• Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. ~John Dewey

About Us

Spokane Area Retired Educators Assoc. Officers 2021-2022

President - Brad Beal
Vice-President – Char Schelling
Secretary - Marilyn Richards
Treasurer/Budget – Kathy Beal


Spokane Area Retired Educators Assoc. Executive Committee 2021-22

Budget- Kathy Beal Community Service – Mini grants - Jan McFarland
Courtesy - Dixie Eggleston
Directory Editor - open
Foundation – John Young
Foundation Treasurer – Carol McGurk
Health and Insurance Serv. - Carol Hayes
Historian - Marilyn Richards
Legislation - Kathy Albi
Legislation - John Albi
Legislation - Pat Anderson
Luncheon Coordinator - Charlotte Schelling
Membership – Cookie Billups, Pam Francis, Dixie Eggleston, Harriet Plucker
Necrology – open
Newsletter – Kathy Braid
Out Reach – Foundation Board
Parliamentarian - open
Program – Char Schelling
Retirement - John Young
Scholarship -Char Schelling

DISTRICT E7

E-7 Representative – Linda Marler
E7 Coordinator - Don Kackman

A BIT OF SAREA HISTORY

The “idea” for a retired teachers’ organization in Spokane began in 1939. The Spokane Retired Teachers Association became official in October of 1945, with twenty-six members. The Spokane group was one of the four founding members of the Washington State Retired Teachers Association in 1946 (Now called the Washington State School Retirees Association). Today SAREA has over 1000 members in our local unit.

The Association offers a way to keep in touch with former co-workers and acquaintances and an opportunity to make new friends. We hold five General Meetings throughout the year. See Calendar/Events on this website. Three of the meetings are luncheons. We have four elected positions, President, Vice-president, Secretary and Treasurer. The board also includes about twenty committee chairs or special positions.

The membership meetings and luncheons include community speakers, influential leaders in education and trend setters. These speakers keep us up to date on what’s happening in the community and in education. Our luncheons also include entertainment from local schools offering an opportunity for local students to showcase their talents. (We have had Fine Arts displays, dancing, singing, bands and solo instrumentalists)

The Association has a Legislation Committee that works with the state legislative committee to promote the welfare of all school retirees through direct contact with elected officials letting them know our wants and needs. Each legislative session our committee members make personal contact with each of our area legislators at least twice. SAREA does not endorse or financially support any individual candidates. While the WSSRA PAC supports candidates who are willing to put forward our retirement goals.

We offer Mini grants annually to active teachers in our unit 25 region. Applications will be available on our website this spring, with grants of up to $250 each.

Each spring, we also offer scholarships to area High School seniors interested in becoming an educator. These are ways we help financially support future teachers and students currently active in education. See Scholarships and Grants.
The Association has sponsored a Retirement and Benefits Conference for a number of years, and we host a booth at Spokane School Districts Benefits Fair each year. We also present a special Health Benefits Meeting as needed to explain the changes to the medical/dental programs and prices for our members. This year it is a virtual ZOOM webinar.

We represent all school employees whether retired or still working, and all are welcome to join. We have administrators, cooks, custodians, bus/truck drivers, secretaries, aides, teachers and others in our organization. With your membership you receive the Journal, a magazine highlighting retiree issues and articles from the state six times a year. You also receive our local Newsletter, (See our latest issue on this website) during the year we hold 4 meetings, and publish a Directory with the names, addresses and phone numbers of each of our local members. This is another way to keep in touch with old friends. Dues are only $7 per month. You don’t have to wait until retirement as we also offer “active” (those still employed) memberships.

Supplemental insurances are available to members through AMBA. See on this website.

We represent all school employees whether retired or still working, and all are welcome to join. We have administrators, cooks, custodians, bus/truck drivers, secretaries, aides, teachers and others in our organization. With your membership you receive the Journal, a magazine highlighting retiree issues and articles from the state six times a year. You also receive our local Newsletter, (See our latest issue on this website) during the year we hold 4 meetings, and publish a Directory with the names, addresses and phone numbers of each of our local members. This is another way to keep in touch with old friends. Dues are only $7 per month. You don’t have to wait until retirement as we also offer “active” (those still employed) memberships.

Supplemental insurances are available to members through AMBA. See on this website.