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THIS MONTH’S HOT TOPICS
New Retirement System Scam
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) is warning its members to look out for a scam that tells them they owe money to the pension fund. The scammer then identifies himself as representing the California Retirement Department and asks that retirees send him money.
Although, at this time, this is only a CalPERS issue, REAOC and OCERS are both sharing this article to let you know that it is a scam. Please note that OCERS would never call in this manner.
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 is January 26, 2018.
OC Aging Services Collaborative – 2017 Assessing Senior Living Needs in Orange County
Are you one of the 431,964 seniors 65+ years old living in Orange County?
Are you concerned about how you will manage your personal health?
Are you worried about transportation services and if it will be available to you when you need it?
If you answered “YES” to any of these questions, we need your help!
The Orange County Aging Services Collaborative (OCASC) is conducting the OC Senior Living Needs Survey, an important appraisal of the topics seniors are most concerned about as they age in Orange County. Please take a moment to fill out this survey to help leaders of the community understand your needs and wants. This survey is completely anonymous and voluntary.
Formed in 2009, OCASC is a group of non-profit and county agencies serving older adults and family caregivers in Orange County. Our mission and vision is to create and maintain an integrated network of services that address the needs of older adults and family caregivers so they may experience a higher quality of life.
If you have any questions about the OC Senior Living Needs Survey, please contact Cynthia Okialda at Cynthia@ocagingservicescollborative.org or call 949-757-3775.
To participate in the survey, click here.
Click here to read the latest newsletter from the California Retired County Employees Association (CRCEA)
WHAT’S IN THE NEWS – WEEK OF DECEMBER 4, 2017
Editorial – Governor Brown stands up to union pensions
The Orange County Register joins the chorus of editorials and columns praising Governor Brown for “coming to the defense of pension reform in a state Supreme Court case.” (More)
Criminal background checks for state employees
The Sacramento Bee reports that thousands of state employees in 9 departments will face criminal background checks because of security guidelines from the Internal Revenue Service that require criminal background checks for contractors and public employees who have access to federal taxpayer information. (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 (email@example.com).
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, December 19, 2017 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 December 7, 2017.
Luncheons for 2017 are listed below:
February 14 April 11 June 20 October 17 December 19
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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