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Education Minnesota Fall Breakfast 2014

By Bobbie Margo

The Education Minnesota Retired Fall Breakfast was held on Thursday, October 16th at 9:00 a.m. at the Minnesota Science Museum in St. Paul. For a very low price one can have a full breakfast, (very yummy-egg bake with spinach, French toast, hash browns, sausage, blueberry cobbler, fruit, and lots of coffee) excellent guest speeches, and the chance to network with other Education Minnesota colleagues.

State Auditor Rebecca Otto was the morning's first speaker. Otto was very


2014 Retired Annual Meeting

By Bobbie Margo

The 2014 Education Minnesota Retired Annual Meeting was held on Friday, April 25 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel in Bloomington. There was a great breakfast provided and an equally great “Welcome” to the 66+ attendees from President Walt Munsterman. We started off with all of us introducing ourselves.

I personally always find this very helpful-gives me a chance to put faces to names and also names to geographic locations in the state.

Jodee Buhr presented an update on the 2014


Education Minnesota Retired May 5, 2014 TRA Report Marti Zins


The TRA board met April 9, 2014.


The pension fund is $19.74 B with an earning of about 13% for the year.


The internal auditing plan was adopted. This is important as it helps TRA actually find out of internal processes are working as designed. Problems are identified and corrections are put in place. This helps identify problems in a time frame that can actually be corrected. Issues include payroll reporting and service credit. Because of payroll confusion


By Bobbie Margo

This year's NEA Retired Organizing Conference was held at the Westin Galleria Hotel in Houston, TX on March 25-27. Deep in the heart of Texas, Houston is less than an hour's drive from Galveston and the Gulf of Mexico. Houston is the fourth largest city in the U.S. With a growing economy as well as a Texas-sized offering of arts, culture, nightlife, and sporting events.

Four Education MN-Retired members attended this year's conference-Larry Koenck, Bobbie Margo, Walt


Interested in TRA Statistics?  Click on the pdf below.



 Click below to see the article by Joan Beaver, and presentations by Jodee Buhr, James Haggar and Dan Pedrotty from AFL-CIO.

2014 Legislative and Political Action Conference

If Education Minnesota Retired or Retired Educators Association of Minnesota (REAM) schedules a political conference, evidently the odds are good that there will be a snow storm.  The REAM sponsored conference was postponed once last year and then cancelled due to snow in May.  This year, 22 retirees braved a major snowstorm January 30, and were rewarded with very informative and interesting presentations related to the

This message is being sent on behalf of the Education Minnesota Retired Communications Committee.


 Political Contribution Refund is Back!

v For contributions given to state officers, senators and representatives

v For contributions made to a state political party

v $50 per person

v $100 per couple

v Contributions made from July 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013 for 2013

v Contributions given during the calendar year for 2014

v Receipt will be sent to contributor

v Complete a Refund Application  to receive money back

v YOU can take advantage of this!


For more information on the Political Contribution Refund


Education Minnesota Retired Members at the Education Minnesota Political Conference.

Myrna Doran, Julie Jagusch, Judy Rohde, below, Ed Mikulich, Lowell Euland, Larry Koenck.



Vice-President Paul Mueller, Governor Mark Dayton, Joan Beaver, Ed Mikulich, Shelley Kerber, Staff



Education Minnesota Retired Fall Breakfast

By Bobbie Margo

The Education Minnesota Retired Fall Breakfast was held on Thursday, October 17 at 9:30 a.m. at 317 Washington Street (across from Rice Park in St. Paul) in the Parkview Room.  This event is reallya a wonderful activity to attend. For a very low price one can have a  full, yummy breakfast (bacon/eggs, fruit/pastries, hash browns and lots of coffee), excellent  speeches from political candidates, and the chance to network and to visit with other Education Minnesota Retiree Colleagues.
















A “Welcome” was extended by President



Message From Mueller

By Bobbie Margo


Recently Education Minnesota Vice-President Paul Mueller spoke at the 2013

ED MN Retiree Fall Conference. Mueller reminded us that we need to do a

better job at recruiting members for Education Minnesota Retired. Every

year 3,000+ teachers retire; out of that number-on the average-200+

individuals join Education Minnesota Retired. Maintaining memberships in

professional education organizations keeps one connected, informed and



Our geographic neighbor (Wisconsin) had things happen a negative

way-in an instant-all labor rights/contract negotiations have