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Winter 2014 Newsletter

newsletter coverOur Winter 2014 Newsletter is here!

Read news from Las Positas and Chabot, remember Reed Buffington, learn about CARE's governing documents, see who has retired recently, pay your 2015 dues, and more...

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Buffington Memorial Planned

BuffingtonThe District is planning a memorial celebration of the educational legacy of Dr. Reed L. Buffington, founding Superintendent-President of the South County Community College District.  The event is scheduled for April 12, 2015 at the Buffington Performing Arts Center, Chabot College.

View the event flyer

Recollections solicited. For the celebration, the college is developing a video of recollections of Dr. Buffington and is soliciting contributions from retirees.  If you would like to participate, you can set an appointment for a visit by a college film crew by contacting Dr. Maria Ochoa at the Office of Development and the Foundation at 510-723-7091.

More about Dr. Reed Buffington from the CARE History Project:
     Chabot College Leadership by Helen Bridge
     The Buffington Award by Helen Bridge
     50 Years of Excellence at Chabot College: A Look Back to Where It All Began
       by Susan May
     A Tribute to Reed Buffington by Art Larson.
     An Interview with Dr. Reed L. Buffington, First President of Chabot College (video)
     Chabot College - A Photographic History (several early photos of Dr. Buffington)


CARE Annual Reunion

Members gathered on January 24, 2015 at the CARE Reunion and Annual Meeting to enjoy great food and the company of friends and colleagues. 

See photos taken by Don Nilson, CARE Photographer>



Stars of the Winter Sky – A Chabot College Planetarium Show for CARE Members!

Billy smithOn Saturday, March 28, 2015, 32 CARE members and guests attended a special invitational showing of "Stars of the Winter Sky", arranged by Chabot Planetarium Director Scott Hildreth.  The show was narrated by CARE member Dr. Billy Smith and written by Dr. Larry Toy, both faculty emeriti of Astronomy at Chabot.  CARE members gained a sense of the outstanding planetarium experience offered to students every day at the College and enjoyed an opportunity so socialize while enjoying light refreshments provided by our host.  Thanks to Scott and Billy for a memorable learning opportunity!

We will publish a full report in our Spring 2015 CARE Newsletter.


AB 1469 CALSTRS Funding Plan Adopted

CALSTRS LogoDesigned to address the system’s deficit funding, the new plan took effect July 1, 2014, and it provides for a sustainable long-term future course funded through gradual increases in contributions by members, employers and the state.

Read a CALSTRS overview of AB1469 provisions

Annual Benefit Adjustment.   AB 1469 provides that the previously existing 2% Annual Benefit Adjustment will be guaranteed for members who retire after January 1, 2014. This guarantee serves as a constitutionally mandated "comparable offsetting advantage" in exchange for the increased member contributions required under the new law. For those who retired prior to January 1, 2014, no change will occur – the legislature may reduce or eliminate the annual increase in response to economic conditions. Nevertheless, no suggestions to adjust this benefit have been made, nor has this benefit been reduced or eliminated in the past.

Read Q&A by the CALSTRS Director on this issue

   Bill Threlfall, Editor


CARE Fund Special Projects Grants Program 2015 Winners

We are pleased to announce winners of this year's CARE Fund Grants.   Funding for the grants is provided in part by the CARE Fund, which is the source of our charitable activities in support of the colleges.

See the winning proposals from Chabot, Las Positas, and the District Office


CARE Book Fund at Chabot

booksBecause of the high cost of textbooks and the difficulty some student have had in purchasing them, CARE has established a special
Student Book Loan Fund at Chabot College.  CARE members may contribute by sending a check made payble to: Chabot College.
In the notation area write “CARE Chabot Student Loan Book Fund.”

Mail your check to:
  President’s Office - Attn: Kirti Reddy
  Chabot College
  2555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward, CA 94545

CARE Resources Page

Have you checked out our Resources page?  It contains links to helpful online resources as well as archived stories and documents.  Here are a few examples of the archived medical benefits stories you'll find there:

Open Enrollment Questions - A CARE Tool for Comparing Benefits
Retirement Benefits Provisions of New CLPCCD Faculty Contract
The Transition to Medicare Advantage Plans at Age 65 for STRS Retirees
Retiree Medical Benefits - District Position

To visit the Resources page, just select Resources from the main menu above.

Public Pension Records

Ever wonder how your retirement pension compares with others? 
Transparent California provides a fascinating glimpse at public salaries and pensions, including pensions for STRS & PERS retirees in a database you can search for pension information by retiree name.   In addition, by clicking a series of links on the site, you can also list STRS or PERS pensions for an entire district.   For example, here are links for our district:

 transparent California logo       CLPCCD STRS Pensions 2012
        CLPCCD PERS Pensions 2012 


CARE Member Directory

Envelope ImageAre there retirees you wish to reach, but you lack their contact information?  Would you like other CARE members to be able to reach you?

See our member directory.  Learn how to join.

CARE Membership and 2015 Dues

CARE extends membership to all retirees without charge, but we depend entirely on your $10 dues payments to support our programs of activity on your behalf

If you have not already done so, please print the 2015 dues form  and make your $10 contribution now.  Thanks for your support! 


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