Your Retirement Advocate Since 1973
We are ARSCE – Association of Retired Seattle City Employees, with an emphasis on retired folks and their families and friends. We are the advocate for members of the Seattle Employee Retirement System, keeping an eye on actions at the local and state level which might affect us. And, we encourage retirees and active employees to keep in touch through our bi-monthly ARSCE News, and our quarterly luncheons. The News covers City Retirement System issues, and includes columns and articles by active and retired employees featuring everything from travel experiences to other employee get-togethers, to books and films, and to a variety of other items of interest to retirees. Please join us for our quarterly luncheons – a great chance to meet up with old friends and associates – and enjoy the ARSCE News, our bi-monthly publication. The News will keep you current on City Retirement System issues, and also includes columns and articles by active and retired employees featuring everything from travel experiences to other employee get-togethers, to books and films, and to a variety of other items of interest to retirees.
We maintain this website to provide users with information about ARSCE. You’ll find the ARSCE event calendar, information about membership and the luncheons, names and contact information for the officers, and a lot of documentation, including our Bylaws, past issues of the ARSCE News, and link stop other information sources of interest to retirees.
Enjoy this website, and if you are a current or retired City of Seattle employee, we hope you are a member or that you will consider becoming a member.
ARSCE President John Masterjohn’s message, January-February 2021:
I HATE THE YEAR 2020!
The sad news I must share with you is that we lost Mr. Jim Mohundro. He was a long-time ARSCE Board member and a contributor to the ARSCE News with his column “Lights, Camera, Action!” covering the best of mostly old movies. Jim passed away October 21st, 2020. He will be sorely missed.
This follows the serious car accident involving Lou Walter, whom we came close to losing, also. We are so glad that he is recovering with his family down in Oregon. Lou is on the [SCERS, Seattle City Employees’ Retirement System] Retirement Board as our representative for retirees. Lou also has been a long-time contributor to this paper and we are looking forward to him getting back soon.
After talking with Jeff Davis [Executive Director, SCERS], he updated us on the Member Self-Service Portal which I mentioned in my last article. The retirement system has almost finished sending out information to retirees and they are expected to finish around the new year. It is my undersanding that they will be sending out two different letters; first, one giving information on what the Member Self-Service Portal is about, and the second giving you information on how to sign up. Jeff said you will need a password and it must have at least 14 characters, so start working on that ahead of time.
Jeff said things at SCERS are about the same. They are still managing over $3 billion dollars in investments and the funded level is still somewhere in the mid-sixties [percent].
They are working on a specific issue–some members received a retroactive check that might affect their monthly payout–stay tuned for additional information.
Now I hope you all joined in for our Virtual Holiday gathering, online, and enjoyed it. I know how difficult this holiday season as been not being able to get together with family to enjoy good food and good company. It is hard not to see your kids and grandkids (we just had another one brought home on 11-9-2020) over the holidays, but we need to be safe. 2020 will be just about over by the time you receive this paper, and hopefully things will be better next year.
So, mask up, wash your hands, and stay healthy and safe. See you next year–it has to be better.
Contact Mr. Masterjohn at firstname.lastname@example.org