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2017 Carbon Chapter PASR Update of Events

Oct 10, Tues, 11:30 AM -PASR Lunch- Batter Box, Summit Hill

Oct 18, Wed - Keystone Military Families - Leaving Lowe's parking lot at 9:30 AM

Oct 24, Tues – 10:30 Registration – Fall Luncheon Membership Meeting – Blue Shamrock Golf Club, Palmerton

Nov 14, Tues - ll:30 PASR Lunch -2 Kings, Lehighton

Nov 19, Sunday - Dream Come True Telethon at Penn's Peak

Nov 28, Tuesday - Christmas Caroling

Nov 30, Thursday - Christmas Caroling

Dec 12, Tues - ll:30 PASR Lunch -2 Kings, Lehighton

Jan 9, Tues - ll:30 PASR Lunch -2 Kings, Lehighton

Feb 13, Tues - ll:30 PASR Lunch -2 Kings, Lehighton

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Welcome 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?

PASR Mission: To serve others in need and help one another enjoy retirement.

We are waiting for you!

To view the State PASR Economic Endorsed Benefit brochure click the on link below you will have the opportunity

to familiarize yourself about what benefits PASR offers. There is also an online link as well as a printable membership form .

PASR State Membership Brochure

Online State Membership Application

LOCAL/STATE Membership Application


Message from Your President

Molly Phillips
“ Education is a way of life, no, education is life” A quote I read during a PBS TV program. Sorry, I don’t know the author,
but I do know the truth of it. As President of Carbon County’s Chapter of PASR, I have seen school personnel spent their
retirement time still living the education through libraries,charities, military families, the sick, the elderly, the jobless,
government, travel and even sharing lunches and adventures with each other, too. Since 2012, when Marjorie Balliet
invited me to join PASR with a penmanship perfect letter-I have been a part of an organization that astounds me with
the vitality and energy put forth to make life better for everyone. Please join our group, “your group” for a Tuesday lunch.
No requirements, just re-newing that “Teachers’ Lounge kind of lunch together atmosphere.

Guaranteed: No end of lunch bell will ring.

Molly Phillips, Carbon County PASR President



*Sept 22, Fri - NYC & Sept 11 Memorial - Meeting in Bethlehem at 8:15 AM -- BUS IS FILLED!

*Oct 10, Tues - ll:30 PASR Lunch - Batters Box, 10 E Lehigh St, Summit Hill, PA

*Oct 18, Wed - Keystone Military Families - Leaving parking lot at 9:30 AM

*Oct 24, Tues – 10:30 Registration – Fall Luncheon Membership Meeting – Blue Shamrock Golf Club, Palmerton

*Nov 14, Tues - ll:30 PASR Lunch -2 Kings, Lehighton

*Nov 19, Sun - Dream Come True Telethon - Penn's Peak

*Nov 28, Tues - Christmas Caroling

*Nov 30, Thurs - Christmas Caroling meeting at Carbon Plaza Mall above McDonalds - 9:30 AM

*Dec 12, Tues - ll:30 PASR Lunch -2 Kings, Lehighton

*Jan 9, Tues - ll:30 PASR Lunch -2 Kings, Lehighton

*Feb 13, Tues - ll:30 PASR Lunch -2 Kings, Lehighton

Pinochle – 4th Tuesday of every month, Contact Marjorie at 610-377-4740 for location.

2017 PASR Trips

Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees, Members, Family & Friends

Upcoming trip:

Just received the PASR State Newsletter with the information 2018 TRIPS:

1) Maine bus trip - May 20-24, double occupancy -- $898/person

2) Canada & New England cruise --Sept. 20-29, 2018- out of Bayonne, NJ.

-- double occupancy from $1332/person on the Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas

Check for details. If interested in the Maine trip, I would suggest calling Boscov’s soon to assure a seat from
Palmer Park departure. Call Palmer Boscov’s reservations directly @ 610-250-2772, ext. 1286 and speak with Tammy Yura.

Check this website or the state website for on-going additions or call Sandra Kokinda @ 570-386-5970 -

Remember our travels are open to PASR members, family & friends.

Read the Carbon Chapter PASR Spring and Fall Newsletters by clicking on the links below.

Check out the photos of the luncheon on the last pages!

2016 Fall Newsletter

2017 Spring Newsletter

2017 Fall Newsletter ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

A new twist to Carbon Recreo. Check out the following entertainment possibilities and gather a few chapter members and friends to join in. Easy! Call or order online to make your own reservations. Enjoy. Keep checking the Carbon website to gather more suggestions and opportunities.

NYC Sept 11 Memorial Museum

Above is a link on the Perkiomen Bus tour to NYC & Sept. 11 Memorial and museum. Some members have asked about a trip and Perkiomen runs a nice trip.

The date is Friday, Sept. 22. The good thing about taking an escorted bus is that they have the tickets organized and you will disembark close to the site. If anyone is interested please call Perkiomen Tours @ 1-800-222-4434

Visit Perkiomen Tours

Cost for seniors -- $86.00 and leaves Bethlehem at 8:15am.


Penns Peak Concerts 2017 - Jim Thorpe Concert Tickets

View Penn's Peak PA Concert Tickets.

Visit Penn's Peak

Secure Jim Thorpe Resale Tickets Online. Many events listed.

Pines Dinner Theatre – Visit The Pines

448 N 17th St, Allentown, PA 18104 • ~19.5 mi (610) 433-2333 – call for tickets Open until 5 PM

Up-coming events:


Social Service Projects

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.

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.

Won't you please help spread joy to those who are celebrating 90 or above birthday with a card or phone call?


Community Service Projects & Events

Having been a member of PASR since 2012, I have learned that our members’ hearts are huge, their generosity knows no bounds. As volunteers, our members, continue to give of themselves, of their time, and of their talents. Unfortunately, even though we continue to give to our fellow residents of Carbon County, needs still exist, even grow.
In 2017, we will continue to volunteer our efforts to make Carbon County better. If you know of anyone who is in need whom we can help, please let us know. If there is a project or event that could use helping hands, inform us. We will get the word out to the membership. From individual efforts to chapter projects, we help, we support, and we make a difference.
There are three fun ways to serve Carbon County this fall.

1. First, on Thursday, September 7th, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., the annual Senior Expo is being held at the Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall. Help man the Carbon PASR table and enjoy meeting many of Carbon County’s seniors. Lunch is provided—free! You will find that the time just flies by, and you have the opportunity to learn about many benefits available to seniors in Carbon County. Volunteers from PASR need to report by 9:00 a.m.

2. Then, on Wednesday, October 18th, we will once again visit the Keystone Military Families in Shoemakersville. We will leave Lowe’s parking lot at 9:30 a.m., work until about 1:00 p.m., and then head home—stopping for lunch along the way. We always enjoy this trip!

3. Finally, to round out the fall volunteer projects, we will once again man the phones at the annual “Dream Come True Telethon,” at Penn’s Peak, on Sunday, November 19th. Our team is always warmly welcomed, and we have a wonderful time helping chronically and terminally-ill children have once-in-a-lifetime wishes granted. Our shift usually starts at 5:00 p.m. What a way to enter the holiday season!

Future project….”Toys for Tots” in December! Check back on this site for more information and updates.

If you and your friends would like to participate in one of these events, please contact Mary Ann Ashner , at 610-852-3502, or at; or contact Connie Kistler, at 610-377-3776 or at

Don’t forget to bring canned goods and other nonperishable food items to our fall meetings. Fighting hunger is one of PASR’s major goals. We also collect items for the Keystone Military Families and Peaceful Knights.

Mary Ann Ashner presenting a check to Rose Marie Armon, Summit Hill Pantry


Why Should YOU Join PASR


As a Member of PASR, You Will Gain So Much!

  • Information – We keep you aware of all the issues that may affect you in retirement.
  • Socializing – Maintain contact with the people with whom you worked, and meet new friends who share
    your dreams for a happy, healthy, secure, and productive retirement!
  • Comfort and Support – For you and your fellow retirees who might find themselves in need of emotional or financial assistance.
  • Discount Benefits and Services – Use any of the programs available and you will likely save more than you will ever pay in dues.
  • Legislative Advocacy – A single cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) granted by the General Assembly could
    return more than you would ever pay in dues to support PASR’s efforts.
  • Support for Public Education – Promote public education, as part of an association that is highly respected by the public.

Help us help you. Join PASR today!

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 2015/2016 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.


Click the link below:

Carbon Endorsed Benefits


To view the State PASR Economic Endorsed Benefit brochure

Please click on the link below:

PASR State Membership Brochure

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 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

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:
Standard: $62 (for single coverage), $112 (for 2-party coverage), and $162 (for family coverage).
Enhanced: For those who would like the option of a yearly exam as well as a new pair of eyeglasses/contacts every year, an enhanced vision plan is available.
The rates are $72 (single), $127 (two-party), and $194 (family coverage).



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