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State Employees Association of North Carolina The SEANC Scoop August 5, 2011 SEANC Officers Step Up

District officer training was held in Greensboro this week as 165 district leaders came together to further strengthen the organization. The theme of the training was “SEANC: Where Do You Fit In?” and the event included sessions that empowered officers to recruit members and encourage more involvement from current members.

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Tax Credits = More Jobs?

A recent WRAL-TV investigation discovered that business tax credits might not be creating the jobs they’re supposed to. The investigation revealed several instances where companies in the state qualified for tax credits but reduced their workforce. Jason Jolley, a business professor and senior researcher at UNC-Chapel Hill, said, “I would say the tax credit programs have failed.” SEANC couldn’t agree more.

State Pension Delivers Returns

In the midst of tough economic times, the state pension fund is a bright spot. In a News & Observer story, the state treasurer’s office reported that the fund delivered an 18 percent return for the fiscal year and its total assets rose to $74.9 billion.

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There’s plenty of summer left, which means plenty of time to plan a vacation! Wherever you decide to go, be sure to take advantage of the SEANC member discount at Choice Hotels' locations across the country. Members get 20 percent off at such locations as Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites and Sleep Inn. See more details here.

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State Employees Association of North Carolina The SEANC Scoop August 12, 2011 Theme Park Ticket SEANC wrapped up its exclusive budget briefing tour at the central officeOrder in Form Raleigh on Tuesday. Executive Director Dana Cope updated members on Change in SEANC victories in the General Assembly and answered questions about the state budget. Click here to find information on what the association has Mailing Address? Please let us know! accomplished for members this year.

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SEANC Holds Lunch-and-Learns More than 40 members gathered at two lunch-and-learn events held at the J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center in Morganton on Thursday. Legislative Affairs Director Ardis Watkins talked with members about the association’s success in the General Assembly and the impact of the state budget.

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State Employees Association of North Carolina The SEANC Scoop August 19, 2011 Retirees Talk Business The Retiree Council met at the SEANC Central Office on Thursday and adopted a resolution to support changing the State Health Plan to a calendar year. Members also received legislative updates regarding retiree health care from Executive Director Dana Cope as well as SEANC lobbyists and met Director of the North Carolina Retirement Systems Steve Toole.

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Have You Mailed In Your Sweepstakes Tickets Yet? EMPAC is giving all SEANC members a chance to win up to $5,000 in a sweepstakes drawing to be held at the SEANC convention. Members should have received tickets in the mail. If you would like to enter, tickets must be returned with a postmark no later than Aug. 27 to be eligible. Absolutely no purchase, contribution or donation is necessary to enter. All that is necessary is mailing in the completed tickets in order to be eligible. This offer was mailed to SEANC members with a valid mailing address as of July 1. SEANC staff members are not eligible to enter. Please read the set of rules mailed with the tickets or click here to read the posted rules on the website.

Convention Memorial Service Deadline It’s not too late to honor the life and memory of a SEANC member at the convention. The SEANC remembrance presentation form and a photograph must be submitted to Daniel Pate at dpate@seanc.org by 5 p.m. today for inclusion in the convention memorial service.

Member Discount The summer is winding down and theme parks will be closing soon! Take advantage of your SEANC membership and save up to 40 percent at Kings Dominion, Carowinds, NASCAR Speedpark, Myrtle Waves, Pavilion Nostalgia, Busch Gardens and Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe. Tickets are on sale at any State Employees' Credit Union branch or use the SEANC ticket order form.

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State Employees Association of North Carolina The SEANC Scoop August 26, 2011 State Employees Ready for Hurricane Irene

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When natural disasters strike North Carolina, state agencies stand ready to make sure citizens are protected. We thank state employees for their hard work in preparing for the hurricane and want to remind everyone to stay safe this weekend.

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Quick Links: Generic Medication Prices Online State Health Plan members can now go online to compare prices of generic drug products and brand name medications. The generic products are available at the lowest copay tier for a 30-day supply. Visit the pharmacy section on the SHP website for more details on generic medications.

Don Jones Memorial Golf Tournament Members, it’s time to brush up on those golf skills for a worthy cause - the SEANC Scholarship Foundation. The Don Jones Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Sept. 24-25 at the Hyland Golf Club in Southern Pines. The entry fee covers two days of golf, cart fees and dinner on that Saturday. Click here for the entry form and contact Renee Vaughan at rvaughan@seanc.org for more information. The deadline to enter is Sept. 15.

This Year, It's All 'Bout Children! The convention community service project for this year is Operation All ‘Bout Children (Operation ABC). You can help SEANC salute our men and women in the armed forces by collecting baby items that will be distributed to junior-enlisted families at SEANC-hosted events. Items will be collected Sept. 8 at convention. Contact Daniel Pate at dpate@seanc.org at 919-833-6436 for more details.

Sweepstakes Postmark Date Change Due to the impending hurricane, the postmark date required to return SEANC sweepstakes tickets has been pushed back to Sept. 2. All other sweepstakes rules still apply and can be viewed here. Please contact Kevin LeCount at klecount@seanc.org if you have any questions.

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