St. Tammany Parish Retired School Employees Association ® , Covington, LA
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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).
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.
St. Tammany Parish Retired School Employees Association (STPRSEA) members heard an important presentation of critical issues facing health care providers and patients at a recent meeting of the group. Slidell Memorial Hospital (SMH) representatives Bill Davis, SMH CEO, (left) and Laurie Panzeca, SMH Foundation Executive Director, (second from right) are welcomed by Marian Arrowsmith, STPRSEA President, (second from left) and Ellen Lamarque, STPRSEA Second Vice President.
St. Tammany Retired School Employees Learn About Health Care Challenges
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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Recent Pearl River High School graduate Gabrielle Kern (second from right) accepts the 2013-2014 St. Tammany Retired School Employees Association (STPRSEA) scholarship awarded each year to an outstanding graduating senior who plans to pursue a career as an educator. Congratulating her on the award are her mother Kathleen Kern (left), STPRSEA President Marian Arrowsmith (second from left) and STPRSEA Scholarship Chair Tom Lusignan (right).
We recently recognized selected retirees with special awards for the 2013- 2014 school year at the recent end-of-year meeting of the organization. Receiving honors for lifetime achievement is Ronnie Pogue (second from left), presented by former winner Ida James (left) and President Marian Arrowsmith (center), and for retiree of the year William B. Brugmann (second from right), presented by Awards chair Beverly Kiefer. Ms. James also was honored for having been chosen for the Louisiana Retired Teachers Association (LRTA) District 3 Leadership Award at the 2014 spring meeting.
Active retiree Ida James accepts awards for herself and the STPRSEA from Louisiana Retired Teachers Association (LRTA) Executive Director Graig Luscombe at the Spring LRTA meeting in Alexandria. At the meeting, Ms. James was presented the Outstanding Leadership award for LRTA District III. She also accepted a Membership award for the STPRSEA for achieving its 2013-2014 LRTA membership goal and for having the largest number of Associate LRTA members.
Congratulations to two of our members for their wonderful accomplishments in art! Congratulations to Nolan Lefort for winning Best in Show for his sculpture, "Dancing with Asteroids” in the Slidell Art League’s “Art and Bloom Show”! Congratulations to Laura Allums Mitchell for having one of her paintings selected for an international art show in Brussels, Belgium later this summer! It is wonderful to have such talented artists as part of our association! (And I know there are many more of you out there!)
Have a wonderful week-end!
Remember to vote for the TRSL Board Member. Dr. John Foster, one of our members, is a candidate! Please give him your support!
If you know any of the people who have just retired, please encourage them to join LRTA and our local St. Tammany Retired School Employees Association!
School Board Honors Retired Employees
The St. Tammany Parish School Board honored retirees Thursday night, July 17, 2014, with a special reception at the C. J. Schoen Administrative Complex in Covington.
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.
Employees who have retired over the past year, above, were honored by the School Board and Superintendent W. L. Folse, III, back row, second from left. Pictured at left, Brandon Clanton welcomes those in attendance. Entertainment was provided by the Covington High talented music students.
School Board Member Stephen J. "Jack" Loup, III read the Board's resolution commending retired employees for their service and dedication to the School System. Each year the School Board spotlights the contributions made by retired teachers and other School System employees
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.
New Board Members
Here is a group photo of our new Board members for 2014-2015.From left to right are Ronald Caruso, Ellen Lamarque, Roxanne Lagarde, Jean Krieger, Tassie Wahl, Jack Loop, Beverley Mouton, Rhonda Chambers, Marian Arrowsmith, Carolyn Brugmann, and Bill Brugmann.
St. Tammany Retired School Employees’ Association To Hold Sept. 11th Meeting
The St. Tammany Retired School Employees’ Association (STRSEA) invites St. Tammany public school retirees to the September 11, 2014, 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 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.
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, Marian Arrowsmith and Jean Krieger. Visiting with fellow retirees and enjoying refreshments will precede the presentation and short business meeting.
“The STRSEA is growing rapidly, in large part because our organization follows important retirement benefit issues, provides information about local and state public education matters, offers informative and interesting programs and activities and promotes fellowship among former co-workers and new friends who have mutual interests,” said STRSEA Co-President Marian Arrowsmith. “Our organizational goal is to continue to promote the social, professional, and economic status of retired and active school employees,” said Arrowsmith.
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.
“We hope our retirees will join both the LRTA and the STRSEA, and we look forward to working collectively to increase membership this year,” said Co- President, Jean Krieger. “We believe these organizations have much to offer retired St. Tammany school employees,” she said.