What's Really Happening - 2006/04/10



What's Really Happening

Columbus State Education Association Newsletter of April 10, 2006


Join us for a morning of community service and fellowship on Saturday, May 20, at 9 AM at Nationwide Plaza during Columbus' Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. We appreciate your response so far, and we know that some of you have been putting this off. But...

We need all paper registrations (see instructions below)turned in to us by April 20, since we have to turn them in the next day.

On-line registrations can be done until April 28.

The Komen Race for the Cure is the largest series of fitness walk/runs in the world. The Race for the Cure not only encourages breast cancer awareness but uses its funds to help in research and development of breast cancer treatments. CSEA is proud to be a participant in this year's event.



To make sure you are a part of the Columbus State Education Association team:

  1. Click on "REGISTER NOW" button.
  2. Select "2006 Team Registration."
  3. Check the "I agree to the above waiver" and "I agree that I am 18 or older" box. You do not need an Account login.
  4. Click "CONTINUE"
  5. In the "Select a Team" drop box, pick our team name "Columbus State Education Association".
  6. Fill out the remainder of the form.

Registering online costs $20 plus a $1.40 processing fee.


You can get an application form from:

Return the form to one of us with a $20 check to "Komen Columbus Race for the Cure."

Of course you are more than welcome to pledge and not run/walk OR collect additional pledges to help bust breast cancer. Again, please turn these and everything into Lisa, Kris, or Kevin by April 20.



Decisions made by the State Teachers Retirement System in the next few years will affect your financial security and costs in retirement. Changes in health care coverage or the pension formula could make the difference between a comfortable retirement and a struggle to keep up with costs.

CSEA urges you to vote for CONNI RAMSER and MARK MEUSER for the STRS Board. These candidates will represent the needs and interests of retired teachers. You may have received cards about them in the mail already. Both support legislation to fund health care benefits for retirees and oppose pension benefit reductions.

We urge you to look in your mail at home for this mailing, which will have the STRS logo and labeling indicating that ballot information is enclosed. You can vote for up to 2 candidates for the open seats.


Voting is easy with 3 options to make your participation simple. You can vote (1) by mail using the printed ballot, (2) by phone, using a toll-free number included with the mailed ballot, or (3) by Internet, via the address provided with your ballot (you'll need the PIN number included with the mailed ballot). Voting must be completed by May 1.

The lack of teachers on the STRS Board omits a critical voice in discussions about how to maintain the integrity of our pension plan. Vote for CONNI RAMSER and MARK MEUSER and return your ballot as soon as possible.

What's Really Happening is produced by the Communications Committee of the Columbus State Education Association. We welcome your comments, news, and insights.

Steve Abbott, President / x5096
Karl Rieppel, Vice President / x2500
Amy Brubaker, Secretary and Association Representative / x5068
Greg Goodhart, Treasurer / x5431
Darrell Minor, Parliamentarian / x5310
Bill Mundy, Association Representative / x5176
Dr. Jane McDowell, Association Representative / x2656 
Dave Busch, Association Representative / x5079
Dr. Charlie Gallucci, Association Representative / x5499
Leslie Smith, Association Representative / x5302
Dr. Wendy McCullen-Vermillion, Association Representative / x2693
Lisa Schneider, Association Representative / x5124

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