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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). 

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, 2013, 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 ctrew@ochsner.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.

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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.  

The new officers for 2014-2015 are, from left to right, Treasurer Ronald Caruso, 2nd Vice President Ellen Lamarque, Co-President Marian Arrowsmith, 1st Vice President Rhonda Chambers, and Secretary Beverley Musson. Not pictured is Co-president Jean Krieger.

At the December meeting held by the STPRSEA were, from left to right,Louisiana State Representative John Bel Edwards, co-presidents Marian Arrowsmith and Jean Kreiger, and TRSL Executive Director Graig Luscombe. The annual Meet Your Legislators event will be on Wednesday, February 25. 

St. Tammany Retired School Employees’ Association Hold Christmas Party

    The St. Tammany Retired School Employees Association (STRSEA) held its annual Christmas party on December 11  in the David Treen Technology Center at 2024 Livingston St., in Mandeville. Those attending the meeting brought covered dishes, salads and desserts for the Christmas luncheon.  

    The program featured special guest Louisiana State Representative John Bel Edwards, who discussed public education topics in our state. In keeping with the season, caroling and fellowship followed. 

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.

Click here for the pictures from the 2014 LRTA Fall Meeting.  

Click link at right for important information from the Fall Meeting of the LRTA (PDF Document)
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 from the November 13th Meeting held in Mandeville.
Meet Your Legislators Event Feb. 25, 2015
    The St. Tammany Retired School Employees Association (STRSEA) held its annual “Meet Your Legislators” meeting on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, in the David Treen Technology Center at 2024 Livingston St., in Mandeville.
    “This meeting is where we hear our local state representatives discuss important issues which impact our retirees. This was, as always, a very informative meeting,” said STRSEA co-president Jean Krieger.
    The program featured area State Representatives Gregory Cromer, Kevin Pearson, and John Schroder and State Senator A.G. Crowe, speaking on public education topics and those which influence and impact the state retirement system. A question and answer session was held after each elected official's presentation.
      The STRSEA meets regularly throughout the year to provide opportunities for retirees from the school system to hear about the important issues impacting local and state retirees and to enjoy fun and fellowship with new and former colleagues. 
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 

Photos from the March 12 Meeting
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 Meeting Set for Sept. 10, 2015

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Spring Luncheon Held, New Officers Installed

     The St. Tammany Retired School Employees Association (STRSEA) held its annual Pot Luck Spring Luncheon on May 14 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.