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ASSOCIATION

December 2010 CO-PRESIDENTS’ MESSAGE

We can’t believe that our first year as Co-Presi- dents of IRSPA has ended and we are now in the early stages of our second term. Wow! What a year this has been -- a terrific ad- venture, an awesome chal- lenge and a wonderful ex- perience of travel, meeting new friends and experienc- ing the beauty of this won- derful state. We have visit-

John & Beverly McCartney

ed units in Creston, Charles City, Denison, Fort Dodge, Mason City, Marshalltown, Mount Pleasant, Osceola,

IRSPA Co-Presidents 1416 20th Ave. North Fort Dodge, IA 50501 515-576-0234 johnbev@frontiernet.net

Perry, Persia, and Preston. We have scheduled a visit in April to the Page-Taylor Unit.

We had a great experience when we met with our Mid-West and South West Region State Presidents and Executive Directors in Washington, D.C., sharing ideas and concerns that each of us face as we strive to meet the challenges that face us in our retirement. The major focus seemed to settle in on pension plans, getting new

members and that our IPERS is an excellent

retention of members.

We discovered

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    when

plan.

compared to most of the states- This conference was hosted by

Megan Hookey and the staff of NRTA,

Our next confer-

ence

with

NRTA

will

be

in

Chicago

in

December.

Our six District Workshops took us to Cresco, Nash- ua, North Liberty, Sioux City, Braddyville, and Bloom- field. The schedule for 2011 workshops may be found in another section of this newsletter.

Did you make it to our Annual Meeting? If not, you missed a real treat. The meeting was held in Council Bluffs at the Holiday Inn @ Ameristar Casino on Octo- ber 7th & 8th. Our keynote speake , Hop Backus, AARP Executive Vice President of State Operations, spoke on Relevance: Addressing the Interests of your Current and Prospective Members. He suggested ways to make IR- SPA more relevant to new members, and then fielded questions about the topic.

Jerry Wiebel, editor of Our Iowa magazine, enter- tained us with “Iowa: The Grass Is Greener on Our Side

newsletter

IOWA RETIRED SCHOOL PERSONNEL ASSOCIATION

VOLUME 58, NO. 4

of the Fence!” He told wonderful stories about great people and the beautiful places in Iowa, and shared with us a contest they held describing what is good about Iowa. The winning slogan was “Iowa! America’s Front Porch”. These were placed on T Shirts, along with other fun slogans.

Walt Galvin reported on IPERS changes for this year- changes that will affect those currently working. He re- ported that the FED will run out in about 2.5 years. The BAC is working on something to replace it. Bill Wimme , IRSPA lobbyist, spoke of the political climate and the importance of voting this November.

Marzi Puccioni Shields, Area Vice President, Nebras- ka and Iowa Arthritis Foundation, spoke on “Arthritis, Meeting the Challenge—the role of the Arthritis Founda- tion.”

A candlelight ceremony was given by past co-pres- ident, Marge Swanson, as a tribute to honor Marian Downing, former IRSPA co-president and newsletter edi- to , and others who passed away this year.

District workshops and what should be included at those meetings were discussed at the Executive Board meeting. It was decided that officers and coordinators would meet to come up with recommendations for pro- cedures and content at those meetings.

By the time you read this our Thanksgiving holiday will be history and we’ll be knocking on the door of Christmas. Our wish for you is that you were surround- ed by friends and family on Thanksgiving and that you are looking forward to a very Merry Christmas.

John and Beverly McCartney IRSPA Co-Presidents

“Jesus is the Reason for the Season

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