PSEA-Retired surpasses 30,000 member mark
This year, more than 30,000 retired educators carry PSEA-Retired membership cards - a major milestone for the Association. PSEA-Retired President Susan Jones admits the impressive accomplishment is a result of great teamwork.
“It is exciting, and it has taken a lot of work from a lot of people in Harrisburg, and those dedicated in every region, to make us effective,” she said.
PSEA-Retired formed in 1984. Jones has been a member since 1993 when the organization saw an influx of members.
Nationally, PSEA-Retired is the third largest group of state education association retirees, only behind Michigan and New Jersey.
“Our goal is to become as large and effective as we can be,” Jones said. “We’ve grown our numbers by a lot of hard work and a lot of help from PSEA, including former Executive Director John Springer and Assistant Director of PSEA Retirement Programs Steve Nickol,” Jones said.
She cited the development of multiple options for dues payment as a main reason for the growth. “That kind of thing really helps people,” she said.
Across the state, there is work in locals that adds to the growth, reaching out to those retiring to educate them about the benefits of PSEA-Retired membership. PSEA-Retired members recognize the value of membership and have worked hard to encourage retiring peers to join.
“Those of us who have been doing this for a long time are proud of where we are at this point,” she said. “We are grateful for the support we have received from the officers and staff. It has taken work at all levels of PSEA to get us where we are today.”
Jones hopes to continue to grow the membership, but also further engage the current members of PSEA-Retired.
“PSEA has been thrilled with our response to PACE,” she said. “The amount of money retirees have contributed over the last few years has been amazing. Now, we would like our people to be more engaged and attend more meetings. We know our retirees are very busy, but we encourage them to be more active. We appreciate hearing from them and knowing they are with us.”
Learn more at www.psea.org/retired.