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Dear Members,

          Your Executive Board hopes that you had a nice holiday and Christmas season and we wish all the best for all of us in this new year.  We hope that 2014 brings peace and contentment, particularly to our members and all those planning to retire in the coming year.
Last year was active on several fronts as we worked to grow the organization and to assist our members.

We started off with an initiative to spread the word about the BSO Retirees Association and kicked off our first membership drive.  With the help of BSO staff who provided a list of all retirees, and the work of our own Eileen Forrester a letter was sent to those who had not joined BSORA. This was very successful and we added 58 new members so we now have a total of 299 members. Please feel free to invite other retirees to join.
Throughout the year our attention was on the insurance situation. Our BSORA President John Lawless stayed in constant contact with BSO benefits Manager Beth Parker for assistance with issues and for updates on the process for the next year's insurance. He also reached out to the new Executive Command staff and made our needs known regarding insurance and particularly the problem out of area retirees have in being mandated to take the very expensive PPO. We were successful in having some of our points addressed but there has been no change in the PPO situation.

 We have also been in touch with and notified by several groups that have mini-reunions. The most active group meets each month on the first Tuesday at Wings N Ale in Coral Springs. Others groups have met in Central and North Florida. You can send pictures and information to bsoretiree@aol.com and we can share them on our web site at www.bsoretirees.com for all to enjoy. You can also stay in touch on Facebook with the Broward Sheriff's Office Retired Members page.

 This past year also brought sadness as some members experienced the loss of family members. The BSORA extends our deepest condolences to all those families. Our Benevolence and Emergency Needs Chairman John Lawless sends a sympathy card on behalf of our membership. If you become aware of a member or their family member passing and you do not get the passing notice through our e-mail notification please notify us.

The new year also brings with it the need to plan for your firearms qualification if you carry concealed under HR 218. One of our members pointed out that the required forms were not on either official BSO web sites, sheriff.org or retiree.sheriff.org.  Our President John Lawless contacted the new Range Master Sgt Robert Chenoweth and the information is now posted on www.sheriff.org in the Administration section as part of the HR 218 Schedule. (See Sidebar)->

 We will be planning our BSORA Annual Meeting for sometime in May or June. Traditionally the meeting is held at the BSO PSB and we then adjourn to a restaurant for lunch. If you have any suggestions and would like to assist in the planning please e-mail Eileen with your ideas and we look forward to a great meeting and again a time of seeing friends.

 As we kick off this new year, be reminded that your 2014 dues may now be paid and you will soon receive an e-mail reminding you to send them in Those members who joined during the Membership Drive are paid through 2014 and will not receive a reminder until 2015. 
According to
the BSORA By-Laws your 2014 dues need to be received by the end of March. Please send your $20.00, per BSO Family to:
 

                BSORA
  P. O. Box 494727 Port Charlotte, FL 33949.

 Best Regards and Happy New Year,

The BSORA Executive Board

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Update to New Years Message

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Dear Members,

 We have an update to our New Year's Message regarding insurance. Just this week we received information from Coventry regarding the AETNA merger and our hope for some relief for all those out of area folk that must buy the PPO policy. The plans that we have selected will be in place through this year so all those in the PPO must continue to select providers from the Coventry National Network. Perhaps when the 2015 contract is negotiated the AETNA merger will provide some benefit.

Please be reminded that if you have issues, you may contact the BSO Coventry On Site Representative at the phone numbers below. The representatives will speak to you directly and provide assistance.

Coventry On Site Reps are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM EST at 954.321.4329 or 954.321.4967.

Best Regards,

BSORA Executive Board 

 

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About BSORA
Our Association, granted IRS exemption under 501 (c) (3), was established as a not-for-profit organization.  Under guidelines set to allow for this, our objectives are: 1.    Promote the general welfare of our retirees. 2. Promote law enforcement, respect for authority and suppression of criminal activity. 3.  To assist in the development and implementation of crime prevention programs. 4.    To assist persons in need. 5.    To provide educational scholarships. 6.    To encourage tolerance of every kinds. 7.    To cooperate with civic organizations and promote such civic, charitable and educational undertakings as this Association shall deem proper. All honorably retired and DROP members of the Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO), regardless of sworn or civilian status, are eligible to become members, and they are more than welcome to do so.  There is no rank structure in being a retiree, and there are no structures within our organization. Being somewhat unique in having many of our members in different parts of the State and Country, the advent of electronic communication through the use of emails, etc., makes everyone only minutes away in one manner or another.  Committees will be necessary to form and require Chairmanship.  We will have many upcoming business/social meetings, to address the official needs of our members.  We would like to see as many that want to get involved, do so.  The BSORA can only be as strong and as noticed as you want it to be!!
   Become part of it and help make us grow into a fully professional, recognized association.  

 

For information
or to Join BSORA
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BSORetiree@aol.com 


Retirees or Drop participants can join by sending their yearly $20.00 dues to

BSORA
PO Box 494727
Port Charlotte, Fl
33949



BOARD OF
DIRECTORS

President
John Lawless
jblawless@comcast.net

1st VP
Dennis Creamer
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2nd VP
George Ferguson
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Secretary/
Treasurer
Eileen Forrester
eilfor@embarqmail.com

 Recording
Secretary
Carol Sclar
carol.sclar@gmail.com

Media
Coordinator
 
Janice Creamer
 bsoretiree@aol.com

Chaplain
Pastor Jake Brey
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Past-President
Ziggy Zablocki


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COMMITTEES

Social Events
Janice Creamer

Benevolence & Emergency
Needs
John Lawless
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Merchandising
Bob Fitzgerald
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Union Liaison
Jorge Corpion
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Nominating Committee Chair
Bob Baton
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