Membership in Walla Walla/Columbia School Retirees, Unit 31.
There are nine School districts located in the Walla Walla/Columbia, Unit 31 area. They are: Walla Walla, College Place, Columbia Burbank, Dayton, Waitsburg, Prescott, Dixie, Starbuck and Touchet. Anyone who is employed, or retired from a public school district is eligible to become a member Washington State School Retirees Association (WSSRA).
Membership benefits include:
• The Journal, which is the WSSRA state-wide publication containing up-to-date information regarding retirement issues.
• Dedicated volunteer committee members who travel to Olympia to meet with our elected officials.
• Lobbyists, employed by WSSRA, who represent us in Olympia.
• Monthly luncheon meetings (September through May) offering informative programs and camaraderie with fellow retirees.
• Opportunities for community service.
Thanks to the efforts at our local and state level, all retirees have received a COLA this year. Therefore, if you have any friends who retired with Plan 1 benefits, who have not joined WSSRA, this is a great time to remind them that their monthly benefits have increased and suggest they consider membership. Our group continues to work to protect and enhance the school retirement systems for retirees and future retirees.
There are two levels of membership:
• Active Members who are still employed in K12 public education, and
• Retired Members, who are retired from work in public school education.
If you are not a member, consider joining now. Dues are $7.00 monthly, and can be deducted by either a school district or the department of retirement services.
How to become a member:
If you are still employed, your school district will facilitate your membership by providing you with automatic payroll deduction of $7 per month.
School Employee Form
Retired School Employee:
If you are a Retired school employee, please see the Retirees Membership Form below. (Automatic Dues Deduction) is the simplest, most convenient way of maintaining your membership. Indicate your Unit choice and circle your retirement plan. The Washington State Department of Retirement Systems will deduct $7 a month from your pension ($5 for the state dues plus $2 for your local Unit).
School Employee Form
If you would prefer to pay your dues in cash, please enclose a check made out to WSSRA in the amount of $84 (for State and Local Unit membership) or $60 (for State only membership).
Send payment and form to:
Mail form to:
For answers to your questions please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joan Helm 337-6318
Benefits of Membership
Long Term Care/Home Care
Final Expense Whole Life Insurance
Tax Deferred Annuity
Services provided by AMBA
Dell Computer Discount Program
Medical Air Transportation Services
Travel & Resort Program
Hotel Discount Program
Rental Car Discount
Identity Theft Solutions
Apple Computer Discount Program
For further information click here for PDF file
Our state publication, the JOURNAL five times a year.
Bi-partisan Legislative advocacy
Mini-grants to active teachers (varies by unit)
Scholarships for future educators
Opportunities for community service.
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