The Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees Spring meeting was held on May 10 at the Central House in Beech Lake, PA.

President Ellen Keefer opened the meeting with reports from various committees. Patricia Spoor reported that President Ellen Kiefer had received an award from the state association for meeting Chapter goals and community service.

These goals included Youth: there was a hat and glove drive, Hunger: a canned food collection is made at every meeting; Christmas cards have been sent to the military each season; Thanksgiving: 3 families were provided with a turkey with all the fixings; Clothing has been donated to needy children. Possible new projects were discussed.

The Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Barbara Spinelli for her more than 350 hours helping to prepare food for Meals on Wheels.

The Educational Support committee report was given by Barbara Spinelli. Five grants for $150 each were given to teachers in the Wayne/Pike Chapter districts.

From Wallenpaupack Marilyn Jansco, High School Learning Support teacher will be using the grant to work with her students to plan; build, plant and cultivate a raised garden bed.

Delaware Valley teacher, Karen Fells will use the grant to encourage good behavior at Dingman Delaware Primary School through Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. PBIS uses monthly school wide “pop-ups” to celebrate positive behavior.

Christine McClure, High School Biology teacher at Western Wayne, will use her grant to have her students study advanced aquatic ecosystems at either the Varden Conservation Area or the Lacawac Research and Biological Station.

Wayne Highlands Middle School teacher, Susan McDermott’s project is collaboration between the Phys. Ed., Art and Technology Departments to design and decorate the Middle School gym walls.

Wallenpaupack High School Spanish teacher, Ana Espinosa-Beckwith will get the entire student body interested in culture by involving Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math activity to create international monuments using Lego blocks.

Leroy Spoor reported on the lack of progress in the Legislature on matters relating to COLA’s and retirement.


Barbara Connor explained some of the new services through member benefits.


Membership Chair, Pat Kandrovy, gave a run-down on membership both local and statewide.

 Members who have passed away were remembered by Eloise Fasshauer. Monique Lautenschalger explained how the Social Services Memorial Honor Fund is keeping in touch with confined members.

After a delicious luncheon, an informative talk was given on Medicare fraud. Charlotte Kitler from the Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Inerests of the Elderly, CARIE, spoke on the various forms for fraud perpetrated against Medicare, which is costing taxpayers billions of dollars each year.

There are three causes of fraud: Double billing for services, phantom billing for services not performed and up coding which is the result of the wrong code being entered. Also simple honest mistakes account for some of the mistakes.

Remember, Medicare will never call you or ask for social security numbers. All their correspondence is via mail.

Their statements come out quarterly so that records can be matched with appointments. If there seems to be a problem, call your provider first, then if it is not resolved call 1-800-356-3606 for help from CARIE.