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 Updated November 15, 2017 11:55pm
 
The CSEA Retiree Unit Executive Board represents 10 Retiree Districts throughout the state. The Retiree Unit provides an organized program for retirees to promote communication among all retirees and address issues that impact their lives. Members of the Retiree Unit also assist CSEA’s active membership in accomplishing their goals.   
 
Board of Directors
Front row l-r: District K Director Sandy Dabney, District G Director Christina Berumen, RUEB Secretary Teri Minoux, Staff Coordinator Nadine Franklin.
Back row l-r: District B Director Tony Lockwood, District E Director Faye Lane District C Director Sandy Silva, District I Director Jennie Batiste, RUEB Chairman Ron Duva,  District F Director Susan Adams, District D Director Beth Kieffer, District A Director Joe Rao,  District H Director Jim Vinion.     
What's New?
District Director Faye Lane and Assistant District Director Chuck Walker Sr attended the standing room only Pre-retirement seminar in Merced on Saturday October 21, 2017.  Arlene Gloria Sauceda​, Area E Rep on the Pre-Retirement Resource Committee, and RR65 Enrique Altamirano​ made sure everything ran smoothly! See photos here  
 

Here in District C, the major fires are to the north of us in District B, but I believe we all have friends and relatives in the burn area. I know, I do, or did, my cousins lost everything in the fire.  I'm happy they got out with their lives, but so sad that at 93 they have to start over. No one from our Retiree Councils in District C have been affected, in either the Santa Rosa fires or the fires in the Santa Cruz Mountains, but that hasn't stopped councils from donating to the Humanitarian Fund.  We're all family, and when one of us is hurting, we all hurt.  No amount of money raised will bring back what was lost, but every bit of help is needed.

                                   - Sandy Silva, District C Director

 
 
RUEB having lunch at Mi Casa Cafe in San Rafael, September 14, 2017 

 
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Spring and summer have silently slipped away and now fall is quickly being blown away as well. Winter is knocking on our door. 2017 is transforming into 2018. When you retire, the year seems to go by a lot faster. Changes seem to occur with greater frequency. There is more that we want to do but seemingly less time to accomplish it. Changes somehow get involved and interrupt, or divert, our plans.

     As a result of the recent elections or promotion out of classified service, about half of the CSEA Board of Directors has changed. The new board is forming a new team. They are having to subjugate their candidate desires to work as a team to take this organization and its membership where it wants to go. This kind of change is difficult for some. True and effective leaders adapt to this change. We retirees, of course, support them as they work through this change and always offer them our good counsel.

Change can be a necessary blessing to an organization by bringing in new blood and vitality for growth.

     Change can be a necessary blessing to an organization by bringing in new blood and vitality for growth. With each change in the leadership on the CSEA Board of Directors, various appointed positions often change. We should always try to find other places within CSEA to retain the education and experience of those who have served their term in an appointed  position with honor and are now being succeeded by another member who is being given a chance to add their contribution to CSEA. To those previous appointees who are also retirees, we enthusiastically welcome you to the Retiree Unit of CSEA. This is the place where you can continue your service to CSEA and our members.

Help us fight changes that will cause us harm, and support changes that will improve our lives and the lives of our families.

     The Retiree Unit Executive Board is also affected by change; we are no exception. The twin ravages of age and ill health are constantly at our doorstep. Retiree Councils, their officers and council members are faced with the same obstacles to growth. We can, however, continue to be involved in social and political activities that benefit retirees and active members of CSEA. It is a scientifically proven fact that staying involved in an active lifestyle after retirement leads to a longer and more productive life.

     Political action on the national level often results in changes in our lives as well. Healthcare is a critical issue in the lives of all Americans. Seniors and retirees suffer unnecessary and debilitating stress when changes or threats of changes are made to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. That is why it is so important that retirees stand together, speak out, and continue to vote for candidates and elected officials who will or have already demonstrated they not only hear us, but act to support our needs. Retirees, “Now Is The Time!” Join us in the Retiree Unit! Help us fight changes that will cause us harm, and support changes that will improve our lives and the lives of our families.

     We are often fearful of change because we have become so familiar and comfortable with the status quo. How will change affect us? Will it cause us harm? Could it be better for us?

     Change is in the air. “We will never know if the new cheese is better than the old cheese until we try it!”

In Solidarity,


Ron Duva
Retiree Unit Chairman

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RETIREE UNIT EXECUTIVE BOARD


Chairperson
RONALD DUVA

Secretary
TERI MINOUX

District A
JOSEPH RAO

District B
ANTHONY LOCKWOOD

District C
SANDY SILVA

District D
BETH KIEFFER

District E
FAYE LANE

District F
SUSAN ADAMS

District G
CHRISTINA BERUMEN

District H
JAMES VINION

District I
JENNIE BATISTE

District K
SANDY DABNEY

Coordinator
NADINE FRANKLIN