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State Employees Association of North Carolina The SEANC Scoop October 7, 2011 Quick Links: Get to Know Your Officers SEANC’s officers are elected every year at the annual convention, and their terms begin Oct. 1. In this new Scoop series, we will get to know SEANC’s officers and learn about their passion for SEANC. Today read about Treasurer Marilyn Jean Martin.

Good News for State Revenue In some welcome news for the first quarter of the state’s fiscal year, tax collections are running at a small surplus. Read more in Thursday’s News & Observer article. Let’s hope this good trend continues.

Job Openings! SEANC has two job openings for a Meeting and Convention Planner and a Member Strength Data Specialist. View the SEANC website for more information and closing dates.

Member Discount Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream at the RBC Center in Raleigh on Dec. 7-11. SEANC members, take advantage now of prime-seats at discounted prices. Don’t miss this opportunity to dazzle your children and grandchildren with the cast of Tangled, The Princess and the Frog and Cinderella – all at an amazing low price for SEANC members! Order your tickets today!

SEANC Hot Spots: Legislative Update Benefits Bulletin Member Discounts SEANC in the News SEANC Insurance Update Your Contact Info Calendar of Events www.seanc.org 800-222-2758


State Employees Association of North Carolina The SEANC Scoop October 14, 2011 Quick Links: SEANC in the News House Speaker Thom Tillis turned heads this week when he remarked that state employees should be drug tested. “Comments like that lead me to believe the first ones who need drug testing are the state lawmakers,” SEANC Executive Director Dana Cope told The News & Observer. “They would spend potentially millions of dollars to enact it and, as far as I know, we don’t have a widespread drug problem in state government.”

Top 10 Policy Platform Objectives SEANC’s legislative priorities are determined by you, the members, at district meetings and the annual convention. Convention delegates rank the association’s policy platform objectives each year. The rankings from the 28th Annual SEANC Convention have been tallied, and the 2011-2012 Top 10 Policy Platform Objectives are now available to view.

Get to Know Your SEANC Officers In this week’s edition of The SEANC Scoop, we continue our new series, Get to Know Your SEANC Officers. Read about Second Vice President Doranna Anderson on the SEANC website.

SEANC Hot Spots: Legislative Update Benefits Bulletin Member Discounts SEANC in the News SEANC Insurance Update Your Contact Info Calendar of Events www.seanc.org 800-222-2758

NC State Fair Begins! The North Carolina State Fair began on Thursday at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. The fair will run from Oct. 13-23. Make sure to buy your tickets to experience great exhibits, concerts, foods and a host of events unique to the N.C. State Fair.

Member Discount Want a night out? Go see a blockbuster movie! SEANC members can purchase discounted movie theater tickets online for Regal Entertainment Group, AMC Theaters and Fandango at SEANC Perks. Buy today and save!


State Employees Association of North Carolina The SEANC Scoop October 21, 2011 Quick Links: No Tricks, Just Treats! Recruit as many new members as you can beginning today, Friday, Oct. 21, through Thursday, Oct. 27, and be entered for a chance to win $100. The more new members you recruit, the more chances you will have to win. Be sure to mail all new and completed membership applications to the SEANC office immediately. Don’t forget to include your name in the “Recruited by” section or we won’t know whose name to put in the drawing.

Get to Know Your SEANC Officers How well do you know your SEANC officers? Officers are elected during the annual SEANC convention by convention delegates. In today’s Scoop, we’re highlighting Past President Tony Smith. You can also read about Treasurer Marilyn Jean Martin and Second Vice President Doranna Anderson on the SEANC website.

SHP Membership Satisfaction Survey Keep an eye out for the State Health Plan (SHP) membership satisfaction survey. The survey, which should only take five minutes to complete, will focus on member communication and customer service topics. The survey is open to plan members and will be located on the SHP’s new website. Watch your mailbox for a postcard with more details!

Member Discount Have you used Purchasing Power? If not, this is the time! Purchasing Power is now offering the iPad2. Free shipping is also available for the holidays! Take advantage of this great SEANC benefit. Make sure to check out more deals by “liking” Purchasing Power on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

SEANC Hot Spots: Legislative Update Benefits Bulletin Member Discounts SEANC in the News SEANC Insurance Update Your Contact Info Calendar of Events www.seanc.org 800-222-2758


State Employees Association of North Carolina The SEANC Scoop October 28, 2011 Quick Links: Retiree COLA? This year the General Assembly responsibly funded the Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System for the first time in years. The benefit of that funding could be a possible COLA (cost-of-living adjustment) for retirees. The current legislative budget calls for an 8.33 percent employer contribution rate. If legislators proceed with this amount, there will be $63.3 million left in the budget for a retiree COLA. SEANC’s Executive Director Dana Cope has been talking with legislative leaders about a COLA since the General Assembly started session last January and will continue to advocate for a retiree COLA next year.

SEANC Budget Briefing: Charlotte Style If you live in the Charlotte area, then now is your time to hear some real answers about the state budget. SEANC will set the record straight on State Health Plan changes, retirement system funding and state personnel privacy rights on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 5:30 p.m. It will take place on the Cato Campus at Central Piedmont Community College and food will be served. More details are available here.

SEANC Members Travel to See President Obama On Oct. 17, 18 SEANC members went to see President Barack Obama speak in Asheville and Miller’s Creek. President Obama discussed his jobs bill and the importance of rebuilding the economy by putting Americans back to work through infrastructure growth – such as fixing bridges and highways.

Member Discount Want to come face-to-face with exotic fish, sharks and sting rays? Visit the Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach for a family adventure with creatures from the deep blue sea! SEANC members save $4 off regular ticket prices. More details are available on the SEANC website.

SEANC Hot Spots: Legislative Update Benefits Bulletin Member Discounts SEANC in the News SEANC Insurance Update Your Contact Info Calendar of Events www.seanc.org 800-222-2758


Scoop October 2011