BUCKS COUNTY BUGLE

Summer 2019 Newsletter

 

Presidents Message

In the spring newsletter, I shared with you that we are revamping our PASR Bucks chapter’s webpage. I wrote that the webpage is a work in progress and will soon be completed. I am pleased to report that our webpage is now up and running.

 

Furthermore, many new features were added to the webpage such as the chapter’s newsletters (past and current), activities, meeting schedules, and explanation of why a COLA is needed, etc.

 

You are invited to visit your chapter’s webpage to see the many new features incorporated into the webpage. The chapter’s new and permanent web address is: www.buckspasr.org. I look forward to receiving your impressions of our chapter’s webpage.

 

Our spring luncheon was held on May 16that the Spring Mill Manor. The meeting was well attended, with the awarding of two student scholarships and a very informative as well as entertaining program on the importance of women in winning the Revolutionary War. Our speaker was his “Excellency General George Washington.”

 

We are again participating in the “Klothes 4 Kids” project this year. Please look for the coupon in this newsletter, if you wish to donate or contact Meg Kramer if you would like to shop.

 

Finally, I wish everyone a happy, healthy and safe summer.

 

Ken Griffin

 

KLOTHES FOR KIDS

Meg Kramer

It is time for our 2019 “Klothes 4 Kids” project.  This will be our 15th year of providing jam-packed book bags filled with clothing and school supplies for children in need.  They are clients of the Family Service Association of Bucks County.  Our committee is most grateful for the many people who already provided for well over 1000 recipients in the past.  This is our way as retired school employees to encourage children to begin their first day of a new grade with smiles on their faces wearing new outfits and having what is needed to start a successful school year.  Please help us by your willingness to be a shopper or by donating to the fund.  If you would like to shop, please contact Meg Kramer at 215-295-2894 or email at mkramteach@aol.com.  For a donation, see the coupon in this newsletter.

 

Education Support

Linda Peters, Chairperson

Linda Peters, Education Support Chair, was happy to present a $1500 scholarship from our chapter to Camille Bayer from Central Bucks West High School and Delaney Weed from Pennsbury High School, left to right are Camille Bayer, Linda Peters, and Delaney Wood. Both girls and their parents attended our luncheon.  

 

Camille is active participant in the Key Club, National Honor Society, and the Cooking for the Homeless program.  In her community she serves as a Deacon in Doylestown Presbyterian Church. She was clever enough to become a self-employed child care provider to assist in her college expenses.  In the fall she will be attending the University of North Carolina, Wilmington Campus and hopes to major in elementary education. 

Delaney has participated in the Best Buddies program (helping middle school students adjust to the high school), Chamber Select Choir, and Athletes Helping Athletes at Philadelphia and Temple Universities. Her community activities include a Disney Princess Entertainer and the Big Brother – Big Sisters of America Mini Thon. She has several part time jobs – a barista, waitress, and photographer. She will be attending Penn State and also plans an elementary school major. Pictured below are the girls with their parents.

 

Member Benefits

Meg Kramer

PASR Dental Insurance is now better than ever!!

 

Any communication from PISI regarding dental and/or vision insurance should be disregarded. PASR severed its relationship with PISI in June of 2018, and PASR administers these insurance policies for our members. PISI, however, continues to solicit PASR members in an attempt to get PASR members to begin new policies with PISI. If you are content with your current dental and vision insurance, please only respond to communications from PASR.

             During our contract renegotiation for those dental insurance policies beginning July 1, 2019 through June 1, 2020, PASR secured a two-year rate lock on United Concordia dental insurance policies, which also includes an increased annual maximum of $2,100.00. So, your dental insurance premiums will remain at their current rates for the next two years and you have $200.00 more that will be paid by United Concordia for services provided!!

             As a non-profit, PASR has its members’ interests at heart and is disheartened at PISI’s attempts to confuse our members in seeking a profit for themselves. Please accept our gratitude for your continued support of PASR as we endeavor to improve the lives of our members and their communities.

             Any question can be directed to Kelly Dygert at 717-697-7077 or kdygert@pasr.org as Kelly is our benefits specialist at PASR headquarters located at 878 Century Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. You may also view these and other PASR benefits at the state PASR website by clicking here

 

RECREO

Lynn Majewski, Chair

FRIENDS & FAMILY CPR/AED

Monday, September 30 9:30 – 11:30 am

7 Gaucks Lane, Newtown, PA

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. It is sanctioned by the American Heart Association. CPR, AED usage and choking will be covered. You will receive a booklet and certificate. The cost is $20 per person, due by September 23.

 

Complete the coupon and make check payable to BCC/PASR and send to Joy Hardin, 700 Joy Court, Warminster, PA  18974.

 

Social Service Memorial Honor Fund

Eileen Sichel

Our tables are decorated each month with beautiful centerpieces assembled by Eileen Sichel. Her cadres of bakers prepare homemade goodies for our Bucks County shut ins.  Many thanks to all who contribute to the baskets as well as the delivery people.  Our members who are unable to attend await these after each luncheon and many send thank you notes. On right is Margaret Hanson with her centerpiece. Her smile tells us she knows what’s inside. Below are the ladies who make this possible.

Announcements

 

Website

It is no longer necessary to access our new website through the PASR website.  Encourage your retired school employee friends to look at it and hopefully they will want to see what we do in person and join our chapter as members. 

Community Service

Joy Hardin

We will be collecting 2020 calendars and datebooks at the October meeting for Family Service and the Lower Bucks Homeless Center.  Please bring them to the October 24th luncheon.

Dues Reminder

Arlene Williams, Membership Secretary

If you are an annual member of Bucks County Chapter and received a dues notice from the Treasurer and have not remitted your dues, there is a coupon for dues included in the newsletter. 

 

If you are unsure about your dues, please call or email Joy Hardin joious@verizon.net or

215-674-2163, before sending payment.

DATES TO REMEMBER

July 21                    Bristol Riverside Theater

August 1                 Klothes for Kids Bag Collection

August 28               Bucks County Executive Board, IU

September 30        CPR Classes, Newtown

October 3               Region 1 Luncheon, Manufacturers Country Club

October 6 – 8         PASR Convention, Valley Forge Casino