Retired Public Employees Association Santa Cruz RPEA

Retired Public Employees Assocation Santa Cruz RPEA

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RPEA Chapter 9 Surf City- Santa Cruz has been serving retired public employees since 1958.


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This month's newsletter is sponsored in part by:

Courtesy of former Regional Transportation Commission executive director and RPEA member Linda Wilshusen,

November 2020 Vote; understanding palliative care;  treasurer's report; president's message; legislative  report;  the latest: flu or Covid-19;  password protection; focus: fire in Boulder Creek and beyond; adopt-a-family Christmas gift program; membership; sunshine.
October 2020 My Irish adventure; treasurer's report;; legislative report; information from the County of Santa Cruz Elections  Dept. website; November 3 Presidential election; health and benefits; the census is important; voting info. for fire survivors; being ready to go; message from Monterey Bay Community Power; sunshine; membership.
September 2020  Zoom meeting–In Place of Our Annual Picnic Important for staying connected; treasurer's  report; legislative report; president's message; screenshots from our Chapter 9 zoom meeting; my membership in AAA includes the "Protect My ID" service through Experian; California supreme court rules on pension issues; voting matters; tools for your do-it-yourself medicine kit; warning signs of a stroke; membership; sunshine; CalPERS announces health plan premiums for 2021.
August 2020 Annual Chapter 9 Picnic Virtually speaking; AMBIA; treasurer's report; legislative report; membership; signs of stroke; sunshine; president's message; what do you see around you; health & insurance; riskier bet: why CalPERS, the country's largest pension fund, is getting into banking; how to Zoom.
July 2020 Santa Cruz County Seniors Commission, treasurer;s report; president's message; legislative report; membership; book exchange- donation program; sunshine; more on being prepared; news & events from CalPERS website- the Proposed Budget and your pension FAQ; more on scams;COVID-19 testing in Santa Cruz; election 2020 - California sets in-person voting rules under virus threat;what to expect on your summer road trip; final tests of some  COVID-19 vaccines to start next month; RPEA General Assembly.
interim newsletter Grocery Shopper Program expands to serve more seniors; Coronavirus 101: the in and outs of testing; face coverings required; plans for further reopening solidify in Santa Cruz County.
June 2020 Local history; treasurer's report; president's message; book exchange-donation program; pension benefits in court; membership; RPEA bills in legislature; what do you see around you?; CARES Act relief payments will not be counted as income for those in means-tested programs; how we're keeping our commitment to retirement security; sunshine; advanced care planning during COVID-19 an important conversation to have.
Interim newsletter Letter to our members;entities are figuring out new ways to share; DMV announces extension for all expiring driver's licences; if you get Covid-19; how to clean your cellphone; face masks; limited access available to state parks and beaches; not everything is cancelled; a little joy.
May 2020 How to participate in a meeting via Zoom; treasurer's report; Chapter 9 Board donations; membership; toiletries collection; book exchange-donation program; how is CalPERS pension fund doing?; legislative report; what do you see around you?; the coronavirus stimulus checks that will pay many Americans up to $1,200 cash; conflict resolution center of Santa Cruz County; here are 5 things you can do to avoid a Corona scam; sunshine; be safe at the ATM.
interim newsletter Hello to our members; Santa Cruz shopping hours for seniors; what you can do about the Coronavirus right now' cleaning products that destroy coronavirus; a new (to me)  resource found.
April 2020 April 7th meeting cancelled! RPEA CA Gives Back; treasurer's report; president's message; book exchange-donation program: good information; toiletries collection; what do you see around you? legislative report; prevent the spread of infectious respiratory disease; sunshine; upcoming general membership & board meetings.
March 2020 Speaker notes; treasurer's report; legislative report; president's message; what do you see around you; this and that;; toiletries collection; protect yourself from Social Security scams; share a ride program; book exchange-donation program; membership; year end report to members; sunshine; board meetings.
February 2020 Speaker notes; treasurer's report; legislative report; befit for our members; toiletries collection; will you get dementia? Many may not understand their risk; membership; health/benefits; words that are their own opposites; sunshine; board meetings.
January 2020 Treasurer's report; our chapter President is Man of the Year; health/benefits; message from Chapter9 member Dody Anderson; membership; directions to Bruno’s BBQ for the January, February and March meetings; Adopt-A-Family Christmas gift program; second chance for major ruling on pension cuts; sunshine; Did you receive a letter from CalPERS like this?
December 2019 Speakers' notes; treasurer's report; Adopt-A-Family Christmas gift program; membership; holiday luncheon and entertainment; be prepared for disaasters; health/benefits; second chance for major ruling on pension cuts; sunshine.
November 2019 Speakers’ notes; treasurer’s report; Chapter 9 election time; health/benefits; legislative report; technical difficulties; adopt-a-family Christmas gift program; membership; Henry Jones wins CalPERS board seat; sunshine; president’s message.
October 2019 Speaker's notes; treasurer's report; legislative report; CalPERS Open Enrollment; president's message; CalPERS gets candid about 'critical' decade ahead; Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay volunteer recruitment 2019; Adopt-A-Family Christmas Gift program; membership; informed delivery; book exchange; sunshine.
September 2019 Our annual picnic; treasurer’s report; legislative report; final CA budget brings much good news for seniors, including the end of senior penalty; remembering Clint Paulson; health/benefits; advantages of a living trust; membership; sunshine.
August 2019 Speaker's notes; health benefits and insurance; treasurer's report; legislative report; president's message; picnic flyer; CalPERS elections: retired members may vote beginning August 30, statement by JJ Jelincic, statement by Henry Jones; sunshine report; potential scammers targeting us; membership
July 2019  Speaker's notes; treasurer's report; legislative report; president's message; REAL ID and Senior ID; Health/benefits; PG&E Wildfire safety program; sunshine; membership.
June 2019 Speaker’s notes; treasurer’s report; legislative report; give and receive with TimeBank Santa Cruz; more tips for staying safe/secure online; president’s message; health/benefits; Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History exhibit, created with seniors; Social Security is here for the long haul ~ don’t believe the myths; sunshine; help wanted book exchange & donation project; toiletries collection: membership.
May 2019 Speakers' notes; treasurer's report; legislative report; president's message; how is CalPERS structured?; CBD explained; tips for staying safe/secure online; 11th annual health & lifestyle expo for women; sunshine; CalPERS quick tips for members; things I’ve learned about dementia; toiletries collection; membership.
April 2019 Speaker's notes; treasurer's report; legislative report; president's message; discounts available for seniors at State & Federal Parks; book exchange & donation; California Supreme Court curls a pension benefit but preserves "California Rule;" health & insurance; sunshine; lock identity thieves out of your phone; toiletries collection; membership.
March 2019 Speaker's notes; treasurer's report; legislative report; president's message; Back in Balance class; Project SCOUT; book exchange & donations; CalPERS membership chart; thanks Mike and Nancy; membership; tips to stay secure during tax season; health & insurance; sunshine; toiletries collection.
February 2019 Speaker's notes; treasurer's report; legislative report; president's message; Gavin Newsom's budget makes big down payment on California pensions; membership; RPEA Chapter 9 summary 11/1/2017-10/31/2018; health & insurance; sunshine; Adopt-A-Family Christmas project; toiletries collection.
January 2019 Standard alternative for lunch; pictures from our holiday lunch with Willy Juncosa playing his violin; treasurer’s report; legislative report: president's message; membership; newsmakers: California Supreme Court hears pension reduction case; health & insurance; Adopt-A-Family Christmas project; sunshine; book exchange-donation program.
December 2018 Speaker notes; treasurer's report; legislative report; holiday party; president's message; Adopt-A-Family Christmas project; Silver Alert; 12 top things to know about Social Security; ways to protect yourself from spam calls; membership; sunshine; book exchange- donation program; chapter elections.