Spring 2015 Newsletter
Our Spring 2015 Newsletter will be in your mailbox soon. It includes new updates and photos from the colleges, news about retirees and colleagues, notes about retirement legislation trends, and a report on the Chabot Planetarium show for CARE members.
Look for it in your mailbox or read it right now:
Chabot College Retiree Reception
On May 22, 2015, Chabot College President Susan Sperling hosted a reception honoring the dedication and years of service of the 2015 Chabot Retirees: Gloria Broudy, Deborah Buti, Indrani Chaudhuri, Tom Clark, Jerry Egusa, JoAnn Galliano, Kathy Kelly, Kaaren Krueg, Rosie Mogle, Irene Plunckett, Jane Vallely, and Phyllis Webb. CARE President Helen Bridge welcomed the new retirees to our organization and spoke briefly about its purpose and activities.
Photos of a few retiring honorees are shown below:
Each year, CARE members are offered the opportunity to select medical benefit plans during the District's open enrollment period. We have compiled a list of questions that may be helpful to members comparing available plans.
The first and best source of answers to all questions concerning retirement medical benefits is the Chabot-Las Positas CCD Human Resources Department Benefits staff. The plans available to a particular retiree depend on circumstances specific to that retiree; only the District Benefits Staff can provide accurate information. For most plans, District Benefits Staff can provide a plan booklet that contains many answers.
View CARE's Open Enrollment Questions
In addition, the Benefits staff recently published a list of frequently asked questions.
CARE Annual Reunion
gathered on January 24, 2015 at the
CARE Reunion and Annual Meeting to enjoy great food and the company of friends and
Stars of the Winter Sky – A Chabot College Planetarium Show for CARE
On 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
Designed 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.
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.
Bill Threlfall, Editor
CARE Fund Special Projects Grants Program 2015
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.
CARE Book Fund at Chabot
of the high cost of textbooks and the difficulty some student have had
in purchasing them, CARE has established a special
Mail your check to:
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:
Questions - A CARE Tool for Comparing Benefits
To visit the Resources page, just select
Resources from the main menu above.
Public Pension Records
Ever wonder how your retirement pension compares
CARE Member Directory
Are there retirees you wish to reach, but you lack their contact information? Would you like other CARE members to be able to reach you?
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
make your $10 contribution now. Thanks for your support!