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906 SERA to have face-to-face meeting

ESCANABA — The 906 Chapter of State Employee Retirees Association, or 906 SERA, which represents all Michigan state retirees in the Upper Peninsula, will have its first meeting since the COVID-19 regulations in March literally shut down all meetings in the state.

In announcing the meeting at the Highlands Golf Club, about 7 miles west of Escanaba, president of the chapter Tony Grudnoski said, “We are at the point in recovery that the board of the 906 chapter feels we can safely conduct our annual meeting with elections and presenters. We will employ the mask protocol and will be taking temperatures of those who attend. We expect to safely conduct our business.”

The meeting is scheduled for noon Eastern time Monday, Sept. 14.

All retired Michigan state employees are welcome to attend the luncheon and meeting. Cost of the luncheon will be $15. Those wishing to attend need to contact 906 SERA Membership Chairman Edgar Sommers II at 906-250-5560. Deadline for reservations is Labor Day, Sept. 7.

Presenters for the session will include Blue Cross representatives who will talk about COVID-19 health care and how insurance coverage for retirees is being adjusted to help face the pandemic; the chairman of the SERA Coordinating Council, Bob Kopasz, who will explain to retirees how SERA is working with the state to keep retirees safe and informed; and state Sen. Ed McBroom, who will explain what the legislature is faced with in dealing with the closedown of the state and the massive budget shortfall in the year ahead.

The 906 SERA group represents all Michigan state employee retirees in matters of medical care, mental health care, dental and vision matters and in prescription medications.

Members may bring friends and spouses to the meeting, but all must reserve seating with Sommers so the required seating conventions can be observed.

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