The Luxury of Having Choices in Our Lives
by Gayle Lockett, RC Chair
Throughout our professional lives many of us had to decide which direction to take a school, and what professional development was most needed by our staff to get the most “bang for the buck” from sometimes shrinking school budgets.
Now, when I talk with Chapter members, it is wonderful how many are in a good position to decide which direction we want our lives to go. To paraphrase an old expression, “Which fork in the road will we take?” Isn’t it a great feeling?
Think about that. After many years of diligent work, including extra hours to help students succeed, and having sacrificed a good salary for delayed compensation at retirement, we now have the opportunity to write our own ticket for happiness, adventure and continued learning, or whatever we want. The bottom line: We worked hard for what we have and we earned every benefit.
Yes, we more than earned what we have, but we must remain vigilant that we preserve what we have. Thanks to many of our retiree members contributing to the former COPE, now called PAC (Political Action Committee), CSA can interact, lobby and inform our elected officials about, not only our in-service and retiree member concerns, but concerns that indirectly affect us. Kudos to Dee-Dee and her dedicated team. (If you have not already signed up to contribute to PAC, contact Mark Brodsky, RC Director.)
Fundraising for the CSA Scholarship Fund for college-bound students who have shown leadership attributes, is off to a good start. The RC Executive Board voted to make a contribution of $1,000. Individual RC regions are contributing as well and individual donations are coming in too. When I visit Regional Units, I am gratified to see members enthusiastic about this worthy cause and learning how they can help.
Bravo to CSA’s Educational/Cultural Program staffers Michael Ebenstein, Lucie Elio, and Emerson Spry, as well as the Committee members for organizing another fabulous program coming up this fall. The offerings are diverse and eclectic, and we believe have something for everyone including tennis, golf, bridge, digital photography, jewelry making, lectures on finances, dining clubs, neighborhood walks, a lecture about Ebbets Field and the Brooklyn Dodgers, museum visits, art galleries, the Cloisters, tours of marvelous food emporiums, learning about the past and future of the World Trade Center site, and a visit to the Fraunces Tavern Museum with dinner. I recommend that you read the brochure ASAP and register online or by mail immediately after that since events tend to close out quickly.
The RC would also like to commend those who attended the dedication of a bench honoring Jack Zuckerman, CSA’s past historian and President, at the National Labor College in Silver Springs, MD.
This column is reprinted from the June 2013 issue of the CSA News.