Holiday Luncheon 2021
REMCO Holiday luncheon is free to REMCO members. Guests
are $8. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.
This year's Grand prize is $500.
The winner of the grand door prize will be determined
by members only playing one game of bingo.
Many other door prizes will be available so make sure
to bring cash to purchase your raffle tickets.
menu for the December 2021 luncheon will consist of:
Baked Ham, scalloped potatoes, salad, Green beans rolls
MAKE SURE TO CALL IN YOUR RESERVATIONS SO WE KNOW HOW
MUCH FOOD TO PREPARE.
STERLING & SUZANNE CRAMER
RETIRE: DEBBIE LESTER ,GRANDMOTHER
& AMY PELLISSIER
RICHARD & ADELE CORSINA DESOUSA
DANIEL & TERESA MURPHY
DANIEL MURPHY ,FATHER
ANTHONY & SHELLY ENOS
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
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