HAPPY NEW YEAR
the Hot Sheet
Washington State Retired Deputy Sheriffs and Police Officers Association
P.O. Box 1805, Sumner, WA 98390
Joe Dawson, King Co SO
West: Ralph Waddle, King Co SO
East: Don McCabe, Spokane Co SO
Stan Reider, Lincoln Co SO
Tina Waddle, King County
West Members At Large:
Ron Johnston, Tukwila PD; Doug Partlow, Tukwila PD; Mike Chaney, Des Moines PD
East Members At Large:
Bob McQueen, Tukwila PD; Diane Erickson, Spokane Co SO; Dennis Hooper, Spokane PD
Puget Sound Area
2nd Tues. of the Month 11:00AM
Black Bear Diner
32065 Pacific Hwy S
Federal Way, WA
Retired Sheriff Deputies, Employees and Spouses Association
1st Monday of the Month at 11:30AM
10502 E Sprague Ave.
Spokane Valley, WA
ANNUAL OLD COPS POT LUCK
7 MAR 2017 @ 1500 HRS ( 3:00 PM )
Check below for more info.
WSRDSPOA ANNUAL CONVENTION
September 14-16, 2017
Columbia Sun RV Resort
103907 Wiser Parkway
855-833-3886 or 509-420-4880
Best Western Plus
4001 W 27th Avenue
Kennewick, WA, 99337
Phone: 509 586-1332
I hope everyone’s holiday season was as rewarding as it was in our family. It’s always such a good time to get together and catch up on the latest accomplishments, laugh and just enjoy each other. The west side Christmas party is always a good time with a good meal, good friends and a visit by Mr. Claus to keep things humming along and it was over before I knew it.
It’s a New Year and I hope everyone is aware that I have been elected President. Past President Mike Clements worked well but had a very difficult year with health issues and the loss of a family member. We owe Mike a “Thank You” for serving the association. During Mike’s term we accomplished some things that will benefit us in the future. One of which is the inclusion of retirees from LEOFF II that wish to join the WSRDSPOA as full, voting members. Other retired organizations across the State have allowed members from both LEOFF systems and I think this will be an advantage in the future. We welcome the LEOFF II members.
Senate Bill 6668 has once again been brought before the legislators in Olympia. No matter how many times this occurs it seems to need our attention. This time they simply want to place the LEOFF Plan I retirement under the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) which is underfunded. This under funding is through no part of the teachers themselves but through mismanagement of their retirement system. Actually, it’s a money grab to take the LEOFF I excess funds (we are over funded above 120%).
This has been described by some legislators as excess money not needed by the LEOFF I retirement system. The leadership of the various LEOFF I organizations have determined that this merger would be a weakening of our retirement system. Leave the LEOFF I system alone! It works! You will get the funds after the beneficiaries are gone. The excess is used by the State Investment Board to grow the fund. Your Legislature’s Select Committee on Pension Policy could not come to a conclusion for or against the merger. The bill is going before the legislature for their decision.
Now is the time to identify your legislators for future contact. They listen to their constituents. The campaign to contact them has worked for us before. Remember to keep your contacts civil. This legislation does not affect your health benefits, which, by law, are provided by your former employer. (Who in some case would also like some of the excess funds).
Lastly (and thankfully) we have a new editor of the Hot Sheet. Zbig Kasprzyk has stepped in and has been a great asset. Thank him when you see him. Send him any news that you have but remember sometimes he can’t fit everything into our limited space. Don’t feel hurt if it isn’t in the Hot Sheet. We still want to know what’s going on out there.
As you all know by now we have had our election for officers. There are two new changes, Joe Dawson is our new president and Bob McQueen is now our newest Eastside Executive Board member. A big thanks to our outgoing president, Mike Clements and our outgoing Eastside Board Member, Felix Ramon. It’s folks like you stepping up and helping run this association that makes it so successful.
Ronnie Johnston is also heading a committee on reviewing our association by-laws. The committee is not looking at making any major changes, just some minor house keeping. Like last year this will require the changes be addressed at meetings and a final vote to be taken at the summer convention in Kennewick.
Thoughts and Prayers
As we all continue on with our busy daily lives let us not forget what is going on with what seems to be a continuous attack on deputies and police officers around our nation. Take time to pause in your busy schedule and say a prayer for the families that are struggling after their loved one was killed in the line of duty and for the deputies and police officers that were wounded and are now fighting to get better. They should never be forgotten.
There was a Legacy Fund set up for fallen Tacoma officer Jake Gutierrez. Our association has donated $200 to that fund.
LEOFF Plan 1 and Plan 2
Members May Purchase an Annuity
New law will also open a future annuity purchase window for certain other LEOFF and WSPRS retirees.
A new law that took effect June 9, 2016, allows Law Enforcement Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ (LEOFF) Plan 1 and Plan 2 members to purchase an annuity at retirement to supplement their pension benefit. (An annuity purchase is a way to convert a lump sum of money to a guaranteed income stream.) Details on the provisions for making an annuity purchase are available in the Purchasing an Annuity
brochure from the Department of Retirement Systems.
The new law (SB 6264) will also provide a future opportunity for an annuity purchase by LEOFF Plan 1 retirees who retired before June 9, 2016, and LEOFF Plan 2 and WSPRS Plan 1 or Plan 2 retirees who retired before having an opportunity to buy an annuity. The window for this purchase option will be Jan. 1 to June 1, 2017. Look for more information about this window later this year.
This is a copy of the Purchasing an Annuity
brochure copied from the Washington DRS website. Hopefully this will help answer some of your questions.
Purchasing an Annuity – LEOFF and WSPRS
For members of the Law Enforcement Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ (LEOFF) and Washington State Patrol Retirement System (WSPRS) Last Updated June 2016
When you retire, you can supplement your monthly benefit by making a one-time, lump sum payment to purchase an annuity. The annuity must be purchased by rolling over funds from an eligible governmental plan, such as the state’s Deferred Compensation Program (DCP). The minimum rollover amount is $25,000.
Why would I want to purchase an annuity?
Purchasing an annuity increases your monthly benefit for the rest of your life. An “annuity” is an investment on which you receive fixed payments for your lifetime. If you purchase one, you will continue to receive the annuity portion of your monthly benefit even if you return to work, or return to membership. If you are eligible for an annual Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) on your monthly benefit, you will receive the same COLA percentage on your purchased annuity
What happens to my annuity upon my death?
Similar to your monthly benefit payment, the annuity portion may also be passed along to a survivor if you select a survivor option at the time you retire, except for LEOFF Plan 1 members and members of WSPRS Plan 1 who selected survivor Option A. For these members, this annuity will be paid for the member’s lifetime only.
If you do not select a survivor option, or if you are a LEOFF Plan 1 member, or a WSPRS Plan 1 member who selected survivor Option A, at the time of your death any remaining portion of the original amount you paid for your annuity, less any payments you have received, will be paid to your designated beneficiary or your estate.
Can I purchase an annuity if I’m not an active member?
If you are inactive and eligible for retirement, you can buy an annuity when you submit your retirement application.
How is the annuity paid?
The annuity you purchase is a guaranteed lifetime payment that will be paid to you monthly. You will receive one payment each month from DRS. The payment will include the combined value of your monthly benefit and the purchased annuity amount.
Your annuity will be determined by an actuarial factor that will be based on your retirement date or the date your retirement application is submitted to DRS, whichever is
How can I determine the amount my monthly benefit will increase?
An online calculator is available to help you estimate how much purchasing an annuity may increase your monthly benefit. To access the calculator, log in to your retirement account.
How do I purchase an annuity?
To purchase an annuity, contact DRS for a copy of the Request to Purchase an Annuity form for LEOFF and WSPRS. Or, if you are applying for retirement online, you may request an annuity purchase through that application.
Once DRS receives this completed form, or your annuity purchase request through the online retirement application, a bill will be sent to you. To pay for the annuity, you must rollover funds totaling at least $25,000 from an eligible governmental plan, such as DCP.
When will the increase in my monthly benefit take place?
Your annuity will be effective the day after DRS receives your payment or on your retirement date, whichever is later. The two examples below describe how this would work for a retiree who has purchased an annuity that will increase his or her monthly benefit by $450 and will be retiring effective July 1.
Payment received before retirement date
If DRS receives payment for the annuity purchase before July 1, the retiree will receive $450 in addition to his or her regular monthly benefit amount on his or her first retirement payment, which will arrive on the last working day of July.
Payment received after retirement date
If DRS receives payment after July 1, the first payment will be prorated for that month. For example, if DRS receives the payment for the annuity on Sept. 15, the retiree will receive an annuity payment of $225 with his or her monthly benefit on the last day of September. Every month from that point forward, he or she will receive $450 each month from the annuity.
For more information about purchasing this annuity, contact DRS
The actual provisions governing the purchase of an annuity are contained in the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) pertaining to each specific retirement system. This brochure is a summary of those provisions, not a complete description of the law, and describes provisions currently in effect. If there are any conflicts between what is written in this brochure and what is contained in the law the applicable law will govern.
Don’t forget to put this on your calendar!!!!
ANNUAL OLD COPS POT LUCK
7 MAR 2017 @ 1500 HRS ( 3:00 PM )
Hosted by Tom & Debbie Pritchard. 14828 E. 40th Place. (new address) Yuma, AZ 85367. Phone 928-345-9838.
Directions: From Foothills Blvd take the South Foothills Road east to 15 E. Turn right on 15 E going south and turn right onto 40th Street. Continue to the first road and turn left. At stop sign turn left onto 40 Place. Pritchard’s house is at the end of 40th Place. The area is a new housing area called Las Barrancas.
The following will be furnished: Chicken, Ham, Margaritas, Daiquiris, beer, pop, water, ice and Lee Hahn’s music.
Please bring a side dish / desert and a new friend.
For those wanting to golf on 6 Mar ’17 contact Lee Hahn by 27 Feb ’17 to reserve a spot on one of the foursomes. The course and tee time has yet to be determined. The course will want a confirmed list of players by 1 Mar ’17.
Lee Hahn: email@example.com
, Subject: (Old Cops Golf) or 509-679-2888 (Voice or text) Text is preferred, easy to keep records.
Need a new Dr.?
Q: Doctor, I’ve heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true?
A: Heart only good for so many beats, and that it… Don’t waste on exercise. Everything wear out eventually. Speeding up heart not make you live longer; it like saying you extend life of car by driving faster. Want to live longer? Take nap.
Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?
A: Oh no. Wine made from fruit. Brandy distilled wine, that mean they take water out of fruity bit so you get even more of goodness that way. Beer also made of grain. Bottom up!
Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?
A: Well, if you have body and you have fat, your ratio one to one. If you have two body, your ratio two to one.
Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?
A: Can’t think of single one, sorry. My philosophy: No pain…good!
Q : Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?
A: Oh no! When you exercise muscle, it get bigger. You should only be doing sit-up if you want bigger stomach.
Q: Is chocolate bad for me?
A: You crazy?!? HEL-LO-O!! Cocoa bean! Another vegetable! It best feel-good food around!
Q: Is swimming good for your figure?
A: If swimming good for figure, explain whale to me.
Q: Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle?
A: Hey! ‘Round’ is shape!
Well… I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.
For those of you who watch what you eat, here’s the final word on nutrition and health. It’s a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.
1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans…
CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.
EMAILS via CONSTANT CONTACT
We have had a problem with members being “Unsubscribed” when they did not ask to be “Unsubscribed”.
I called Constant Contact and explained my problem of members being “Unsubscribed” without asking to be. Their explanation is that when a member receives an email and wants to forward it to a friend, if for some reason, that friend hits the “Unsubscribe” button, the friend and the Member are “Unsubscribed”.
So, Constant Contact added a “Forward this Email” button. It is located just below the “Green” block near the bottom of the email. When you use this button to forward the email to a friend, if the friend were to “Unsubscribe”, it will not “Unsubscribe” you. So you are strongly encouraged to use this new “Forward to a Friend” button.
So we will try that new button and see what happens.
If you want to “Unsubscribe”, please call or email me and I’ll take you off the mailing list. I reiterate, Please do not use the “SafeUnsubscribe” button.
Around the Beat
Passing of Harold Edward Hansen passed away on Wednesday, November 9th at 3:00 AM with Christina, his wife of 54 years, at his side. Harry, as everyone knew him, retired from the King County Sheriff’s on March 31st, 1992 after 28 years of service. He retired with the rank of Lieutenant. Harry was 76.
Donald A. Everett was born March 20, 1930 in Witchetaw, Kansas to Darrel and Thela Everett. At the age of 3 he moved to the home where he was raised in Tracyton, Washington. On Sept. 3, 1955, Don married Gladys “Honey” Beatrice Pease. In 1957, Don joined the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department retiring as captain in 1982.
Don passed peacefully Sept. 27, 2016 and is survived by his six children: Tara, Melody, Debbie, Claudia, Donald and Steven; 11 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.
Don Kemp, Sr. passed away at the age of 84 on Feb. 3, 2016 at the Oregon Veterans’ Home in The Dalles, Oregon.
He served in the United States Marines in the Korean War and was honorably discharged. After military service, Don was a Klickitat County sheriff’s deputy and later was employed by the City of Goldendale Police Department as police chief for many years.
He enjoyed golfing, hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary in 2014; his parents Elmer and Esther Kemp; his brothers Marvin, Stanley and Junior; and his stepdaughter Cindy. He is survived by his son Don Jr.; his stepson Bill Thiessen; many nieces and nephews; and sister Luella.
Notes from our members:
Tom and Kathy Kilburgsent a thank you to all Board Members for all the work they do. This was sent on a card with a beautiful photo from the Olympic Peninsula.
Ron and Sharon Kespohl say thanks for all you do!
Mel Woods Thanks for the service. He is finally wrapping up rehab at Tacoma Lutheran Home.
Joe and Helen Buda say that all is well, family healthy and they are living the retirement dream.
Bob Combs says thanks for the email updates as they keep him updated and it saves on postage. Bob thanks the board for all their work on “behalf of all us retired folks”.
Welcome to our newest members:
Steve & Chris Wandel – King County Sheriffs Office. Steve retired on Sept. 1 2007. Steve loves to golf, fish and they love to RV. Steve is also a member of the Masons.
Last year was my first year of trying to get this newsletter up and going again. I have been able to do so with a lot of help from a few of our members. This year I want to try and set a more regular schedule on when we publish this newsletter. The Hot Sheet will be sent out quarterly, starting with January, then April, July, and October. If anything important comes up we can always do a special edition.
I want to thank the few people that send me jokes or articles that I use. Please feel free to send me whatever you have and I’ll try to get it in.
You need a Username and I will assign one to you.
You also will be assigned a temporary Password.
After you login, we recommend that you to go to “Profile” and change your Password. Look for the Black Bar at top of the window – right side says “Howdy, …” Now look to left side – it shows icon of “house & WSRDSPOA” – put mouse icon over WSRDSPOA – a drop-down window shows Dashboard – click on Dashboard.
Dashboard opens along left side – click on “Profile”.
Scroll down and make your changes – scroll to bottom and click on Blue box “Update Profile”. That should do it. This should work for adding your picture too.
If you have any trouble getting on to the website or have any questions, email or call me. Don McCabe – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 509 951-0399.
TIME for 2017 DUES
Your annual WSRDSPOA Dues are still $20.00 per year.
Please send your $20 check to:
W S R D S P O A
P.O. Box 1805
Sumner, WA 98390
So how do I find my dues date?
For those who still receive the Hot Sheet via US Postal Service – check the mailing label for the year of your last dues payment.(It is suppose to be above your name)
Look for the Black bar across the top. Go to ” Howdy, (Your name)” at top right. See Dropdown window.
Go to “Edit My Profile” & Click.
Scroll down and on the left side you should see “Member Dues” & Year.
If you see 2015 or 2016 you owe dues. If you see 2017 or higher – you do not owe dues. Yes, you can pay up a few years ahead, but five or ten years is not necessary.
Besides, it does not guarantee you will live that long. (If you have trouble logging onto the website – please email me: email@example.com
or call 509-951-0399)
As a last resort only
, you can call or email our Treasurer Tina Waddle – 253-863-9188 or firstname.lastname@example.org
and she will check her records.
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, West Side Executive Board Member: email@example.com
or call (206) 595-6819
, West Side Executive Board Member
or call (509) 698-4648