In Memory of Joan Owen

“It’s hard to forget someone who gave us so much to remember.”- Sujish Kandampully

We are profoundly saddened to announce the passing of SERO president Joan Owen on February 25th at Kindred Hospital in Lima.

Joan retired from Allen East School District, where she was a bus driver.  Joan wore many hats as she helped on the family farm as well as handled many administrative tasks for her church.  She was a member of the Ohio Child Conservation League for fifty-two years, where she served as a former district president, assistant scholarship treasurer and memorial chair. Joni began her work with SERO in 2006 as the Chapter Leader for the SERO Lima Chapter.  Joan soon was elected to serve on the SERO Executive Board as our Northwest District Representative and then the SERO Vice President.  Joan was elected as the SERO Executive Board President and was serving that term presently.  It was a privilege to have Joan involved with our organization and we will forever be grateful for her contribution to our organization.    

SERS Welcomes New Deputy Executive Director

-January 22, 2019

SERS recently announced the appointment of Karen Roggenkamp as SERS' next deputy executive director, effective January 28, 2019. Roggenkamp will oversee the administration of SERS' Member Services, Health Care, Information Technology, Administrative Services, and Human Resources departments.
Further details regarding Roggenkamp's experience and background can be viewed at the link below.

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New SERO Employee

Please join SERO in welcoming Brian Murphy as part of our Management staff.  Brian comes to SERO with impressive skills and experience in Administration, Marketing and Publications.   Brian has joined SERO as our Office and  Media Manage.  Brian will be learning our organizational goals and objectives and will partner with our Executive Director on many new and innovative projects. Brian is already learning about our membership and you may get the opportunity to speak directly to Brian when you call in to the SERO office.  We know you will offer your warm welcome to him as well.

New Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) Legislation Announced

Representatives Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Richard Neal (R-Texas) have just introduced H.R. 6933: "To amend title II of the Social Security Act to replace the windfall elimination provision with a formula equalizing benefits for certain individuals with non-covered employment, and for other purposes".

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Senior Real Estate Scam

Contact Franklin County Auditor's Office at 614-525-4663 if you receive anything in the mail promising real estate information.

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Watch for Scams with New Medicare Cards

Medicare has announced new ID cards to prevent fraud, but recipients must be vigilant and watch for scammers, even so.


(10/11/17) After considering alternate proposals aimed at immediately improving SERS’ financial position and reaching its long-term funding goals, the Board approved a three-year COLA suspension for current retirees and benefit recipients. Ultimately, after weighing the financial advice of the System’s actuary, the Board chose the three-year COLA suspension as the best way to improve the System’s financial footing while limiting the impact to retirees and benefit recipients as much as possible.

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Medicare Premium Nonsense

You may have heard that the Medicare Part “B” Premium is increasing thanks to the new health care laws that have passed. The new premium is not yet announced by Medicare but IT IS NOT $247.00 as suggested by some scare articles. Estimates from Medicare indicate nominal increases should be expected for 2013 and 2014. In similar articles a statement is made that real estate transactions in 2012 and future will require homeowners to pay 3.8% tax on the transaction. This statement is false.