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Berks Executive Board meetings dates at the BCIU, 1111 Common Blvd.,Reading 19612 in the Jefferson Room at 9 am to 11:30 am are:

  • 1/15/15
  • 3/19/15
  • 5/21/15
  • 9/17/15
  • 11/19/15
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BERKS 2014 NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER

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Berks County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees which is comprised of 1250 retired members who were employed at one of the following school districts: Antietam, Boyertown Area, Brandywine Heights Area, Conrad Weiser Area, Daniel Boone Area, Exeter Township, Fleetwood Area, Governor Mifflin, Hamburg Area, Kutztown Area, Muhlenberg, Oley Valley, Reading, Schuylkill Valley, Tulpehocken Area, Twin Valley, Wilson, Wyomissing Area, Berks County Intermediate Unit, Berks Career and Technology Centers, Reading-Muhlenberg Career and Technology Center, Reading Area Community College and Kutztown University.

Berks County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees serves all retirees of the public schools and universities that receive a pension from PSERS. As Berks County has a large and diverse membership, there are 8 subchapters serving members.
Subchapters:
Boyertown – Oley - BORSEA
East Penn – Kutztown, Fleetwood, and Brandywine Heights
Hamburg Area and Schuylkill Valley
Muhlenberg
Reading
South Berks – Governor Mifflin, Wilson and Wyomissing
TWEAD – Twin Valley, Exeter, Antietam and Daniel Boone
Western Berks – Conrad Weiser and Tulpehocken

Berks County Chapter of PASR is meeting the needs of former co-workers and friends, raising money for scholarships and educational grants, visiting members in nursing homes, doing volunteer work in the community, and lobbying state legislators on issues of importance to school retirees. We currently are working to support pension reform.

Come join us!


BERKS COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL RETIREES

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Happy New Year to Everyone.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday Season and I wish you all good health and happiness in 2015. I am looking forward to representing the Berks County Association of School Retirees as the President. We are an organization comprised of all school employees which includes administrators, teachers and all support staff. Berks County is divided into 8 sub-chapters that meet on a regular basis besides the meetings and workshops organized by the County.

At the November County Board meeting we worked on our Goals for 2015 and in January they will be discussed further and approved. We have several projects planned for 2015. They are as follows:
1. Work on updating our membership data base and send out invitations to encourage new members. Conduct a workshop with a representative from each sub-chapter for a sharing of information and help in the update for Berks County data base.
2. Conduct a workshop with a representative from each of the sub-chapters on community service for a sharing of information.
3. Conduct a Social Security Workshop for potential retirees approaching 62 years of age or older.
4. Conduct a retirement Seminar on March 28, 2015 for any school employee contemplating retirement in the near future.
5. Conduct a Summer Workshop on July 17, 2015 on current issues for school retirees.

I have 2 personal goals that I would like to work on in 2015 and they are to keep on advocating for a discount in state dues for support staff and a book of operating procedures for Berks County. I am hoping the operating procedures may help to encourage other retirees to step up and take on Berks County Board responsibilities. If there are guidelines to follow it will be easier to see what is expected in a position.

We are continuing our volunteer work with the Greater Reading Food Bank and Keystone Soldiers. A new venture of volunteering at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store is being researched. We also support all the sub-chapters in their Community Service Projects.

We have some great RECREO Trips planned.
1. Philadelphia Flower Show on March 2, 2015 with the Western Berks Sub-Chapter.
2. Baltimore, MD. on April 23, 2015 with South Berks and TWEAD Sub-Chapters.
3. The Great Rivers of Europe for 16 days beginning June 18, 2015.

Our General Membership meetings for the year are:
April 16, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza and the program is Earth Rhythms
September 26, 2015 at the Fleetwood Grange
December 3, 2015 at the Reading-Muhlenberg CTC

As you can see we have a full year of learning and fun activities to help our membership enjoy their retirement.

Candy Hartranft - President Berks County Association of School Retirees
610-488-1568
kandio@comcast.net


Read the 2014 BERKS PASR Chapter November Newsletter by clicking on the link below

2014 BERKS PASR Chapter November Newsletter


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CHAPTER COMMITTEES

Community Service

In our last newsletter, I suggested that BCASR consider giving financial support to the Greater Berks Food Bank “Weekender Backback Program” to help feed hungry children attending schools across Berks County. In response to my suggestion, Pat Bright, a retired school nurse from the Governor Mifflin School District and member of our South Berks subchapter, secured a generous $500 donation from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans in order to support this initiative.

On behalf of all the hungry children in Berks County, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Pat and all those involved with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Southwest Berks County Chapter, for providing a helping hand to BCASR.Our second awesome program is the after school program for C.E. Cole students in 5th and 6th grade. This year has been the most successful one for this program. The Foundation has partnered with the Park and Recreation Department of Muhlenberg Township who provides the staff of six counselors who are paid for by the Foundation. This program costs the Foundation $340 per week.

Parents must register their children with Dr. Giffing, Principal of C. E. Cole. Two sessions are held each year – spring and fall. Students’ homework is checked while they receive tutorial help in the computer room. While one group does this, another group is in the gym to learn athletic skills and have fun. After a snack in the cafeteria they switch locations so all students can benefit from the academic and athletic sessions. About 30 students are involved at this time with the hope we can enlarge this number. Everyone involved believes this to be an excellent program. The parents pick up their children at 5:00 p.m. Any parent interested should call the C. E. Cole building for information for next year.

In addition to these two programs, we are involved with supporting the high school “No Room for Hate” program by partially funding their yearly assembly. The foundation has also funded a variety of individual high school students’ requests for financial assistance with special courses and/or needs.

If you are interested in volunteering to assist the foundation, call Nate DeLuca at 610-921-0419 or write to the foundation at P.O. Box #245, Temple, PA 19560. Donations are gratefully accepted at the Temple address. We are a 501C3 non-profit education foundation. Contributions are tax deductible.

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2015 BERKS ASR COMMUNITY SERVICE SURVEY

To access the Community Service Survey form please click on the link below.

Print this form, complete it and return it to: Mary Ann Zerkowski, 2146 Fairview Avenue, Reading, PA 19606-1810

2015 BERKS ASR COMMUNITY SERVICE SURVEY


Legislative - Political Education

When you were employed, the annual dues you paid to your union provided the cost of your legislative representation and lobbying. These dues amounts ranged up to several hundred dollars. In retirement, this is no longer true. Unfortunately, the annual dues charged by PASR is not enough to support all of our legislative efforts. L/PEC was created for those who could afford to contribute more, to help PASR establish a strong and effective legislative voice for all school retirees.

What is this money used for? It is used to provide the information and support our legislative volunteers and members need to promote issues of concern to all school retirees with their legislators. Your contribution to L/PEC enables PASR volunteers and members to effectively advocate for benefit improvements and fight to protect the benefits they are currently receiving and other school retirees.


Social Service Memorial Honor Fund

One of the SSMHF goals is to promote awareness of the activities that are undertaken by the association on behalf of our members in need. BCASR sub-chapters have a Social Service Memorial Honor Fund Committee whose function is to serve its members. Memorial Services for deceased members are held on a sub-chapter and a county level. These members were remembered at a county memorial service which was held at the Fleetwood Grange on September 6, 2014.

A memorial shrine is displayed at each meeting to perpetuate the memory of our members who are gone, but not forgotten. A basket is also in place if anyone wishes to contribute money towards the county or state Social Service Memorial Honor Fund. Funds for SSMHF are generated from interest on investments and by contributions from individuals and chapters. Last year, state wide $40,890.86 was given to members in need.

Because of the special efforts of sub-chapter SSMHF volunteers, many members were provided with attention, support, and recognition. Their hard work throughout the year is truly impressive and deserves heartfelt thanks!


Membership Services And Benefits

Good news concerning membership cards. You can obtain your membership card for BCASR from your sub-chapter president and begin using it for the following BCASR only discounts. In order to participate in these discounts your dues must be current. The discounts are good through June 30, 2015

. The Nosegay Florist, 7172 Bernville Rd. Bernville, 10% off cash and carry purchase of flowers and gifts.

Savage L&B Dodge, Chrysler Jeep, 1 Big Spring Rd. Robesonia, 10 % off service and parts and any new vehicle purchase friends and family program which is 1% under invoice.

Ruth’s Dress Shop, 42 South Fourth St. Hamburg, 20 % off one time only regular price item, women’s and missy apparel.

The Doris Berry Shop, Hamburg, 10 % off your total purchase.

Reading Symphony, 25% off tickets for performances and 50% off of a full year membership for 1st. time members only. Call the office directly. Do not go through a second party.

Adelphia Seafood, 10% off purchase on Tuesdays only.

Ronco Pharmacy, 10% off drugs over the counter drugs on Wednesdays only

CJ Tires, 10% off parts and labor, $40.00 off a set of 4 tires.

Sneaker Villa, 15% of purchase

Reading Farmers Market Wyomissing, 10% off purchase at most stands on Thursday’s only and must be 62 years old.

I HOP - 10% off

Any questions please call Phil Kearney at 610-779-7648 or email loosehead819@gmail.com. Most businesses offer discounts. All you have to do is ask.


Membership

Notice: Unpaid Dues for BCASR We have all forgotten to pay dues and other items once and a while. Unfortunately, that doesn’t help us pay our bills. If you pay Annually and have not paid your dues for 3 years or more years, you will be removed from our data base. Annual Dues is only $5.00. You may contact Robert Troxell at (610)779-7315 or by email at bandbbasketbob@aol.com.


RECREO

Berks Chapter will have our international trip (river cruise) from Vienna to Amsterdam beginning on June 18, 2015. Please contact Barry Kulakowsky at blkulakowsky@dejazzd.com for more information.

Click on 2015 BERKS GREAT RIVERS OF EUROPE CRUISE to access the Travel Brochure. Please be patient while brochure is downloading.

2015 BERKS GREAT RIVERS OF EUROPE CRUISE


Travel with PASR

"FRENCH CANADA”
MAY 4-9, 2015


For complete details, please see the brochures for the bus departing in your area

2015 French Canada Trip from Harrisburg/Reading/Hazleton area

2015 French Canada Trip from Monroeville/Meadville/Erie area



 
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