record.”

Ivan Ford

Leelanau County

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.

Kathy Foster

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 Crane


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.





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.”

Ken Kelley

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 Keyes

Baraga County

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 Pica

Berrien County

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.”

Diane Triquet

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.

Gold Seals

Silver Seals

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Chapter President

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)





Outstanding referral effort draws new members Referrals from March 1, 2018 – May 31, 2018 New Member

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Howardean Krueger

Wayne Krueger

John Sanborn

Suzette Cooley-Sanborn

Judith Doran

William Doran

Linda McGill

John McGill

Marvin Saxton

Kay Saxton

Dorothy Kurtz

Gerald Kurtz

Sue Phillips

Roger Phillips

Christine Kurtz

Gerald Kurtz

Phyllis Mitchell

Dawn Lamb

Judi Anderson

John H. Anderson

David Konn

Cynthia Konn

Carol Robbins-Garrett

Mark Guas

John Hardin

Karin Hardin

John Malone

Margaret Malone

Ned Aloe

Joann Aloe

Keith Johnson

Jullie Bollinger

Edward Trancik

Jacqueline Trancik

Bruce Barker

Denice Barker

Phillip Williams

Barbara J. Williams

John Butkonen

Renee Butkonen

Janet Dixon

Robert Dixon

Donna Gaskill

Dennis Gaskill

Margaret O’Neil

Michael O’Neil

Susan Gilgallon

Larry Gilgallon

Dorothy Hooker

Darwin Hooker

Virginia Egnatuk

Tony Egnatuk

Stephen Hoisington

Vicky L Hoisington

Peter Kramer

Carol G. Kramer

Carolyn Pock

Mary Ann Izdebski

Debra Reaume

Gerard Reaume

Deborah Reeths

Lou Ann Thompson

Raymond Rodocker

Sharon Rodocker

Marilyn Swider

Thomas Swider

Cathy LaLonde

Mary Rose Davis

Diana Chaterdon

Shirley Weeks

Marvin Witbeck

Rosalie Witbeck

Connie Hughey

Susan Pagen

Margaret Kutzera

Robert R. Kennedy

Gartha Angus

David Angus

Gary Kurek

Diane Kurek

Roy Burlington

Alice Burlington

J Palm

Jean Palm

Robert Smith

Marlene Smith

Raymond Johnson

Janet E. Johnson

Philip Rundell

Laura Rundell

Carolyn Duncan

Barb Contat

Janet Roberts

Robert Roberts

John Stokley

Karolyn Jagosz Stokley

Alan Sosinski

Betty Malovey

Virginia Judge

Ann Messinger

George Wingfield, Jr.

Betty Wingfield

Marvin Eyre

Barbara Eyre

Bernadette Dewland

James Dewland

Merrilee Johnson

Linda Ives

Lou Anne Baker

Cornelius Baker

Erin Bozek-Jarvis

Cecily Savick

Timothy Clapper

Leean Clapper

James Mulder

Patricia Mulder

Martin Obed

Pamela Obed

Clifford Beaudo

Donna Beaudo

Lois Leach

Harold Leach

Virginia Shaw

James Shaw

Chris Roberts

Luan Purcell

Carole Snyder

Edwin Snyder

Paul Beiter

Sandy Beiter

Marjorie Hoag

Raymond Hoag

Gena King

Kevin King

Cheryl Rodbard

Joyce Babbitt

Nancy Myers

Gregory Myers

Suzanne Ermler

Barry Cole

Dolores Wentzel

Sue Klein

Carl Flynn

Esther Flynn

Judy Mcgahey

Kelly Pietrangelo

Jerry Benson

D Rebecca Benson

Mike Whyte

Connie Whyte

Debra Carr

Marc Carr

Wayne Norlin

Terry Norlin

Allan Woodworth

Jean Woodworth

Douglas Rampy

Mary Jane Rampy

D Benson

Nancy Sloan

Therese Meller

Kay Diggs

Lois Nelson

Timoth W. Nelson

Alysia Masters

Stan Masters

Phyllis Ming

Glenn Ming

George Lehto

Donna Lehto

Betty Oesterling

Howard Oesterling

Alice Crew

Donald McMillen

Jerry Morford

Judith Morford

Howard Oesterling

Daryl Morr

Michael Flannery

Mary Flannery

Amy Labre

Debra Fudala

Shelby Szukaitis

Jerry Szukaitis

Helene Crenshaw

Don McMillen

Wesley Pulver

Vonda Pulver

Brian Maust

Rita Maust

Paul Crenshaw

Don McMillen

Clark Smith

Sally S. Smith

Frederick Hanert

Oliver Lombardi

Gloria Lacy

Velma Oliver

Teresa Perks

Clement Perks

Christine Houston

Donald Stephenson

Susan Leigh

Donald McMillen

Ronald Layman

Lynn M. Anderson

Noel Meyer

Sheryl Kroagolowski

Roger Roller

Don McMillen

Grace White

Ronald White

Robin Crawford

Grace Ciolino

Nancy VanKoughnett

Don McMillen

Gary Wilbur

Joan Calhoun

Roy Meissner

Fern Meissner

Irina Burgman

Joan Vetter

Stephen Bunt

Marla Kangas

Patricia Stonehouse

William Stonehouse

Julie Sayers

Marjorie Sobotka

Kenneth Clausen

Catherine Spring

Don Siefkes

Rosemary Lake

Ernestine Crenshaw

Don McMillen

Richard Bourbonais

Diane Bourbonais

Cynthia Stover Heck

Patsy Campbell

Ruth Reed

Don McMillen

Judith Schunot

Antony Schunot

Nancy MacDonald

Nancy Sloan

Barbara Roller

Don McMillen

Patricia Christian

Janet Stack-Miller

Constance Fecteau

Brent Fecteau

Donald Broaders

Larry Cox

Thomas Duty

Robert VanDette

Kris Czarnota

Alice Czarnota

Ronald Baggett

Sally Baggett

Pamela White

C. Conlen

Stonna Spalding

Richard Spalding

Lucinda Kanczuzewski

Sue Quesenberry

Harry Pierce

Charlotte Pierce

Greg Potvin

Joann Potvin

Nancy Matson

Milton Matson

Carolyn Johnson

John Johnson

Jean Schultz

Beatrice Marana

Raymond Hutchinson

Nancy J. Hutchinson





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New Member

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David Randall

Betsy Randall

Jan Currier

Joyce Wilson

William Grusecki

Roger Huber

Charlotte Anderson

Donald Anderson

Beverly Drews

Ann Trumble

Barbara Meloche

Sophie Radakovich

Michael Clark

Linda Clark

Darel Owens

Gerry McMillian

Keith Baker

Margaret Baker

John Jarvi

Joann Jarvi

Wyman Miller

Robert Bickle

Dennis Barratt

Lois Zilka

Linda Zadow

Linda Zadow

Suzanne Lasceski

Jerry Lasceski

Betty Jones

Elizabeth A. Jayska

Robert Fuller

Carol A. Fuller

Mary Nikolai

Virginia Shay

Kathleen Struk

Sue Barney

David Paulsen

Kathleen Paulson

Terry Cooper

Bert Goens

Nancy Willett

Martha Trafford

Greg Veihl

Roberta Simmons

Sandra Simpson

Roberta Woodruff

Anne Carson

Harry Carson

Karina Veihl

Roberta Simmons

Barbara Leblanc

Laurence Leblanc

Mohamed Sion

Arlene Sowers

Tena Bond

Lilian Jones-Thomas

Michael Carpentier

Carol Carpentier

Rodger Bender

Donna Bender

Marcia Lacker

Bill Lacker

Janis Chase

Robert Chase

Julia Savickis

Teresa Dickie

Marshall Thomas

Lillian Jones-Thomas

William Lavery

Barbara Lavery

Erma Cook

Julia Collins

Barbara Hulon

Anne Remington

John Stanowski

Rene Stanowski

Deborah Gorenc

Marilyn Creighton

Joseph Bogar

Kathy Bogar

Debra Wenzel

Judy Hart

Richard Clack

Donna Clack

David Cable

Nancy Cable

Karen Berg

Sherry Warden

Julianna Dudek

Edward Dudek

Jack Haveman

Bill Cannon

Kimberly Ferrell

Phillip Ferrell

Hans Jacobsson

Arleen Jacobsson

Patricia Glynn

Ruth Glynn

Stanley Coveleski

Phylis Wikinson

Patricia Siedlaczek

Joyce Galindo

Martha Rottiers

Jane Bowns

Deborah Kimball

John Baublit

James Millender

Ethel Millender

Ethel Shaw

Mary Bridgewater

Joan Wagner

Lynn Babcock

Susan Field

Tony Russo

Linda Veasley

Lillian Jones-Thomas

Darlene Biesiadecki

Eva Kaleel

Melanie Flood

Fran Babbage

Rodney Volk

Victoria Nunamker

Ray Radakovich

G S Radakovich

Susan Oleson

Marilyn Creighton

Arvid Larson

Arliss Larson

Jerry Thomas

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.

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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

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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!