St. Tammany Retired School Employees Association ® , Covington, LA
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The St. Tammany Retired School Employees Association (STRSEA) 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.
Our goal is to promote the social, professional, and economic status of retired and active school employees and work 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.
Officers Elected, Presentation Given
On Junior Achievement Program
The St. Tammany Retired School Employees’ Association (STRSEA) met on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at the Treen Technology Center in Mandeville. William Brugmann and Rhonda Chambers were elected co-presidents, Roxanne Lagarde was elected President-Elect; Lyn Monteleone was chosen First Vice President; and Carolyn Brugmann was elected Second Vice President.
Patricia Arsenault was elected Secretary, and Ron Caruso was re-elected Treasurer.
Valerie Hulse of Junior Achievement gave a detailed presentation on the programs and impact of the group's many instructional efforts in teaching young people the principles of sound financial management. Committee reports were also given on Legislative Issues by Jack Loup, LRTA updates by Graig Luscomb, and Social agenda by Tassie Wahl.
The group meets again on May 14 for its annual Spring Luncheon
New Officers, pictured from left, - Roxanne Lagarde, President-elect; Lyn Monteleone, First Vice President; William Brugmann, Co-President; Rhonda Chambers, Co-President, Renee Arsenault, Secretary; Carolyn Brugmann, Second Vice President; and Ron Caruso, Treasurer.
Guest speaker welcomed:
From left, Marian Arrowsmith, Valerie Hulse (with Junior Achievement); Ellen Lamarque, and Jean Krieger
Evelyn Pittman of Folsom
Louise Sharp of Bush
Carrie Rayford of Mandeville
Victor Doucette of Slidell
Anita Gillespie of Covington
Spring Luncheon Held,
New Officers Installed
The St. Tammany Retired School Employees Association (STRSEA) held its annual Pot Luck Spring Luncheon on May 14, 2015, in the David Treen Technology Center at 2024 Livingston St., in Mandeville.
STRSEA co-president Marian Arrowsmith presented a number of awards to the board for their service, and she was honored for her work with the organization in building membership and achieving many accomplishments.
Bill Brady gave the new officers their oath of office, with Bill Brugmann and Rhonda Chambers as co-presidents; Roxanne Lagarde, President-elect; Lyn Monteleone, First Vice President; Renee Arsenault, Secretary; Carolyn Brugmann, Second Vice President; and Ron Caruso, Treasurer.
This year's Educational Scholarship was won by Sara Pohlman of Fontainebleau High School in Mandeville. She was accompanied to the awards ceremony by her mother Eileen. Tom Lusignan introduced her to the group and told about her plans to attend Louisiana State University and major in Elementary Education. She thanked the group for the generous scholarship and honor.
Jack Loup gave a legislative report, updating members on pending state legislation of importance to retired teachers, and Roxanne Lagarde gave a publicity report, noting that the members themselves are the best source of publicity for the group.
Bill and Carolyn Brugmann gave a report on the Spring LRTA Meeting they attended in Alexandria, announcing that the St. Tammany group had won honors at the event. They won a Membership Award in recognition of signing up the largest number of new members in 2014, as well as another membership award for signing up the largest number of associate members last year.
Brugmann visited with Hank Ferrer, who he recalled was his 10th grade biology teacher, and Bucky McKee, who was his 11th grade American History teacher. Lee Barrios also spoke briefly to the group about the upcoming BESE Election.
Dates for Meetings 2015-2016
Thursday, Dec. 10 - LUNCHEON 10:30 Social - 11:00 Meeting Gym
Bring a covered dish/ May bring a door prize
January/February - Legislators Meeting To Be Announced
Thursday, March 10 - General Meeting 9:30 Social - 10:00 Meeting Gym
Thursday, May 12 - LUNCHEON 10:30 Social - 11:00 Meeting Gym
Bring a covered dish / May bring a door prize
The St. Tammany Retired School Employees Association (STRSEA) heard guest speaker, Maureen Westgard, Executive Director of Teachers Retirement System of Louisiana, at its November 10 meeting give an update on the current financial status of TRSL, the fund's impact of the retirement system to the state economy, and an overview of Cost of Living increases.
Some 87 members attended at the Treen Technology Center in Mandeville. Co-president Bill Brugmann opened the meeting and introduced the guest speaker.
Humana provided flu shots to those who are covered under the Group Plan of Humana through the St. Tammany Parish School Board, and, in honor of Veterans Day, there was a patriotic theme of red, white and blue.
Many members also brought toys for St. Tammany Project Christmas this year, their community outreach project.
Jack Loup, legislative committee, reported on the recent La. Retired Teachers Association meeting in Lake Charles, as did Publicity Chairperson Roxanne Lagarde and Co-president Rhonda Chambers.
The STRSEA meets throughout the year on the second Thursday of September, November, December, March and May, including an annual Christmas party and spring luncheon.
Roxanne retired from the
St. Tammany School System in
2013 as an elementary supervisor in the Central Office. She had previously been a middle school teacher and principal of C. J. Schoen Middle and Tchefuncte Middle Schools, in retirement
TRSL Director Shares Updates
On Retirement Funding Status
she has remained active in the Greater Covington Junior League as a sustaining member, as well as, holding positions on the boards of Delta Kappa Gamma, an educational sorority, and President-Elect for our own organization.
What you might not know about Roxanne is that she is a very creative
and artistic person. One of her loves is in design. She has decorated her family's beautiful homes with antiques and items she has acquired from numerous estate sales, junk shops, flea markets, and auctions; which she turned into treasures. She is a self-proclaimed "flea market junkie" in her own right. The hunt for all things old and worn is her adventure and her canvases. Her family homes could easily grace the pages of Southern Living!
She is also a talented artist that enjoys creating art on a budget that evolves into mirrors, lamps, to name a few. In fact, one of her many creations is shown in the picture. Roxanne credits her mother for teaching her how to sew at an early age. She has taken her talent for materials and furnishings and has excelled as a seamstress making many of her own curtains, pillows and bedding. In addition, if you ever need a beautiful flower arrangement, Roxanne can deliver!
She and her sister have a small booth in a Jennings Flea Market…she uses it as part of her creative outlet while having fun at the same time. Someday Roxanne might just have a new career in refurbishing old furniture…a vision I can see now!
To live a healthier lifestyle, each day is begun with exercising and taking time for herself. Roxanne’s family is extremely important to her, and she stays busy by helping her daughters and husband, Jules. She enjoys traveling with Jules, now that she has the time, when he has business out of town. She occupies her day in a new city by exploring in search of “treasures”.
She sees her family as her greatest accomplishment. Roxanne has raised four beautiful daughters and has seen each one graduate from her alma mater LSU! One child is now married and has given her the new name “Mimi” with the birth of her first grandchild, Audrey Eleanor. She is now assisting another daughter in preparation of her upcoming marriage in December.
When asked who inspired you? She replied, “My parents. They raised ten children, faith filled and as community activists. Each one of us was encouraged to be our own person. I've carried this with me throughout my life."
Supt. Folse Speaks To Members At Sept. 10 Meeting
The St. Tammany Retired School Employees Association (STRSEA) held it first meeting of the school year on Thursday, September 10, with dozens of St. Tammany public school retirees gathering at the Treen Technology Center, located at 2024 Livingston Street in Mandeville.
The meeting agenda included an update on the status of the school system by St. Tammany Public Schools Superintendent Trey Folse, as well as an overview of various topics shared by Co-Presidents, Bill Brugmann and Rhonda Chambers.
“We are motivated by you all, the people who were here before us that did the work to make sure this School System is one that we can all be proud of. That is what motivates us each and every day,“ said Superintendent Folse.
Superintendent Folse spoke to the group of over 50 retirees about where the School System is today, recent achievements and what is being done to ensure future success. He also shared details about a few events from the beginning of the school year.
The STRSEA meets throughout the year, usually on the second Thursday of September, November, December, March and May, including an annual Christmas party and spring luncheon.
From left to right, STRSEA Co-president Bill Brugmann, TRSL Director Maureen Westgard, Dana Vicknair with TRSL, and STRSEA Co-president Rhonda Chambers.
About Us - Officers, Board of Directors, Message from the President, Grant Information, School Board Resolution Membership - Reasons for Joining, How To Join, Cost of Membership News - Short news items about Association activities, events, photographs
Please mark your calendars now for our annual Christmas Luncheon meeting that will be held on Thursday, Dec. 10th, at 11:00 a.m. at the Treen Center. It will be catered this year by one of our members, Dennis Sharp! We ask that each who attend please bring a vegetable, salad, or dessert; you may bring a door prize if you wish.
We will have Rodney Watson, Executive Director of LRTA, as our guest speaker. He will be speaking on issues of importance to retirees.
Christmas Luncheon Meeting Dec. 10th