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The Commitment Continues (Vol. 23, Iss. 1; Winter/Spring, 2013-2014)

President, Vice President submit resignations

President Rich Phillips has submitted his resignation effective May 1, 2014.

After serving 3 ½ years as President, and 4 ½ years with DSEA-Retired, he has decided that it’s time for some “new blood” in the presidency. He has also accepted a contracted position with the State of Delaware in the Delaware Human Social Services program; he will be a Master Trainer for the Matter of Balance program throughout the State. His letter of resignation was submitted to the DSEA-Retired Board of Directors at the December 3rd, 2013 meeting.

Mary Jo Hunter, recently voted by the Board to fill the space as Vice President, submitted her resignation to the Board at the December 3rd meeting. Her letter stated that she felt she was not able to fulfill her duties as VP due to illness in family.
If you, or someone else who is a DSEA-Retired member, is willing to serve in these positions, please contact President Phillips or a member of the Board of Directors for additional information or details. Rich can be reached at 302-834-9245 or

Election time draws near
It’s that time of year when DSEA-Retired is searching for diligent members to be nominated to hold the following positions: 

  • President of the Board
  • Vice President of the Board
  • Treasurer of the Board
  • Three Representatives (1 from each county) on the Board of Directors 
  • Five representatives for the DSEA-Retired’s Representatives to the DSEA Representative Assembly to be held on Saturday, March 15th. 
  • Two alternates to the DSEA Representative Assembly to be held on Saturday, March 15th.
  • One delegate to the NEA-Retired Representative Assembly

Job descriptions for each of the above positions are listed on the DSEA-Retiredwebsite ( under the DSEA-Retired Bylaws. If you need a paper copy, please call Debbie Weaver at the Dover office for a copy to be mailed to you; her number is 302-734-5834 in Kent Co. or toll-free at 866-734-5834 elsewhere.

If you are interested in running for any open position listed above, please submit a letter of intent to run, a short biography and a picture. Please send them to DSEA-Retired, ATTN: Election Committee, 136 E. Water Street, Dover, DE 19901. These items will be published and distributed with ballots in mid-January. Deadline for nominees’ information must be postmarked no later than Friday, January 10th, 2014. Ballots will be mailed to all members in late January.

Judges Needed

Retired members have been once again asked to judge the written and artistic entries for the DSEA Human & Civil Rights school contests. Entries will be judged during the week of March 17, 2014.

Those retirees who judge entries will be dinner guests of the HCR Committee. If you’re interested in being a judge, please contact President Rich Phillips at 302-834-9245 or

DSEA-Retired Annual Meeting/Fellowship Breakfast

When:  Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
Where:  Modern Maturity Center, Dover
Schedule:     8:30 a.m. -- Fellowship Breakfast
                   10 a.m. – Annual Meeting

Registration materials will be mailed in March 2014

Workshops planned for the Spring 2014

Although DSEA-Retired has had to cancel all of its fall workshops due to a lack of participants, it will try holding the following scheduled spring workshops. Even though the information has been distributed several times over the past several months, we’re going to publish is again for your reference.

Medicare Preventive Care Workshop

Sponsored by the State of Delaware

Held on March 11th @ 10:00 a.m. at DSEA's Dover office

  • Visits are provided at little or no cost to Medicare State employees/retireesVisits” provided at little or no cost to Medicare State employees/retirees
  • Services are available with no cost-sharing if a doctor accepts assignment under Medicare
  • A minimum of 10 are needed for registration to proceed with the program
  • It will also be a time when you can ask questions about your Medicare coverage, if you have any questions.
  • Pre-registration is required no later than Friday, March 7th ; contact information is listed below.

Diabetes Workshops Series led by one of DSEA-Retired Associate Members

  • 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon, March 6th through April 10th at DSEA Dover office
  • Program teaches the skills needed in day-to-day management of diabetes
  • It will help you learn how to identify and solve problems
  • It will help you gain self-confidence with ability to control your symptoms

A minimum of 12 need to registration for the program to be presented
Pre-registration is required no later than Friday, February 31st ; contact information is listed below.

Social Security Workshop sponsored by Rosemarie Kosmalski, Social Security Administration

10 a.m., April 9th DSEA Dover office

Questions answered about your Social Security

  • Are you eligible to sign up now?
  • How can I sign up online?
  • Something is incorrect on my file; how do I fix it with SSA?
  • When should I sign up for SS?

Pre-registration is required no later than Friday, April 4th; contact information is listed below.

Estate Planning/Pre-Planning Funerals Workshop

1 p.m., May 14th, DSEA Newark office

The estate planning workshop section will be led by F. Peter Conaty, Esq.  The pre-planning funerals section will be led by Bill King from Spicer-Mulliken Funeral Homes.

  • What is estate planning? Do I need to do this before my death?
  • Do I need a lawyer to help me finalize the paperwork?
  • Why should I pre-plan my funeral?
  • What happens if I pre-plan my funeral and I don’t die for several years afterwards?

Pre-registration is required no later than Friday, May 9th ; contact information is listed below.

How do I register for a workshop(s) that I’m interested in attending?

Contact Jenny Lloyd, Workshop Coordinator, at 302-834-4979 or email her at

You must pre-register for the above workshops at least 1 week prior to the date of the workshop so that we can notify you of a cancellation of the workshop. Guests are welcome if accompanied by a DSEA-Retired member; please register his/her information with Jenny.