Message from the Executive Director


A New Vision for a New Chapter

As you read this, the next chapter for our state and country has revealed itself, one that we all hope will return our society to a time of health and of peace.

And as I write this, I must again share that while we are indeed “all in this together” so much more is now demanded of us.  You do not need to hear once again the overused pandemic talking points of late.  We all now know the rules of the new normal well.

But on the other side of the new normal, and perhaps most importantly, is grasping how we become even more relevant in this complicated world.  Our responsibility as an association to our members, government retirees and future retirees, has at the minimum doubled this year.  Engagement, grassroots and grass top advocacy and forward-thinking planning are the pillars that we upon will build our future upon.

We are building.  In late September we hosted our first virtual membership meetings—and they were a great success!  In early October we welcomed candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor and State Treasurer for a series of candidate forums.  These forums can be viewed on our newly-created YouTube channel.  We invite you join with us on YouTube (just click on YouTube at the top of this Home Page).  We have just started and have more to come.  Our electronic communications have gained frequency.  You can also subscribe to our government relations updates.  Our Community Liaison, Deryl Davis Fulmer, recently joined our team bringing decades of executive higher education experience and an energy and vision to be admired.

As we move into 2021, you will also see increased efforts to address issues facing our local government retirees.  Our newly-formed Local Government Committee started met this fall and began crafting an action plan for next year.  Our government relations team is back on the road this month meeting with legislative leadership, preparing to meet the new members of the General Assembly and forming our 2021 legislative strategy.

Eejoy the holidays to come.  Celebrate all that you can.  We’re going to make it through these challenging times.

Stay tuned.

Richard Rogers
Executive Director