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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.
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
I am looking forward to serve as your President for 2015. I am fairly new to the organization since I retired in 2011. I was the Food Service Director and Nutrition Coordinator for Conrad Weiser Area School District for 32.5 years. Before that I was the Assistant to the Dietitian at Berks Heim. Th ey always say that you know when it is time to retiree and that is so true. I am enjoying my retirement life by becoming involved in organizations and volunteering my services as Financial Director for the Northeast Berks County Chapter of Thrivent and the Hamburg Food Bank.
At the January Executive Board meeting we adopted goals for the 2015 year. These goals were shared with the subchapter presidents. We hope the Subchapters will be able to help us meet these goals. We also discussed the Retirement Workshop to be held on March 28 at the BCIU for current employees thinking about retirement. Packets were distributed to executive board members to take to school districts for them to distribute to their employees. We are hosting a workshop on April 14th with Social Security at the BCIU for anyone considering applying for Social Security. We are holding it later in the day to accommodate more people. There is also a great day trip planned to Baltimore on April 23th.
Our next Berks County meeting is April 16th at the Crown Plaza and the program is Earth Rhythms. This will be a fun and interactive program. I hope you consider joining us for that meeting.
There is a committee consisting of Barb Troxel, Betty Schmoyer, Sandy Becker and myself working on a book of Operating Procedures for the Berks Chapter. I am hoping by developing a book of written procedures will encourage more people to step up into leadership roles.
Another big project is membership. We are in the process of updating Berks County data base with each of the subchapters data base. We had a very productive meeting with the subchapters membership chairs and some presidents. This will be an ongoing process and a necessary one.
Candy Hartranft - President Berks County Association of School Retirees
Read the 2015 BERKS PASR Chapter Spring Newsletter by clicking on the link below
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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Most businesses offer discounts. All you have to do is ask.
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 email@example.com.
Berks Chapter will have our international trip (river cruise) from Vienna to Amsterdam beginning on June 18, 2015. Please contact Barry Kulakowsky at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Click on 2015 BERKS GREAT RIVERS OF EUROPE CRUISE to access the Travel Brochure. Please be patient while brochure is downloading.
Travel with PASR
For complete details, please see the brochures for the bus departing in your area