RPEA - Surf City Santa Cruz Chapter 009

RPEA - Surf City Santa Cruz Chapter 009 RPEA is a non-profit association of retirees and active employees who are members of the California Public Retirement System (CalPERS) and are part of the Area III Surf City Santa Cruz Chapter.

We meet the 1st Tuesday of each month.

Operating as usual

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Following the guidelines of our local and national health agencies regarding public gatherings during this time of the coronavirus, the Chapter 9 RPEA board has decided to cancel our April 7th meeting. We want our members to stay healthy.
For regular Coronavirus updates, check our Public Health Division website: www.santacruzhealth.org/coronavirus. Additional information can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website: https://www.cdc.gov/.


Our March 3rd speaker will be from the Master Gardeners.


Our May 7, speaker will be from the Swanton Pacific Ranch & Railroad.


Our January 8, speaker will be on Rosemary Robles from the DMV Senior Driver Program.


Our upcoming luncheon will be on Oct. 2nd at the Back Nine at the Inn at Pasatiempo at 11:30. Claire Rubach will be our speaker: Where did all our clutter come from? How to declutter positively.


Bill Philipps will talk about his Sri Lanka Travels at the June 5th luncheon that starts at 11:30 at The Back Nine at The Inn at Pasatiempo 555 Hwy 17, Santa Cruz.

My Mother Mary

My Mother Mary

October is the month of the Holy Rosary. Say a 'Hail Mary' and Share this to your wall.


Here is the breakdown of your donations to Second Harvest food bank from the August BBQ

$316 donated = 1,264 meals
129 LBS of food = 103 meals

For a grand total of 1,367 meals for Santa Cruz County!


The July lunch will be July 1st at 11:30 at Bruno's BBQ. The speakers will be from the RPEA General Assembly.

The California Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal over the city of San Diego’s ability to change retiree health be...
City Can Change Retiree Health Benefits: Court

The California Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal over the city of San Diego’s ability to change retiree health benefits. The high court’s denial leaves in place a Court of Appeal ruling that states the benefits may be changed like any other term or condition of employment and are not “vested,” according to San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith.

Source: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/City-Can-Change-Retiree-Health-Benefits-CA-Supreme-Court-258047741.html

The California Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal over the City of San Diego’s ability to change retiree health benefits.


The RPEA Board of Directors is looking for any member with background or experience in Marketing. Please email Joe Pendry or Phil Pabich if you are so gifted. Thanks.


Baseball! Once Spring Practice is finished we are planning a trip to San Jose to watch the SJ Giants play. They are an excellent team and the whole experience in my judgment is most enjoyable. As time enfolds we will be issuing more information as to date, cost and other needed info. Right not we are interested in finding out how many members of chapter 9 would be wanting to participate. Please contact either Joe Pendry or Heidi Smith. Our emails and phone numbers are found in your monthly newsletter under the listing of the officers and board. I go every year with my Hollister Rotary club and have not had a bad time yet and I highly recommend this day in the sun and fresh air and good time. Joe


Let me take this opportunity to welcome you to the Chapter 9 of Retired Public Employees Association page. This unprecedented event of our chapter is a great joy as I have been working on this since early last Spring. We will be launching our website soon.

As you must know by now membership is on a downward slide. This is not only true for Chapter 9 but also for RPEA statewide. The membership statewide is down to 26 thousand or so with our numbers fairly consistently in the 460s. When I retired in 2001 and joined the numbers were 35,000 and 575 respectively. This is an unacceptable drop in members. We must, in my judgment, do whatever we can think of to arrest this decline and more importantly to grow the membership.

In the past two years your board and most especially our beyond effective and competent Vice President, Kathy Redfield, has initiated numerous efforts to retain and attract membership. For example: the visiting of county and other work sites with membership applications, newsletters, other information about RPEA; the ad in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, bumper stickers, book labels and markers in books distributed to numerous county locations outreach efforts to non-member retirees; publicity and much more. And, her chairing of the Outreach/Promotion/Community Services Committee has been most successful in getting the word out to the public. The outstanding work of this committee has kept us "in the game" as it were.

Also, efforts by members to recruit new members has been helpful although much more work on this needs to be done.

All our efforts of the past 2 years have been only minimally successful. Social media appears the wave of the future and so we have launched this exciting venture. I urge you to encourage your family and friends and former co-workers to check us out and help us market chapter 9. Any and all suggestions will be welcomed. I truly hope that this will be effective and a blessing for Chapter 9. We have tried everything else.

Joe Pendry
Chapter 9 RPEA


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Mailing address: PO Box 413 Capitola, CA 95010


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