Monday, November 14, 2016

Veterans' Day at William Cappel Elementary

Several LCARSP members helped make the Veterans' Day celebration at Wm. Cappel Elementary a success Friday, November 11, 2016.  They arrived at school early in the morning and helped filled hundreds of balloons with helium for the annual Veterans' Balloon Launch.  

After the program honoring our local veterans, the students took to the outdoors and released the balloons, each containing the school's contact information.  It is hoped some of the balloons will be found in the days and weeks ahead and those finding them will write back to the school to let the students know how far their balloons traveled.  

Here are a few photos of this special day.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

LCARSP Participates in "Stuff The Bus"


Lincoln County Area Retired School Personnel, among others, helped with the "Stuff the Bus" event to gather school supplies and other children's items prior to the beginning of the 2016-17 school year.  Above, members and other volunteers sort donated items for our district's kids at the Bank of Old Monroe, Moscow Mills location. 

The August 6th event was sponsored by the Lincoln County R-3 Education Foundation whose vision is to foster a philanthropic community culture that enriches opportunities to maximize the potential of all children in Lincoln County R-III.

Robb Krieg, Board President, and Tracy Black, Foundation Director, would like to thank all who helped make this event a huge success!  These donations will help make life a bit easy for our students.  

A special thank you goes to the Moscow Mills Lions Club, Bank of Old Monroe Moscow Mills Branch, LCARSP, Preferred Family Health, People's Bank & Trust and ALL our great volunteers!


Photo courtesy of Robb Krieg and Tracy Black (LCR3EF)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

2016 Classroom Grants Application Is Now Available

Are you preparing your room for school?  Classroom budget a little too slim?  

The 2016 LCARSP Grant Applications are now available online!  Each Fall, the Lincoln County Area Retired School Personnel offer a $200 Classroom Grant to one teacher in EACH of the four public school districts in Lincoln County. Directions for applying are found on the application below.

Have a great school year, Lincoln County Teachers!



2016 Classroom Grants Application Is Now Available

Are you preparing your room for school?  Classroom budget a little too slim?  

The 2016 LCARSP Grant Applications are now available online!  Each Fall, the Lincoln County Area Retired School Personnel offer a $200 Classroom Grant to one teacher in EACH of the four public school districts in Lincoln County. Directions for applying are found on the application below.

Have a great school year, Lincoln County Teachers!



Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Local MRTA Members Serve on Restorative Justice Board


Lincoln County has many active retired educators who make a positive difference in our community.  Several members of the Lincoln County Area Retired School Personnel have been serving on a unique justice program board.  The Restorative Justice program was created by the 45th Judicial Circuit in May of 2012.  The only other Missouri county with this program is Greene County.

The basic premise of the program is to work with non-violent persons that have committed a misdemeanor or felony for the first time and have been approved by the court to participate in the program.  Restorative Justice is more concerned with the preservation and restoration of relationships both at an individual level and at a community level.

The board works with the offenders for one year (or a specified period of time).  The offender is required to meet with the board, one time per month, as well as, with a probation officer each month. During the period of time in the program, clients assigned to the program must accomplish a variety of goals that may include community service hours, payment of restitution, completion of their high school diploma; writing of essays; taking a prison tour and completing other items, as deemed appropriate. 

Briefly, Restorative Justice serves to:

1. Bring about restitution for crimes in a way that benefits the victim, offender and the community.
2. To do so following a structured, effective timeline of steps.
3. End with greater satisfaction for all parties and a lesser chance of repeat offenses. 

During the course of the program, Restorative Justice asks these questions:

*  Who was harmed?
*  What is the harm?
*  What needs to be done to repair it?
*  How do we involve everyone?

After successful completion of the program, the Restorative Justice Board may recommend to the court that the offender is allowed to withdraw the plea of guilty and the case is dismissed. 

We extend a special  THANK YOU to these caring and dedicated individuals who donate their time to this program.  

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Write the Governor and Sign MRTA Petition

MISSOURI RETIRED TEACHERS ASSOCIATION AND PUBLIC SCHOOL PERSONNEL
877-366-MRTA
3030 DuPont Circle
Jefferson City, MO 65109
 

July 8, 2016

Call to Action!
Action Required! 

Write the Governor & Sign MRTA's Petition 

Dear MRTA:

Your cost of living adjustment (COLA) was reduced at the June 14th PSRS/PEERS Board meeting by a vote of the board. It will now be 0% and likely will remain 0% for some time to come. This is unacceptable and was not necessary. Retired educators did not and do not have a voice or representation on the Board of Trustees (click here for details). Our first step in restoring the COLA is a petition to the Governor. You may collect signatures on hard copy (click here to print) and have them faxed or sent to the MRTA office by August 15, 2016, or you may sign and encourage other voters and taxpayers to sign the petition on our website by clicking here.
 
MRTA also asks everyone to immediately call or write the Governor by clicking here. Please use your own words asking for these new appointments to the PSRS/PEERS Board of Trustees OR copy and paste the following wording.
 
Dear Governor Nixon:
 
As a voter and taxpayer, I ask for the immediate removal of Wayne Wheeler who sits in an expired seat as the retiree representative on the PSRS/PEERS Board of Trustees. I ask a new representative be appointed, no matter how short the appointment. I also ask the current vacant citizen seat on the PSRS/PEERS Board of Trustees also be filled, no matter how short the appointment.
 
These actions are necessary as the current retiree representative Wayne Wheeler is not representing the education retiree. He sits in an expired seat. I strongly feel education retirees do not have a voice in the decision making of the PSRS/PEERS Board. The PSRS/PEERS Board of Trustees voted on June 14 to reduce our pension benefits by reducing the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) to 0% when the CPI is 2% or below. This is a substantial burden to retirees of public education over time. As he held a position letter from MRTA recommending a different option, Mr. Wheeler, made the motion, then voted in favor of the COLA reduction to 0%.  I ask for your immediate attention to this important issue. THANK YOU 


THANK YOU for being counted as a member of MRTA!

The #1 priority of MRTA and Public School Personnel is to promote and protect pensions, programs, and benefits of all public school personnel in retirement. United we stand strong!

Jim Kreider
MRTA Executive Director

Friday, July 1, 2016

Shocked! Stunned! Disappointed! by Jim Kreider, MRTA Executive Director

The latest edition of the MRTA News Bulletin is available online  
and shares some disturbing news. The PSRS/PEERS Board of Trustees have decided to change the COLA policy that will eliminate a cost-of-living adjustment for 2017!
MISSOURI RETIRED TEACHERS ASSOCIATION AND PUBLIC SCHOOL PERSONNEL
877-366-MRTA
3030 DuPont Circle
Jefferson City, MO 65109

July 1, 2016

No COLA for 2017- PSRS/PEERS Policy Change

Dear MRTA Members:

You will not be receiving a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2017.  Click here to read more.

For comments or more information contact:



MRTA Executive Director Jim Kreider - mrtadirectorkreider@mrta.org 

THANK YOU for being counted as a member of MRTA!

The #1 priority of MRTA and Public School Personnel is to promote and protect pensions, programs, and benefits of all public school personnel in retirement. United we stand strong!

Jim Kreider
MRTA Executive Director

Monday, June 13, 2016

LCARSP Visits Holocaust Museum

On Monday, June 6, 2016, a group of LCARSP members, Lincoln County Area Retired School Personnel, visited the Holocaust Museum & Learning Center in St. Louis. The museum was established to "teach lessons of the Holocaust inspiring all people to confront hatred, promote human dignity and prevent genocide."
                          
The group was treated to a personal tour by Sarajane, sister of Dr. Donald Mogerman formerly of Troy. The tour concluded with a testimony by Holocaust survivor, Mendel Rosenberg who shared his story, experiences, and memories. The visit strengthened our group's resolve to follow the museum's mission as stated by Abba Kovner, Partisan and Holocaust survivor, "TO REMEMBER THE PAST, TO LIVE THE PRESENT, TO TRUST THE FUTURE."
Those touring the Holocaust Museum included Jane A., Carolyn C., Barb G., Diana G., Jane K., Marilyn K., Nancy L., Joe and Susan P., and Nancy W.. The group later had lunch at a Czech eatery, St. Louis Kolache.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Meeting notes from June 9, 2016

The Lincoln County Area Retired School Personnel met June 9, 2016 at the Lincoln County Health Department.
The program was presented by Annette Meyer of Edward Jones. She spoke on investments and the new rules and regulations by the Department of Labor going into effect April, 2017.

Treasurer reports $1,134.95 in the account. We decided to donate $20 to the veterans fund since George Conner gave a program on their honor flight.

Sickness & distress:
Several of our members and former colleagues are having health issues.  Check your email for more information. On a lighter note, Jim Schulze has a charming video on youtube about his farm in Lincoln County. Check it out!

Community Service for May. 541 volunteer hours. $22 food pantry donations. Total donations (including Buddy Bags) $298. (Note: I took the Buddy Bag money and Walmart bags by Central Office. They were very glad to have the money and she noted they are almost out of bags*:) happy)

Legislative Committee: Linda McG gave us an overview of the bill called RYH4K (Raise Your Hands For Kids) that will be on the ballot in November. MRTA and MNEA, among other educational groups have come out against it. This bill, among other things, will appoint a committee to distribute funds to private schools. There will be no check and balances, or accountability to those "appointed" committee members. Keep watch for more information and spread the word. This is NOT good for public education.

We signed up for the September luncheon. I will send that reminder of what you signed up for in August.

Capers: We have a trip to Bowling Green planned for June 24. We will meet at Walmart at 8:30 a.m. and go to Amish Country, then to Bowling Green for lunch and some shopping in downtown.
Another trip we are scheduling is a trip to the Lustron House in St. Charles. This is an all metal house built in the late '40s. This house is set up for tours, decorated in the style of the day.
Possible dates are August 18, 23, or 30. I will send more information when I have it available.

We decided to participate in the Education Foundation's "Stuff the Bus" on August 6. I will contact Lauren Fast and see how we can help out.

We will have information tables at the welcome back meeting for Troy, and Winfield. We are checking on Silex, and Elsberry. I will be asking for volunteers to meet and greet the teachers and distribute information about our grant and MRTA. Troy's welcome back day is August 6.

Clubs: Book Club will meet June 23 (1 p.m. - 3 p.m.) at Halo and Wings. The book is The Perfume Collector. Please bring your own drink and contact me if you are willing to bring a dish (salty or sweet)
Craft Club will meet September 6 at 10 a.m. at Anne's house. We will continue to make the notebook covers and microwave bowls. Contact Anne if you will bring a menu item.

Have a great summer*~^o^~ cheer

dg

Thursday, May 12, 2016

May 2016 Meeting Notes

Meeting notes:
May 12, 2016

Please note the change in schedule...The caper planned for Tomorrow, Friday, May 13, will be postponed because of their School Auction. The rescheduled date is June 24, 2016.

AND, the Open House for June 8th, was amended to be a proclamation and will be disseminated by newspaper and social media. We will have our regularly scheduled luncheon in September for new retirees.


Today, Mercy Lincoln presented their Telestroke program. This is a relatively new program (February) that provides stroke victims with rapid evaluation through the local hospital connecting them with specialists in the field of strokes.
We also received information about volunteer opportunities at Mercy Lincoln.

Jane A. reports 75 paid members. Our goal is 83.
We had items for sale that benefit the scholarship fund. The craft group hopes to make items to sell every month. (Christmas gifts?)
Don't forget your recipes for the cookbook fundraiser. If you have recipes that you would like to donate, please send them to me and I will forward them, or send them to Debbie if you have her email.

Committee reports:
Community service: April - 445 hours, $201 donations and $115 for Buddy bags

Barb A. shared that the Rotary will have an electronics and appliance recycling day this Saturday in the parking lot of Cannon Realty.

There are 22 Lincoln County retirees this year. 14-Troy, 5-Winfield, 3-Elsberry, 0-Silex.

Capers: Note the above rescheduled dates...
Branson Fun Days will be in October 10 - 18 this year. MRTA day is October 14. Mark your calendar if you are interested in going.
October we have a trip to Booneville to see the Clydesdales. If you are interested, we will have a sign up next month's meeting so we can get a date and schedule a tour.

Clubs: Craft club will meet 10:00 a.m. May 31, 2016 at Debbie's house. We will be making microwave bowls. (Great little Christmas gift) You do NOT have to be a seamstress to attend! Please let me know if you are interested. Lunch provided.
Book Club will meet from 1:00 - 3:00 in the back room of Halo and Wings on May 26, 2016. The book is Guilty by David Baldacci. Snacks will be provided.

Oats November trip will be to Steelville. The Meramac Music Theater. Cost $80. December trip is to Branson 12/5 - 8. Cost $410. For more information contact me or Mary M.

Next meeting will be at the Health Department on June 9th, 10:00. We will be donating to the Winfield Food Pantry. Bring a friend!!

dg

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Call to Action! Defeat HB 2314: Reduction of Benefits for St. Louis City Retirees

MISSOURI RETIRED TEACHERS ASSOCIATION AND PUBLIC SCHOOL PERSONNEL
877-366-MRTA
3030 DuPont Circle
Jefferson City, MO 65109
 

April 21, 2016

Call to Action!
Action Required! 
Defeat HB 2314
Reduction of Benefits for St. Louis City Retirees

Dear MRTA:

This is an important CALL TO ACTION. Please act now!  Let's show them our strength in numbers!  This is a terrible precedent for ALL public school educators if passed!    

Suggested note for you to copy and paste into your email:
 
Dear Representative XXX
 
As a voter, taxpayer, and MRTA member in your district please oppose HB 2314 (Rep Leara) in the House. HB 2314 will possibly be introduced as an amendment to HCS SB 639 which is on the House calendar, Senate Bills for Third Reading.  MRTA is adamantly opposed to a reduction of benefits for Saint Louis City teachers while at the same time requiring more contributions from them to the system. This is a mid-career change in benefits and sets a terrible precedent for all public school educators. This is breaking the promise made to them when they were hired. HB 2314 reduces the benefit factor from 2.0 to 1.75 and will require teacher contribution increases from the current 5% to 9 % with no COLA allowances. Saint Louis City Teachers also pay into Social Security.
 
THANK YOU for your time and attention to this important issue. Please vote against any amendment that includes HB 2314-Leara.
 
NAME
ADDRESS
PHONE NUMBER
THANK YOU for being counted as a member of MRTA!

The #1 priority of MRTA and Public School Personnel is to promote and protect pensions, programs, and benefits of all public school personnel in retirement. United we stand strong!

Jim Kreider
MRTA Executive Director
mrtadirectorkreider@mrta.org
877-366-6782


Missouri Retired Teachers Association and Public School Personnel | 3030 DuPont Circle | Jefferson City | MO | 65109

Call To Action! Write Your State Senator to Help Make Our Retirement System Fundamentally More Sound

MISSOURI RETIRED TEACHERS ASSOCIATION AND PUBLIC SCHOOL PERSONNEL
877-366-MRTA
3030 DuPont Circle
Jefferson City, MO 65109
 

April 21, 2016

Call to Action!
Action Required! 

The 2016 Legislative Session will end at 6:00 pm, May 13th
ONLY THREE WEEKS LEFT! CALL TO ACTION

 
NOW is the time to show the strength of MRTA. Write your Senator today. We need thousands of e-mails to the Senate!
 
As of the writing of this e-mail, the PSRS/PEERS systems have had a 0% return on investment. The stock market has not been good.  There are three bills in the Senate that MRTA supports. These bills will help make our retirement system fundamentally more sound.  Please write your Missouri State Senator today asking for the support and passage of: 
  • HB 1709 - Divorce "pop-up" reform.
  • HB 1710 - Kelly Services, requires all retirees to conform to the the 550 hour Work After Retirement (WAR) Law whether working for an employment service company or not. This will ensure contribution payments to the system from active employees and from the school district. 29% total contribution of payroll.   
  • HB 1780/HB 1420 - reinstating the 2.55 benefit factor after 31 years of service. This bill saves the system approximately $7 million per year. 

All three of these bills are in Senator David Pearce's Committee on Education,david.pearce@senate.mo.gov.   Please drop him a note of thanks and ask him to push these bills to passage.
 
Please also voice your opposition to SB 1059 (Senator Schaaf) and HB 2314 (Rep Leara) dealing with Saint Louis City Teacher retirement benefits to your Senator. This is a very bad piece of legislation as it reduces the retirement benefit for active working teachers while raising their contribution rate at the same time. This bill will set a very bad precedent for PSRS/PEERS if it is  allowed to pass. The active educators of Saint Louis City need our support. 

To add insult to injury, there has been no discussion to a resolution of a COLA for Saint Louis City Retirees who have not had a COLA since 2006. If they were serious about reforming the Saint Louis City retirement system they would discuss putting an automatic COLA in to law for Saint Louis City Teachers, especially if they are asked to pay more and get less benefit. OUTRAGEOUS! This bill must be defeated.
 
Suggested note for you to copy and paste into your email:
 
Dear Senator xxx
 
As a voter, taxpayer, and MRTA member in your district please support and vote for HB 1709 (divorce), HB 1710 (employment services) and HB 1780/HB 1420 (2.55 after 31 years). These three bills deal with positive reforms for the PSRS/PEERS retirement systems. It is anticipated that these bills will soon be on the Senate calendar for debate. They will be coming out of the Senate Committee on Education, Senator Pearce Chairman.
 
I also ask your opposition to SB 1059 (Senator Schaaf) same as HB 2314 (Rep Leara) in the House. We are adamantly opposed to a reduction of benefits for Saint Louis City teachers while at the same time requiring more contributions from them to the system. This is a mid-career change in benefits and sets a terrible precedent for all public school educators.
 
THANK YOU for your time and attention to this correspondence.
 
NAME
ADDRESS
PHONE NUMBER
THANK YOU for being counted as a member of MRTA!

The #1 priority of MRTA and Public School Personnel is to promote and protect pensions, programs, and benefits of all public school personnel in retirement. United we stand strong!

Jim Kreider
MRTA Executive Director
mrtadirectorkreider@mrta.org
877-366-6782


Missouri Retired Teachers Association and Public School Personnel | 3030 DuPont Circle | Jefferson City | MO | 65109

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Crafters Sew Colorful Pillow Cases

April 12th, six LCARSP craft club members met and created 23 colorful 
pillow cases for the kids at the local crisis nursery.  
The group set up an assembly line of cutting,
pinning,
sewing, 
and ironing to make these cheery pillow coverings.
They will be donated, along with the flannel blankets made at last month's meeting, to our local crisis nursery.
The next craft club will meet May 3rd (10 a.m. - ?) and will be making microwave bowl holders and notebook holders.  If you are interested in joining, let Diana G. or Anne B. know, or email lcmoarsp@gmail.com.