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President's Message:

John Masterjohn

 

Well here we are again in sunny Chandler, Arizona, but I am getting ahead of myself.

 

Karen and I left, immediately following the March ARSCE Luncheon, on our drive down south. It started raining about Olympia, and I mean hard rain all the way to Eugene, Oregon where we spent our first night on the road. When we got up in the morning it was still raining hard. Our next stop was Ashland for lunch. The rain finally stopped for a while, so we walked around this quaint little town. We didn’t have time to take in a play, as much as we would have liked to. We started off again in the late afternoon and made it to Corning, California where we spent the night. It was still raining hard. I think I must be a jinx as far as the rain is concerned. Karen and I made a bet as to when I would be able to put on shorts and a tee-shirt. I said San Bernardino, she thought maybe Bakersfield. I am sorry to say I won the bet.

 

After we finally hit the sun, we headed for Indian Wells where we met a friend who was volunteering at a big tennis tournament. We received some free passes to use for the day and we saw some great tennis while sitting in the sun.

 

The next day we got to Chandler; it was about 85 degrees. It was nice because, not only did we stay with Diana & Tim Douglas, we met up with two other couples that I worked with during my union days. We went to two baseballs games; one was with the Mariners—they won, the other was with the Rockies & Angels—they tied. Happily, I got in one game of golf.

 

We started for home on the 18th of March and spent the first night in Vegas. I won $55.00 at the tables, then got caught in a speed trap, so I gave the money I won back plus $200.00. So I did slow down after that.

 

As soon as we hit Northern California, it started raining hard all the way until we got to Washington. I am sure you all are tired of hearing about our travels, so let’s move on. We did get home safely.

 

I want to congratulate all of you who were elected to the ARSCE Executive Board and all those elected as alternates. I hope to see you all at our monthly Board meetings.

 

I met with Ken Nakatsu on March 23rd. He told me that NEPC, their consultant company, again recommended  not to divest from fossil fuels. He also said the SCERS Board authorized that an offer be made to a yet undisclosed person for the Executive Director, but the status is not known yet. Ken figures he will be around until about mid-June; as I have said before we are going to miss him. Also Jean Becker’s position is up for election this year, here’s hoping she’ll run again.

 

We had a great March Luncheon at Amante’s Pizza & Pasta.  The guest speaker shared on Aging Options. He did a great job. Our June luncheon will be at the West Seattle Golf Course, so sign up early. Time to say so long until next time.

John

Contact Mr. Masterjohn at president@arsce.org

 This message also appears in the ARSCE News, May - June, 2016, page 1.

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Seattle City Council Approves Changes to Retirement System

The Seattle City Council has approved a plan to change the retirement benefits offered to new hires beginning in 2017.  To read the Seattle Times article reporting this change click here.

To read the report of these changes by ARSCE member and SCERS Board Member Lou Walter on page one of the January - February, 2016 issue of the ARSCE News, click here.

Council staff had earlier prepared a report on possible directions the City might elect to take in revising the current system.  Click here to view the council page and read the report.

 

Benefits Questions?

 

Do you have a question about your benefits from the City of Seattle?  You can email Renee Freiboth of the Personnel Department directly at benefits@arsce.org.  Renee will select some queries for her article in the ARSCE News; others she will answer directly.

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