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MARSP/ KARSP = please join  —  

We need you, and you need us….

Please click on  MARSP dues.pdf




President Elect:  OPEN           

Past Pres./Awards:  JULIE DEVERS           

      President:  Manuel.pdf  -      

MARSP is valuable to you.

Through the grassroots efforts of members who contacted their legislators and the governor to encourage them not to close down the retirement system to new hires, MARSP helped preserve our health insurance benefits and an improved pension plan for new personnel.

There will be more issues in the future that will need to have our voices and votes heard.  MARSP will keep looking out for you and keeping you informed.   Please thank them by renewing your membership.

With KARSP/MARSP membership, you also are able to contact Sandy Beiter, our insurance chair, with any concerns you have regarding our health benefits.

Tell your friends to call 1-888-960-4022 to renew their membership, and share your personal reasons for continuing to be a MARSP/KARSP member.       

Secretary:  Ann Wuerthele       

Treasurer:  Jan Wright                                                  

Archivist:  Anname Stohrer    Please read the information from Sandy Beiter!


Beacon Editor:  Phil Stohrer                  

Calling:  Sally Roach

Cookies:  Aurelia Reed/Judy Lemon                         

Cookies/Hobby Show:  Judy Lemon               

Decorations:  Hattie Ford

Directory:  Cheryl Butler

Friendship:  Barbara Rockey 

Fun Time:  Julie Devers        

Publicity:  Vacant            

Hospitality:  Nancy Rogers / Sue Split               

Insurance- BC/BS:  Sandy Beiter

Insurance- Priority Health - Cheryl Butler

Legislation- Ken Larson

Lunch Tickets:  Donna Clinard

Area-22 Director:  Charles Long

Membership:  Linda Hawley and Kris Kirkpatrick

Name Tags:  Deb Sykes

Nominations:  Nan Palm

Pension Seminars:  Kris Kirkpatrick

Scholarships:  Sharon Pendola

Smith/Rupp Fund:  Pat McKinney

Travel:  Barb Knickerbocker

Web Master: Bob Kucera


                                                                                        K A R S P   TAKE ACTION ON PENSION TAX REFORM!

MARSP and KARSP leadership urges you to contact your state legislators by email to voice your support for Senate and House bill(s)  that would affect anyone who was retired and receiving a pension as of January 1, 2012. Starting next year their pension tax treatment reverts back to the way it was treated pre-pension tax. In other words, the pension tax would be eliminated for these individuals.

Steps You should take-

  1. Log onto the MARSP website,
  2. Click on the ADVOCACY tab.
  3. Click on the Find Your Legislator tabs to contact your House and Senate representatives and the Governor to send the following message:                                           “I am a member of MARSP, and I want to see the pension tax repealed."
  4. Don’t forget to spread the word to fellow members.!

Remember- Public Act 38 of 2011 significantly reduced a promised, long-standing income tax exemption based on pensioners’ birthdates.T