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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
Carbon County PASR members can all give themselves a well-deserved pat on the back for what we, as a group, accomplished in 2013. We are not a large group, but were comparable to the largest in the state, when evaluating “Goals and Activities”. We were right at the top of the ratings: Three Star Chapter. In case you hadn’t heard anyone boasting about it, there were only nine chapters making that certification!
I believe one of our chapter’s strengths is the way our group serves others in need. Due to the fact that most of our members have passed from middle age to elderly, we are besieged with ailments typical of that age group. Many conversations contain references to three r’s: replacement, rehab, radiation. But despite the adversity associated with those terms, we have the desire to help each other find moments of hope. It may be a phone call, an email, or a card via snail mail. We take joy when we can; we share it when possible.
In a taking care of business mood, I am happy to announce that Sandra Kokinda has offered her services to fill the L/PEC chairperson position. We have complete faith in her ability to do the best she can, as she does with any venture she undertakes.
Our new Public Relations chairperson is Joan Kennedy. Jo Strausser has performed in an outstanding manner for many years, and now has decided to put down her pen. Luckily for Joan and the chapter, Jo agreed to step into the position of mentor, so we may expect a smooth transition. We will appreciate everyone assisting Joan with meeting deadlines and supplying the same high quality material generated in the past.
Along with the activities supplied by headquarters, we plan to work on two other self-diagnosed deficiencies. We have frequently discussed the creation of some sort of “snow chain”, in order to keep those who do not use email, as well informed as the rest of the members. Do not be surprised if you are contacted for assistance in the process.
The other endeavor is the formation of a loosely–knit committee which can choose to meet at any time an issue arises which we feel requires discussion, and should not be put off until the regularly scheduled executive or general meetings. This ad hoc committee will allow regularly scheduled meetings to be considerably shorter in duration.
Simultaneously, we are trying to find the best way to plan our monthly “breakfast” meetings, in order to increase the number attending. It appears that the winter meetings should be at lunch time, and perhaps at a varied venue. From April until November we can return to breakfast times, perhaps at 9:00 rather than earlier. We will keep you informed; check your email. Pass the information on to those not using email.
Thank you in advance. And so, here we go, heading into 2014. I hope yours will be the best ever!
PASR Mission: To serve others in need and help one another enjoy retirement.
Janet O. Hall
Read the 2014 Carbon PASR Chapter Spring Newsletter by clicking on the link below
Why Join PASR?
PASR State Assistant Membership Chair - Phyllis Seems
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
|CARBON PASR Member Benefits|
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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