Wednesday, December 1, 2021

STRSEA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING & LUNCHEON


Thursday, December 9 

10:30 AM meeting & luncheon

Location:  Treen Technology Center 

2420 Livingston St. Mandeville, LA 70448


St. Tammany Retired School Employees Association will hold its December meeting at the Treen Center.  Our social time will begin at 10:30.  Please note the change in time for this meeting.  It is our annual holiday luncheon.  We will have entertainment, food, fun and games, and giveaways.  We hope that you will be able to join us!

Just a few reminders for those who plan to attend.  This luncheon is a bring your own lunch in a bag….this has changed from the original pot luck plans…the board members will bring desserts and drinks.  We are also collecting snacks for the Safe Haven volunteers.  Please bring individually packaged snacks such as beef jerky, trail mix, "healthy" chips, crackers, etc. 
I will also post a list of examples of what they are looking for in the newsletter and on our Facebook page.  If you still want to donate to the food drive and Project Christmas and haven’t already, you can bring those donations too.  And, we hope that in the spirit of the season that you consider wearing your “worst” Christmas sweater or shirt.  We will hold a little competition on whose is the “worst” at our meeting.  Please feel free to be as festive as you would like!

We hope that you had a great Thanksgiving and that you will have a peaceful and prosperous holiday season!  Enjoy your blessings!

 Eric Sacks, President STRSEA 2020



Upcoming dates for 2022:

January 13

March 10

May 12


For more up to date activities, join the Facebook group for STRSEA. 

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Retired Teachers Meet in Mandeville

 The St. Tammany Retired School Employees Association met the morning of May 13 at the David Treen Instructional Technology Center in Mandeville.

 

Ron Caruso at the podium gives treasurers report.

President Eric Sacks welcomed those present and introduced the several board and committee members who gave reports on the status of various projects.

Scholarship Presented


He announced that Isabelle Massey of Covington High School had won the group's Educational Scholarship for the year. She had been presented the scholarship award at a meeting the week before, with her parents present.

 
Isabelle Massey

Miss Massey gave an emotional appreciation for the funds, promising to become the kind of teacher that she had met throughout her schooling who had been such a help to her.

"Thank you so much, and I really appreciate receiving this grant," Miss Massey stated. "I want to become a teacher because I want to be there for my students as my teachers have been for me."

Scholarship Chairman Pam Montreuil said that the student had touched their hearts with her comments thanking the group. Her father is also a teacher, Sacks stated. She has a passion for becoming a teacher, it was obvious, and the group looks forward to keeping up with her educational and work career achievements.

She plans to attend Southeastern Louisiana University and study education and history.

Legislative Report

Jack Loup presented the legislative report, updating the members on issues now being discussed in Baton Rouge which could affect retirement programs.

Memorial Program

The traditional "Memorial Program" was then held, wherein members who have passed away in the previous year were named and remembered. This ceremony covered the past two years, however, due to COV-19 issues last year, and a total of 29 names were given. Bill and Carolyn Brugmann helped conduct the solemn ceremony.

Those who had passed on were the following: Mary Adams, Charles Alder, Vicki Antrainer, Israel Batiste Sr., Mercy Burtch, Patty Carbajal, Peggy Chapoton, Ruth Core, Jennette M. Fitte, Hallie Claydene Glynn, Ruth P. Harrison, Clemeal Harry, Nancy M. Hudson, Marilyn A. Kelly, Betty H. Kintner, Caroline M. (Carol) Landry, Teresa Magruder, Ronnie Pogue, Richard Tanner, Helen Taylor, Myra Trimble, Warren G. Troxclair, Essie Mae Tyson, Erlene Howser Ward, Ron Wascom, Ric Watkins, Norma Weary, Albert Wilheim, and Nancy Woods.

 
Roxanne Lagarde and Rhonda Chambers sharing a rose honoring a departed member

A bouquet of roses was part of the memorial ceremony and members were invited to take single roses to the relatives and loved ones of the members who had passed.

An update on services offered by the Louisiana Retired Teachers was provided, via Zoom, by Jennifer Tran from her Baton Rouge office. She went over various links on the LRTA website that offer information of importance to members with specific problems.

Two new members were welcomed to the group.

 
A highlight of the meeting was a "silent auction," where members bid on items brought in and donated to help raise funds for next year's educational grant scholarship fund. 


 

 
The meeting was well attended and spaced out.

 
It was the annual spring luncheon, so box lunches were served after the business meeting. 






Monday, November 30, 2020

Event Held At Abita Pavilion

 An STRSEA Outreach Event hosted by President Eric Sacks was held Thursday, December 10 at the Abita Springs Park 1884 Pavilion.

Here are some pictures from the Christmas-themed fun event.

 









 




Saturday, July 11, 2020

Scholarship for 2020 Goes To Pearl River High Graduate

Blaine Bourgeois, a recent graduate of Pearl River High, was awarded the St.Tammany Retired School Employees Association’s Educational Grant for 2020.  He will be attending L.S.U. Shreveport where he plans to major in Secondary Education with emphasis on Social Studies and Special Education.  From left to right are Scholarship Chairman Pam Montreill, Lynn Monteleone, Bourgeois, STRSEA President Eric Sacks and Vice President Mike Winkler. 

 

Friday, March 13, 2020

STRSEA Elects Officers For Next Year

The St. Tammany Retired School Employees Association (STRSEA) met on Thursday, March 12, at the Treen Instructional Technology Center in Mandeville.  The president of the Louisiana's AARP, Bobby Savoie shared information on fraud and scam prevention.  



STRSEA President Eric Sacks and Bobby Savoie



The retired teachers group voted for a slate of new officers for the upcoming new year 2020/2021. President Eric Sacks will serve another year, Mike Winkler was elected as President-Elect, Lyn Monteleone will remain First Vice President (for membership), Cheryl Beaver will serve as Second Vice President (for programs), Jeanne Schmidt will serve as Secretary and Ron Caruso will remain Treasurer. The new officers will be installed during ceremonies at the group's May 14 meeting. 

Members also brought unwanted magazines to share with others. 

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Next Meeting on March 12

The St. Tammany Retired School Employees Association (STRSEA) invites all St. Tammany public school retirees to its next meeting on Thursday, March 12, at the Treen Instructional Technology Center in Mandeville.  A social time will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by a short business meeting at 10:00 a.m.

The speaker for this meeting is the president of the Louisiana's AARP, Bobby Savoie. He will share a presentation on fraud and scam prevention.  The American Association of Retired Persons Louisiana's goal is arming retired individuals with the tools and resources they need to protect themselves and their pensions. STRSEA President Eric Sacks said Savoie's presentation will be a lively discussion about how to spot and avoid  identity theft and fraud so participants can inform themselves and their family members.

The retired teachers group will also present a slate of new officers for the upcoming new year 2020/2021 and ask for any additional nominations from the group . Then a vote will be taken. The new officers will be installed during ceremonies at the group's May meeting. Members were also reminded to bring any magazines that they no longer need or want to share. There will be an exchange before and after the meeting.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Officers Nominated

Nominations for next year's slate of officers were announced by Bill Brugmann at the January 23rd meeting.

Nominated for re-election was Eric Sacks as President. Lyn Monteleone was nominated for First Vice President, Cheryl Beaver was nominated for Second Vice President, Jeanne Schmidt was nominated for the Secretary position, and Ron Caruso was nominated for re-election as Treasurer. 

The nominee for President Elect was left open for nominees over the next month or so.
Officers will be elected at the group's next meeting and installed at the meeting in May. 


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Legislative Update!


The meeting on Thursday, January 23rd featured TRSL Executive Director Dana Vicknair and the Executive Director of the LRTA, Rodney Watson. They explained how the teachers' retirement system worked, and how legislative proposals in the future may adversely affect the system.   


STRSEA President Eric Sacks, TRSL'sDana Vicknair and LRTA's Rodney Watson.



Friday, December 13, 2019

Retired Teachers Enjoy Christmas Luncheon

More than 75 members of the St. Tammany Retired School Employees Association met at the Treen Instructional Center Thursday morning to enjoy the group's annual Christmas luncheon. 

The theme was Christmas/Saints, with many wearing holiday season attire and others wearing Saints football jerseys. It was a grand event with food, fellowship, and music by the Covington Talented Music students on stage. 

President Eric Sacks gave recognition to the several organizations that have supported the STRSEA activities throughout the year, among them Humana, the St. Tammany Federal Credit Union, and AMBA. A number of members brought gifts to share with Project Christmas, and a number of door prizes were distributed to those lucky persons in attendance. 

The group's next meeting is a very important one. The annual "Legislative Meeting" will be held on January 23 at the Treen location, and among the items to be discussed will be proposed legislative actions affecting retiree pensions. Legislators will be invited to attend, with speakers coming from the La. Retired Teachers Association (Rodney Watson, Executive Director) and the Teachers Retirement System of Louisiana (Dana Vicknair, Director of TRSL). 

The group is also looking forward to making plans for a spring bus excursion tour which will highlight an area attraction for a day's outing for interested members. 

Here are some photographs taken at the December 12th Christmas holiday luncheon. 

























Sunday, December 8, 2019

Group to meet Thursday, December 12

St. Tammany Retired School Employees Association will hold its annual holiday pot-luck luncheon and meeting on Thursday, December 12th.
 
The St. Tammany Retired School Employees Association (STRSEA) invites St. Tammany public school retirees to this meeting. The pot-luck luncheon is a great opportunity for members to mingle and enjoy seasonal entertainment provided by some of the school system’s talented music students.

The social time will begin at 10:30a.m. preceding the short business meeting that starts at 11:00a.m. We will meet at the Treen Technology Center, located at 2024 Livingston Street in Mandeville. (Please note that these times are different from our usual social and meeting time.
 
The STRSEA meets regularly throughout the year to provide opportunities for retirees from the school system to hear about the important issues impacting local and state retirees and to enjoy fun and fellowship with new and former colleagues.
 
The STRSEA meets throughout the year on the second Thursday of September, November, December, March and May, including an annual Christmas party and spring luncheon.
 
For a once-only fee of $45, the STRSEA offers a life-time membership that entitles members to vote on association matters, furnishes an identification card that allows St. Tammany members free admission to all home games at school system athletic events and provides a St. Tammany Advantage Rewards (STAR) card for discounts at participating local businesses and restaurants.