Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel - Berrien County Chapter
Who We Are
he Berrien County Chapter of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel (MARSP-BCC) is one of 83 in-state chapters (there are also 20 out-of-state chapters). Through their membership, chapter members support MARSP's mission to preserve, protect, and enchance benefits and provide societal support that creates a dignified retirement for current and future public school retirees.
We are an organization focused on communication. Like MARSP, we communicate with members using a newsletter, website, e-mail, telephone, and meetings. Both MARSP and MARSP-BCC have individuals able answer questions and solve problems related to retirement benefits. Each year MARSP-BCC sponsors a retirement planning workshop that provides retirement and insurance information to those planning to retire and insurance information to those already retired.
We know that retirees who are knowledgeable about their retirement benefits and the legislation that affects those benefits are better able to use those benefits wisely and to influence the actions that affect those benefits.
Communication is a primary purpose of the four annual MARSP-BCC luncheon meetings; however, the meetings and committee activity also provide an opportunity to socialize and keep in touch with friends and colleagues. The goal is to help retirees make the most of their retirement years.
We are an organization that is effective because of its volunteers. As with the other chapters, the board and committee members of MARSP-BCC are volunteers. The MARSP-BCC volunteers serve the needs of more than 800 chapter members. Membership dues enable MARSP to have an executive director and five paid staff to serve the needs of more than 45,000 members; however, the MARSP officers and committee members are also volunteers.
Additional information about who we are can be learned from the chapter documents below. The bylaws describe our chapter's governance, the committee descriptions indicate ways member volunteers become involved, the list of scholarship recipients shows our commitment to the future of education, and the chapter history provides an overview of our activities since the chapter began in 1968.
(Upper Right) Rochelle Strunk (left), 2011-2013 chapter president, presents Patricia Wightman-Fisk (right) the 2012 MARSP-BCC Award for Dedicated Service.
(Upper Left) Medal of Honor recipient Jim "Doc" McCloughan (left) after speaking at the November 14, 2017, membership meeting and Don Alsbro, retired U.S. Army colonel (right). Jim is also a former coach and teacher from South Haven, Michigan. Don is president and co-founder of the local Lest We Forget organization, former Lake Michigan College instructor, and member of the Berrien Chapter of MARSP.
(Lower Left) June 10, 2014, program: Michael Kline, "Al Capone and the St. Valentine's Day Massacre."
(Lower Right) Three $1,500 Dorothy Hawks Scholarships were presented in 2017. (Left to Right) Lindsay Eberling, scholarship recipient; Diane Buczwinski, Scholarship Committee chair; Carolyn Kodis, scholarship recipient. Not pictured, scholarship recipient Kelsey Griffith.
For chapter bylaws (4 pages), click Bylaws.
For chapter committee descriptions (3 pages), click Committees.
For list of scholarship recipients (1 page), click Scholarships.
For chapter history (5 pages), click History.