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UNIT 21 SKAGIT, ISLAND AND SAN JUAN RETIREES' ASSOCIATION
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Skagit-Island-San Juan
School Retirees

P. O. Box 66
Burlington, WA 98233-9998

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WHO WE ARE
Leadership Teams - Please join us...

2017-2018 UNIT OFFICERS AND CHAIRS

Bruce Boyer, President
bnboyer@msn.com
Barbara Landrock,Treasurer
360-856-6498 / bland3@hotmail.com
   
Diane Visten, Secretary
360-387-1348 / dvisten@wavecable.com
 

Commitee Chairs

Bruce Boyer, Legislative
bnpboyer@msn.com
Mary Henderson-Jones, Health
360-588-1154 / darreljones@frontier.com
   
Reidar Ytgard, Outreach Chair
360-766-5063 / rmytgard@wavecable.com
Eloise Stendal, Correspondence
360-757-2785 / stendal@comcast.net
   
Barbara Robinson, Membership
360-424-8245 / babsann09@comcast.net
Joyce Moon, Newsletter
360-766-6869 / joycevmoon@gmail.com
   
Kathy Reim, Facebook
kriem@earthlink.net
 

 


WHO ARE WE?

We are teachers, bus drivers, administrators, cooks, secretaries, coaches, and everyone else who works in our schools. We represent all school employees in the state of Washington. And we are YOU in the future!

With over 500 members in the Skagit-Island-San Juan Retirees Association Unit 21, we work, locally to support the efforts of the state organization, Washington State School Retirees Association.


WHAT DO WE DO LOCALLY?

  • We provide mini grants to school employees for the benefit of students.
  • We fund a scholarship to Western Washington University for a student entering the student-teaching phase of training.
  • We support the Boys and Girls Clubs, local food banks and homeless shelters.
  • We work with the League of Women Voters to sponsor Meet and Greet opportunities for local politicians and for you to learn about legislative issues affecting your area.
  • We provide a newsletter throughout the year to keep you informed about legislative news and updates on your retirement and health plans.
  • We host social events that highlight our community offerings.
  • We offer a website with important information. SISRA21.org
  • We work to protect your retirement and your benefits by working with our state organization. We maintain legislative contacts who know your concerns and we keep you informed as issues arise. We are an effective advocate for your future.

WHY JOIN US?

Your dues allow us to continue to work on your behalf. It is a challenging task to keep the legislature from making cuts to pensions and/or health care benefits. Your membership can be an important part of that effort. Remember the more members we have, the more they will listen. Do not wait until you retire to become active. Make sure your concerns are heard now. Please consider joining our group.

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A Gift for a Purpose

A Gift for a Purpose

^ Above: Diane Visten and Bruce Boyer delivering a mini grant to teachers to a Camano Island School. Diane Visten delivering a mini grant to Linda Kilpatrick at a Concrete Elementary School.

Each year the Skagit Island San Juan School Retiree's fund mini grants of $100 to any school employee to enhance their school programs that directly benefit students. This past fall of 2016 we funded 25 mini grants to staff in the Sedro Woolley, Mount Vernon, Concrete and Lopez Island school districts. in the past 21 years we have awarded a total of $30,200 in grants to deserving projects. Here are some of the projects we funded: artist prints of master artists;student pedometers; wood shop materials; supplies for Stem Guitar building lab; field trips to Seattle Children's Theater; and recorders for music classes. Our unit receives thank you cards from the staff and from the students that are impacted by these mini grants. Watch for the mini grant program to continue in the fall of 2017.

Our unit is beginning and new project for 2017-18 year. We are collaborating with WWU, and we have committed to offering a $1500 scholarship for a student teacher. We will offer that scholarship for 5 years so that we will be supporting 5 different student teachers in their quest to become an educator. We are finding that less young people are going into education and that those that do are finding the cost of being a student teacher is very high.