Arlene Williams, Evelyn Reese, John Worthington
The Bucks and Montgomery Chapters have been active these past few months. We enjoyed tea at the Village Teahouse in West Point, Pa in June. In July, we attended the Bristol Riverside Theatre’s “Forever Motown” show as a group. We are in the process of finalizing the merger of the Bucks and Montgomery chapters. All current annual and life members of both chapters will automatically become members of the Bucks Mont Chapter. A vote will be taken to elect officers for the Bucks Mont Chapter at our luncheon meeting at Spring Mill Manor on October 12. At that time, we will also ask for your approval of the new Bucks Mont By-laws. You can view the proposed by-laws on our website https://www.buckspasr.org/ .
We will be celebrating the 85th anniversary of PASR by donating $850 dollars to Bucks County and Montgomery County public libraries. The amount to be divided equally between them.. In addition, we have sent $500 to Bucks County Family Services for their “Back to School” Drive.
Arlene, Evie, and John
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MEMBERSHIP MERGER UPDATE
Membership renewals have been sent to annual members of both Bucks and Montgomery chapters. In October we will officially become the Bucks-Mont Chapter. The letter outlined where you are to send your renewal. The check should be made payable to BCC/PASR and sent to PASR Bucks/Mont Chapter, P.O. Box 465, Penns Park, PA 18943. Life Memberships of both chapters will be transferred automatically to the new chapter.
The new chapter by-laws were distributed at the Spring Luncheon. If you wish a copy, please contact Arlene Williams. Her email is included with the Presidents’ Message. Or click on the link provided in the President’s Message.
SOCIAL SERVICE/MEMORIAL HONOR FUND
Eileen Sichel, Chairperson
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! ARE YOU IN FINANCIAL NEED?
ARE YOU ONE OF OUR SHUT-IN MEMBERS? ARE YOU AGE 90 OR OLDER?
As more and more of our older members from across the state are asking for help, there has never been a more important time to donate to the SSMHF. No funding comes from dues but relies only on the generosity of members or chapters. The fund helps PASR members who are experiencing financial difficulties and/or in need of support due to illness or age. We are happy to stop in to visit our shut-in members. We also invite members from our chapter who are 90 or older to be our guests at our Fall and Spring luncheons.
A coupon can be found in this newsletter to be used to make a contribution to help our local members or any member in need across the state. To donate on-line, 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. Just let us know ages 90 or older on the attached luncheon coupon. As always, remember to let Eileen know if you have information or questions about members in need of our support. If you are in need of a ride to our luncheon, please contact Eileen and she will try to get you there. You are our only source of information concerning those members who could use a helping hand, financially or otherwise. The SSMHF also honors those local members who have passed away by making donations to this special fund in their names. Please keep us informed.
MEMBER BENEFITS AND SERVICES
Meg Kramer, Chairperson
Interested in finding out the benefits of belonging to PASR? Be sure to check out the June issue of the PASR Times which includes a listing and description of all of our member benefits. You can also find them online using this link. https://www.pasr.org/membership/member-benefits
You need to be a state member of PASR to receive these benefits. It’s worth a look!
Lynn Majewski, Chairperson
Hoping you can join us for any or all three events!
Make and Take Flower Arrangement Class
Join us for this class presented by horticulturist, Brenda Sullivan and create a fall arrangement. You will do goal setting, take a wellness walk, and create a fall arrangement. There is an arboretum and labyrinth to walk! Bring your inner artist, a note pad, beverage and an 18” x 18” box/container with newspaper or towel to carry your arrangement home.
When: Monday October 23, 2023 2-3:30 pm
Location: St Thomas Retreat Center
7020 Camp Hill Rd.
Fort Washington, PA 19034
Cost: $36 /pp (includes flower arrangement and treat)
Complete the enclosed coupon and return by 10/1/2023
Glencairn Museum Tour
Take a tour of the castle-like home built between 1928-1939 that is a non-profit museum of religious art and history. This was the home of the Pitcairn family for more than 40 years. We’ll take the “Christmas in the Castle Tour”. There will be stops on five different floors including the tower.
When: Thursday, December 14, 2023 11am (45 minute tour)
Location: 1001 Cathedral Rd.
Bryn Athyn, PA 19009
Located in Bryn Athyn College
Complete the enclosed coupon to register and return by
Bristol Riverside Theater-Piano Men Generations
Join us at Bristol Riverside Theater for this father and son team of Terry and Nick Davies as they journey through the careers of two music icons, Billy Joel and Elton John. Mark your calendar!
When: April 24, 2024 2pm
Location: Bristol Riverside Theater
120 Radcliffe St.
Bristol, Pa 19007
Cost: $40/pp Complete the enclosed coupon to sign up and return by 4/1/2024.
Tickets will be mailed close to the event so be sure to include your address.
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.
FALL LUNCHEON 2023
Our luncheon will be held in the Terrace Court at Spring Mill Manor located at
171 Jacksonville Road, Ivyland. PA.
SCHEDULE for the event:
10:00 Registration with Coffee and Pastry 10:15 Meeting 11:00 Program 12:15 Lunch
: Entrée Choices – All entrees include a salad and dessert
Chicken Alexandria, served with potato and vegetable medley
Pasta Primavera with Marinara
Portobello Mushroom and Vegetable Tower w/balsamic glaze
Please return the coupon with entrée selection and check by October 2, 2023.
Cost: $25/Member $40/Non-Member Members age 90 and above are free.
Support Centennial School District’s Klinger Middle School Farmer’s Market! We are collecting: Non-perishable food items, as well as toilet paper, disinfectant wipes, soap, shampoo and conditioner, maxi pads, toothpaste, diapers, baby wipes, school appropriate books (any age level), and shopping bags (plastic or paper).
PROGRAM – LEGISLATIVE FORUM
Our Forum will feature two of PASR’s supporters in the General Assembly and Senate, Representative Steven Malagari and Senator Frank Farry. Each gentleman will speak about the status of the COLA legislation in their respective bodies as well as any other items of particular interest to senior retirees. A Question-and-Answer Session will follow their remarks. Please bring your questions to the meeting.
Representative Steven Malagari represents House District 53 including Lansdale and the surrounding townships of Eastern Montgomery County. He is chair of the Consumer Protection, Technology and Utilities subcommittee as well as member of the Appropriations, Liquor Control, and Professional Licensure Committees. In February, he introduced a memorandum concerning COLA for PSERS and SERS annuitants.
He is a graduate of North Penn High School and Ursinus College. Prior to his election in 2019, he was Sales Manager for Penn Beer.
Senator Frank A. Farry was elected to the Senate of Pennsylvania in November 2022 to represent the 6th Senate District in Bucks County. Prior to his election as Senator, he served in the House of Representatives for seven terms. While there Farry advanced legislation expanding the income eligibility limits for the PACENET prescription drug assistance program for seniors and preventing minors from the dangers of indoor tanning. Senator Farry has been appointed chair of the Urban Affairs and Housing committee, vice chair of the Consumer Protection and Licensure committee, and is a member of the Appropriations, Communications and Technology, Community, Economic, and Recreational Development, Health and Human Services, and Law and Justice Committees.
He is a graduate of Neshaminy High School, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Law Degree from Rutgers University. Prior to his election to the House; he served as Middletown Township Manager and remains a member of the Middletown Fire Department.
Here is the link to access COLA information https://www.pasr.org/legislative-cola-information/.
NEWS FROM THE EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
The House of Delegates will be meeting October 15 – 17 in Cranberry, PA. Delegates from our chapters are Arlene Williams, Lynn Majewski, Judy Guise, Evelyn Reese, Sharon Blumenthal, and John Worthington. Any member can attend the meetings. More information will be coming from PASR about program and hotel arrangements. Since we are still two separate chapters, we will be creating 2 baskets for the SSMHF silent auction at the House of Delegates Meeting. Baskets will include items made in Bucks or Montgomery Counties.
We are excited to announce a grant will be awarded to the Klinger Middle School, for their Centennial Farmer’s Market in conjunction with Bucks County Opportunity Council, The Warminster Food Pantry, Bucks Mont Outreach, and Philabundance. This monthly Market is free for anyone in the Centennial School District that needs a little extra assistance at this time. The presentation of the grant is planned for the Fall Luncheon. For more information check this link out. https://www.centennialsd.org/article/1168809