Weld County School and Public Employees Retirement Association

Any person covered by P.E.R.A. is welcome to become an active member of the association

Any person formerly employed in the nation's schools is welcome to become an active member of the association.

Fall luncheon meeting will be on September 18, at 11:45 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church. See the events tab for details.

September 2018

Greetings From Sandi Cummings Your New WCSPERA President

It is my pleasure to welcome everyone back! I am looking forward to serving you for the next two years. Thanks, Eve, for a job well done. I have some big shoes to fill!

While no one has offered to be a vice president yet, we thought there might be a person who would be willing to be a co-president. As co-president, you would be trained by me for the next two years. At the end of those two years, you would then take over the president’s job, with a new co-president assisting you for two years. If interested, please let myself or one of the Board members know.

We had a few changes in our bylaws, and the bylaws are posted on our website, https:// sites. google. com/view/wcspera/home. Thank you Denise! We hope that you will take time to look at our few changes, as we will be voting on the new bylaws at our September meeting.

We will all be affected by the new increase in dues, from $36 to $48. Let me assure you that our Board did everything they could to try to stop the increase. However, it was not possible. The good news is that our local will get back $10 from each member who joins.

Thank you to those people who returned the survey from last May. It looks like everyone likes the format of alternating meetings: informative, then entertainment. We will continue doing that with our programs. Thanks, too, for the wonderful suggestions for programs. We have made note of your suggestions and will try to use as many as possible.

As we all know this is a very important year for everyone to vote in November. You may want to check the CSPERA Facebook page to keep updated on the candidates that support PERA. CSPERA will be hosting a Legislative Forum Day on September 12 to be held from 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Denver - Aurora. Some candidates will be available on that day to speak with us and share their views. It would be great to see everyone there!

Please make sure you are turning in your volunteer hours on the sheet provided in this newsletter or at our luncheon is September. Darlin Jean does an excellent job of keeping track of our volunteer hours. Your volunteering makes a huge difference! Keep it up!!

Please consider inviting new retirees or people you may know who are not a part of WCSPERA to our meetings. It is always so much fun to connect with people we have worked with at our luncheons!

Our guest speaker for September will be Aaron Sherman, our area representative from PERA. He will share how the passage of HB 200 will affect us and what may be coming up next.

Special thanks to the Board for all of their help and great suggestions. We are looking forward to seeing everyone on September 18, at 11:45 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church.

If I can help you in any way, please let me know. I am so excited for the years to come.

Posted: July 22, 2018

Dear WCSPERA member,

In preparation for the start of Unified Membership this August, the state CSPERA organization has requested a copy of our local bylaws for our local to be considered in good standing. The last time our bylaws were reviewed was 2008. Our board has updated them and the revised version has been approved by majority of our board. Now we need for the majority of our members to approve the changes for them to be accepted. The revised bylaws are posted under the RESOURCES tab. The changes are in bold and italic text. We will be taking a vote on them at our September 18th lunch. If you are not able to attend the lunch, you may contact our new WCSPERA President, Sandi Cummings, at 970-353-5487 or sandlynncu@comcast.net with your vote and comments.

Total documented Volunteer hours given by WCSPERA members as of May 1, 2018: 4,982.75 hours. This is a value to our community worth $109,620.50. Remember to turn your hours report to Darlin Jean. The volunteer hours form can be found under the Resources menu. Please remember to turn your hours in at the luncheon or mail them to Darlin Jean.

Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.

Author Unknown

The Scholarship Fund trip information can be found under the Events menu. Only a few spots left on the trip to Iceland October 27 - November 2, 2018

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