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:
CARE announces $3,000 in grants to help faculty, classified, and
The 2015 cycle of the CARE Fund Special Projects Grant Program has begun, and applications are now available.
Our small grant program supports special projects designed by college staff. The grants help employees do a better job of serving our students, staff, and institutions. Any area of service is eligible, and any category of employee may apply: faculty, classified, administration, full-time, or part-time, college or district office.
Get a better sense of the the program by reviewing this
2015 report covering
a dozen winners.
Barbara Mertes Honored Celebration of Life Announced
Barbara F. Mertes, Ph.D., who passed away at age 85, served our District in many key roles, including Trustee, Vice Chancellor of Institutional Planning and Facilities Development, and perhaps most notably, founder of Chabot College, Valley Campus.
In conjunction with Dr. Mertes’ family, the District held well-attended celebration of Dr. Mertes’ life at Las Positas College, in the Barbara F. Mertes Center for the Arts Main Theater, on Saturday, September 26, 2015.
In addition, Chancellor Jannett Jackson has extended her personal
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:
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 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
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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!