LEGISLATIVE CONTRIBUTIONS

Contributions to the Legislative Fund can be made at any time, with a separate check made payable to:

RFFOW Legislative Fund 9134 207th Place SW , Edmonds, WA 98026.

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS

Thank you to the following members who sent separate donation checks.

We would also like to thank all the members who make a $3.00 contribution when paying their annual dues via check or by payroll deduction. Your contribution allows our voice to be heard and is very much appreciated!! We only list the amount if the donation is above $25.00:

Ken McAllister $410.00
Bob Swartout $205.00
George Moody $200.00
Jack Day $200.00
Thomas McNerney $125.00
Naomi Steele $100.00
John Ellis $100.00
Donald Rasmussen $100.00
Arnold Bryant $100.00
Gwen Heuer $100.00
Joseph Bennett $100.00
John Brooks $100.00
Phillip Palmer $100.00
Charlotte Clark $100.00
Dennis Harwood $100.00
Adrienne Hager $100.00
Mary Daniels $100.00
Marion Herth $100.00
John Simmons $100.00
Rudy Wallace $100.00
Robert Wickham $100.00
Lucy Sloan $100.00
Kenneth Beach $100.00
Henry Cockerham $58.00
Elynor Roehr $55.00
Jerry Shearer $50.00
Edwin Gibson $50.00
Mary Jane Tinsley $50.00
Marla Blaser $35.00
Charles Wright Jr $30.00


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JOIN THE RETIRED FIREFIGHTERS OF WASHINGTON (RFFOW)

Whether you're Prior Act, LEOFF I, LEOFF II, Federal or Private, the Retired Firefighters of Washington is for YOU!

The Retired Firefighters of Washington is the only politically active organization dedicated to, and representing, the interest of all retired firefighters of Washington State and their families. Countless hours are spent in Olympia, on behalf of retired firefighters, working with our state's Representatives to maintain, secure, and improve our pensions as they apply to the retired firefighters, their families and surviving spouses.

In addition to this serious work, The RFFOW provides a means for retired firefighters and their spouses to keep in touch with each other, pass along information and have some fun! We have monthly meetings, held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (except June, July & August) where members have the opportunity to not only meet old friends, but to hear the latest regarding pension issues.

So, if you're not already a member of the Retired Firefighters of Washington, we encourage you to join. There is strength in numbers. We are already a powerfull voice in Olympia but the greater the numbers the louder the voice to be heard.


To join, just print and fill out a membership application. Print and fill out this payroll deduction form if you are already a member and want to pay dues via payroll deduction.

Mail Applications to:
Retired Firefighters of Washington
9134 - 20
7th Place SW
Edmonds, WA 98026

Questions? (425) 775-9080 info@rffow.org

 


President’s Message

By Richard C. Warbrouck

We have now reached the halfway point in the 2015 Legislative Session. The session was called to order on January 12, 2015. Because this is a longer session it will continue for 105 days ending on April 26, 2015.

If you remember, prior to 2005, RCW 41.26, the LEOFF I Retirement System required the members to be married one year before retirement to be eligible to select a survivor benefit for a spouse. The prior pension act RCW 41.18 required that the member be married for five years before retirement to be eligible for a surviving spouse benefit. In 2003 the Retired Firefighters of Washington went to Olympia and had two bills introduced, HB 1715 and SB 5788, to extend a surviving spouse benefit to those members who married after retirement. These two bills did not require an actuarial reduction in the retiree’s current retirement benefit but they did require that the spouse be married to the member for five years before the member’s death and that the spouse be fifty-five years of age before being eligible to receive the benefit. The State Actuary put a fiscal note on the bill of 450 million dollars. This in itself killed the two bills. We challenged the fiscal note based on the projected volume of members that were estimated to use the new benefit. We made an offer to which they agreed, that we would use our organization, the RFFOW, as an example and send out a questionnaire to each member asking several questions that the Actuary felt necessary to prepare a fiscal note that would be more accurate. The results were enlightening, indicating that fewer members than originally projected would be exercising the new option.


(For more of the President's Message, click here)


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We want to notify you that SB 5873 was introduced on February 9, 2015. The sponsors of SB 5873 are Senators Steve Conway, Barbara Bailey, Mark Schoesler and Jeanne Kohl-Welles. This bill will reopen the filing period for those members who married after retirement to select an option for a Surviving Spouse Benefit. The bill will establish a two-year window period to register for this benefit. A member must have been married for two years prior to September 1, 2015 to qualify for this option.

Please write, call or e-mail your legislator’s House and Senate and ask for their support for this bill. If you need any information, address, phone number or e-mail address, please contact the Legislative Information Center 1-360-786-7573 for the information you need. We will notify you when the bill is scheduled for a hearing, however it may be a very short notice. You may also contact one or more of the Senators and thank them for sponsoring the bill. The reason this bill is important is because we have heard from so many, who are not members of the RFFOW, who said they were not made aware of the original bill when it was passed in 2005.

When you contact the Information Center and give them your address they can give you the number of your Legislative District, the names of your three legislators, their address, phone number and e-mail address.

Thanking you in advance for your help.
Dick Warbrouck


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Dear Mr. Warbrouck,

Thank you for your time this afternoon. It was a pleasure speaking with you. As discussed, I am forwarding along some additional information on our company and the opportunity at the US Open.

Our company, Fugazy Sports & Entertainment, has been selected by the USGA to manage the sponsor vehicle fleet at the upcoming U.S. Open. We have worked with the USGA since 2007 and managed all of the transportation at Chambers Bay for the US Amateur back in 2010. Additionally we manage transportation for Major League Baseball, the NFL,ESPN,the US Open (tennis) tournament and many other sports events at various venues around the country. More information about us can be found on our web site (www.fugazy.com).

We have always enjoyed working with retired and/or active Law Enforcement and Firefighter personnel to serve as drivers and staff for the sponsor vehicle programs. Several members of your organization worked with us in 2010. We have found retired Officers/Firefighters to be professional and keenly familiar with both traffic and knowledge of the geographical area. Once again, our sole purpose for working with retired Officers/Firefighters is solely the professionalism and local knowledge they provide, as well as many having a passion for golf. We are seeking approximately 40-50 individuals who would be interested in working during the tournament. In addition to a competitive rate plus applicable overtime, each person would be issued a credential, which allows them access to the course, where they will be able to enjoy watching the tournament as well. We can provide your organization with references from the various Law Enforcement agencies, PBA's etc. that we work with annually nationwide.

The majority of the work is performed the week of the tournament (June 15- 21), with additional limited needs (June 12- 14). Participants will be allowed access to the site all week, to walk around and follow the action. Responsibilities include transferring players and their families, USGA executives and/or VIPs to/ from the airport, hotel and course. Lexus is the "Official Vehicle" of the USGA and each member of our team will be utilizing these vehicles for the duration of the tournament and based on availability may be able to keep them to commute to/from their home, including gas and tolls paid by Fugazy.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact me at (212) 661-4155 or via email at your earliest convenience.

Once again, thank you for your time and we look forward to hopefully working with your organization and you.

Roy D. Fugazy

Fugazy International 1270 Avenue of the Americas New York, N.Y. 10020 (212) 661-4155

 

 
 

April RFFOW Meeting



On April 8, 2015
11 AM; Luther Memorial Church Greenwood Ave N & N 132nd Street Seattle, WA



PENSION REPORT

March Pension Report by Ray Sanderson:

MOST STRESSFUL JOBS OF 2015: According to a new CareerCast report of the most stressful jobs of 2015 being a firefighter tops the list, as it can speed up the aging process and can be expected to evoke stress, through physical harm, both potential and competitiveness.

The most stressful jobs of 2015 can be physically dangerous, psychologically taxing-and a great match for those with the passion and drive necessary to succeed in such an environment.

David Barckhoff of Pittsburgh fits the bill. Barkchoff says he became interested in a career as a firefighter, the most stressful job of 2015, at age eight or nine.

“I was interested in the excitement. I remember seeing the truck go down the road with the lights on,” he says. “The idea of rescuing people…and the camaraderie” with other firefighters appealed to him then and now. For some, the job’s challenges might be a deterrent. But not for Barckhoff, who was already used to working in a stressful occupation.

(For March 2015 pension report, click here)

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IN MEMORY OF


Retired Firefighter Jack Brown passed away on 2/4/2015.

Retired Firefighter Joe Riseland passed away on 2/5/2015.

Retired firefighter John Maulsby passed away on 2/23/15. A celebration of life will be held Saturday March 7th at 4:30pm Bayside Marine 1111 Craftsman Way, Everett, WA 98201. Potluck style.

James Charleston passed away on 2/16/15.

Stanley Mork Passed away peacefully in his sleep Monday, February 23, 2015, at the age of 68. He had a wonderful career, working for the Tacoma fire company at Station Two. Stan went on to become the Deputy Harbormaster in charge of the fireboats. Stan retired from the Fire Department in 2000. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sharon, his children Ryan Mork (Ruth), Aaron Mork (Rhyana), and Tim Mork.

Stephen Wayne Olson passed away 2/28/15 from a 9 month battle with Lung cancer. He retired as the Lieutenant of Station 8 in 1994 after 27 years in SFD. Steve is survived by his wife Mary Jean and 3 children. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Nile Golf & Country Club on April 6th at 2 pm.

Clyde R. Wisenor lost his battle with Myeloid Leukemia on March 15, 2015, due to a staph infection. Clyde was a retired Division Chief for the Spokane Valley Fire Department. He is survived by his wife Coleen; sons Ken/Tina and Kevin/Carrie Wisenor; stepchildren Ron/Sherri Thies, Henry/Julene McGuire and Terry/Darla Kopczynski all of Spokane, WA. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to the Spokane Valley Fire Department Benevolent Fund, P.O. Box 1364, Spokane Valley, WA 99037 or Cancer Care Northwest, 1204 N. Vercler Rd., Spokane Valley, WA 99216. A memorial celebration will be held at Hazen and Jaeger Valley Funeral Home, 1306 N. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley, WA on Friday, March 27th at 2:00pm.























 

 

 
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