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to the Carbon Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees which is comprised of 278 retired members who were employed at one of five following school districts: Jim Thorpe Area, Lehighton Area, Palmerton Area, Panther Valley Area, Weatherly Area, plus the Carbon County Career and Technical Institute and the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21;or the retirees who are Carbon County residents who were employed by public school districts outside of the Carbon County area.
Carbon Chapter joins with Berks, Lehigh, Northampton and Schuylkill Chapters to make up Region 2 of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees. Our members are former school teachers, administrators, counselors, nurses, secretaries, aides, cafeteria workers, bookkeepers, business managers, bus drivers and maintenance staff.
Carbon Chapter of PASR is meeting the needs of former co-workers and friends, raising money for scholarships, visiting members in nursing homes, doing volunteer work in the community, and lobbying state legislators on issues of importance to school retirees.
If you are not a member of Carbon chapter or of our state association won't you please join us?
We are waiting for you!
Message from Your President
Keep Calm and Carry on!! Winter will end, and Spring will find Carbon PASR members carrying on our Mission…..to serve others and help one another enjoy retirement. We all know there is plenty of need in our communities. Many of us are happy, enjoying our retirement and not having to deal with the many pressures of working in a school environment.
How can you continue to help others? This year finds us in NEED of your help to carry out our mission. Carbon Chapter is in NEED of an LPEC Chairman. We are in NEED of members to help on various committees. We are in NEED of members to volunteer with our numerous activities such as Keystone Military Families, Special Olympics, or visiting our shut in members. We NEED you – if you can help in any way, please contact me or any officer or committee chairman. Remember, if the dates are not suitable for you, you don’t have to do it…..it’s volunteer!!! I hope to see and meet more of you soon!
PASR Mission: To serve others in need and help one another enjoy retirement.
Lucinda “Cindy” Sabol, Carbon County PASR President
Read the 2015 Carbon Chapter PASR Spring Newsletter by clicking on the link below
Social Service Projects
Spreading holiday cheer is always the goal of our members through social services, as they visit, deliver poinsettias, and sing Christmas carols with our special needs and 90 and above members. Throughout the year, members are remembered with birthday cards, holiday cards, and cards for special circumstances. Birthday flowers are delivered to members 90 and above. Visits, phone calls, a helping hand, and donations of money and meals are some of the acts of kindness that benefit chapter members with special needs, those who are confined, or may have had surgery.
2015 Community Service Projects and Events:
There are several projects which continue throughout every year. Among these projects are the donations—both food items and monetary donations—to the Carbon County food banks and pantries. Please remember to donate when you can. There are more and more families in need. We also collect personal care items and coupons for the Keystone Military Families, in Shoemakersville. This was formerly known as Keystone Soldiers. This nonprofit organization helps so many military families from our county and region. We are planning a major trip there again in April (see below), but if you have anything for them sooner than that, please let Connie Kistler (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mary Ann Ashner (email@example.com) know, and we’ll make sure they get your contributions.
The “Carbon Readers” family literacy program continues this year, too. We try to donate a box of family literacy materials, including ten new, or nearly new, books to a Carbon County daycare center each month. By the end of 2015, we hope to have completed the first round of visiting all of the daycare centers in the county, and prepare for another round of donations. In addition, the program will then expand and include volunteers from PASR to visit the daycare centers and read or conduct storytelling sessions.
Finally, on an ongoing basis, Special Olympics is now having their bowling sessions in Carbon County. If anyone wishes to volunteer, the bowling sessions occur on Fridays, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at Fritz Lanes, in Lehighton; and on Sundays, from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m., at the Haja Lanes, in Palmerton. You can contact Mary Ann Ashner to forward your name to Special Olympics, or contact Sheri Anthony, at firstname.lastname@example.org . Special Olympics will begin track and field training in February, too—if you prefer to help with those events.
. On April 11, 2015, we will once again help to man the phones for the American Cancer Society Telethon, at Penn’s Peak, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. We have been asked to bring four volunteers. . On Wednesday, April 22nd, we will once again visit the Keystone Military Families’ operation in Shoemakersville. They are always excited about our visits and what we can contribute to their cause. They help so many soldiers and families from our area, as well as eastern Pennsylvania. Please consider this trip. We will be leaving Lowe’s parking lot at 9:30 a.m. that morning and work at their facility until 1:00 p.m.
. In June, we will once again volunteer to help the Zion Summer Lunch Program. If interested, please contact Mary Ann Ashner, or Connie Kistler.
. During the summer months, if a picnic and/or a golf outing is once again a part of Carbon County’s PASR schedule, please bring canned goods for our food banks and pantries, and/or donate personal care items and coupons for Keystone Military Families.
. In September, we will again man tables at the Senior Expo, in Jim Thorpe, at Memorial Hall. Based on past dates for this event, it appears that it will be held on Thursday, September 10th. Details will be announced later this year. . On Wednesday, October 28th, another trip will be conducted to the Keystone Military Families, in Shoemakersville. We usually stop for lunch after working there, and get home during daylight hours.
. The “Dream Come True Telethon” has come to rely on our help with the phones for their event. This telethon will most likely occur on Sunday, November 15th. If interested, please let Connie Kistler, or Mary Ann Ashner know.
. After a successful project last year, we will once again help with the “Toys for Tots” venture in Lehighton—usually held during the first full week in December. Please consider helping the needy families and children in Carbon County—by giving of your time, or by donating new toys . Details for all these projects and events will be announced well in advance. Carbon County PASR members always give thousands of hours throughout the year to better our communities. Please consider at least one of these projects or events in your schedule for this year. If you know of any other important community efforts which need help within Carbon County, please let us know.
For further information, or any questions you may have, please contact Mary Ann Ashner (email@example.com), Connie Kistler (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Janet Hall (email@example.com). You may also call Mary Ann at her home, at 610-852-3502.
Mary Ann Ashner
2015 CARBON COUNTY PASR TRAVEL
Why Join PASR?
As a Member of PASR, You Will Gain So Much!
PASR members are encouraged to register on the PASR website so that they may take full advantage of the additional information and services available to them online. The number of PASR state members who provided e-mail addresses to PASR HQ indicating that they have access to the internet is 12,876. The number of members who have registered on the PASR website is but 4,075. An activity for the 2013/2014 chapter Goals and Activities Program is to increase the number of members to register on the PASR website so that members may take full advantage of the additional information and services available to them online.
NEW AND IMPROVED BENEFITS FOR PASR STATE MEMBERS
MB&S Committee Chair- Claudia Feller
APPLE COMPUTERS--newest discount benefit. As of May 2013, Apple and PASR have teamed up to bring PASR state member’s exclusive savings on Apple Computers. As a PASR State member you are entitled to a substantial DISCOUNT when buying an Apple desk-top or laptop computer. This new benefit includes the computer and complimentary shipping on orders over $50. To purchase a Mac computer at discounted prices, go to Economic Benefits at pasr.org and click on links provided.
UNITED CONCORDIA DENTAL INSURANCE The United Concordia dental premiums remain unchanged for 2013-2014. Annual lump-sum premiums are the following: $412 for individual coverage, $795 for two-party coverage, and $1,229 for family coverage. If you choose to make incremental payments, there is an additional bank fee of $24 or $2 a month. Network vs. Non-network Dentists. United Concordia will provide reimbursements for your choice of either network dentists or non-network dentists. Network dentists accept United Concordia, which provides insurers with -- no claim forms, over 20% average savings off the dental fees, payment made directly to dentists, and dental locations available nationwide. Non-network dentists offer policyholders with -- freedom of choice of dentists, payment made directly to patient, and all eligible plan services covered but at a slightly lower rate than Network. For a listing of participating dentists in the Concordia Advantage network go to www.ucci.com.
VISION INSURANCE PLAN--Standard and Enhanced Plans Davis Vision now offers two plans for your convenience. Participation in either plan easily pays for itself, whether it is glasses, contacts, unconditional breakage warranty, or discounted laser vision correction. Standard: this plan offers the policyholder an option of a new pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses once every two years but allows a yearly eye exam.
The annual premiums are the following:
To view the PASR Economic Benefits Please click on the link below
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BEACON DINER HOMETOWN
CARBON CAREER & TECHNICAL
CCTI HARVEST CAFÉ-10% discount on purchases
CCTI COSMETOLOGY-15% discount on Cosmetology services
CCTI HEATING/VENTILATION, & AC- Will clean & check window air conditioners at a discount rate & add Freon if needed
CCTI AUTO SERVICE & TECHNOLOGY will perform an AAA maintenance check on a member's car while they are dining at the CCTI Harvest Café or make use of Cosmetology services.
AVON PRODUCTS, INC.
NORMAL SQUARE INN RESTAURANT
FRED JOHNSON PAINT & WALLPAPER
SNYDER TIRE INC.
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ROSEMARY REMEMBRANCES II
ROSEMARY REMEMBRANCES II
THE GREETING ROOM
MACALUSO'S AT THE LANTERN
LA DOLCE CASA
HAGER FURNITURE Co. Inc.
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