Dear Fellow Retirees,
Hello! I am quite excited to be writing this letter and as our daily temperatures increases so do our NYSUT RC #45 duties. Personally I can NOT wait until spring weather in central NY. I have spent quite a bit of time in Wilmington, NC as well as visits to Florida, Alabama, and South Carolina. I am all for any place that allows me to hike, bike, and paddle a kayak or canoe.
Recently, while in Cortland for March, I explored the Lime Hollow Nature Center. We highlighted the nature center in our last newsletter, and I had to revisit it. The Chicago Bog was a breathtaking sight in the winter. Please send me another hidden gem for the May/June newsletter and help us retirees to explore our beautiful state. As RC 45 members, you know the wonderful hidden gems in your area. Let us hear from you! If you are not comfortable writing an article on our website, just send me a suggestion at
This spring as RC 45 President I have two obligations. The first is a two-day ED 51 Annual Meeting with several guests including Andy Pallotta (NYSUT President), Melinda Person (NYSUT Executive Director), and Beth Chetney (NYSTRS Trustee). There will be a Q&A session with her, and since there are a couple of resolutions regarding our COLA at the RA, it will be nice to hear from her. The second is the NYSUT Representative Assembly in Albany at the end of April. I suspect that "Fix Tier 6" will be a resounding theme throughout every NYSUT event.
We have three spring board meetings coming up, March 21st, April 18th, and May 16th. After that, we will be having a general meeting on June 20th at the CNY Living History Center. In addition to the general meeting, we will have a catered lunch, elections, and a tour of the museum. Please plan on joining us if you can.
Additional RC 45 election information and a nomination form:
Feel free to attend one or all of our monthly board meetings as a guest. Learn what we do and how much fun we have doing it! Remember that RC #45 is your connection to NYSUT, the union you were a part of as inservice members. Join us in our endeavors as retirees. Contact me for more information.
Take care and keep in touch with each other here in the RC45!
Vicki Darrow - President, NYSUT RC #45
President, NYSUT RC #45
Dear Fellow Retirees,
Hello, friends! It has been a while since we have spoken. I would like to welcome our new retirees to our ranks. It is great to have you aboard. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to a retiree who has a couple years under their belt…… we can help you with all sorts of advice. My biggest issue is that I can’t imagine how I could ever fit teaching back into my day!
I have just returned from a two week road trip to Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. We did an incredible amount of hiking with many friends and well over 300 geocaches were found and logged. If you are curious about geocaching visit geocaching.com and look around. It has been a wonderful addition to our post teaching life.
RC #45 is launching a scholarship for a graduating senior who is a child or grandchild of an RC #45 member. To access the application, which will need to be postmarked between March 15 and May 31, 2023, please log in to your account on our website nysut-rc45.org. You will find the full application there.
We will be having a 20 minute general meeting at the NYSUT Fall Retiree Conference at the Doubletree in Binghamton on Wednesday, October 19. Watch for more information and register to attend. These conferences are always informative AND fun, with good food and great company. You will meet several of our RC #45 officers and Mark Padgett (our NYSUT Retiree Services Consultant). That is a big title for the gentleman who serves as a liaison between retired members, retiree councils and NYSUT headquarters. He does a great job and is greatly appreciated by us. At this conference we will have raffle tickets being sold to benefit our new scholarship fund. We will have a few baskets to win.
In June we will be having a general meeting to elect our new slate of officers for the next three year term. We are seriously looking for SRP representation on our board. While all positions are currently filled, we are looking for new interested retirees to join our ranks as officers, delegates, and board members. If this sounds intriguing to you, please feel free to attend one or all our monthly board meetings as a guest. Learn what we do and how much fun we have doing it!! Contact me for more information!
In solidarity, Vicki Darrow
President, NYSUT RC #45
Dear Florida Retiree Leaders,
I am writing to you today to help organize and get our NYSUT RC43 Road Trip going. We are counting on all of you to help out by sending this email, complete with a link (to register) and an attachment (for the Workshop Agenda), to all of your members in your respective TRIF Units. This will serve as an invite to join us in June to help identify, recruit, re-energize and develop the skills needed to speak one on one with our NYSUT Team coming down to Florida from Albany. I will personally send this informational email to all RC43 members that I have emails for but I am sure that your lists are more inclusive.
Three (3) of these special events will be held throughout the state of Florida: Tampa (June 13th), The Villages (June 15th), and in Boca Raton (June 17th). We urge you to find the closest location to your area and sign up for a full day of information in regards to eveything NYSUT, including benefits and Florida demographics. Lunch and refreshments will be served at each venue.
If you are interested, simply click on the following link, and register by May 25th. https://forms.office.com/r/TzVzqhv06L
We are all excited and look forward to meeting you at one of these planned events. Please scroll down to view the attached agenda for the meetings. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me or any of our RC43 officers.
Thank you all for your continued leadership, help and comraderie.
NYSUT RC43, 1st Vice President/Membership
8111 Muirhead Circle
Boynton Beach, FL 33472
Dear Fellow Retirees,
☘️ Winter is ending soon, at least I hope it is on its last vestige of it as I write this letter. We have a few warm days ahead so hopefully the snowbanks are dwindling as the daytime hours are increasing. It has been a busy time for our household as we have done some traveling. I highly recommend Hawaii to anyone who has not been, we traveled in January and other than some weird flight glitches, it was wonderful. We commended ourselves on our decision to spend more than one week there. We had so much to accomplish on our to-do list so the extra time was wonderful. While on the heavily populated island of Oahu my husband and I found ourselves showing our COVID-19 vaccination record as well as our license for access to most public spaces like restaurants and food courts. Check out https://epass.ny.gov/home where Excelsior Pass Plus is available as a source for a digital record of your vaccinations. Hawaii had a similar program that made getting into the restaurants a little easier.
NYSUT’s Retiree Activist Handbook has been updated, please check it out online at https://www.nysut.org/members/retirees/retiree-handbook. You will find a lot of interesting information in the handbook.
NYSUT is still celebrating the 30th anniversary of Retiree Councils which will carry on at the 2022 Representative Assembly. I have a lovely pin and a spring jacket that I will be wearing to the RA to show my support! RC #45 has three votes and we will vote conscientiously as we attend all committee meetings and general sessions. Diana Torta and I appreciate the ability to represent RC #45 and do not take this privilege lightly. It is important to note that Diana also represents us at the Committee of 100 meetings. Thank you for your involvement and perhaps consider becoming even more involved by contacting one of the officers or board members listed on the front of the newsletter. Our role as NYSUT Retirees is as important as ever in these challenging times. RC #45 works hard to meet your needs as well as look for ways to support our in-service sisters and brothers.
As I always mention, thank you to those of you who have already mailed your voluntary contributions. If you have yet to do so, please consider sending your 2021 – 2022 voluntary contributions. As you now know, 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 monetary compensation for his/her work. Now that the Representative Assembly is back to an In-person convention, we will see our expenses on the rise.
Stay safe and healthy!!
In solidarity, ~Vicki Darrow
President, NYSUT RC #45
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