Tuesday, November 3,  2020 Elections.The outcome of the November election will steer the debate over whether to overhaul the entire health care system, make adjustments to the Affordable Care Act, or leave things mostly the same.

The recent Legislative Committee article in the Beacon, listed questions to ask candidates concerning our health insurance, our pension, and the future of Medicare. Candidate's position on the future of social security should also be addressed.  Please go to the individual candidate’s web page for contact information. 

Candidates for State HouseDistrict 60:

Julie Rogers (D) vs Gary Mitchell (R)

District 61:

Christine Morse (D) vs Bronwyn Halton (R)

District 63:

Luke Howell (D) vs Matt Hall (R)

District 66:

Abigail Wheeler (D) vs Beth Griffin (R)

District 6: 

U.S. House of RepresentativesJon Hoadley (D) vs Fred Upton (R)

                             BESURE YOU VOTE!

Also, return your census forms.  Make sure you vote!  Many of our members have been voting absentee for years.  It is safe and reliable.  You can return the ballot early by mail, or at your clerks office or drop box!


BECAUSE COVID-19 and the potential risk factor, 



                                           O P I O N I O N

The US Postal Service's new postmaster general has established new cost-saving policies that could slow down mail service.  Post office mailboxes have been removed and mail sorting machines have been destroyed.  Mail carriers are being told to leave mail behind at distribution centers rather than taking late trips, extra trips, or logging overtime, according to memos first reported on by The Washington Post.  The Postal Service is on financially shaky ground because of the coronavirus pandemic, and it has been reported that it may run out of cash by the end of September. 

One of our KARSP members has a concern and wants the membership to get involved.  She believes, especially for those of us who get our meds via mail and/or vote by mail, that this problem needs to be addressed.  She suggests that we contact our Representatives and Senators - or contact the White House, and the USPS in DC.  (You can find this information on the legislative page.)  

These representatives need to hear from thousands of people.  They need to feel the pressure so that they will correct this situation.  KARSP members can call or email.  Hearing from thousands is the only way the powers that be are going to get the message.   This issue is too important for us to sit on the sidelines.  It is an issue that we should all care about, and we need to be active participants.  Get involved!


The KARSP SMITH/RUPP FUNDS ….. CHAIR, Pat McKinney        

     Monies have been provided for limited financial resources for all KARSP members who are in financial       need for the basics of life (help with providing food, medical bills, and prescriptions, hospital bills, utility and telephone bills, even the cost of your membership).

All members in any capacity:  bus drivers, office staff, custodial and maintenance workers, classroom aides, lunchroom workers, principals, teachers, etc. are eligible for assistance.

To be effective, we must count on our membership to inform us concerning their own or another’s needs.  All information will be kept strictly confidential.  Please contact:

 Pat McKinney at 269-876-9660 or


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:  Gwyn Evans                                                   

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


Beacon Editor:  Phil Stohrer                  

Calling:  Sally Roach

Cookies:  Aurelia Reed                         

Cookies/Hobby Show:  Judy Lemon               

Directory:  Cheryl Butler

Friendship:  Barbara Rockey 

Fun Time:  Edith Stahl        

Publicity:  Mary Ann Cronin            

Hospitality:  Nancy Rogers / Sue Split               

Insurance- BC/BS:  Sandy Beiter

Insurance- Priority Health - Cheryl Butler

Legislation- Betty Ongley - Ken Larson

Lunch Tickets:  Donna Clinard

Area-22 Director:  Charles Long

Membership:  Linda Hawley and Pat Rizzolo

Name Tags:  Sue Jordan

Nominations:  Nan Palm

Pension Seminars:  Kris Kirkpatrick

Scholarships:  Sharon Pendola

Smith/Rupp Fund:  Sue Moulton

Travel:  Barb Knickerbocker & Laurrie Perrione

Web Master: Bob Kucera