IMPORTANT UPCOMING ELECTION FOR RETIREMENT REPRESENTATIVE
following information was provided by the
Merced County Employees Retirement Association (MCERA)
December 31, 2017, the terms for three MCERA Retirement
Board seats will end. These seats include one of the Board’s
Miscellaneous members, a Retired member and a Retired
Alternate member. MCERA board member terms are for three
years, except for the County Treasurer’s seat. While
the Miscellaneous Board seat is to be elected by active
Miscellaneous members, the Retired and Retired Alternate
seats are elected by MCERA retirees. Notices will soon
be sent out in early October to MCERA retirees and Miscellaneous
members by the Merced County Registrar of Voters. Ballots
are to be distributed on November 1st with November 21st
being the final date that ballots are to be submitted.
The MCERA Board is comprised of nine members and two alternate
members. Members include the County Treasurer; four members
appointed by the Board of Supervisors; two members elected
by Miscellaneous members; one member elected by Safety
members; and one member elected by retired members. Safety
and retired members also elect an alternate.
MCERA Board member responsibilities include determining
investment strategy and managers; selecting outside actuaries;
and reviewing and ruling on disability retirement applications
and special cases. The Board’s management functions
are governed by the applicable provisions of the California
Government Code, and the by-laws and policies of MCERA.
Board member requirements include attending at least two
MCERA Board meetings a month and have a continuing education
REMCO Newsletter Editor's Opinion:
This election is very important to ALL MERCED COUNTY RETIREES!!
Our current elected representative, Ron Kinchloe, will
not be running for re-election (can you imagine that?
- - he actually wants to be retired!?!). Ron has done
an excellent job for several years. Ron's Alternate, R.
"Scott" Johnston, has also done an excellent
job representing Merced County Retirees and has attended
meetings on a regular basis. Please be sure to vote and
return your ballots to the Merced County Registrar of
Voters as soon as you get them!
STUDENT: JACK ENOS
RETIREE: LINC CLENDENIN
PARENTS: ANTHONY & SHELLY CLENDENIN
STUDENT: VICTORIA BODINE
RETIREE: CAROL SILVA
PARENTS: ANDREW & JENNIFER BODINE
STUDENT: ELIZABETH DESOUSA
RETIREE: NORMA DESOUSA
PARENTS: RICHARD & ADELE DESOUSA
STUDENT: TANNER PELLISER
RETIREE: MICHAEL TANNER
PARENTS: TIM & AMY PELLISER
STUDENT: REGAN MURPHY
RETIREE: DAN MURPHY
PARENTS DAN & TERESA MURPHY
STUDENT: JULIA NUNES
RETIREE: MICHAEL TANNER
PARENTS: JON & KELLY NUNES
Monday, March 24
Thanks for representing the retirees of your county.
Retirement systems and benefits under threat. A backlash
caused by two things.
Some excesses that get attention
Steady attacks on government, government service and government
The positive message that much good work is done by everyday
employees of government does not sell newspapers and it
does not get politicians elected. It also does not fit
the mantra of those who profit by weakening government
oversight of their activities.
Powerful forces benefit by demonizing government, and
We need a counter revolution that pushes back. One that
highlights the positive impact of social workers on our
communities, of public work employees on our road infrastructure
on all the things we take for granted.
We need to send out a message that our security, our economic
health, our overall wellbeing, is best protected when
we have strong communities. Where we care about and take
care of each other. Where we don’t ignore large
segments of our population. Where we are not aphetic to
the negative impacts of growing income inequality.
It is positive collective action that makes our communities
stronger. Many times the best way to take that positive
community action is through our local governments, particularly
our county governments where the tire meets the road.
County’s have the broadest mandates. We are the
closest to the ground and the actual delivery of services.
Often times your steady daily service made a quiet but
important impact on your community. The child whose life
improved because of the money that was collected for child
support, the disease that was controlled by the efforts
of public health workers, the list is impressive.
Your ability to contribute did not end when you retired.
In fact, retired government employees are one of our community’s
greatest assets. You know the system, you know your community
in a way many do not. You know where to plug in to make
We need you to keep making a difference. We need you to
keep the flame alive until a better political climate
evolves in this country.
One example, foster care across this state is in a jam.
More homes needed. Best signature gatherers for SOAR were
retired county employees. List other examples of how they
can help. Most important, engage the national debate about
the role of government. Vote, get involved in political
There is great public resentment against anyone who has
a pension. We need to remind people that as late as the
1980’s sixty percent of American workers had a pension.
What those without a pension need is a pension, not to
ruin the secure retirement that others have worked for.
And they need to be reminded that it is primarily government
that will assure their retirement security. Currently,
even Social Security and Medicare are under attack. This
is an opportunity for finding common cause between public
pension holders and those whose government retirement
security is under attack. Let’s have public pension
organizations lead the defense of Social Security and
Even in these challenging times, let’s not go quietly.
Let’s show them how proud we are of what we have
accomplished. How willing we are to continue to fight
for it. How effective we are when we commit to a cause.
Thank you for your past service, thank you for serving
your fellow retirees today, thank you for what you will
do for your community tomorrow.
OF RESIDENCE OR MAILING ADDRESS
We received more mail returns on the last newsletter than
ever before! The newsletters are mailed at the "bulk
rate" with the USPO, but each mail return costs REMCO
the (more expensive!) USPO "first class" rate.
PLEASE REMEMBER to advise MCERA (the retirement
office!) and REMCO of any change of residence or mailing
If you receive the newsletter via email, please also send
a notification of any change of address, or change of
email address to me by email! This will assure you continue
to receive your newsletters and other information. Failure
to notify MCERA of an address change could also cause
other important issues with your retirement benefits.
If I receive an email returned as "undeliverable",
I will simply delete the email address from my list -
it is your responsibility to keep it up to date!
(Merced County Employees Retirement Association)
3199 "M" St.
Merced, CA 95348
(John Carlisle, Editor)
P.O. Box 3605
Merced, CA 95344-3605
REMCO Website: remcomerced.com
hope you are enjoying retirement and having a wonderful
Editor, REMCO Newsletter
NORD GUEST SPEAKER REMCO JUNE LUNCHEON
of REMCO's past scholarship recipients, Gabrielle Nord,
recently shared about her time spent living in Malawi
and serving as a volunteer research assistant for Project
Peanut Butter (PPB); a non-profit organization committed
to treating children with moderate to severe malnutrition
throughout sub-saharan Africa.
by the fact that malnutrition takes the lives of
more children than any other disease in the world
today, Dr. Mark Manary founded PPB in 2004 and has
committed his life to advancing the treatment of
severe malnutrition. Through dedicated research,
Dr. Manary and his team created a highly effective,
locally produced, ready-to-use therapeutic food,
known as RUTF or “Chiponde”. This peanut
butter-like product consists of roasted peanuts
(peanut paste), powdered milk, vegetable oil, sugar,
RUTF has not only revolutionized the treatment of malnutrition
worldwide, but has increased the recovery rates in children
to 75-90%. The old standard treatment, a milk-based formula,
required mothers to travel to crowded hospitals where
their sick children were often exposed to a variety of
diseases and only recovered 25-40% of the time. Since
RUTF has been introduced and distributed, malnourished
children are now recovering in 12 weeks’ time and
in the comfort of their own homes.
like Gabrielle, are responsible for traveling to surrounding
villages with a team of Malawian nurses and drivers to
screen children for malnutrition and enroll them in the
12-week long, RUTF treatment program. The team returns
to clinics every two weeks to check the progress of enrolled
children and screen any new ones who may have become malnourished
in the time in between. PPB’s team in Malawi screens
and treats over 2,000 children a month and during “hunger
season", when rural families wait for their crops
to be harvested from January to May, that number nearly
you are interested in learning more, volunteering, or
donating to Project Peanut Butter to help them continue
saving the lives of children, please visit their website
or contact Gabrielle Nord at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your time and consideration!
SCHOOL GRADUATE RECIPIENTS
Gianna Cianfichi (not present)
Parents: Dennis & Carrie Cianfichi
Remco member: Dennis Cianfichi
Parents: Jon and Kelly Nunes
Remco Member Mike tanner accepting for Julia
CONTINUING EDUCATION RECIPIENTS
Katrina & Robert Justice
Parents Aaron & Cheryl Justice
Remco Member / Proud grandmother Lavon Justice
REFORM BALLOT MEASURE
Newsletter Editors: CRCEA President Skip Murphy has made
the following announcement which you are invited to reprint
in your Association newsletters:
CRCEA JOINS IN ACTION TO BAN SO-CALLED “PENSION
REFORM” BALLOT MEASURE
As many of our members are aware, a recent ballot initiative
to eliminate Defined Benefit pension plans has been ordered
removed from the ballot in the November election. CRCEA
(California Retired County Employees Association) was
the only state-wide retiree group to participate with
San Diego, San Joaquin, Ventura County Retirement Associations
and the Retiree Employees of San Diego County (RESDC)
in the court case by filing an Amicus Brief (friend of
the court) which argued against allowing the initiative
a place on the ballot. The Judge in the case ultimately
ruled that placing the initiative on the ballot was “a
“waste of public resources.” He also stated
that putting this measure before voters would have been
an enormous waste of taxpayer money because it only would
have been ruled unlawful. CRCEA’s immediate move
to “jump into the action” demonstrates that
the voices and votes of 160,000 retirees is a strong force
in the protection of public employee benefits, a force
which CRCEA will continue to assert whenever the need
TO CONTACT ANOTHER REMCO MEMBER?
you would like to contact a former co-worker contact Michael
Sofranek by email at REMCOMERCED@YAHOO.COM.
That person will be contacted with your name and information
to contact you. REMCO members who are recruiting new members
have a complete list of all county retirees.
Open to REMCO members
County Employees Retirement Association Every 2nd Thursday
of the month M.C.E.R.A. has a general meeting starting
at 8:15 a.m. and is open to all REMCO members. Every 4th
Wednesday of the month M.C.E.R.A. has an investment meeting
starting at 8:1 5 a.m. and is open to all REMCO members.
Meetings are held at the M.C.E.R.A. office at 3199 M Street
in Merced. Phone 209-725-3636.
for Sale & Services
Free for REMCO members
members can list an item for sale or a service they provide
on the REMCO website for free.
Items for sale will be listed for thirty days and then
removed. If your item sells sooner please send an e-mail
to the address below so the item can be removed. You can
e-mail a description of what you want posted on the REMCO
website to REMCOMERCED@YAHOO.COM.
Your posting will be placed on the website just as you
sent it so be sure your e-mail is exactly how you want
it to read, including your contact information.
For REMCO Members!
have members of REMCO that would like to attend our luncheons
but lack transportation. I have started a program that
will hopefully get more REMCO members to our luncheons
by creating a “car pool” list of members needing
rides and / or those willing to provide rides to one,
several, or all of the luncheons. Please contact me, Michael
Sofranek at 209-374-3465, if you are in need of a ride
or willing to provide a ride to our luncheons. I will
at tempt to find someone in your area or match you with
someone on the car pool list.
Get involved! Have some fun!
quarterly luncheons / meetings are held on the second
Tuesday in March, June, September and December at the
Merced Elks Club, 19th & M Street, Merced at 11:30
can make your quarterly luncheon reservations by e-mailing
Be sure to include the names of all those who will be
attending the luncheon.
Door Prizes for Quarterly Luncheons: If you know a business
willing to donate a door prize to a quarterly luncheon,
please e-mail Michael Sofranek at REMCOMERCED@YAHOO.COM