img src Eclipart
*Berks County
*Berks Chapter Officers & Committee Chairs
*Chapter Events
*Membership Application

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:

  • 3/15/18
  • 5/17/18
  • 9/20/18
  • 11/15/18

June 2018
171819202122 23
Click Here for Full Calendar

Links Section




Optum RX


img s.gifBERKS PASR
Click here to edit your pageClick here to go to your office
berks-1.jpg Berks Chapter of PASR                                                                                     

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.
Boyertown – Oley - BORSEA
East Penn – Kutztown, Fleetwood, and Brandywine Heights
Hamburg Area and Schuylkill Valley
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!



January, 2017

I am honored to serve as your next president. I have been involved in education for the past 45years as a member of the teaching staff at Reading High School, the Reading Education Association., the Exeter Board of School Directors, as well as serving as a member of the management, sales, consulting, and editing teams for a number of major educational publishers. I retired from the Reading School District in 2014.

Fortunately, the BCASR has many talented, hard working members who volunteer hours of their time to make our organization what it is today. I also want to give a special thanks to Candy Hartranft for the outstanding job she has done as our president these past two years. Going forward, I hope to build on our past success by increasing membership and to work to better position our organization to be a voice of reason in the state and local political theater in order to help preserve the future of public education and to represent the interests of our members as we attempt to navigate the financial challenges ahead. Wishing you a happy and healthy 2017!

Yours in Service, Russ

Russ Diesinger

President Berks County Association of School Retirees


Read the Latest BERKS PASR Chapter Newsletter by clicking on the link below

BERKS PASR Chapter Newsletter

Read the BERKS PASR SUB Chapters Newsletters by clicking on the links below


HA/SV ASR Newsletter

Western Berks



Muhlenberg Newsletter





SCHUYLKILL _________________________________________________________________________________



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.



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. 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 26, 2015.

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. These contributions are used entirely for helping members in times of emotional and financial distress. The fund also provides moral support, gifts, and visits to the sick and "homebound." Last year, state wide $38,641.00 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 Benefits And Services

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, 2016

. 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.

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 Candice Hartranft at 610-488-1568 or email 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 Dr. Theresa Haught,PO Box 12585, Reading, PA 19612


To access the Membership form click on the link below.

Print the form, complete it and return it.


RECREO - Travel with BCASR

Maine Southern Coast - May 2018 - click below



Travel with PASR

2018 Canada, New England Cruise - click below


Hamburg, PA

Go to


 822 Visitors