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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.  
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
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
Spotlight On... 
Christy Paulsell
​ Christy retired from the school 
system as a K-8 Science Curriculum Specialist where she managed Math Science Program grants and served in state Science roles. She began teaching in the K-8 Gifted Enrichment (Keeping Education Exciting and Productive), served as Assistant Gifted Program Coordinator for a year, and her final classroom experience was 4th grade Gifted Academics. The most enjoyable part of her professional career is to hear from "my kids" (or their parents) about their life choices! 
​She has chosen to be a lifelong learner in her retirement phase of life. As a LSU AgCenter Master Gardener and Master Naturalist, as well as, a summer camp counselor for the City of Mandeville “Water Wonders” camp, 
​her passion for the environmental sciences continues to be nourished and flourish.

She’s always been a nature nut and thankful for volunteer and continuing learning opportunities to share the richness of Mother Earth. Also a new path is opening within the advocacy community, as Christy speaks for her TBI disabled daughter. Training by the Developmental Disabilities Council: Partners in Policymaking has enabled them to be active participants in the legislative process with LaCAN visits locally and to the LA capitol during the legislative session, and by communicating their special needs as both disabled and elderly citizens. The Advocacy Center training will begin this Spring!

  When asked about a typical day in her life, she replied, “Not sure where ‘normal’ went, but not in my home anymore!!”

  What is a good way to spend $20? Christy finally has moments to bake! She loves to make homemade breads and cookies for caregivers and their families, health care workers that help in her daughter’s recovery, teachers at TMS, neighbors and church members…breaking bread together always makes her happy!

  Her motto for life? Jeremiah 29:11has sustained them…”For I know what I have planned for you, ‘says the Lord’. I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope.” 

  What is her favorite St. Tammany attraction? From outside in her garden to the Northlake Nature Center, State Parks and Big Branch National Wildlife Refuge…Christy is in her happy place in the great outdoors!
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 at the Nov. 10, 2015 meeting.
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.

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December Meeting Featured Presentation By LRTA Director
     The St. Tammany Retired School Employees Association (STRSEA) enjoyed a Christmas Luncheon December 10th with LRTA Executive Director Rodney Watson as special guest speaker. Watson gave several updates on the status of the TRSL retirement funding program, noting that an upcoming special legislative session may be proposing changes of concern to retirees statewide.

     The group met at the Treen Technology Center in Mandeville. Co-presidents Rhonda Chambers and Bill Brugmann chaired the meeting, with Dennis Sharp preparing the lunch for the more than 75 visitors. Members brought desserts to share, and Christmas caroling was provided for entertainment. 
     Dr. Alta Brown Allen spoke briefly about changes in school curriculum initiatives over the years, and the St. Tammany Federal Credit Union was on hand with several door prizes. The list of proposed members for this year's nominating committee was accepted. 
     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.
     For more information, call Bill Brugmann at 985-249-1570. If present members have a new email address, please send the update to stpretirees@gmail.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.
    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, 2015, 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.  
TRSL Director Shares Updates
On Retirement Funding Status
Louisiana Retired Teachers Association (LRTA) Executive Director Rodney Watson, center, with President Rhonda Chambers at left, and Program Chairman and 2nd Vice President Carolyn Brugmann at right. 

CLICK HERE to view photos from the December 10th meeting. 
Special Legislative
Updates Meeting Set
For Friday, Feb. 12
Meeting Begins at 10 a.m. at Treen Technology Center
This is a special meeting for all St. Tammany public school retirees to hear guest speaker Rodney Watson, LRTA's Executive Director. He will be speaking on "Legislative Updates: A Call to Activism". His presentation will include important issues impacting local and state retirees. A question and answer session will follow his presentation.
Joseph Cyprian of Folsom
Evelyn Pittman of Folsom
Louise Sharp of Bush
Carrie Rayford of Mandeville
Victor Doucette of Slidell 
Anita Gillespie of Covington
In Memoriam