JERSEY SHORE - The Pennsylvania State Education Association-Retired, CLUST-Retired, representing Clinton, Lycoming, Union, Snyder and Tioga counties, met for lunch Oct. 18 at First United Methodist Church.
Roger Snyder, a retired mechanical engineer at Penn State and owner of Apple Hill Antiques in State College, described and assessed the value of the array of antiques that the members brought in from a $20 piece of jewelry to a $3,500 inlayed table.
Also at the luncheon, Wayne Koch, Central Region PSEA-Retired president, and Mary Coploff, PSEA-Political Action Committee for Education (PACE) representative, talked about the importance of the 2012 Presidential election to education.
From left, are Roger Snyder, guest speaker; Mary Coploff, PACE representative; Michelle Sama, secretary; Patty Golamis, vice president; Mike Asiello, treasurer; Lucy Black, membership chairman; Wayne Koch; PSEA-retired Central Region president; and Tom Socha, president.
"PSEA-PACE supports Republicans and Democrats," said Coploff. "What matters is their position on issues that matter to you-education, labor and health issues. PSEA-Retired members like you decide which candidates to support."
Koch also pointed out the importance of the 2012 election because the state Legislature will try to change the pension plan, again, from a defined benefit to a defined contribution, which is reliant on the stock market and could eventually effect retirees' pensions.
PSEA-Retired recommended candidates for the 2012 election are Barack Obama, president; Bob Casey, U.S. Senate; Kathleen Kane, attorney general; Eugene DePasquale, auditor general; Robert McCord, state treasurer; Rick Mirabito, 83rd state House representative; and Glenn Thompson, 5th Congressional district.
The purpose of Pennsylvania State Education Association-Retired is to protect and advance the interests of all public school retirees, support the general educational welfare of the state, and to support educational standards.
PSEA-Retired is actively involved in the welfare of school districts throughout Pennsylvania and presents programs on many areas of retired life.
Members are part of NEA (National Education Association), the largest lobbying organization in the United States working for all educators and school support staff.
Membership is open to all retired and soon-to-be retired educators and school support staff in the CLUST-R area.
For membership information call Lucy Black, membership chairwoman, at 748-8713 or email lumaggs@verizon. net.