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Dear Members,        

On behalf of President John Lawless, and the members of the Executive Board, we hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and Hanukkah Holiday Season.  We wish only the best for you this New Year and hope that 2015 brings you good health, peace, and happiness.

This has been an active year for BSORA, with many of you concerned about your Health plans. Once again, we were able to acquire the expert assistance of  Liz Martorella at lmartorella@comcast.net or 561-434-6534. 

She made an excellent presentation at the 2014 General Meeting on Medicare supplements, Affordable Care Act, and the important decision on continuing with your present provider.  This is extremely important for us all and not one to be taken lightly or quickly.  In addition, if you need any assistance with your Coventry plan, contact Elizabeth Parker, BSO Employee Benefits Manager, at Elizabeth_Parker@sheriff.org or 954-831-8357, Fax:  954-321-4541.  

Another important decision we must make is planning our estate, since no one can predict the future.  We are fortunate to have access to an outstanding Attorney who specializes in Estate Planning, including Revocable “Living” Trusts, Durable Power of Attorney and much more. Her name is Mary Beth Crawford and her contact information is mcrawford@cl-law.com or 239-390-8062.  


Our next biennial BSO Retirees Reunion Banquet is planned for Friday night, May 15, 2015, again at Embassy Suits on 17th Causeway in Ft. Lauderdale.  This is an outstanding location and we were very pleased with the dinner, staff  and rooms.  We are currently working to secure rooms again, on a first come basis, and information regarding a special room rate will be available in the near future.  Our 2nd VP, George Ferguson, is once again preparing a slide presentation that will bring back great memories.  Please send pictures to George at 2ndvp@Bsoretirees.com Please remember to save the date, and join us for an evening of seeing old friends and sharing stories.

Many members are interested in firearms qualification for the HR 218, concealed carry law. Contact was made with Range Master Sgt. Robert Chenoweth.  He advised all the necessary information regarding qualification dates, etc. are on the BSO website www.sheriff.org, in the administration section and, it is our understanding, free for BSO retirees.  However, some paperwork requires notarization, so make sure you review the site or contact him via the BSO website to answer any questions.

Annual Elections:  it is that time again and all seats are open so start thinking about becoming part of the Executive staff.  We are only as good as those who bring forth their talent to the organization.  Our yearly General Meeting and Elections will be held during the Reunion, along with New Business and Suggestions from our Members.

Reminder:  Your 2015 annual dues are due and, according to the BSORA By Laws, need to be received by the end of March. 

Please send your $20.00, per BSO FAMILY  to:


P. O. BOX 494727



We wish you a Healthy and Happy New Year,

John Lawless, President

Dennis Creamer, 1st Vice President

George Ferguson, 2nd Vice President

Eileen Forrester, Secretary-Treasurer

Carol Sclar, Recording Secretary

Janice Creamer, Media & Social Coordinator


Dear Members,

We are still looking for memories!  Please send that special picture by email to 2ndvp+photo@bsoretirees.com.  These pictures may be show to the world so pick accordingly, they will be posted to the site and shown at the upcoming dinner party for the organization. 
If you have that perfect picture but can't scan it, email to above and we'll work something out.

Thanks in advance
BSORA Board of Directors
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 professional, recognized association.  


For information
or to Join BSORA


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

PO Box 494727
Port Charlotte, Fl


John Lawless

1st VP
Dennis Creamer

2nd VP
George Ferguson

Eileen Forrester

Carol Sclar

Janice Creamer

Pastor Jake Brey
Ziggy Zablocki

Check out Benefits section for breaking news on Healthcare issues!

Banquet pictures and more 
More information


Social Events
Janice Creamer

Benevolence & Emergency
Robin Calhoun

Union Liaison
Jay Leiner

Nominating Committee Chair
Bob Baton

Need to qualify for firearms carry? Open hr 218 forms above.