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BY DEB ESCOBAR on March 25, 2018

At its March 20 meeting, the RC 10 Board of Directors approved a motion that will donate $500 to an AFT fund that will benefit West Virginia teachers, who recently endured a two-week strike for better pay and a fix to the state's public healthcare system. If individual members would like to donate to the strike fund, they can send checks to:

AFT-WV Solidarity Fund, 1615 Washington Street East, Suite 300, Charleston WV 25311.

At the beginning of the strike on February 22, West Virginia ranked 48th in the nation for teacher salaries. West Virginia is a



The Bocuse Restaurant (French) at the CIA will feature the following menu: Black Truffle Soup V.G.E. (beef broth, vegetables, black truffles, and puff pastry); Magret Duck Breast (pickled cherries, turnip puree, Brussel sprouts, cherry kirsch sauce); and Crème Brûlée and fruit compote. On the way, we will stop in Poughkeepsie at the Walkway over the Hudson. This will give us a chance to walk out on the old railroad bridge 212 feet above the Hudson River for a nice view. If you want, you can ride the bus over the river.

After lunch, we will tour Widerstein, widely regarded as the Hudson Valley



The biennial NYSARA election convention will convene on April 19, 2018, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the NYSUT offices at 800 Troy Schenectady Road in Latham, New York.  Keynote speakers will include  Alliance for Retired Americans Executive Director, Richard Fiesta, and NYS Assemblyman John T. McDonald (D/108th AD)  a member of the Assembly Aging Committee.  Also, presentations on "Death by a Thousand Cuts for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid" and an analysis of the success of  Constitutional Convention issue advocacy will be given.  Unfortunately, the NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli let



Over the past eight years, RC 10 has been involved in making and distributing Joy Bears to cancer patients in the RC 10 geographic area, and many RC 10 members and guests have participated in twice-yearly work sessions to decorate the bears. (See the article at for more information on RC 10's involvement in this worthwhile project). Joy Bears first began in 2008 when Guilderland retiree Joyce Foley battled ovarian cancer, and a friend began making the bears for Joyce to pass out to her fellow patients during



Most people know at least something about Social Security. For decades, Social Security has been providing valuable information and tools to help you build financial security. Here’s your opportunity to find out a little more, with some lesser-known facts about Social Security.

1. Social Security pays benefits to children.
Social Security pays benefits to unmarried children whose parents are deceased, disabled, or retired. See Benefits for        Children at N-05-10085.pdf for the specific requirements.

2. Social Security can pay benefits to parents.
Most people know




NYS Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker is urging all New Yorkers six months of age and over who have not yet received a flu shot to get vaccinated as soon as possible.  Cases of influenza are rising and new cases have been reported in 61 of 62 counties.

Dr. Zucker stated, "Influenza is a significant threat to public health, and we are strongly encouraging anyone who has not already gotten the flu vaccine to get one immediately.  Getting vaccinated is not just about protecting yourself, it also protects people




Put on your walking shoes on Saturday, June 16, 2018, for an entertaining and delicious way to learn about Troy—its ups and downs, and the role food is playing in bringing this architectural gem back to life. You'll sip and sample some of New York’s classic flavors and sprinkle in history and culture to round out the day. The group will meet just past our first stop, 275 River Street, Troy, at 10 am. This   Central Troy Historic Food Tour is a leisurely 3-hour, 1.5-mile walk with informative stops along the way. The tour ends at the Troy's Farmer's Market with time for



As part of RC 10’s ongoing commitment to Social Justice, our Council will be participating in the Regional Foodbank’s  BackPack Program. This program is designed to meet the needs of hungry children on weekends when other food resources are not available. The program provides bags filled with food that are child-friendly, shelf-stable, and easily-consumed. Bags are packed each week by school staff and discreetly distributed to participating children every Friday afternoon. The bags are then returned on Monday to be refilled for the next weekend.

In the four counties that RC 10 represents, the



What could be more important to an organization of retired educators than to encourage young people to enter our chosen profession? RC 10 has always thought this was an important effort to make. Since 2008, RC 10 has offered a scholarship to one graduating senior from a public high school in each of the four counties represented by RC 10: Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Washington.  Applicants for this year’s $1,000 scholarship must complete an application that is then reviewed by a committee of RC 10 members. Among aspects considered are GPA/class rank, course rigor, and extracurricular



February is American Heart Month and in the spirit of taking care of our hearts physically, it is also important to remember to take care of our hearts emotionally. Emotional Intelligence (EI) describes the ability to understand one’s own feelings. It provides great insight on how our emotions influence our motivation and behavior. The really good news is that just as regular exercise can strengthen your heart physically, learning about emotional intelligence can enhance your life psychologically. We can shape and nurture our EI when