Please join us for our June Luncheon at Guy Anthony's, 2208 Jerusalem Avenue, North Merrick, NY. Invite a friend to join us!

Date/Time: June 7, 2013 — Gathering time 11:30 A.M.


Menu Starter:
Family Style Zucchini, Mozzarella Sticks and Focaccia Breads

Second Course: Penne ala Vodka

Salad: Three Leaf House Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Entrée Choice of:
Chicken Picatta; Beef Bourguignon; or
Grilled Atlantic Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce.
All entrees accompanied with Julienne Vegetables,
Roasted Potatoes, Pasta, or Rice

Dessert Choice of: Cheesecake; Lemon Sorbet;
or Chocolate Mousse

Beverages: Coffee, Tea, Decaf, and Soda

Cost: $27 per person

Please make checks payable to WERTA
mail to Candy Misner, 694 Seaman Ave. Baldwin, NY 11510
by May 30, 2013. Include Member's Name & Choice of Entree and Guest's Name & Choice of Entree

We hope to see you there.


From the West:

Southern State Pkwy to Exit 24-N - Merrick Avenue.
Proceed to Jerusalem Avenue.
At the light, make a right turn onto Jerusalem Ave.- follow to Guy Anthony's.
Turn right onto Powell Ave for the parking lot .

From the East:

Southern State Pkwy to Exit 25 S - Proceed to the
first light-Jerusalem Avenue.
Turn right onto Jerusalem Avenue.
Continue on Jerusalem Avenue to one block after the traffic
light on Bellmore Avenue. (Powell Avenue.)
Turn left on Powell Avenue for the parking lot on the right.



From the President: Sally Valenti

Sally Valenti
Since the Convention in October, our exedutive board has had two very productive meetings. The first of these was at the Lindenhurst Library and the second was at the West Babylon Library.

Our luncheon was held on March 14th at Carlyle on the Green in Bethpage. We had 29 attendees. Kathy Grande as our Legislative Chair thanked all the teams who were visiting their local legislators. Angelo Grande reported on what’s happening on the state level of NYSRTA. Our guest speaker was Paula Klee Parish who spoke about “ How to Be Your Own Best Friend.”

Kathy Grande delivered the report of the nomination committee as Mary Callan was not able to attend. The new officers who will be officially installed on June 7th at our scholarship luncheon are : President: Evelyn Paola, Vice-President: Emily Caristo, Secretary: Josephine Ferrante and Treasurer: Candy Misner.

After ten years in a leadership roll in this organization, it is with great confidence that I leave it in such capable hands. I wish Evelyn and her board the very best. As I have said so often, the reason I joined was I witnessed the dedication and concern for retired educators that these members have always shown. I enjoyed my time as President of SNRTA, WERTA, and as Co-Convention Chair in 2011. Thank you all for the wonderful memories.

All my life I have tried to live following the philosophy that my Mother always tried to follow. “ Today is a new day. I have been given this day to use as I will. I can waste it or use it for good. What I do today is very important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever leaving something in its place that I have traded for it. I want gain not loss…good not evil…success not failure in order that I shall not forget the price I paid for it.” God Bless each and every one of you and thank you from the bottom of my heart.


WERTA Calendar

April 7th Newsletter Deadline
May 24th WERTA Executive Committee Meeting
June 7th WERTA Luncheon
October 15th - 18th Annual Convention


Legislative Action Report - Kathryn Grande

Kathryn Grande

Minimum Pension Bump Up

Extends minimum retirement benefit for retirees of NYSTRS, who retired prior to 06/01/1980 and receive a pension equal to or less than $550.00 per year of service (to a maximum of thirty five years of service or $19,250).

A05515 Abbate
No Sponsor

Purchase of Prescription Drugs

Prohibits insurance companies from limiting the quantity of drugs dispensed pursuant to a prescription; increases the quantity of drugs that may be prescribed from a thirty day supply to a ninety day supply.

A04155 Morelle
S3909 Lavalle

Elder Abuse

Requires the Director of the Office of the Aging to develop materials for employeed and volunteers relating to elder abuse awareness in social adult day service programs.

A09930 Millman
S7282 Golden

COLA Bills

In better economic times, we would support improvements to the present Cola Bills.

Tier I Re-instatement

(Mommies Bill)
A7703 Gunther
No Sponsor

Federal Legislative Priorities- 2013

Elder Protection and Abuse Prevention Act

Amends the Older Americans Act of 1965 to direct the Assistant Secretary of Health and Human services for Aging to:

1) ensure that all programs funded under such Act include appropriate training in elder abuse prevention and the provision of Services that address elder justice and exploitation, and

2) update periodically the need for and benefit of such training related to prevention of abuse, neglect, and exploitation (including financial exploitation) of older adults.

S2077 Blumenthal

Elder Abuse Victims Act of 2013

Establishes with the Department of Justice (DOJ) an Office of Elder Justice shall address issues relating to elder abuse.

H.R.861 King

Prescription Drug Price negotiation Act of 2013

Amends part D (Voluntary Prescription Drug Benefit Program) of title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to negotiate with pharmaceutical manufacturers the prices that may be charged to Medicare part D Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) sponsors and Medicare Advantage (MA) organizations for covered part D drugs for part D eligible individuals who are enrolled under PDP or under an MA-Prescription Drug (MA-PD) plan.

S117 - Klobuchar

Prioritize Spending Act of 2013

Requires amounts necessary for incurred federal obligations in the event that the public debt reaches the statutory limit, to be made available to certain obligations, in prioritized order, before all other obligations.

S81 Paul
H.R. 149 Webster

Membership Update
Marge Armbruster


There is still time to join WERTA and NYSRTA / LIZ if you wish to be a delegate at the Fall NYSRTA Annual Convention at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in October.

Please e-mail any questions or instructions on how to join to me - No computer? - No Problem! You call me at 631-957-4366 for information.

We welcome all retirees to join and become delegates. Your membership dues must be paid by JUNE 1, 2013 to be eligible as a delegate.

West End Retired Teachers annual dues are $20.00 and New York State Retired Teachers' Association / Long Island Zone combined are $27.00 annually.

Retirees-there is no time like now to get involved !


Evelyn Paola

Vice President:

Emily Caristo

Josephine Ferrante


Candy Misner

Awards Co-Chairs: Open

Budget & Finance:
Candy Misner

By-Laws & Resolutions:

Community Service:
Angelo Grande

Friendly Service:
Marjorie Williams

Health Advocacy
: Open


Manfred Kuehnel

Legislative Action: 

Angelo & Kathy Grande

Membership Co-Chairs:
Mary Armbruster

Lois Thornberg

Mary Callan

Nominations co-chair:
Kathy Grande

Public Relations: 

Candy Misner

WERTA Website:
Lois Thornberg

WERTA Newsletter:
Lois Thornberg

WERTA Annual dues are only $20

Mary Armbruster  631-957-4366  marylarmbruster