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•Carbon PASR donating family literacy materials to Carbon County daycare centers.

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Breakfast meeting at Beacon 443 Restaurant, Route 443, Lehighton at 8:30 am.
• July 9-
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•July 29- Region 2 Golf/Picnic at the Mahoning Valley Country Club, Lehighton,
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•August 13 - Chapter Picnic at Cindy Sabol's home (replaces usual breakfast at Beacon)
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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!


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Message from your President


Dear Members,

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
Carbon County PASR President


Read the 2014 Carbon PASR Chapter Spring Newsletter by clicking on the link below

2014 Spring Carbon Newsletter

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PASR Carbon Chapter named a three-star chapter



Diana Armstrong, PASR state vice president and PASR Citations Committee chairwoman, left, with Carbon Chapter President Janet O. Hall, center, and Stephen Vak, PASR state president.

Earlier this month at the 51st PASR Convention held in Lancaster, the Carbon Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees was recognized for the exceptionally broad array of services that its members provide to others living in their communities.

During the past year, the members of the Carbon Chapter raised and contributed monies to help fund special projects in their public schools and engaged in additional projects, as volunteers, to serve the youth in their communities. The chapter members also increased their giving of monies to assist school retirees who are hospitalized, homebound, or confined in assisted living facilities, and they devoted much of their time engaged in efforts to combat and alleviate hunger in their communities.

Additionally, the school retiree volunteers in Carbon County received top honors for their work in expanding and improving economic benefits for members and for expanding and improving the information that they regularly provide to both members and nonmembers of the association. The association was pleased to note that no other local organization received a greater number of awards this year, enabling Carbon members to claim the distinction of being a "three-star chapter," only one of seven statewide. In addition, of PASR's 76 chapters around the country, only two chapters achieved two-star status, and only 11 chapters attained one-star recognition.

PASR's executive director Richard C. Rowland commended Carbon Chapter for its accomplishments. "Our organization's mission, to serve others in need and help one another enjoy retirement, is clearly in your hearts. You are certainly benefiting your communities with all that you are doing to serve the needs of public education employees, the youth, the infirm, and the hungry. We all know that in doing these great things, you are helping each other better enjoy the retirements you earned from your public school service."


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REGION 2 GOLF/PICNIC EVENT

MAHONING VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB

JULY 29, 2014



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Travel with CARBON CHAPTER

“SILVER SPOON SOJOURN”
SEPTEMBER 18, 2014



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Why Join PASR?


 PASR State Assistant Membership Chair - Phyllis Seems

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 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.


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ECONOMIC BENEFITS


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:
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).

To view the PASR Economic Benefits Please click on the link below

PASR Member Benefits & Service brochure


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CARBON PASR Member Benefits

BEACON 443
35 Blakeslee Boulevard
Lehighton, PA
10% off price of purchase, Monday and Tuesday

BEACON DINER HOMETOWN
Route 309
Hometown, PA
10% off price of purchase, Monday and Tuesday

CARBON CAREER & TECHNICAL INSTITUTE
150 West 13th Street
Jim Thorpe, PA
570-325-3682

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.
Call Mr. Resh for an appointment.

AVON PRODUCTS, INC.
Independent Sales Rep & Unit Leader
Call Donna Kattner 570-645-9745
10% off orders with mention of Carbon PASR

NORMAL SQUARE INN RESTAURANT FINE DINING
30 Fritz Valley Road
Lehighton, PA 570-386-3287
10% Discount on Early Bird Meals which are, Sunday-11AM to 6PM Wednesday, Thursday, Friday-4PM to 6PM

FRED JOHNSON PAINT & WALLPAPER
31 W, Ridge St.
Lansford, Pa. 18232
(570) 645-3939
Discount Provided (20%)

SNYDER TIRE INC.
103 East Penn Street
Lehighton, PA
5% off any services, excluding sales

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ROSEMARY REMEMBRANCES II
10 Hill Road on Opera House Square
Jim Thorpe, PA
10% off any non-sale M48 coded item

ROSEMARY REMEMBRANCES II
10 Hill Road on Opera House Square
Jim Thorpe, PA 570-325-4452
Stay 2 consecutive nights in guest lodging and receive third night free.

THE GREETING ROOM
322 Delaware Avenue
Palmerton, PA
610-824-6116
10% -15% off most purchases

LEHIGHTON FORD
54 Blakeslee Boulevard
Lehighton, PA 18235
610-377-6575
E-mail: lfpands@ptd.net 10% off parts & labor

DELROSE AWARDS
126 W. Ridge St.
Lansford, PA. 18232
Phone :(570)645-7083
E-mail : delrose@ptd.net
50% discount on engraving on plaques.

MACALUSO'S AT THE LANTERN INN
Routes 93 & 209
Nesquehoning, PA
570-669-9433
10% off all entrees Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.

LA DOLCE CASA
16 W. Broad St.
Tamaqua, PA 18252
570-668-3763
10% off Monday’s House Specialty

HAGER FURNITURE Co. Inc.
242-48 Delaware Avenue
Palmerton, PA 18071
610-826-2900
Hager Discounts are listed on the Carbon MB&S brochure provided to all Carbon PASR members.

 

 

 
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