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Okanogan County School Retirees' Association

is one of the state units of The Washington State School Retirees' Association (formerly the Washington State Retired Teachers' Association) is often referred to as WSSRA. More than 17,000 active and retired school employees belong to WSSRA.

We consider ourselves educators for life. If you are or have been a certificated or classified school district employee in the state of Washington--from superintendent to school nurse or behavioral psychologist to bus driver--you are welcome at the Washington State School Retirees' Association.



To develop, propose, and implement action that will benefit all school retirees.
To propose legislation and legislative action that will enhance school retirees' lives.
To provide the support necessary to strengthen local units of WSSRA.
To foster involvement by school retirees in educational and community activities and organizations.
To support and communicate to local units the activities and priorities of NRTA, AARP,
Congress and other entities that affect retired school personnel.
To represent all present and future Washington State School Retirees both classified and certificated.

WSSRA aims to enhance the security and vitality of your retirement years.
We welcome all present and future TRS, PERS and SERS retirees. We provide pro-retiree and pro-education advocacy and leadership to the Washington State Legislature. We have representatives on governmental bodies that impact retirement and pension issues, and we collaborate and advocate with other groups that share our vision, values, and aims.

WSSRA provides support for current and future teachers

We also sponsor pre-retirement seminars throughout the state, award substantial scholarships to future teachers, provide classroom grants to active teachers in local schools, and foster volunteer activities with Washington's school children.

WSSRA provides access to many members-only benefits through
 the Association Member Benefits Advisors

Special insurance rates, travel discounts and product savings are available to our members.


Become a Member

Why not consider joining us...visit our Membership Page


2018-2019 OCSRA Officers and Committee Members

*Denotes Committee Chair 

President: Marcelle LaGrou
Vice President: Jennie Hedington
Secretary: Maralee Bowling
Treasurer: Penny Garrison

Rita Figlenski – "JOURNAL" articles
Maralee Bowling–newsletter
Penny Garrison–website/media

Community Service:
 Jennie Hedington*, Carol Payne

Scott Clark*, Rita Figlenski, Jennie Hedington

Colleen Pock*, Helen Lees

Chuck Pecha*, Ida Laurie

Legislative: Penny Garrison

Marcelle LaGrou*, Eleanor Markell, Evon LaGrou, Kim Moore

Retirement Planning: Penny Garrison

Scholarship: Open
Scholarship Trustee Board: Dee Blank*, Donna Sanford, Richard Johnson

E-6 Board Representative: Rita Figlenski ritafig2@gmail.com
E-6 Retirement Planning: Penny Garrison pgarrison07@gmail.com
WSSRA Awards Committee: Jennie Hedington



meetings and events

We look forward to your joining us.  School employees always welcome.



Where We Meet

Roadhouse 97

Unless noted, all OCSRA meetings will be held at Roadhouse 97 (formerly, Koala Street Grill),
914 Koala St., Omak.

Order lunch at 11:15 a.m.
Meetings begin at 11:30 a.m.
Restaurant opens at 11 a.m.



Programs 2018-2019

Oct. 24 *Retirement Planning Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Okanogan High School library

Oct. 26 General meeting. Program: Peter Diedrick, WSSRA Legislator Director, and Rohn Rutledge, AMBA Representative

Nov. 16 Special event: Card-making social with Connie Palmer & Carol Payne, instructors, "and sing-a-long with Doug and Marie Woodrow"

Jan. 25 General meeting. Program: Local orchardist--changes in the fruit business

Feb. 13 *E-5, E-6 Coordinating Council meeting, Moses Lake; venue: Pillar Rock, 9:30 a.m.

Feb. 22 General Meeting. Program: Washington State Patrol-Safe Driving for Seniors

Mar. 29 General meeting. Program: TBA

April 10 *E-5, E-6 Coordinating Council meeting, 9:30 a.m., Rodeo City Bar-B-Q, Ellensburg

Apr. 26* Field trip to Tonasket Elementary School for musical program and tour of school gardens; lunch at Whistlers' Restaurant

May 17 General meeting. Program: Budget and possible sing-a-long

June 3-5*WSSRA Convention, Yakima Convention Center


Bylaws-Policies & Procedures

To view Bylaws–Click here

To view Policies & Procedures–Click here

membership information

We hope you will consider joining us!

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. If you are a retired school employee, please see the Retirees' Membership Form below.

ADD (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).

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).

Join today!
Retiree Form - CLICK HERE
School Employee CLICK HERE
Dues for current year July 1-June 30

Mail form to:
Penny Garrison, 185 Hennepin St, Okanogan, WA 98840-9759
Questions?  please e-mail: pgarrison07@gmail.com



Benefits of Membership

  • Benefits provided by:

    > Long Term Care/Home Care
    > Medical Supplement
    > Final Expense Whole Life Insurance
    > Dental Insurance
    > Vision Plan
    > Tax Deferred Annuity
    > Hearing Benefits

    Other Services provided by AMBA
    > Dell Computer Discount Program
    > Medical Air Transportation Services
    > Group Travel
    > Travel & Resort Program
    > Hotel Discount Program
    > Rental Car Discount
    > Identity Theft Solutions
    > Apple Computer Discount Program



Membership Benefits -- Okanogan County SRA

Bi-partisan Legislative advocacy
Mini-grants to active teachers
Scholarships for future educators
Opportunities for community service
Fellowship with other school employees--both active and retired
Retirement information
Meetings with programs of interest

Our state publication, the JOURNAL five times a year.


View Our Newsletter

grants & scholarships



ATTENTION Members of the Okanogan County Retirees' Association (OCSRA)
currently employed or volunteering in one of the Association's school districts:

The Okanogan County School Retirees' Association (OCSRA) offers 16 grants for $200
each to fund projects and materials (excluding field trips) not covered by other financial means.
The grant must be used in an OCSRA School District. Eight grants will be awarded in October
and eight in February



The OCSRA scholarship is limited to an Okanogan County graduate who is at least a
college junior working toward an initial certificate in an educational field to work in public schools.
The Scholarship Trustee Board will determine the amount available for the annual award.


Links of Interest

Okanogan County SRA

WSSRA– Washington State School Retiree's Association
DRS– Department of Retirement Systems
AMBA– Association Member Benefits Advisors
PEBB– Public Employees Benefits Bureau
SHIBA– Statewide Health Insurance Benefit Advisors
Social Security
National Retired Teachers Association

Legislative Hotline
Leave brief message for legislators and all other officials.

WSSRA Message Center

(Legislative & Association Updates- CLICK HERE)
Use this number year around to receive a recorded message, frequently updated, on
what is happening in Olympia. This is especially useful during legislative session. 


12th Legislative District
  Senator Brad Hawkins (R)
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Olympia Office
107 Irv Newhouse Building
PO Box 40412
Olympia, WA 98504
(360) 786 – 7622
  Representative Keith Goehner (R)


 Olympia Office
122C Legislative Building
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504
(360) 786 - 7954
  Representative Mike Steele (R)
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Olympia Office
122F Legislative Building
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504
(360) 786 – 7832
      7th Legislative District
  Senator Shelly Short (R)

Olympia Office
409 Legislative Building
PO Box 40407
Olympia, WA 98504
(360) 786 – 7612

  Representative Jacquelin Maycumber (R)

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Olympia Office

411 John L. O'Brien Building
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504
(360) 786 – 7908
   Rep Joel Kretz (R)

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Olympia Office
335A Legislative Building
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504
(360) 786 – 7988

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