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Keith L. Concannon Scholarships
The period to apply for and submit an application for the Scholarships begins January 1, 2018 until April 2, 2018. Please click here for additional information.
Serve on the Orange County Grand Jury!
Apply now to be one of the 19 members of the Orange County Grand Jury to make a positive impact on your community. In Orange County, the major functions of a grand jury are deciding on criminal indictments and conducting civil investigations to improve Orange County for all residents. The civil investigation portion requires the majority of time. Service on the Grand Jury is a full-time position for one year and includes a $50 per day stipend, mileage reimbursement, and secure parking.
The Court seeks a diversified panel, in age and ethnic backgrounds, in order to properly represent Orange County. If you’re thinking about taking a gap year from college, are looking for an internship, or you just want to be involved in making your community a better place, the Grand Jury is an excellent opportunity. More information and an application are available online at www.ocgrandjury.org or you may call (657) 622-6747. The deadline for your application to serve on the Grand Jury has been extended until February 5, 2018. Click here to read the press release.
Click here to read the latest newsletter from the California Retired County Employees Association (CRCEA)
WHAT’S IN THE NEWS – WEEK OF JANUARY 15, 2018
Clashing Appellate Court Decisions set up pension showdown
Last week several media stories were listed here that attempted to describe a recent State Court of Appeals decision dealing with vested pension rights and several pending lawsuits. This story at the Lexology web site does a good job of summarizing what it all means, leading to a showdown before the California Supreme Court later this year. (More)
Those Corporate Pensions Weren’t Always So Great
A Bloomberg News article says that in the McDonnell-Douglas structured cost saving layoffs the company targeted older workers not quite old enough to draw a pension, thus capturing their pension contributions to increase corporate profits and leaving the workers out in the cold. The story also points out that “Corporate pensions in the U.S. were structured to reward a particular kind of worker — the kind that spent his or her (usually his) entire career at a large company — and leave most others in the cold.” (More)
A preview of the U.S. without pensions
The previous story from Bloomberg News mentioned this Washington Post article. It profiles some of the now desperate elderly former McDonnell Douglas workers who were laid off before being eligible to draw a pension. The article identifies big changes that over time have pretty much eliminated retirement security for US workers. (More)
Hospitals overwhelmed by flu patients
The Los Angeles Times reports that some hospital emergency rooms are so overwhelmed by people seeking help due to the flu that they have set up tents in order to handle them. The story describes the situation as a “war zone”. The story reports that “Hospitals across the state are sending away ambulances, flying in nurses from out of state and not letting children visit their loved ones for fear they’ll spread the flu.” (More)
Commentary – pension fund short term returns don’t mean much
Two officers of public sector retiree associations wrote this piece published in the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper. They point out that while the media loves to headline short term pension investment results (especially when they are poor) the only important thing is the long-term investment return and that San Diego’s pension funds are doing well in that regard. (More)
ABOUT OUR LUNCHEONS
REAOC luncheons are held for the purpose of bringing Orange County retirees together for an afternoon of camaraderie, entertainment, and information. Friends and family are always welcome! Each luncheon features a different theme, with door prizes, and special gifts. As an added bonus, there is a valuable Progressive Drawing. They also serve as a general meeting for the membership.
The Mile Square Park Banquet Facility located at 10401 Warner Ave., Fountain Valley, California, 92708. For directions, call the Mile Square Banquet Facility at (714) 962-5541 or see map below showing where the Facility is located. Please DO NOT call the Facility to make reservations. Reservations are made by sending in the reservation form in The Informer or by calling the REAOC office at (714) 840-3995.
Luncheons are held the 4th Wednesday of January, March, May and September, and on the first Wednesday of December at Noon. To ensure a parking spot please arrive by 11 a.m. Please carpool.
Luncheons for 2018 are listed below:
January 24 March 28 May 23 September 26 December 5
Please Note: Reservations by phone or mail for the January 24th luncheon must be at the REAOC office by Wednesday, January 17th, 2018.
Cost for the luncheon is $17.00 per person. A reservation form is provided in The Informer (on the current Luncheon page), in the “Forms” section of the REAOC web site or you may email the REAOC office of your request (firstname.lastname@example.org).
HEMET CHAPTER LUNCHEONS
Luncheons in Hemet have been traditionally held on the second Tuesday during the months of February, April, June, October and December. Attendees arrive around 11:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in the Fellowship Hall (please note the new location) located at 515 E. Kimball Avenue in Hemet and lunch is served between 11:45 and noontime. The cost is $9.50 per person. The Hemet Chapter would like new members and encourages all REAOC members who live in the area or within driving distance to join them for the luncheons.
REAOC’s Hemet Chapter will hold its next luncheon on Tuesday, February 20th at 11:30 AM at the First Presbyterian Church in the Fellowship Hall (please note the new location) located at 515 E.Kimball in Hemet.
Make your reservation by calling Mary Little at 951-485-7738 or Jane Pabitzky at 951-237-3240 by no later than February 13th,2018.
Luncheons for 2018 are listed below:
February 20 April 17 June 19 October 16 December 18
MAP TO MILE SQUARE PARK
Below is a map showing the general location of the Mile Square Park Banquet Facility located at 10401 Warner Ave., Fountain Valley, California 92708.
If you need exact directions from your house you can go to MapQuest and click on “driving directions.”
HEALTH PLAN RATES FOR 2018
If you have any questions regarding your health plan, please contact the County’s Employee Benefits section at (800) 858-7266.
Please click on the links below for the charts provided by the County for the 2018 Health Plan rates:
Below is a link to the County PPO Blue Shield website. It’s a great website, retirees can track their claims (once they register), find network providers, get plan information, price prescriptions, etc.
On the bottom left corner of the find a provider page is a place to check the network outside of Ca.
Blue Shield of Ca contracts for the Blue Cross Nationwide network so the provider options outside of CA are very good.
The County of Orange also provided this Retiree Services and Resources for REAOC. Please click here to access this document.
For information about the supplemental insurance including dental and vision coverage, please click on the link below.
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