Education association elects new officers

New officers were elected at the Pennsylvania State Education Association- Retired, CLUST-Retired luncheon, representing Clinton, Lycoming, Union, Snyder and Tioga counties.

The luncheon was held in June at the Landing Strip restaurant in Liberty. Mary Coploff was elected president.

Those re-elected were Patty Golamis, vice president; Michele Sama, secretary; Mick Asiello, treasurer; and Lucy Black, membership chairman.

Outgoing president, Tom Socha, was presented a card of thanks for “two outstanding years as president.” Dr. Ardys Boostrom, a master gardener from Tioga County, assisted by Louise Fulmer, a master gardener from Lycoming County, presented a program on how and when to divide perennials for planting.

Members were given Iris and Lily of the Valley cuttings to take home to plant. They also passed out information that emphasized the importance of establishing a butterfly habitat to promote pollination in a garden.

Wayne Koch, president of Central Region PSEA-Retired and Mary Coploff urged members to call or write letters to their state legislators to oppose the Representative Ross/Senator Brubaker pension bill which is Governor Corbett’s plan to implement a new 401(k)-type system (defined contribution) that would add billions of dollars in cost to taxpayers. It would starve the current defined benefit plan and threaten health care assistance for future retirees and force the Pennsylvania School Employees’ Retired System to reduce coverage or increase premiums down the road.

The purpose of Pennsylvania State Education Association- Retired is to protect and advance the interests of all public school retirees, support the general educational welfare of the state and to support educational standards. PSEA-Retired is actively involved in the welfare of school districts throughout Pennsylvania through membership in the PSEA Board of Directors, PSEA House of Delegates and statewide standing committees and presents programs on many areas of retired life. Members enjoy the same benefits they had as active members of PSEA such as insurance, mortgages, legal services, many discounts and much more.

They are part of NEA(National Education Association) the largest lobbying organization in the United States working for all educators and school support staff. Because they are part of the NEA and NEA-Retired, we take an active part in lobbying for national efforts to protect Social Security and for sensible health care reform. Their legislative task force monitors state and national legislation of concern to retired school employees. For more information, visit

Membership is open to all retired and soon- to- be retired educators and school support staff in the CLUST-R area of Clinton, Lycoming, Union, Snyder and Tioga counties.

CLUST-Retired is a branch of Central Region PSEA-Retired. For membership information call Lucy Black, membership chairman, at 769-5257 or email, or on Facebook at PSEA-Retired-CLUST-Retired.