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Leelanau County MARSP


MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED SCHOOL PERSONNEL

LEELANAU COUNTY CHAPTER

Minutes - - October 20, 2021


The meeting was called to order by President Tom MacNaughton at 12:10 p.m. at the Lake Leelanau RV Park in Lake Leelanau. Tom led the Pledge of Allegiance. Due to Covid issues, members wee asked to bring their own lunches. Beverages were provided.


The guest presenter was Kellie Styf from Priority Health Care. Kellie distributed informational handouts, which she discussed and then answered questions.


Because of Covid restrictions, Blue Cross Blue Shield did not participate in today’s program. BCBS members will be updated via mail.


Business Meeting - Regular Reports:


Minutes - Minutes of the September 15, 2021, meeting were available for members to review. Minutes were accepted with no changes.


Treasurer’s Report – Darlene Garland - The treasurer’s report was accepted as presented. The balance in the account at the end of September 2021 was $3,492.43.


Legislative- Kathy Feys – Kathy advised members of a host of legislative bills before the State House. These will be available in the coming newsletter.


Membership – Judy Brow - Judy attended two membership meetings in Gaylord presented by MARSP representative Les Nixon. Because of privacy issues MARSP cannot advise chapters of retirement dates. Judy stated many good ideas were generated at the meetings in Gaylord.

There is an urgent need for volunteers. The Bulletin Board approach could work for getting the MARSP word out but often they are located in rooms not frequented by teachers. Discussion followed on how this could be remedied. Judy and Mila will work on this with county superintendents.


New Business –


Covid tests are available at no cost at various places including the drug store in Suttons Bay. Additional areas are available by searching the Leelanau Health Department website.


Cabin Fever Meet and Eat dates were set with the hope that they will be able to return this year:

                                        January 19, 2022 - Fischer’s Happy Hour Tavern, Northport

                                        February 16, 2022 - Harrington’s, Traverse City

                                        March 16, 2022 - VI Grill, Suttons Bay

                                        April 20, 2022 - Leland Lodge, Leland


Tom has been trying to contact Royce Humm, MARSP Executive Director, regarding the new computer system at MARSP, which is difficult to navigate. Several members have had issues with it. There is a concern that members will find it troublesome for simple tasks and will no bother to rejoin. Members may call Lansing at 517-337-1757 or 888-960-4022 with issues.


Darlene distributed gifts of appreciation to the officers.


The meeting adjourned at 1:45 p.m.


Respectively submitted,

Suzanne Landes, acting secretary

Mila MacNaughton

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MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED SCHOOL PERSONNEL

LEELANAU COUNTY CHAPTER

Minutes - - September 15, 2021


The meeting was called to order by President Tom MacNaughton at 12:05 p.m. at the Myles Kimmerly Park in Maple City. Tom led the Pledge of Allegiance. Due to the COVID issues, members were asked to bring their own lunches.


Tom introduced Mark Matson, the Interim Superintendent of Glen Lake Community Schools and Steve Bluhm, Facilities Supervisor. Mr. Matson informed members about the many new improvements to facilities and instructional spaces for the students, many having to do with the COVID-19 mandates. The many improvements to the buildings, inside and out, were shared by Mr. Bluhm. Mr. Matson also spoke of the staff shortage faced by all areas in the district: teachers, bus drivers, paraprofessionals, etc.


Business Meeting - Regular Reports:


Legislative- Kathy Feys – In September 2021, the House and Senate held sessions but no votes were taken regarding the Pension Tax. Repealing this tax is a legislative priority for our members.


Minutes - Minutes of the August 16, 2021, meeting were available for members to review. Minutes were accepted with no changes.


Treasurer’s Report – Darlene Garland - The only expense during August was for mailing of the Newsletter. At the end of August there was $704.36 in the savings; $2,788.04 totaling $3,492,40.


Insurance - Mila MacNaughton – The October meeting will be the insurance review/information meeting. Priority Health representative will provide information on their insurance as well as the TruHearing benefit available to MPSERS members. A representative of BlueCross BlueShield will not be in attendance due to COVID-19 restrictions.


Membership – Judy Brow - Membership rosters will be available to the membership chairperson with a new data base. Judy will be attending a webinar on how to access rosters.


Bulletin Boards – Kathy, Judy and Mila will be coordinating what will be on bulletin boards at the county schools and will report in October.


Website – Joan Derengowski - The Chapter Website has new provider. A suggestion was made to add the list of contacts that members may need in the newsletter. i.e., contact information that was previously printed on cards and mailed to members.


Scholarships – Darlene Garland – A inquiry was received from TBA Credit Union whether a scholarship was going to be available in the future. This will be an item on the next Executive Committee meeting.


Fall Newsletter – Following the October meeting, a Fall newsletter will be emailed to all members or mailed to those who currently do not use email.


New Business –


Election of Officers - October - The bylaws state that new officers be voted upon in September to begin terms in May of the following year. The executive committee will discuss having the election in September 2022 to take effect May 2023.


Cabin Fever – Tom asked for support of Cabin Fever again this coming winter. Members were in favor. The executive committee will select places for January, February, March and April. Members are encouraged to suggest places that have not be visited as yet.


Tom adjourned the meeting at 1:50 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Joan Derengowski

Secretary

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MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED SCHOOL PERSONNEL

LEELANAU COUNTY CHAPTER

Minutes - - August 18, 2021


The meeting was called to order at 12:00 p.m. at the North Park Pavilion in Suttons Bay. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by President Tom MacNaughton. Due to the COVID issues, members were asked to bring their own lunches.


The minutes of the monthly meeting of October 16, 2019, were approved.


Treasurer Darlene Garland told the group that there were no transactions since March of 2020. We have $704.36 in Savings and $2,895.94 in the Checking for a total of $3,600.30.


Kathy Feys said that there was little movement on bills in the Michigan legislature due to COVID and summer recess.


There was some discussion about the leadership meeting in Gaylord which was attended by Judy Brow, Kathy Feys and Mila MacNaughton. Judy is the membership chair; she was not present at this Leelanau MARSP meeting. Members present discussed how to increase membership. Previously Judy, Kathy, and Mila talked about a better way of utilizing the bulletin boards in the Leelanau County Schools. They have not discussed a final plan.


Holly Norman has attended workshops on the MARSP Retirement services and is participating with the program.


There will be a chance to help clean the National Parks and Forests next Wednesday. If anyone is interested, members may contact the office in Empire for more information.


Members were asked for ideas for next year and it was mentioned that there would be elections in the fall according to our bylaws.


Our September 15th meeting will be at Myles Kimmerly Park in Maple City with a county superintendent. The October 20th meeting at Leelanau RV Park will have the Priority Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield Representatives speaking.


The meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.


Respectfully submitted for Joan Derengowski

Mila MacNaughton


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MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION of RETIRED SCHOOL PERSONNEL

LEELANAU COUNTY CHAPTER

Minutes of October 16, 2019


The meeting was called to order by President Tom MacNaughton at 12:00 at the Village Inn in Suttons Bay. Tom led the Pledge of Allegiance at that time.


The minutes of the September 18, 2019, meeting written by Secretary Joan Derengowski were approved.


Also approved was the treasurer’s report given by Darlene Garland. Balance as of $2,142.56 as of October 1, 2019.


At 12:28 p.m., the power went out in all of Suttons Bay. The meeting was able to continue with a lot of help from the staff at the Village Inn.


In old business, the School Ambassador is still in need of volunteers. Judy Brow spoke about the Defense Fund and Cabin Fever places were announced. On January 15,2020, the meet and eat will be held at Fischer’s Happy Hour between Leland and Northport; on February 19, 2020, at Western Avenue Grill in Glen Arbor; on March 18, 2020, Trish’s Dishes in Leland; and on April 15, 2020, Knot Just A Bar in Omena.


New member, Cheryl Parkovich was introduced. She was with the Flint Swartz Creek district.


Carol Stark spoke about volunteering at the Art Park at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville. Those interested may call her at 607-759-6921.


After lunch, speaker Jeff Michell told us about AMBA, which is a program benefit to MARSP members. Jeff spoke about added health plans especially long term expenses. He used a backup program to give us the information since the power was still out. AMBA is much like AARP but at no cost to MARSP members. Judy Egeler won a $25.00 gift card in a drawing.


Tokens of appreciation were given to the officers, committee chairpersons, and those that participated in the Adopt-A-Highway program.


The election of officers took place. There were no nominations from the floor. Nominations were closed Judy Egeler and a second from Jim Ashmore. All officers for the next two years remain as President Tom MacNaughton, Vice President Suzanne Landes, Treasurer Darlene Garland and Secretary Joan Derengowski.


Meeting sites for 2020 were given: May 20, 2020, V.I. Grill in Suttons Bay with the MARSP video; June 17, 2020, open; July, NO MEETING; August 19, 2020, Suttons Bay Friendship Center with the School Ambassador Program; September 20, 2020, open; and October 18, V.I. Grill in Suttons Bay with Insurance representatives. The group present enjoyed moving around and the field trips. There may be changes to the programs, which will be in the Spring Newsletter.


Mary Forton won the 50/50 raffle and Dorothy Schabel won a free lunch.


The meeting was adjourned at 1:35.

Respectively submitted for Secretary Joan Derengowski,

Mila MacNaughton

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MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED SCHOOL PERSONNEL

LEELANAU COUNTY CHAPTER

Minutes - - September 18, 2019

The meeting was called to order at 12:01 p.m. at The Bluebird in Leland by President Tom MacNaughton. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by members present, led by Tom. Twenty-four members were in attendance.


Tom welcomed all present and reminded members that next month the meeting program will be a presentation by AMBA on the resources and discounts available to members.


Business Meeting - Regular Reports:


Minutes - Minutes of the August 15, 2019, meeting were available for members to review. Minutes were accepted with no changes.


Treasurer - Darlene Garland gave the Treasurer’s Report: $2,076.11 balance as of September 1, 2019. The monies collected for the VBDF will be forwarded to MARSP following next month’s meeting.


Adopt-A-Highway - Linda Wrobel stated that the next scheduled pickup will be Monday, September 23rd at 9 a.m. and construction is complete on the area. More volunteers are always needed.


Membership - Judy Brow stated that we currently have 170 active members.


Legislation - Kathy Feys reported that nothing is currently happening on House Bill 4006, the 3-tier tax on pensions. Currently, legislatures are concentrating on the budget and funds for road repairs. Kathy spoke of the Volunteer Benefit Defense Fund and the need for legal representation to protect our benefits and pay lobbyists.


Old Business:


School Ambassador- Mila MacNaughton informed members of the purpose of the School Ambassador program. Those who have volunteered will be contacted regarding training needed to visit schools in our area to speak to current school personnel about MARSP.

Barb Fowler said they are moving out of state and Tom reminded members that there are Michigan MARSP groups in Florida as well as other states.


New Business:


Carol Stark – was not present for her presentation.


Next Months Elections: Tom reminded members that election of officers will be held at next month’s meeting on October 16th at the Village Inn in Suttons Bay.


Darlene asked members for suggestions for the Cabin Fever Meet and Eat lunches held from January through April.


Lunch was held at 12:25 p.m. The meeting reconvened at 1:10 p.m.


Drawing were held and Darlene Garland won the free lunch. The 50/50 drawing was won by Don Miller; Barb Beker and Cathy Smith won door prizes. Joan welcomed Nancy Eitzen, a recent retiree and new member of our chapter. Nancy was given a ticket for a free lunch for a future meeting.


Mila introduced representatives from BlueCross BlueShield and Priority Health insurances for their presentation regarding our health benefits. There will also be an insurance update meeting in October 11th in Gaylord at Treetops Resort by MPSERS and BlueCross BlueShield.

Tom thanked everyone for coming and the meeting proceeded to the two presentations. The meeting ended following.


Respectfully submitted,


Joan Derengowski

Secretary

MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED SCHOOL PERSONNEL

LEELANAU COUNTY CHAPTER

Minutes - - August 21, 2019


The meeting was called to order at 12:12 p.m. at the Empire Museum in Empire by President Tom MacNaughton. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by members present, led by Tom. Fifteen members were in attendance.


Tom welcomed all present and lunch was available.


Business Meeting - Regular Reports:


Minutes - Minutes of the June 19, 2019, meeting were available for members to review. Minutes were accepted with no changes.


Treasurer - Darlene Garland gave the Treasurer’s Report: $2,423,86 balance as of August 1, 2019. The scholarship of $500 to Kelsey Pease has not been expensed yet.


Adopt-A-Highway - Linda Wrobel stated that the next scheduled pickup will be in September and she will check to see if M-204 will be free of construction for the pickup week. Linda questioned whether the chapter would still want to continue to participate in Adopt-A-Highway as there have not been as many volunteers this summer. Members agreed that our chapter still needs to participate and members will continue to seek more volunteers.


Membership - Judy Brow stated that renewal notifications have been sent by MARSP. We currently have 175 active members. The Ambassador program where chapter members visit county schools and explain the benefits of MARSP membership was explained. Don Miller and Larry and Laureen Miller have agreed to be our chapter Ambassadors. More information will be given to them regarding training sessions and what is involved with the program. Judy also will be sending out postcards to new retirees regarding MARSP along with postcards to members who have not renewed yet.


Legislation - Kathy Feys reported that House Bill 4694 has been passed by the House; the Senate is currently not in session. The bill would amend the Public School Employees Retirement Act to modify a provision that allows certain retirees to work without losing retirement benefits while serving as a school renewal coach or high impact leadership facilitator under certain circumstances. The bill would extend the window during which a retiree to whom the provision applies could retire. MARSP supports the bill as it allows more retirees to return to work after retirement without losing pension and health benefits. It has been rumored that some portion of our pension may be targeted for state road repair. The Voluntary Benefit Defense Fund accepts donations to assist in legal costs to protect retirees’ benefits.


Old Business:


By-Laws - Tom asked members to review copies of the Bylaws that were available, and Darlene Garland made a motion, seconded by Suzanne Landes, to approve the Bylaws as presented. Joan Derengowski stated that Judy Brow suggested an addition to Article III – Membership 1b of “or beneficiaries” following “…the annuitant spouses…” to insure membership to those individuals also. Darlene amended the motion to include “or beneficiaries”; seconded by Suzanne. Motion carried to accept new bylaws.


Tom reported that the Senior Expo was well attended and thanked members who saved our chapter $100 by donating cookies for the event.


New Business:


School Ambassador- Don Miller and Larry and Laureen Miller will be contacted by Mila who is our area director regarding what is necessary to begin training for the program. Tom asked if anyone else is interested in the program, please contact Mila.


Meeting Dates - Tom stated that the next meeting will be on September 18th at The Bluebird in Leland. Representatives from Blue Cross Blue Shield and Priority Health will be there. The October 16th meeting will be at the Village Inn in Suttons Bay. The program will have a representative of MARSP with information on AMBA, the discount, nation-wide program that is available to all MARSP members. Tom recommended members attending the AMBA presentation as there are a number of discounts we are entitled to.

Darlene read a thank you note from Katia Skarpinski, one of the scholarship recipients and pointed out the article on scholarships in the Leelanau Enterprise.


Drawing were held and Carl Roberts won the free lunch. The 50/50 drawing was won by Tom MacNaughton; Joan Derengowski and Don Miller won door prizes.


Tom thanked everyone for coming and the meeting adjourned at 1:16 p.m. and a tour of the Empire Museum with a presentation by Dave and Diane Taghon followed.


Respectfully submitted,

Joan Derengowski

Secretary

MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED SCHOOL PERSONNEL

LEELANAU COUNTY CHAPTER

Minutes - - June 19, 2019


The meeting was called to order at 12:05 p.m. at the Lake Leelanau RV Park Lodge in Lake Leelanau by President Tom MacNaughton. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by members present, led by Tom. Fifteen members were in attendance.


Tom welcomed all present and lunch was available.


Following lunch, members proceeded to the facility, which houses the pipe organ, for a tour and demonstration of the 3500 pipes organ by Don Wilson, owner of the RV Park.


Members returned to the Main Lodge where Darlene Garland, treasurer, and Mila MacNaughton of the scholarship committee, presented two scholarships, each for $500, to the selected recipients Kelsey Pease and Katia Skarupinski. Kelsey is a graduate of Suttons Bay Schools and Katia is a graduate of Leland Public Schools. This was Katia’s second year as a recipient of the award. Jasmine Birgitta and Kerry Maloney from TBA Credit Union were also present for the presentation.


Business Meeting - Regular Reports:


Minutes - Minutes of the May 15, 2019, meeting were available for members to review. Minutes were accepted with no changes.


Treasurer - Darlene Garland gave the Treasurer’s Report: $2,052.28 balance as of June 1, 2019.


Adopt-A-Highway - Linda Wrobel stated that the next scheduled pickup will be during July 13th week. Another pickup is in September. Those interested in assisting, please contact Linda. More assistance is always welcome.


Legislation - Kathy Feys reported that the Income Tax Act is processing through Congress. House Bill 4694 would amend the Public School Employees Retirement Act to modify a provision that allows certain retirees to work without losing retirement benefits while serving as a school renewal coach or high impact leadership facilitator under certain circumstances. The bill would extend the window during which a retiree to whom the provision applies could retire. MARSP supports the bill as it allows more retirees to return to work after retirement without losing pension and health benefits.


Tom welcomed Margaret Ritenburgh as a new member of the chapter.


Old Business:


By-Laws - Joan Derengowski explained the process of the Executive Committee in formulating the draft of the amended chapter bylaws. A draft of the proposed new bylaws was included in the Spring Newsletter to members by email and mailed to those members who do not have an email address. Copies of the draft were available for members present at the meeting. Members were asked to review and contact officers with any questions or recommendations. A vote to adopt the amended bylaws will be held at the August 21st meeting.


Mila reported that the Senior Expo was well attended this year. Two new members joined the chapter while there as a result of having information available. As an incentive, those at the Expo had their chapter dues paid for by the chapter and only had to pay the state dues this year.


New Business:


Meeting Dates - There is no meeting in July. The next meeting will be on August 21st at the Empire Museum. September 18th will be the annual insurance meeting at The Bluebird. Representatives from Blue Cross Blue Shield and Priority Health will be there. The October 16th meeting will be at the Village Inn in Suttons Bay. The program will have a representative of MARSP with information AMBA, the discount, nation-wide program that is available to all MARSP members.


Darlene asked members to invite other school retirees they know to be part of the chapter as there is power in numbers and more MARSP members are needed to ensure retiree benefits going forward.


Suzanne Landes suggested members try carpooling for the August meeting in Empire.


Drawing were held and Julie Swanson won the free lunch. The 50/50 drawing was won by Carol Husby; Margaret Ritenbaugh, Cathy Smith and Suzanne Landes won door prizes.


Tom thanked everyone for coming and the meeting adjourned at 2:22 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Joan Derengowski

Secretary

MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED SCHOOL PERSONNEL

LEELANAU COUNTY CHAPTER

Minutes - - May 15, 2019


The meeting was called to order at 12:05 p.m. at The Village Inn in Suttons Bay by President Tom MacNaughton. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by members present, led by Tom. 15 members were in attendance.


Business Meeting - Regular Reports:


Minutes - Minutes of the October 17, 2018, meeting were available for members to review. Minutes were accepted with no changes.


Treasurer - Darlene Garland gave the Treasurer’s Report: $1,935.04 balance as of May 1, 2019. Darlene also asked members to let us know of any change of email or mailing address.


Adopt-A-Highway - Linda Wrobel reported that the first pickup of M204 was completed on May 8th in less than an hour. The next scheduled pickup will be during July 13th week. Another pickup is in September. Those interested in assisting, please contact Linda. More assistance is always welcome.


Legislation - Kathy Feys stated that there is currently nothing pending; however, there is support for repeal the tax proposal of 2011. Taxes were then phased in, depending on when a retiree was born, on whether their pension was/is taxed or not. Gov. Whitmer’s administration advised that in her proposal she is in favor or once again exempt public pensions and restore deductions for private retirement income.

Scholarships - Darlene Garland said the scholarship awards will be given at the June meeting. Five students have applied. Two applicants will be chosen, each given a scholarship of $500. One from our chapter as well as a $500 scholarship from TBA Credit Union. Mila MacNaughton will also review prior to their selection.


Mila also requested volunteers to bake cookies for the Senior Expo that will be held June 18 at Suttons Bay High School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Our chapter has a booth and will donate the cookies in lieu of the $100 booth fee. Our booth will have available information about MARSP and Judy Brow will be able to accept memberships at the Expo.


Old Business:


By-Laws - Joan Derengowski explained the process that was discussed at the executive committee meeting last October. A motion was made by Darlene Garland, second by Judy Brow, to have the executive committee determine how to proceed to adopt the new chapter by-laws.


Cabin Fever Meet & Eat - Darlene stated that there were about 10 that attended each gathering and everyone enjoyed themselves. Four were held: January 16, February 20, March 20 and April17. The consensus was to continue for 2020.


New Business:


Annual MARSP Report - Members were shown the 2019 DVD that included information on 2017-2018 highlights, legislative update, along with MPSERS health care benefits update.


Election of Area Director - Darlene Garland made a motion, second by Kathy Feys, to elect Mila MacNaughton as Area Director. Mila will represent our area to the state MARSP organization. Motion unanimously approved.


School Ambassador - Tom explained the program that has been adopted by MARSP is to have each chapter appoint a person to visit area schools to speak to staff regarding MARSP and the value of being a member of the organization. Don Miller has agreed to fill this position. More information will be available as to the time period of the training session in order to begin the visitation in the fall of this year.


Meeting Dates - Tom informed members of the remaining chapter meeting dates and possible programs: June 19, August 21, September 18 and October 16. Programs will be finalized at the executive committee meeting and information will be sent to all members.


Mila advised members that in the handout of the DVD presentation, there was a 2019 Summary of Benefits for ORS health care plans that lists comparisons between the Priority Health and BCBS insurance plans.


Lunch was served at 1:13 p.m.


Following lunch, drawings were held and Judy Brow won the 50/50 drawing; the free lunch drawing winner was Kathy Feys; Mila MacNaughton and Marilyn Dickinson were winner of the door prizes.


Tom thanked everyone for coming and the meeting adjourned at 1:47 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Joan Derengowski

Secretary

MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED SCHOOL PERSONNEL

LEELANAU COUNTY CHAPTER

Minutes - - October 17, 2018


The meeting came to order at 12:00 p.m. and President Tom MacNaughton led the Pledge of Allegiance at the Friendship Center in Suttons Bay.


Kathy Feys introduced our speaker, Chuck Abshagan, co-legislative chairperson of the MARSP state board. He spoke on how we almost lost our retirement and how MARSP saved it. Our benefits are not guaranteed and can be taken at any time. He also talked about the Voluntary Defense Fund and the importance of it. The money from this fund can only be used for political purposes and does not come from our dues. While we are nonpartisan, we do have to be political since our pension and benefits come from state funding. If there is a change in control of politicians, be aware that we could lose our defined benefits.


Lunch was catered by Subway for $7.00 each person.


Tom read a letter thanking the board for their help in making his first year as president successful. Many things were the same but there were some changes. We met at different venues in the county, had an enlightening field trip and had some Cabin Fever get-togethers in the winter months.


The secretary and treasurer’s report were approved. These were done by Joan Derengowski and Darlene Garland, respectively.


Membership chairperson, Judy Brow, said that there were two renewals. Also, a membership for a spouse would be a nice Christmas gift. Laurie and Larry Miller were willing to help with membership.


Changes to health were mentioned in the last Vanguard.


The board made some changes to the by-laws. These will be discussed in 2019.


Judy Egeler earned $21.00 in the 50/50 raffle. Ivan Ford won the May lunch, while Cathy Smith won playing cards and Preston Moose received a notepad and calculator as door prizes.


The meeting was adjourned at 2:50 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Mila MacNaughton for

Joan Derengowski

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MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED SCHOOL PERSONNEL

LEELANAU COUNTY CHAPTER

Minutes - - September 19, 2018


The meeting was called to order at 12:00 p.m. at The Bluebird in Leland by President Tom MacNaughton. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by members present, led by Tom. Twenty eight were in attendance.


Mila MacNaughton introduced Rachel Saputo from BlueCross BlueShield Insurance and Kelly Styf from Priority Health. Chapter members heard presentations from the health care provider they chose.


- Approval of Minutes – Joan Derengowski presented the minutes of the August 15, 2018, meeting; Judy Egeler asked if the chapter website was still available as the minutes stated that ….”information that was available…” Joan will correct the minutes to state that the website is available.


- Treasurer’s Report – Darlene Garland gave the Treasurer’s Report. The Balance on Hand at September 1, 2018, was $1,751.64.


- Membership - Judy Brow reported that our chapter currently has 170 members, state and local combined and the need to increase our membership.


- Legislative Report – Kathy Feys reminded members to vote in November and information on legislative issues can be found on the MARSP website. There is currently nothing related to our pension and insurance before the legislature.


Lunch was served.


- MARSP Regional Director – Mila MacNaughton spoke about the need for membership in MARSP. She will be going to Lansing for information on the Ambassador Program and will report on that at a later date. Judy Egeler reminded members that spouses can also be members and receive health insurance coverage, as well as members.


Old Business:

- Website – Joan reminded members of the various types of information that is available on the website. The insurance tab has links to the various insurance providers. No password is needed to access.


New Business:

- Cabin Fever – Tom stated that Cabin Fever Meet and Eat will reappear this winter. Information with dates and places will be provided at a later date.


- Adopt A Highway – Linda Wrobel thanked those who helped with the project in the past and anyone who would be willing to assist may contact her. The last pickup date for the year is Monday, September 24.


Tom reminded members that the next meeting will be October 17 with Chuck Abshagen the MARSP Legislative Representative. The meeting will be a luncheon meeting at the Friendship Community Center in Suttons Bay. Also, our chapter is invited to join the Grand Traverse Chapter on Wednesday, December 12th at the Elks Club in Traverse City. The program will be Holiday Music with the Sweet Adelines. The cost is $14.00.


Mike Richter won the 50/50 drawing. The free lunch drawing winner was Kathy Feys. Preston Moose and Joan Derengowski were winners of other door prizes.


Tom thanked everyone for coming and the meeting adjourned at 2:00 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Joan Derengowski

Secretary

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MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED SCHOOL PERSONNEL

LEELANAU COUNTY CHAPTER

Minutes - - August 15, 2018


The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. at the Trinity United Church in Northport by President Tom MacNaughton. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by members present, led by Tom. Seventeen were in attendance.


Breakfast was served following the pledge. Tom thanked Suzanne Landes and her group for preparing and serving the breakfast.


Approval of Minutes – Joan Derengowski presented the minutes of the June 20, 2018, meeting,


Treasurer’s Report – Darlene Garland gave the Treasurer’s Report. The Balance on Hand at August 1, 2018, was $1,597.46.


Membership - Judy Brow shared the most recent inactive membership lists received. We currently have 167 on the list, which 15 or so were previously active. These members will be contacted and reminded to renew their membership. Judy stated that it was good to be part of the Senior Expo to distribute our information and plans to have a booth next year.


Legislative Report – Kathy Feys was not in attendance.


MARSP Regional Director – Mila MacNaughton reminded members that they will be receiving new Medicaid cards, if they have not already done so. A liaison program between school districts and MARSP will be coming; more information to come.


Old Business:


Adopt A Highway – Linda Wrobel thanked those who helped with the project in July. The pickup dates for September are September 22-30. Those willing to assist may contact her.


Cathy Schocker reminded members of Sheriff Borkovich’s suggestion of mentoring kids.


Website – Joan reminded members of the various types of information that is available on the website and no password is needed to access.


New Business:


Pension Presenter – Joan spoke of the Pension Seminar on August 28th for those who would like to be involved in presenting pension seminars for MARSP. More presenters are needed.


Darlene read a Thank You Note from Katia Skarpinski thanking the chapter for the scholarship she was awarded at our June meeting.


Kathryn May won the 50/50 drawing and donated the amount back to our scholarship fund; the free lunch drawing winner was Cathy Smith. Linda Wrobel and Suzanne Landes were winners of other door prizes.


Tom shared that the Cabin Fever Meet and Eat lunches will reappear this coming winter. More information to follow.


Following the meeting, members were invited to join the Northport Lighthouse Tour with Suzanne as our guide.


Tom thanked everyone for coming and the meeting adjourned at 10:08 a.m.


Respectfully submitted,


Joan Derengowski

Secretary

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MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED SCHOOL PERSONNEL

LEELANAU COUNTY CHAPTER

Minutes - - June 20, 2018


The meeting was called to order at 12:00 p.m. at the Bluebird in Leland by President Tom MacNaughton. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by members present, led by Tom. Nineteen members were in attendance as well as seven guests.


Sheriff Michael Borkovich spoke to the members regarding the opioid problem in today’s society and in our area. Sheriff Borkovich suggested seniors support foundations, mentor young people, get involved by volunteering and locking up medicines in their home.

Lunch followed the presentation.


At 1 p.m.following lunch, Mila MacNaughton introduced Katia Skarpinski and Jasmine Birgy from TBA Credit Union. Katia is a graduate of Leland Public Schools and attending Ferris State University, majoring in Pre-Physical Therapy. Katia thanked the members for the scholarship of $500 that was presented by Treasurer Darlene Garland and Jasmine from the TBA Credit Union.


Approval of Minutes – Joan Derengowski presented the minutes of the May 18, 2018, meeting, Motion: Jim Fowler; second: John Spring. Minutes were approved.


Treasurer’s Report – Darlene Garland gave the Treasurer’s Report. The Balance on Hand at June 1st was $1,784.22. A motion was made by Linda Wrobel, second Kathy Feys. Motion carried.


Tom reminded the members that there will be no July Meeting. The next meeting will be a Breakfast Meeting at 9 a.m. at Trinity United Church in Northport. The cost is $5.00. Following the business meeting, members may take a tour of the lighthouse. Members are asked to call Suzanne Landes by Sunday evening prior to the Wednesday meeting as attendance numbers are needed.


Senior Expo - Mila informed the members of the Senior Expo that was held on June 19th at Suttons Bay. Information was available on MARSP along with membership forms and 10-12 people took the information. It was felt that we should participate in the Expo next year. Mila thanked the women who baked cookies for our booth fee.


Legislative Report – Kathy Feys informed the members that HB4422, now Public Act 141, went into effect May 10, 2018, and allows certain retirees to work without losing retirement. No new legislation at this time that affects retirees. Ivan Ford spoke to the members to remind them that the primary elections are very important.


Old Business:


Membership – Judy Brow was not at the meeting to report.


Adopt a Highway – Linda Wrobel reported that the next Adopt-A-Highway cleanup will be held July 14 – 22. Those who would like to volunteer to assist, please call Linda. An email will be sent out prior to determine the exact day, depending on weather and those available to assist.


Chapter Website – Joan reminded the members of the information that is available on the website: www.leelanaumarsp.org.

New Business:


- Darlene stated that the League of Women Voters is looking for volunteers to assist with the Early Childhood Advocacy Program. Members could contact the League.


- MARSP to the Rescue – Since there didn’t seem to be an interest currently, Tom reported that it was currently dropped.

New members Shirley Andrews were welcomed to the meeting along with Jann and Gordon Waldenmyer from the Grand Traverse Area chapter.


Katia’s parents, Mike and Jeannie Skarpinski were thanked for their presence.


Tom Kleinfelter won the 50/50 drawing; the free lunch drawing winner was John Spring and Shirley Andrews, Mila MacNaughton and Marilyn Norwood were winner of the door prizes.


Tom thanked everyone for coming and the meeting adjourned at 1:45 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Joan Derengowski

Secretary

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MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED SCHOOL PERSONNEL

LEELANAU COUNTY CHAPTER

Minutes - - May 16, 2018


The meeting was called to order at 12:00 p.m. at The Village Inn in Suttons Bay by President Tom MacNaughton. The Pledge of Allegianc was recited by members present, led by Tom. 28 members were in attendance.


Business Meeting - Regular Reports:


Minutes - Joan Derengowski presented the minutes of the October 17, 2017, meeting, Motion: Jim Fowler; second: Judy Brow. Minutes were approved.


Treasurer - Darlene Garland gave the Treasurer’s Report: $1,496.97 balance as of May 2, 2018. Darlene said the scholarship award will be given at our June meeting. TBA Credit Union has donated $250; our chapter portion is $250. The recipient will receive a $500 scholarship award. Darlene also stated that the Credit Union needs a formal resolution by the membership to change remove Ivan Ford and add Tom MacNaughton as the new President. A motion was made by Barb Fowler; seconded by Suzanne Landes to remove Ivan Ford from the Leelanau MARSP bank account and add Tom MacNaughton. Motion approved.


A change to the Agenda: The MARSP video was moved to later on the Agenda.


President’s Comments: Tom reported that the Cabin Fever luncheons that were added were well received by those that attended and will continue next winter. Our chapter is in need of a legislative chairperson to report on the current legislative items facing our retirement group. Additional MARSP members are needed to help support our pension and health insurance coverages. The pension is guaranteed by our state constitution; health insurance coverage is not. Tom asked that each member present recruit one more retired school personnel to help increase membership.


Insurance Update: Mila MacNaughton called attention to the insurance information in today’s handout from MARSP. New hearing and dental coverages are outlined. Next month, Sheriff Borkovich will speak at our June meeting on the opioid problem. Members received a card with contact information for all insurance and retirement offices, as well as MARSP and the Office of Retirement Services.

Tom called attention to two programs on the 2018 program calendar that was distributed: the August Breakfast Meeting at the Trinity United Church in Northport is $5.00 for the breakfast and the Lighthouse Tour is separate. Suzanne Landes informed the members that the fee has gone up to $5.00. After discussion, the time of the August 15th breakfast meeting was changed to 9:00 a.m.

Tom also noted that we are not guests at the December meeting with the Grand Traverse Area Retired School Personnel . Our members will also be charged the regular $14.00 for lunch as the Traverse City personnel are charged.

At 12:30 p.m., the Annual 2018 Annual Area Conference and Business Meeting video was played for members. Members also received a handout of the video agenda, insurance information, as well as a list of Michigan and U.S. legislators and their contact information.


Membership Report: Judy Brow asked members to remember to renew their 2018-2019 membership. State dues are $35/year and chapter dues are $10/year. Members over the age of 80 no longer need to pay chapter dues. Judy had renewal forms; members may renew on the MARSP.org website or on a link on our chapter website leelenaumarsp.org.


Adopt-A-Highway: Linda Wrobel reported that there was a good turnout for the first collection of the year. Additional dates are in July and September. Those interested in assisting, please contact Linda. More assistance is always welcome.

The video continued with insurance information noting some changes to previous years: physical exams are 100% covered and a change to the Hearing insurance is currently through TruHearing. Co-pays for emergency services are now $100 and $65 for urgent care services. BlueCross BlueShield has an app that is available to members.


Webpage: Joan Derengowski spoke to the members about what is available through our chapter website including information on chapter programs, insurance contact numbers, membership renewal and community involvement.


Tom asked for a volunteer for the legislative chairperson vacancy. Kathy Feys volunteered.


Lunch preceded the New Business.


New Business:


Award: Mila, Regional Director, presented Ivan Ford with a MARSP Chapter Service Award in recognition for his 10 years of service to the Chapter as President as well as an active member of the chapter. “Ivan has been dedicated to the Leelanau Chapter, serving as President for 10 years. He is also part of the Adopt-A-Highway team, is active as a presenter in the MARSP Pension Seminars and has traveled to other state chapters of MARSP to gather new suggestions for chapter improvement.”

Mila stated that the Senior Expo will be held on June 19, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A booth at the expo costs $100 or five members could donate cookies for the event and no fee would be charged. Mila asked for volunteers to donate cookies and also to help with being on site during the day of the expo.


“MARSP to the Rescue” Self-Help Program was introduced by Tom. Members could indicate if they needed assistance with some items or would like to share activities with another member. Forms were passed out to members to collect to see if there was any interest in pursuing the program.


Darlene stated that the League of Women Voters was looking for volunteers to assist with the Early Childhood Advocacy Program. Members could contact the League.


Darlene Garland won the 50/50 drawing; the free lunch drawing winner was Kathy Feys; John Spring and Bridget Greenan Patrick were winner of the door prizes.


Tom thanked everyone for coming and the meeting adjourned at 2:02 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Joan Derengowski

Secretary

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MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED SCHOOL PERSONNEL

LEELANAU COUNTY CHAPTER

Minutes - - October 18, 2017


The meeting was called to order at 11:45 a.m. at The Bluebird Restaurant in Leland by President Ivan Ford. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by members present, led by Ivan. 38 members were in attendance.


Business Meeting - Regular Reports:


Minutes - Mila MacNaughton presented the minutes of the September 20, 2017, meeting in Joan Derengowski’s absence. Minutes were approved.


Treasurer - Darlene Garland gave the Treasurer’s Report: $976.76 balance as of October 15, 2017. Darlene spoke about the possibility of increasing local dues beginning next year to $10 from $7. Darlene made the motion to increase the dues to $10 starting next year. Motion seconded by Tom MacNaughton. Motion carried.


Tokens of Appreciation - Tokens of Appreciation were given to officers, board members and those who participated in the Adopt-A-Highway over this past year.


Election of Officers – The election of officers for the coming two years took place: Tom MacNaughton, president; Suzanne Landes, vice president; Darlene Garland, treasurer; Joan Derengowski, secretary. A motion was made by Don Miller to accept the slate of officers. Motion seconded by Carol Husby. Motion carried.


Program – “Identify Theft and the Equifax Breach” Darlene introduced Tristan Kirt from Traverse Bay Area Credit Union who spoke on the safety precautions to take to avoid identity theft.


Lunch was served at 12:30 p.m.


During the last 10 minutes of lunch, Darlene and Mila held the door prize and 50/50 drawings: 50/50 winner Marilyn Kleinfelter, free lunch next year – Tom MacNaughton; door prizes: Barbara Baker and Barb Fowler.


MARSP Executive Director, Mark Guastella, spoke on current legislative issues. He discussed the difference between the defined benefit and defined contribution system. Members were reminded that pensions are guaranteed in the state constitution but health benefits are not. Declining attendance at local chapter meetings was addressed and Mark noted that younger retired members do not want to attend meetings but look to various means of obtaining their information via the web and social media.


Separate presentations on health insurance updates were held: Kelly Styf from Priority Health and Mark Guastella for BlueCross Blue Shield.

Members present were asked to stay informed via the MARSP website www.marsp.org or by calling the MARSP office at 888-960-4022. The next issue of the Vanguard will also provide information on changes in the health insurance plans. Members were reminded that our chapter website has links to all insurance providers: www.leelanaumarsp.org.


The meeting adjourned at 2:00 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,


Mila MacNaughton

For Joan Derengowski

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MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED SCHOOL PERSONNEL

LEELANAU COUNTY CHAPTER

Minutes - - September 20, 2017


The meeting was called to order at 12:00 p.m. at The Bluebird Restaurant in Leland by President Ivan Ford. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by members present, led by Ivan. 22 were in attendance.


Terry Byrne introduced our guest speaker Mark Cundiff, MPT, of Enhanced Physical Therapy in Glen Arbor. Mark spoke of the benefits that daily regimens can do along with what can be done to reduce many illnesses as a person ages.


Lunch was served at 12:35 p.m.


Business Meeting - Regular Reports:


Minutes - Joan Derengowski presented the minutes of the May 17, 2017, meeting. Minutes were approved.

Treasurer - Darlene Garland gave the Treasurer’s Report: $974.64 balance as of September 1, 2017.

Membership - Judith Brow reminded those who have not renewed their annual dues to please do so. Currently we have 160 paid members.

Health Insurance – Mila MacNaughton stated that there is a Blue Cross Blue Shield information meeting on October 13th from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in Williamsburg. Priority Health will hold a Fall Update on October 17th at 1 p.m. and again at 4 p.m. in the Hagerty Conference Center in Traverse City. The Chapter meeting on October 18th at the Bluebird will feature representatives from Blue Cross Blue Shield and Priority Health

Adopt-a-Highway - Linda Wrobel stated that the final highway Adopt-A-Highway pick up will be on Monday, Sept. 25th. Those who could participate should meet on M-204 at E. Detzer Rd. at 9 a.m.

Legislation - Ivan reported that there was not a lot of legislation statewide that currently deals with the retirement group. Public Act 92 does not change pension and health benefits for current retirees. Ivan reminded members that the pension retirees receive is in the constitution but health care is not guaranteed by the constitution. Ivan also stated that Mark Guastella, executive director of MARSP, will be at our October meeting.


Old Business:

Chapter Website - Joan Derengowski reminded members of the information/links that are available on the website. www.leelanaumarsp.org. Joan also reported that 113 electronic Fall Newsletters were emailed to members. The Fall Issue of the Newsletter was mailed to 54 members that do not receive email.

Executive Board Vacancies - Ivan will be stepping aside as President at the end of this October. A job description for President and the Legislative Chair is printed on the reverse side of today’s Agenda. A person to handle the chapter newsletter is also needed. Terry Byrne spoke to what is involved in being the Program Chair as he will be stepping away after this October, also. Meetings for next year are scheduled in May, September and October of 2018. Terry stated that Kelly Styf from Priority Health and Mark Guestella will provide Blue Cross Blue Shield information at our October 18th meeting at the Bluebird.


Ivan presented the idea of changing the October 18th meeting. Instead of a Business Meeting, schedule two presentations: one before lunch with someone from TBA Credit Union to speak about the data breach at Equifax and the insurance portion will be scheduled after lunch.


The executive committee will be meeting in October to discuss the coming year without a president, which will be a one-year trial. If membership/participation does not increase, the Leelanau Chapter may merge with the Grand Traverse Chapter.


Barb Fowler was the winner of the 50/50 drawing and Jim Fowler was the winner of the free lunch. Pat Alonzi and Bridget Patrick won door prizes.


The meeting adjourned at 2:10 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Joan Derengowski, Secretary

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MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED SCHOOL PERSONNEL

LEELANAU COUNTY CHAPTER

Minutes - - May 17, 2017


A Wine and Hors D’oeuvres Social Gathering was held at The Bluebird in Leland on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Members were welcome to an Open House from 4:00 pm. To 6:00 p.m. Current school employees of the county public school districts were also invited to attend.


Darlene Garland, chapter treasurer, presented Casey Kahler with a $500 scholarship in conjunction with TBA Credit Union with Christi Dompierre, Marketing Director of TBA Credit Union present. Casey is a 2012 graduate of Glen Lake Community Schools and will be a senior at Carroll College in Helena, Montana, pursuing a double major in Anthrozoology and Biology. Casey’s goal is to practice veterinary medicine.


The Social Gathering also included an information session of legislative updates by President Ivan Ford and Terry Bryne. In addition, a DVD presentation of the 2017 MARSP Annual Conference was available for viewing.


A variety of informational materials on MARSP were available to all that attended. Members were reminded of the June 14th joint meeting with the Grand Traverse Chapter where a representative from the Office of Retirement Services will be speaking on the health and future of our pension program. The meeting will be held at the Elks Club in Traverse City at noon. Cost is $14.00.


Treasurer’s report: Balance on hand as of May 1, 2017: $813.48.


A 50/50 drawing was held with Tom MacNaughton the winner. Pat Niemisto won the free lunch and other prizes were given to drawing winners: Ivan Ford, Geneva McClintock, Cathy Smith, Judy Egeler and Sharon Wiles.


Respectfully submitted,

Joan Derengowski, Secretary

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