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
Next STRSEA Meeting Set for Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015
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, Sept. 10 - General Meeting 9:30 Social - 10:00 Meeting
Thursday, Nov. 12 - General Meeting 9:30 Social - 10:00 Meeting Gym
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) invites St. Tammany public school retirees to the September 10, 2015, meeting of the organization. The group will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Treen Technology Center, located at 2024 Livingston Street in Mandeville.
The meeting agenda will include 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. A social time will begin at 9:30 a.m. preceding the short business meeting allowing retirees to mingle and enjoy refreshments.
“The STRSEA is a vital and growing organization that has been recognized at the state level for membership growth and active involvement in relevant retirement benefit issues. In addition, our goal is to offer informative and interesting programs as well as activities which promote fellowship among former co-workers and new retiree friends,” said STRSEA Co-President Bill Brugmann.
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.
For a once-only fee of $45, the STRSEA offers a life-time membership that entitles members to vote on association matters, furnishes an identification card that allows St. Tammany members free admission to all home games at school system athletic events and provides a St. Tammany Advantage Rewards (STAR) card for discounts at participating local businesses and restaurants.
“We hope our retirees will join both the LRTA and the STRSEA, and we look forward to working collectively to continue to increase our membership this year,” said Co- President, Rhonda Chambers. “We encourage all public school system retirees to come and join in our association. We hope to see you on September 10th.”
The STRSEA is looking forward to a great year. For more information, call Bill Brugmann at 985-249-1570. If present members have a new email address, please send the update to email@example.com. Retirees may join the STRSEA at any regularly scheduled meeting or may send a check for $45 payable to STRSEA in care of STRSEA at Post Office Box 2992; Covington, Louisiana 70434.