Council of School Supervisors & Administrators

local 1: american federation of school administrators, afl-cio

April Brings May Flowers and Plenty of Activities

by Gayle Lockett, RC Chair

Finally spring has sprung. No more snowstorms and freezing weather. Maybe we will see evidence of April showers bringing May flowers.

The March of Dimes made a presentation to the CSA Retiree Executive Board that was well received. At the next meetings of the Advisory and the Executive boards, we will further discuss how each Regional Unit and the Retiree Chapter can partner with the March of Dimes. Just as our Units participated in the Alzheimer’s Association partnership, we want the Units to decide what is best for them: participate in local marches or hold fundraisers. Please feel free to contact your local March of Dimes and request a presentation to your Unit.

The Center for Integrated Teacher Education (CITE) sponsored a buffet dinner for newly retired CSA members. CITE often hires our retirees as professional development facilitators in schools, and this was an opportunity for retirees to hear about possible employment.

The dinner also provided an opportunity to socialize and meet CSA President Ernest Logan, Executive Vice President Mark Cannizzaro, Retiree Chapter officers, Unit leaders, RC Executive Board members and Chapter staff as well as learn about what the local Regional Units are doing. (See photos, right.)

Retiree Chapter members may join more than one Unit should they choose to. This allows our snowbirds to participate in Units in the metropolitan area as well as their winter nesting places. But we also encourage members to join more than one Unit locally because twice the Units is twice the opportunities to wine and dine with your colleagues and to find out important information about health care, Medicare, elder law and political and legislative  issues.

On a related topic of keeping you informed, our Outreach Program provides workshops on Social Security, Medicare, Welfare Fund benefits as well as related issues. It is crucial that you understand all your benefits, the ones CSA fought for and the ones that are provided through the federal government.  These workshops, coordinated by Felice Hannah, are always well attended and appreciated by members. (See Page 11 for upcoming workshops.)

With spring comes baseball, and with baseball comes our Third Annual Intergenerational Yankees’ event on June 20. We’re just about sold out. As of this writing, a few tickets on the Malibu rooftop deck are still available so contact Mark Brodsky if you’re interested by email at mark@csa-nyc.org. If you’re attending, we look forward to seeing you there!

This column is reprinted from the April 2014 issue of the CSA News