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e Retirees Association Orlando, FL www.SiemensWestinghouseRetirees.org October 2017
Newsletter IN THIS ISSUE
TREASURERS REPORT Paul McCauley BENEFITS OF SWRA MEMBERSHIP Pete DeRosa GENERAL MEETING SWRA BOARD ELECTIONS BE A TAX AIDE VOLUNTEER UPCOMING FINANCIAL EVENTS George Baker WHERE ARE YOU NOW? John Blake WHERE ARE YOU NOW? ROUND 1 CORRECTIONS John Blake WHERE ARE YOU NOW? ROUND 2 FEEDBACK John Blake HELPING HANDS UPCOMING EVENTS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SWRA FACEBOOK PAGE ROAD TRIP FANTASY OF FLIGHT PASSINGS HELP WANTED SWRA NEWSLETTER PUBLISHING DATES AND DEADLINES ON THE LIGHTER SIDE..OF GRASS Joe Yarusinski RETIREMENT WORDS OF WISDOM COMICS Herman The Flying McCoys RETIREE RESOURCES OFFICERS AND CHAIRS FOR 2018
TREASURERS REPORT 12 July 2017 thru 1 October 2017 Paul McCauleyNew Members The Association is pleased to welcome the following new members:
James Dorow - Orlando Salvatore Simonetti Orlando Deborah Cutter Winter Park
Financials Current Bank account balance - $7,399.28 This balance includes dues that have been paid in advance by members for future years. This amount is as follows:
For 2018 $990.00 For 2019 $180.00 For 2020 $ 15.00 Total paid in advance: $1185.00
Year to Date Total Deposits - $4,065.00 Year to Date Total Payments - $2,696.42 Membership & Dues
Total members 250
Died 2 Suspended - 13 New 3
Signed Waivers Received 154 (62% of the membership) If you have not submitted your signed membership application with liability waiver please do so as soon as possible. Make sure to initial the liability waiver paragraph as indicated. Dues payment and liability waiver forms can also be mailed to: Paul McCauley 1948 Houndslake Drive Winter Park FL 32792-6035 Also, please notify me at [email protected] of any changes to your email or postal mailing address so that we can maintain an accurate membership directory and keep you informed of Association activities.
If you know of a retiree who is not a member of the Association, encourage them to join. Membership forms can be downloaded from the website at: www.SiemensWestinghouseRetirees.org
You can also contact me for a form or to answer any membership questions.
BENEFITS OF SWRA MEMBERSHIPQuarterly Membership Meetings
Yearly State of the Business by Siemens Executive Management
Presentations by local medical doctors, industry speakers, state wide elected government representatives, etc.
Legal advice on wills, trust and things to consider if a spouse passes away.
Other timely relevant presentations (i.e., 9-11 Pittsburgh air traffic controller/Shanksville Project), etc.
Coordinated meetings with other senior focused organizations (Care, Insurance, etc.)
Coffee and donuts provided
Financial Planning Periodic presentations /discussions at St.
Stephens church on stocks, bonds and other investment vehicles
Special visits to Senior Service facilities, financial institutions and assisted living facilities
Social Events Semiannual Casual Dinners Bi-annual picnics (Spring and Fall) Group coordinated field trips Various industry plant visits Local senior facility tours Social group activities throughout the year;
museums, boat tours, concerts, etc.
SWRA Helping Hands access
Available to members and surviving spouses; for instance: need a ride to the doctors office?
Support in dealing with CBS & Siemens Benefits personnel.
Timely receipt of the SWRA newsletter Community Service
Support local charities through organized group activities (Habitat, Second Harvest, etc.)
Access to the SWRA group Facebook page Communicate with other members For Q&A on our health insurance and prescription
insurance plans. Share information relevant to retirees
Access to, and ability to provide input to, the SWRA website (www.SiemensWestinghouseRetirees.org)
Provides links to various benefits sites, meeting minutes, activity photos, SWRA by-laws, links to other W retiree groups, etc.
Cost of membership: $15 per year (about 29 cents a week)!
GENERAL MEETING 11 April, 2017The fourth SWRA General Meeting of 2017 was held at Quad 2 on Tuesday, October 10. The featured speaker was Harv Grassian, who spoke on opportunities for federal tax preparation with the AAARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program.
Paul Minard pulled the lucky names out of a barrel for special door prizes for those in attendance. $50 Home Depot gift cards plus more.
SWRA BOARD ELECTIONS The SWRA Board is composed a minimum of 3 and up to 9 elected Board members, with other members providing support to the Board. The elected Board members serve 2-year terms, with a maximum of 6 consecutive years allowed. There are 8 elected Board members in 2017: 1st year 2nd year Leslie Dawson James Steinmetz Paul McCauley John Blake Bill McCown Ron Artinger Paul Minard George Baker reached 6-year limit)
At the October 10 SWRA General Meeting the following persons were nominated and elected to the SWRA Board for 2018: James Steinmetz Ron Artinger John Blake Lee Vickers
BE A TAX AIDE VOLUNTEERHarv Grassian presented a PowerPoint presentation on October 10 with some of the fundamentals of the AARP Tax-Aide Program. Harv is recruiting much needed new volunteers from the SWRA ranks. He thinks we are excellent fits for the profile of perfect candidates.
If you have interest in volunteering, but werent at the meeting and want to see the presentation, or have any questions, let him know at [email protected] If you were there and want to join, remember to go to the AARP Volunteer Portal at www.aarp.org/taxaide and Sign Up under the Become a Tax-Aide Volunteer label. This wont commit you to anything, but will assure you get invited to the December 14 Orientation and the Training Sessions in January.
UPCOMING FINANCIAL EVENTS George BakerBasics of Investing Fundamentals FOR YOU and / or YOUR SPOUSE This program will be tailored for those seeking a minimum level of understanding of investment terminology to provide them with the basic concepts necessary for discussing investment discussions. It will be taught by SWRA members with a long experience in Retirement Investing.
The presentation is scheduled for October 30, in the Conference Center of St. Stephen Church, Tuskawilla Road, in Winter Springs. If interested, [email protected]
WHERE ARE YOU NOW? John Blake, Secretary When people retire they often drift off into the sunset, never to be heard of again. Many of you have been very quiet so here is an opportunity to let SWRA fellow members hear where you are now. We will publish some responses in our newsletter. Not looking for a long story but a chance to tell your Siemens Westinghouse friends what you have been up to.
In the July issue, we provided updates on retirees who parted with corporate life more than 20 years ago. This issue focuses on folks who have been out over 15 years.
WHERE ARE YOU NOW? ROUND 1 CORRECTION John Blake, Secretary A few of the bios and photos in the July newsletter got mixed up. Here are the retirees with the proper photographs. Joe Hutter and his wife Mary Anne Woody Kramer
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? ROUND 2 FEEDBACK John Blake, Secretary This is our second submittal at finding where some of our retirees are now in their lives. Here are a few who have been retired more than 15 years (2002 or earlier) that we found and what they had to say. Paul Pillsbury
In 2000, I retired from Combustion Turbine Engineering in Quad 1 where I had been mostly concerned with burner development. For another year and a half I worked part time for the group that worked on long-range development. In Fall, 2001, we sold our house in Tuscawilla and moved to Warminster, Bucks County, PA. We wanted to be near our daughter and her husband so that we could provide quality grandparent care as an alternative to commercial daycare. Here in Pennsylvania, I worked part time for a group of long-time Westinghouse employees who had set up a consulting firm named Power Tech Associates. Jim Borden and Mario DeCorso were prime movers, I believe. They had set up PTA rather than move to Florida in 1987. Each year, in the fall, PTA would host a banquet at the Concordville Inn for former Westinghouse engineers. Those were great reunions! My PTA projects mostly
involved compressed air energy storage or advising customers who wished to use alternative fuels in their combustion turbines. In 2012, my wife and I sold our house in Warminster and moved to a continuing care retirement community in Lower Gwynedd, Montgomery County, PA. Still near our daughter and grandchildren, we are about four miles due north of the Ft. Washington exit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and maybe seven or eight miles north of the Philadelphia city line. Our daughter and son-in-law made the transition a little easier by allowing me to have a tool shed placed in their large back yard. I didn't have to give up my workbench and tools! The facility where we now live has between 300 and 400 residents living in