18th Annual National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Golf Classic

The 18th Annual National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Golf Classic will be held October 29, 2017 to November 3, 2017 and is the “WORLD’S LARGEST LAW ENFORCEMENT GOLF EVENT.” In addition to the opportunity to support a great cause, you’ll have the opportunity to play some of the most requested courses in Myrtle Beach.

In the spirit of the Memorial, we invite any golfer, male or female with or without a USGA handicap, to participate in this year’s event.

Entries are limited to the first 720 golfers. You can contact the tournament office at (252)-426-2216 for additional information. You can contact us by email at NLEOMGC@aol.com, or visit our website and download the registration form and mail or fax it to the NLEOMGC Tournament Office. Registration closes August 15, 2017.

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Upcoming Events

July 18, 2017 10:30AM
S.O.A.R. Business Meeting
Bill Grays, Island Cottage Rd & Latta Rd
All invited to participate.

July 27, 2017 2PM & 4PM
CSEA meeting/overview of their legal procedures & status of their legal work to protect retirees health benefits
IBEW Local Hall, 2300 East River Rd.
Any CSEA retiree should attend, and remember, as S.O.A.R. is following the result of their work, all S.O.A.R. retirees should attend as well.

September 19, 2017
S.O.A.R. Luncheon
Finger Lakes Race Track & Casino

Tri Town Newsletter July 2017

The Tri Town Newsletter features articles that would be informative to everyone. Click here to download the latest edition.

Click here to open the Tri-Town MCSO supplement.

Click here to open the brochure for the 2017 Gates Chili Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament & Dinner Auction.

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Advice on Your Deferred Compensation Plan

I’m sending this email to everyone in my address book who has any connection to Monroe County- past and current employees, any department, etc., but please forward to anyone you know who may have a deferred compensation account through ICMA-RC, who administers Monroe County’s Deferred Compensation Plan.

I recently went through a very scary and very lengthy experience with ICMA-RC that I don’t wish on anyone. Over the course of a month, it involved countless emails, phone calls, and postal mail. I offer some suggestions for anyone who has an account with this company.

In trying to access my account, at first just to obtain balance information, I was first unable to log into my account online, and then was denied access by phone. The company was unable to identify me, and apparently had incorrect information about me and my account. My best guess at this point is that they had confused me with a retiree from a city in Michigan! I was unable to answer security questions correctly, because they obviously didn’t pertain to me. It took two days just to get through to them.

When I finally was able to contact a representative, I had one simple request: please send me any and all information and forms necessary to close my account, which I rolled over (tax protected) into an IRA. I had lost all faith and confidence in this company’s ability to safely and efficiently maintain my deferred compensation assets.

The entire process took several weeks, but I have successfully “liberated” my assets from ICMA-RC. I feel better now, but would like my county comrades to take steps to be secure with this company.

Because they couldn’t identify me, didn’t know old I am, didn’t know where I live, and didn’t even know where I worked/retired from, I offer these suggestions:

1. Get out. The best advice I can offer after my nightmare experience is to find some place else that will safely, efficiently, and responsibly handle your account. Your 457 funds can simply be rolled over to an IRA, in most cases without tax consequences (consult your tax person for details).

2. If you choose to stay with ICMA-RC, please verify ALL of your information, both online and by phone! Confirm all of your data, including your security questions.

— Michael Washington

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Discounts for First Responders, Active & Retired military

The following dealerships offer discounts:

  • Bob Johnson Chevrolet: $750 Hometown Heroes (Educators, Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, Paramedics and former Military) Bonus Cash
  • In the north country, FX Caprara: $500 rebate for active & retired military.

Please contact the dealership for more details.

Retiree Insurance Benefits

I had a visitor today…
National Income Life Insurance Company
6035 Corporate Dr.
Syracuse, New York 13057

As many of you may know, as a member of ARPALER and S.O.A.R., you are automatically enrolled in a NO cost to you $4000 Accidental Death or Dismemberment policy with the folks at the National Income Life Insurance Company. Our local rep is Ms. Taylor Pelkie who can be reached by calling 585-292-9610.

And as you may also know, the insurance company rep has chosen at random several individuals from one of the above groups and asked to visit them to discuss insurance opportunities. The company rep will also deliver the actual document for your family files indicating the above policy.

My wife and I had the good future to have Ms. Pelkie come to our home and discuss the above information. It was a pleasant visit, no high pressure sales pitches just plain information that my wife and I found interesting and useful.

We discussed the following topics:

  • The delivery of documents and explanation of the $4000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment policy.
  • Explanation of the insurance policy to cover funeral expenses.
  • Child Safety & Identification kits
  • Explanation of the companies Best Benefits program….(ATTN: Those looking for discount prescription costs should explore this source)
  • For a small yearly fee, an individual can join this program and receive discounts at many major stores such as Costco, K-Mart, Rite Aid, Safeway, Target, to name a few.

I urge anyone interested in the above topics to call Ms. Pelkie and schedule a visit.

Ed Ramsperger

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Support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention “Out of the Darkness” Walk

I’m walking in the Out of the Darkness Rochester NY Walk to fight suicide and support AFSP’s bold goal to reduce the suicide rate 20% by 2025.

I have lost 3 fellow workers and dear friends over the the last 8 years. And now I find myself facing this within my family. I struggle to stay strong for all of those who need me. But I find I am fighting 2 battles, 1 of medical issues, which causes the second of just being fed up with things and at times finding them ready to call it quits. These are the ones I need to stay strong and find the help they need.

Please help me reach my goal by clicking here. All donations are 100% tax deductible and benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), funding research, education, advocacy, and support for those affected by suicide.

Thank you for your support!

Larry Crawford

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