Southern Fairfield County Retired Teachers Association

Southern Fairfield Retired Teacher Association serving Darien, Greenwich, New Canann, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport, Wilton

SFCRTA General Meeting notes from April 7, 2015

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A large group of SFCRTA’s retirees gathered on April 7 at St. Mary’s Church hall in Norwalk for an informative Power Point presentation led by Benjamin Rhodes III, a Social Security specialist for the CT area. Mr. Rhodes gave a comprehensive review of the current Social Security laws which unfortunately impact adversely on CT teachers as well as teachers in fourteen other states. The laws in question are the GPO (Government Pension Offset) and WEP (Windfall Elimination Provision.) The GPO affects members who apply for spousal benefits based on their husband’s or wife’s work record. The WEP affects members who apply for their own SS benefits based on their own work. In both of these laws, benefits are eliminated or reduced unless certain exceptions are satisfied. (A more in-depth explanation is readily available on the internet.) There are bills pending in Congress to end this injustice. Senator Blumenthal, our own CT senator has not signed on to the Senate bill.

Mr. Rhodes took part in a lively exchange with members regarding these provisions. His explanation and responses were forthright but only helped to emphasize the fact that any change in these provisions can only take place with legislative action and support from those of us who are affected by these laws. If you care, call or write your congressman/congresswoman and work for action to repeal the GPO and WEP.

Southern Fairfield County Retired Teacher Association 2015


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Southern Fairfield County Retired Teachers


Tuesday, April 7 @10:00 a.m.

Parish Hall St. Mary’s Church

West Avenue, Norwalk, CT

Parking Lot entrance on Chapel Street

Speaker: Benjamin Rhodes, III

Social Security Administration

Before the meeting, set up your free account at

A Teacher Speaks Out

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Norwalk Hour
Feb 28, 2015

Letters to the Editor

Repeal this unfair Act

To the Editor:

      Definitely time for a change in the way Congress deals with Social Security.

      During the President Reagan Administration a uni-lateral decision by Congress in 1983 was adopted to take away: 60 percent of the Social Security pension for some government workers and all public school teachers in America who were on a public school pension as well.

      Evidently they assumed that lf you receive a public school pension, there is no need to receive your Social Security pension? To receive your Social Security pension one must work at least 40 quarters to qualify with Social Security withdrawn from your earnings. If you worked for this benefit, then you should receive your retirement benefit at 100 percent of the time and percentage that the government has taken from your earnings.

      As a retired public school teacher under his 1983 Social Security Windfall Act by Congress, you will receive only 40 percent. This, of course, is not only unfair, but unAmerican. Do you think any Congress member would be satisfied with only 40 percent of their retirement pension? This, of course, is legalized stealing, which is still in effect presently.

      There are some members of Congress who do indeed feel that this act should be recinded immediately, but not enough to create the elimination of the 1983 Social Security Windfall Act. No one is asking for a free lunch; just what they have paid for.

A./. Senese, Jr.Darien

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We are partnering with the Greater Bridgeport Retired Teachers Association to offer various day and overnight trips for our members. Trip info is available at: OR is here.

 The trip coordinator is:

Lois Hoyt

54 Fieldcrest Dr.

Trumbull, CT  06611

Call or email Lois to reserve a spot.  All trips must be paid for 6 weeks prior to the trip.

SFCRTA Holiday Luncheon 2014

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Senator Duff’s comments

Southern Fairfield County Retired

Teachers’ Association

Holiday Luncheon

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Continental Manor

112 Main Street, Norwalk, CT


10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Meet and Greet

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Speaker- Senator Bob Duff

The New CT State Senate Majority Leader

11:30-12:00 SFCRTA Business

12:00 p.m. Luncheon

$37.00 per person/Cash Bar

Please RSVP by Dec. 1, 2014 to

Mrs. Esther Flynn, 27 Kendall Ct, Norwalk, CT 06850



Indicate your choice of entrée (if more than one type, indicate name for each) and return this section with your check to Esther Flynn.

Name(s) ___________________ Phone number __________


# ____________ Chicken Francese


# ____________ Prime Rib of Beef


#____________ Poached Salmon


Make check out to SFCRTA.

Mail to Mrs. Esther Flynn, 27 Kendall Ct, Norwalk, CT 06850


Please bring an unwrapped toy to share with a child at this holiday time