Hello Fellow Retirees,

After a brief bit of winter in early November we have settled into our pre-December “every snowless day is a gift” mode.  For me, that means last minute lawn work and some trips to visit with friends who live a distance from me without the worry of being stranded. My holiday plans are coming together and that always means special time with family and friends.  I hope that you too get to do some relaxing in the best way for you!

Thank you to those of you who have already mailed your voluntary contributions and if you have yet to do so, please consider sending your 2019-2020 voluntary contributions. As I frequently mention, we do rely solely on your donations to support our efforts in keeping you informed and advocating on your behalf. No one representing the RC receives any compensation for his/her work.

Your voluntary contributions help fund our delegates to represent RC#45 retirees at NYSUT conferences and meetings, keep retirees informed of matters regarding issues affecting retirees and public education.  Funds are also used to hold luncheons in either (or both) spring and fall. We are also beginning a scholarship program to assist applicants with college expenses, more details about this will be coming.

Enjoy the holiday season!! 
In solidarity,
Vicki Darrow, President, NYSUT RC #45

 

PLEASE CONSIDER BECOMING A CONTRIBUTOR TO RC 45

Please complete the form below and send your voluntary contribution for 2019/2020 to: Maxine Cleveland, RC 45 Treasurer, 5 Brentwood Drive, Homer NY 13077.  Please make checks payable to: NYSUT Retiree Council 45 

 

Name:_______________________________________________________

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  (Your e-mail address will only be used to communicate information from RC 45)

Dear Fellow Retirees,

As I write this letter the spring newsletter I see my tulips and daffodils popping up in spite of the six inches of snowfall on April 1. I have recently returned from an outstanding meeting of NYSUT ED #51 under the leadership of Loretta Donlon, our director.  The conference left me energized and ready to step into spring with the tools I need to represent you and your interests at the NYSUT Representative Assembly in Albany on May 3rd and 4th.  As always, our goals as retiree council officers and board members are as follows:

  • 1.  Work to keep pensions secure and to improve COLA.
  • 2. Work with in-service members and the community to secure access to affordable health benefits for all retired members.
  • 3. Work to enrich the lives of retiree members through educational and social activities.
  • 4. Continue to organize, represent, advocate for and provide services for retired members.
  • 5. Work with in-service members to promote collective bargaining, political action, better education and improved health care working conditions.
  • 6. Work for positive socioeconomic societal changes.
  • 7. To defend income security (including Social Security and Medicare) for all retired workers. (Source NYSUT Retiree Handbook March 2018)

I would like to thank the many members who are sending in their voluntary contributions, it isn’t too late to send your once a year contribution.  We do rely solely on your donations to support our efforts in keeping you informed and advocating on your behalf. 

Enjoy the spring air, get out and do some outdoor activities!! 

In solidarity, 

Vicki Darrow

President, NYSUT RC #45

Back in Aug. of '69, were you busy getting ready for the school year?  Getting married?  Having or caring for babies?  Do you regret not going? If so, it's not too late!
    Buried in the beautiful area of Bethel Woods, NY only a couple of hours from
Central NY, is the beautifully maintained site of Woodstock.   If you're not sorry you missed the mud and rain-soaked event, but regret not hearing the wonderful music and myriad experiences it offered, you can still go. The site is beautifully preserved and is in a gorgeous locale, especially in autumn when the foliage is at its most breathtaking.  The museum has films, displays, memorabilia, special exhibits, and an event gallery with periodic special performances.  For seniors, the cost of the museum is $13.  For more information go to www.woodstock.com.

 

 A Week in Juneau Alaska by Cathy ONeill

September marks the “end of the season” for tourism to Alaska.  Less crowds means more intimate experiences in hiking, excursions, and in restaurants. (And 75% off in shops)  The weather is cool and can be rainy but as the locals do, come prepared and you are not limited in what you can do.  We got a great deal on flights via Alaska Airlines and stopped in Anchorage first.  In a short tour with family, we saw 6 pods of Beluga whales just minutes from the airport along the Turnagain Arm which borders the Cook Inlet that opens to the Gulf of Alaska. The tide here is called a “Bore Tide” and it comes in with a roar and raises the water levels 50’ or more!  On that same roadway if one looks up at the mountains, one will see herds of large white Dahl sheep. Bald eagles are everywhere in Alaska.  Locals say there is 1 eagle for every 2-3 people.  

 Glacier ImageAfter a short plane ride to Juneau, we arrived at our beach front cottage rented via VRBO (Otter Way Cottage) on Indian Cove in Auke Bay. We enjoyed panoramic views from massive windows and watched sea otters playing, and the largest eagles we have ever seen. It was a wonderful retreat after rigorous hikes to come home to a warm pellet stove, glass of wine, and that view. Everything is close, easy driving, and often free in Juneau.  Mendenhall Glacier Park was so wonderful that we went several times.  The rigorous East Loop hiking trail is well worth the effort!

 Our last few days we moved to the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in downtown Juneau.  From there we could walk to excursions, restaurants, museums, shops, or take short drives to hikes and parks. We took Liquid Alaska Tours for both our whale watch and glacier hike.  Both were incredible! We saw over 10 Humpback whales and were lucky enough to have a huge whale approach our boat.  It was so close that we could even hear it singing!  We were awestruck!  The 4 mile canoe trip across Mendenhall Lake to the glacier and hike with crampons was thrilling.  There is nothing like climbing on top of a glacier on a sunny day.  The blue and turquoise colors of the ice and glacier streams are magnificent.  Our guide took us into ice caves which looked like they were made of blue glass.  It was exhilarating!

 

The restaurants in Juneau serve the sweetest king crab on earth, every bite was worth every penny.  Tracey’s Crab Shack sample platter will go down as one of the best meals we have eaten anywhere.  We gorged on the many types of fresh salmon and halibut in breakfast omelets, burgers, tacos, and appetizers. Memorable to say the least.  Another local favorite that was a delight was the Pel’meni House (Russian Dumplings).  Alaska was more than we ever expected.  We can’t wait to go back to do Anchorage and Denali Park with the same cottage, car rental approach.  

 

 

 

NY CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION on NOV. 7thNY CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION on NOV. 7th, WHAT WILL YOUR VOTE BE?

Under the NYS Constitution, every 20 years the people of the Empire State are asked a seemingly simple ballot question; Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend same?” These twelve simple words that will appear on the ballot will have a huge impact on NYSUT members and every citizen of the state.

Points to Ponder 

  • It will cost hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars.
  • A convention could jeopardize critical, hard earned labor rights including public pensions, collective bargaining and care and benefits for injured and ill workers.
  • New York has in place an amendment process for change that can be used at any time based on checks and balances of power.
  • There is no time limit to the convention and legislators would draw an additional salary for working on the convention.

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Under the NYS Constitution, every 20 years the people of the Empire State are asked a seemingly simple ballot question; Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend same?” These twelve simple words that will appear on the ballot will have a huge impact on NYSUT members and every citizen of the state.

Points to Ponder 

 

  • It will cost hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars.
  • A convention could jeopardize critical, hard earned labor rights including public pensions, collective bargaining and care and benefits for injured and ill workers.
  • New York has in place an amendment process for change that can be used at any time based on checks and balances of power.
  • There is no time limit to the convention and legislators would draw an additional salary for working on the convention.

Letter from The Board (and Vicki)

Happy Fall from your new board of NYSUT RC #45.  We are excited to begin the year serving you and your needs.  Our highest priority has already been set for us, with NYSUT’s position on the proposed Constitutional Convention vote on November 7th.  We have available (on a first come, first serve basis) lawn signs, magnets, and “Why in Five” conversation cards.  The reference cards are supportive tools to help engage members in a positive and fact based conversation with community members who have varying points of view.  Please contact Vicki Darrow (607-745-3515) to pick up materials.  

Please remember you must turn over your ballot to cast your vote on the Constitutional Convention.

The summer meeting was well attended and the new board is interested in continuing that trend. We have new ideas to promote and expand our retiree membership.  While RC #45 has a political/economic function we would like to expand upon this to include more social gatherings. Please consider attending some of these functions and bring a friend.  Help us spread the word. We are only as strong as our membership.