The St. Tammany Parish Retired School Employees' Association
St. Tammany Parish Retired School Employees Association ® , Covington, LA
Promoting the social, professional, and economic status of retired and active school employees and working in cooperation with the Louisiana Retired Teachers' Association (LRTA) and other organized groups in matters of interest to retired school employees, active school personnel, and parish and state public schools.
The St. Tammany Parish Retired School Employees’ Association (STPRSEA) meets regularly throughout the year to provide opportunities for retirees from the school system to hear about the latest local and state retirement issues and to enjoy fun and fellowship with new and former friends.
Members may want to get on the LRTA Email Club membership list that offers members timely information important to retirees, by contacting LRTA at email@example.com.
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Officers and Board members from the STPRSEA attended the recent Louisiana Retired Teachers Association (LRTA) District III held in Hammond to discuss important retiree benefit issues. Pictured with LRTA Executive Director Graig Luscombe (second from right) are (left to right) Bill Brugmann, Cathey Bell, Ida James, Marian Arrowsmith, Ramona Carlin and Karen Jenkins.
RETIRED SCHOOL EMPLOYEES HOST LEGISLATORS FORUM
The St. Tammany Parish Retired School Employees’ Association (STPRSEA) President Marian Arrowsmith (second from left) welcomes State Representatives Tim Burns (left), Kevin Pearson (second from right) and Paul Hollis (right) to a recent “Meet Your Legislators” forum. Senator A. G. Crowe, second from right in the photo to the right, also addressed the organization. The event is expected to be an annual event at which legislators and STPRSEA members will discuss education and retirement issues..
New District III officers of the Louisiana Retired Teachers Association (LRTA) recently installed for the coming year and pictured with LRTA Executive Director Graig Luscombe, are (left to right) Bertha Breland, Vice-President, from Washington Parish; Lazette Waterson, President, from Washington Parish; Linda Vicarro, First Vice-President, from Tangipahoa Parish; Alva Martin, Second Vice-President, from Washington Parish; Karen Jenkins, Secretary, from St. Tammany Parish; Joyce Chambers, Outgoing Treasurer standing in for Madeline Gex, Treasurer, from Tangipahoa Parish; Jack Loup, Legislative Chairperson/Liaison, from St. Tammany Parish, and Marian Arrowsmith, Assistant Legislative Chairperson, from St. Tammany Parish.
New District III LRTA Officers
Elected For Coming Year
Earning outstanding service awards at the recent STPRSEA luncheon meeting are association President Marian Arrowsmith (second from left), receiving the Employee of the Year award from Netria Joe, Membership Chair (left) and Ida James (second from right), receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from Beverly Kiefer, past president (right).
Outstanding Members Are Recognized
Scholarship Winner Is Recognized
Lakeshore High School graduating senior Allison Steed (center) is honored with the annual STPRSEA scholarship given to an outstanding senior who plans to pursue a career in education. Allison's scholarship will be used to help defray some college tuition expenses at University of Southeastern Louisiana, where she intends to study elementary education. Attending her recognition at the May 9, 2013, STPRSEA luncheon meeting are (left to right) Allison's mother, Jennifer Steed; STPRSEA Scholarship Chairman, Tom Lusignan; Allison; STPRSEA President, Marian Arrowsmith and Allison's father, David Steed.
School Board Adopts Resolution
Honoring Retired Employees
On July 18, the School Board held a special reception recognizing the contributions, hard work and dedication of the School System's retired employees. Dozens of retirees who had retired in the past year were invited to attend the annual reception. Entertainment was provided by one of the Talented Music Program students, and a resolution was passed by the Board at its meeting later in the evening.
Above is a photo of the group who attended the special reception.
Marian Arrowsmith, president of the St. Tammany Parish Retired School Employees Association, spoke to the special School Board reception in July of 2013 about the benefits of membership in the group and the issues facing retirees. Human Resources Supervisor Brandon Clanton, seen at right, was emcee for the special event. Also in attendance were several School Board members and Superintendent W. L. "Trey" Folse, III.
Valuation report shows TRSL assets are up
Baton Rouge - The latest valuation report for the Teachers' Retirement System of Louisiana (TRSL) shows the retirement system's assets at $14.6 billion for fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, an increase of more $1.09 billion compared to Fiscal Year 2012.
TRSL's actuary, Shelley Johnson of Foster & Foster Actuaries and Consultants, presented the report to the TRSL Board at its October meeting.
Johnson also reported that-for the first time-payments on the state's debt owed to the retirement system were more than enough to cover the interest. Going forward, the state's payments will be relatively level, and will decrease dramatically closer to the payoff date. This is positive news for TRSL-reporting employers, including school boards, certain charter schools, colleges, and universities.
The valuation report also includes changes to the demographic makeup of the retirement system. The number of retirees rose to 71,031 in Fiscal Year 2013 from 67,657 in Fiscal Year 2012. The number of actively working and contributing TRSL members dropped two percent to 82,910.
Information in the valuation report is preliminary until it is adopted by the Public Retirement Systems' Actuarial Committee (PRSAC).
Upcoming Meeting Dates 2013-2014 School Year
Thursday, March 13, 2014:10:00 a. m.; Treen Technology Center; 2024 Livingston Street; Mandeville
Thursday, May 8, 2014:11:00 a. m.; Treen Technology Center; 2024 Livingston Street; Mandeville. (Members bring an appetizer dish or dessert and may bring a door prize.)
Retirees hear an informative presentation from Christie Trew, Program Coordinator for the Ochsner Golden Opportunity Program (second from right). Greeting Ms. Trew are members Anna Merle Merritt (left), Ellen Lamarque, second vice president (second from left) and Lois Zeller (right).
Meeting Honors Veterans and Offers Interesting Program for the 50 +
A remembrance of our country’s veterans and veterans within the ranks of the School System and the STPRSEA highlighted the November 14 STPRSEA held in Slidell. Patriotic music and information about a Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office veterans’ recognition program, which is tied to increasing voter participation, were prominent on the agenda. Retirees may contact the Secretary of State about the program at 225-342-4479 or www.sos.la.gov/honorvets.
Retirees also enjoyed an informative presentation by Christie Trew, Program Coordinator for the Ochsner Golden Opportunity Program. The program offers a wide variety of services for individuals who are 50 years and older, including health education programs and screenings and interesting group travel opportunities both inside and outside the state. For more information about membership in the program, retirees may contact Christie Trew at 985-875-2799 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before dismissing for socializing and making lunch plans together, the group elected a nominating committee to present a slate of officers for the next school year.
The March 13 meeting of the St. Tammany Parish Retired School Employees Association (STPRSEA) will be held at 10:00 a.m. in the David Treen Technology Center at 2024 Livingston Street in Mandeville. The featured speaker will be Slidell Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer Bill Davis, who will discuss the impact of national health care reform.
The meeting also will include a report by the STPRSEA nominating committee and a vote on a recommended slate of officers for the next year, as well as consideration of some changes to the association by-laws.
“We know that our retirees are very interested in the state of health care and we expect that Mr. Davis will answer many of our questions about this important issue,” said STPRSEA President Marian Arrowsmith.
Regular Meeting of STPRSEA To Be Held March 13
The St. Tammany Parish Retired School Employees Association (STPRSEA) president Marian Arrowsmith (second from left) welcomes State Senator A. G. Crowe, Senate Retirement Committee member, (second from right), State Representative Kevin Pearson, chairman of the House Retirement Committee (right) and Graig Luscombe, Executive Director of the Louisiana Retired Teachers Association (LRTA) to a recent STPRSEA meeting. The special meeting was called to allow STPRSEA members to hear about possible upcoming legislation that could impact school system retirees.
New STPRSEA directories will be available at this meeting and at the next regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday March 13, 2014, at 10:00 at the Treen Technology Center, which is located at 2024 Livingston Street in Mandeville.
STPRSEA Hears From State Legislators and LRTA
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