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THE BUCKS MONT BUZZ

BUCKS-MONT Chapter PASR
Spring 2024  Newsletter
Editor – Gail Campbell
 bucksmontpasr@gmail.com
pasr.org

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PRESIDENTS MESSAGE

The Bucks Mont Chapter of PASR hosted a legislative forum at our fall luncheon meeting.  Representative Steven Malagari and Senator Frank A. Farry were invited to speak about the status of COLA legislation.  A question and answer session followed.  Both men voiced support for a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for PSERS annuitants.  The PA House has passed HB 1416, but the Senate State Government committee has refused to bring the bill up for a vote.  Now is the time to put pressure on your Senators and Representatives.  Legislators need to hear from their constituents that a COLA is a priority.  Visit https://www.pasr.org/legislative-cola-information/ , for information on how to send a message in support of  HB 1416 and SB 864. SB 864 provides a COLA to everyone every three years that is based on the inflation rate. HB 1416 provides a COLA to those who retired prior to July 1, 2001 and did not receive the 25% increase in their pension that Act 9 provided to those retiring after this date.  

At the luncheon we also recognized several of our members for outstanding service to PASR. See photos on the next page. A Bucks Mont PASR grant went to a teacher at Klinger Middle School in the Centennial School District, Cynthia Korger for her work with their Farmer’s Market.

In December, our chapter gave $200 each to Bucks County’s Give a Christmas project and Montgomery County’s Hope for the Holidays.  Manna on Main Street reported they were able to support all 626 children in 294 families that were eligible for the Hope for the Holidays project in Montgomery County.

Our tour of the Glencairn Museum in December was well attended and enjoyed by all.  The “Christmas in the Castle Tour” included a World Nativities exhibit that included scenes from around the world.  The house itself is a work of art with mosaic tile work and woodwork.  It is a treasure right here in Montgomery County.      

We are looking forward to attending the Bristol Riverside Theater as a group on April 24 where we will listen to the music of Billy Joel and Elton John, with the Piano Men: Generations.  

A popular musician, Claudia Pellegrini who performs at the Bristol Riverside Theater, will play for us at our Spring Luncheon on May 9th, 2024.  In addition, our Bucks Mont scholarship winners have been invited to attend.  I hope to see you there. 

Please invite your retired school co-workers to join Bucks Mont PASR.  https://www.buckspasr.org/membership

                                                                      Arlene Williams

Stay in Touch

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This email has been changed effective March 21, 2024.

Otherwise, the Newsletter will come via mail.

Fall Luncheon Special Honorees

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Arlene Williams, President, BucksMontPASR with Cynthia Korger, Centennial School District and her Principal Martin Hayes accepted a grant for Klinger Middle School’s Farmer’s Market Project. 

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Arlene Williams, Pres. BucksMontPASR with Alice Kirby, 2023 Outstanding Volunteer,  PASR  Bucks County.

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Dr. David Noyes PASR Region 1 Director presented a Special Recognition Award to John Worthington for years of service at the Region and Chapter Levels.   

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Linda Majewski, recipient of of the John J. Dillon PASR Service Award with Arlene Williams, President BucksMont PASR.

SPRING MEETING-LUNCHEON   May 9th, 2024

Come join us to meet, eat and be entertained!

A Community Service Opportunity, too!

Where:  Terrace Court at Spring Mill Manor          

              171 Jacksonville Road, Ivyland. PA.              

SCHEDULE :

10:00 Registration with Coffee and Pastry

10:30 Meeting

11:15 Program

12:15 Lunch

                

LUNCH:  

Entrée Choices – All entrees include a salad and dessert 

Chicken Marsala – Mushrooms, Marsala Wine, Garlic, Shallots in a Demi-Glace

Stuffed Tilapia Florentine – with a Savory Spinach Filling Topped with Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce 

Penne Pasta Primavera- Choice of Marinara, Tomato Blush or Olio

 

Please return the coupon with entrée selection and check by May 2, 2024.

Cost $25/Member  $40/Non-member   Members age 90 and above are free

 

 

LUNCHEON PROGRAM

 Violinist- Claudia Pellegrini

 Have you ever attended a Summer or Holiday Musicale at the Bristol Riverside Theatre?  If so, you enjoyed the magnificent violin music of Claudia Pellegrini who will provide the entertainment for our May 9th luncheon.  

Born in Madrid, Spain, Claudia is an Honor graduate from the Royal Conservatory of Madrid and Reina Sofia Music School.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance from Temple University and has worked with Pinchas Zuckerman, Yehudi Menuhin and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others.  She has won many awards for her performances in competitions and her songwriting work.

We are honored to have Claudia Pellegrini entertain us.  You will not want to miss her wonderful violin performance.

Luncheon Community Service Opportunity

Bring an item to the luncheon from the list below to support our National Guard        

       

Pennsylvania State Representative, Joe Kerwin is currently deployed with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard to East Africa with the soldiers of Task Force Paxton, 2nd Battalion -112th Infantry, 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team. The task force is made up of Pennsylvania’s citizen soldiers, including his brother, Cpt. Jack Kerwin. Also deployed is a former Council Rock student of several members of our Bucks Mont chapter.  Below is a list of items that have been requested by the troops.

 (Information copied from Combat Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa)

 

"The Pennsylvania National Guard’s 2-112th Infantry Brigade's call sign Paxton is derived from a Native American word meaning, “Where the waters stand,” for a specific place in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. In addition, the task force’s heritage can be traced back to the Logan Guards of Lewistown, Pennsylvania and the Bellefonte Fencibles who were both organized in 

1858 and went on to fight with distinction for the Union Army during the Civil War.

 

Task Force Paxton now has the essential mission of providing critical security support at installations across the Horn of Africa.

 

As the United States’ largest tactical unit on the continent of Africa, the security task force makes up more than two-thirds of the CJTF-HOA force and is critical to providing security and building partnerships throughout East Africa in support of U.S. Africa Command."

 

In honor of their service we will be collecting these items at our Spring luncheon.

Items requested:

Sunscreen

Bug Spray with DEET (non-aerosol)

Aloe

Laundry pods

Hygiene products - shampoo, body wash, toothbrush/toothpaste, razors, bandaids, chapstick, baby wipes

tissues

hand sanitizer

Goldfish crackers

Beef jerky/slim jims

Ramen noodles

Soup - Progresso -( no need to add water)

Candy - nothing that melts

coffee

fruit snacks

protein bars

crackers 

Games 

new or used golf balls.

 

We thank you for your contribution to these volunteers.

RECREO
Lynn Majewski, chair

Please Note:  In registering for and/or participating in any PASR event, you hereby give permission to PASR to use your photographic likeness, voice, photographs and videos in all forms and media for advertising, trade, and any other lawful purposes. If you would prefer that PASR not utilize your likeness, please communicate that to the organizer of the event so that your wishes can be honored. 

 

The Make and Take Flower Arranging class was enjoyed by the attendees in the fall.

Each person created a beautiful arrangement to bring home.

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Judy Guise
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Meg Kramer

REMINDER:
PIANO MEN Generations, Bristol Riverside Theatre
Wednesday, April 24 at 2PM.
Tickets will be mailed.

 


ANDALUSIA HISTORIC HOUSE and GARDENS

Join us for a guided 1 hour tour of the big house at this designated historic landmark and self- guided tour of the gardens. It’s a 50 acre property with views of the Delaware River. You can bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the gardens.

When: Thursday, June 5, 10 AM
Location: Andalusia House and Garden
                1237 State Rd,
                Andalusia, PA 19020

Cost: $30 per person

Complete the enclosed coupon to register with payment  and return by May 30th.


GREETING CARDS Make and Take

Join us to create your very own greeting cards! Surprise your special someones, perhaps for a  birthday, get well,  holiday, anniversary or special occasion  with handmade cards!

When: Thursday, July 25th from 1-3 PM

Location : Doylestown United Methodist Church
                 320 E. Swamp Rd
                 Doylestown,PA

Cost: $15

Complete the enclosed coupon to register with payment and return by July 1st.


CPR CLASS

The American Heart Association recommends that you attend this class every 2 years.

When: Thursday, September 26, 9:30 – 11:30

Location: Grace Point Church
    592 Washington Crossing Rd
                Newtown, PA 18940

Cost:  $ 35

This course is for people who do not need a course completion card for job or other requirements.  It is ideal for community groups, parents, grandparents, caregivers, and anyone interested in learning how to save a life. Sanctioned by the American Heart Association, CPR, AED usage and choking will be covered. You will receive a booklet and certificate for participation.

Complete the enclosed coupon to register with payment  and return by September 15.


GLENCAIRN ESTATE HOLIDAY TEA AND TOUR

Last year we visited the fabulous museum.  This year we are looking forward to visiting Glencairn Estate for a self guided tour and catered 3 course tea. It also includes a tour of the Bryn Athyn Cathedral. Both are handicap accessible.  More details to follow in the next Newsletter!

When: Thurs, December 5th  Approx 10am-2pm

Where Glencairn
           1001 Cathedral Rd
           Byrn Athyn, PA 19009


Mark your calendar!  Look for the coupon in the next newsletter.

Make all checks to events  payable to PASR BMC

Send to:       PASR Bucks/Mont Chapter
                     PO box 465
                     Penns Park, Pa 18943

Member Benefits & Services
Meg Kramer, Chair

PASR is offering two new benefits for our members.

If you need a unique gift for a special occasion, check out Wendell August Forge https://www.wendellaugust.com/. They are offering 15% off their online purchases. Crafted by artisans in Pennsylvania for nearly a century, Wendell August gifts are special symbols of the stories, traditions and milestones that bind us together. Their metalworkers take great pride in crafting a gift that is meaningful. Mark your special occasion with a personalized treasure from Wendell August Forge.

If your feet are begging for more comfort, check out Superfeet at

 https://www.superfeet.com/en-us/. Superfeet support isn’t just about making incredibly comfortable insoles, it’s about making a positive difference in people’s lives, one step at a time. Go to PASR.org for the  discount code and a store locator.

 

Please note that you must be a PASR State Member to take advantage of the discounts offered. https://www.pasr.org/membership/member-benefits/ . Your state membership number can be found on the PASR magazine mailing label.

Social Service Memorial Fund
Eileen Sichel, Chair

The past year has been a trying time for our most elderly members whose pensions earned during their time of service is barely enough to make ends meet, especially if they outlive their spouses. Faced with the rising costs of food, gas, and other necessities and dependent on their own pensions and Social Security, these members face hardship and often look to PASR for help. Their stories are often heartbreaking. Please consider donating to the SSMHF to help PASR members from across the state who are experiencing financial stress and/or in need of support due to illness or age. As more and more of our older members are asking for help, there has never been a more important time to donate. No funding comes from dues but relies only on the generosity of members

or chapters.

A coupon can be found in this newsletter to be used to make a contribution. To donate online, go to pasr.org/member-donate-ssmhf (member login required). Donations can be made to honor or memorialize someone who has made a difference in your life or to honor a special event such as a birthday or anniversary.

Keep our committee informed. If you are celebrating a 90 or 90+birthday or know of a member who is, let us know so that we can celebrate those special people at one of our luncheons. Nona-genarians are welcome as guests to any of our luncheons, free of charge. Just let us know your status on the attached luncheon coupon. In addition, for future recognition, please let us know if you are a veteran or know of a member who served our country in the military.

As always, remember to let Eileen know if you have information or questions about members in need of our support. You are an important source of information concerning those members who could use a helping hand, financially or otherwise.

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ALL Retired Secondary Public School Teachers

Request for dissertation research assistance 

Kelly Kozik, Director of Human Resources for the Neshaminy School District is doing doctoral research on the teacher shortage and teacher engagement.  She is investigating the reasons why teachers retired and or resigned and what their experience was like working for a public school in Bucks County and Montgomery County.  The research is a 15-question confidential survey done online.   Please email kkozik@neshaminy.org or phone 215-809-6607 for more information on how to participate.  She recognizes that educators need support and would like to identify ways to provide that support. 

Here is the title of her dissertation and the problem statement 
Title:
Unveiling the Exodus: An Exploration of Factors Influencing Early Departure among Recently Retried and Resigned Teachers in Public Schools.
Problem Statement:
Considering the shortage of teachers in the workforce, districts must work to motivate and retain current staff. The problem to be addressed is to identify certain cultural and organizational elements to determine if/how they contribute to the decision to leave the profession among secondary public-school teachers in Southeastern Pennsylvania

Travel Opportunities with PASR

Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park 

6-night Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park tour traveling June 15 -21, includes 3 nights in Banff, time in Waterton Lake, Glacier National and Kootenay National Parks and Moraine Lake & Valley of the Ten Peaks and more!

 

Adirondack Rail and Sail

3-night Adirondack Rail and Sail tour traveling Sept 11 -14 (departing Camp Hill), includes a ride on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, dinner cruise,  wine and brewery tastings and more!

For more information state members can call Boscov’s Travel, 717-763-1100

DATES TO REMEMBER

April 24, 2024                 

Bristol Riverside Theater, Piano Man Generations

May 9, 2024                     

Bucks Mont Chapter Spring Luncheon Meeting 

June 5, 2024                     

Andalusia Historic House and Gardens, Andalusia

June 6, 2024                     

Bucks Mont Chapter Executive Board Meeting

 

July 25, 2024                    

Greeting Card Make and Take, Doylestown United Methodist Church

August 15, 2024               

Bucks Mont Chapter Executive Board Meeting

September 26, 2024         

CPR Class, Grace Point Church

October 17, 2024             

Bucks Mont Chapter Fall Luncheon Meeting

Oct. 24, 2024                    

Region 1 Membership/Luncheon Meeting, Manufacturer’s Golf / CC 

November 14, 2024          

Bucks Mont Chapter Executive Board Meeting

December 5, 2024            

Glencairn Estate Holiday Tea and Tour, Bryn Athyn

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