Has assisted our members with questions on pensions and reitrement. Feel free to take advantage of their services. www.principal.com

  Dale Roshek
  Financial Services Representative
  6701 Westown Parkway, Suite 200
  West Des Moines. IA 50266
  Fax 515 246 4076
Retiree News ...\
THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2023 AT 1 PM – 5 PM UTC-06

CWA Retiree Committee Picnic

Union Labor Park
The event hours have been changed to 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. This will be a potluck-- please bring a dish to share. The Retiree Club will provide hot dogs and water, paper goods and tableware. If you want to grill something else, you may -- the grill is pretty big 🙂
Family is invited, maybe bring an old Union retiree friend with you. There is lots of room for some kickball if you have littles.
Rob Sands has accepted an invitation to update us on the status of the state gov. at 2 p.m. A short business meeting will follow..

Old News
We met at DMACC’s West Campus on Grand in West Des Moines. It was nice to see all the new faces!
Jay Frederickson, an Instructor in Telephony/IT gave us a tour of the technology lab he teaches from. There are three mini-COs, with cables, frames and a DMS10-M switch that was donated to them and is operational. Memories galore there! There is also a great little telephone museum with a nice timeline showcasing major developments in Telecom history. The hallways of the building are dotted with cases containing other historical achievements in the development of computer technology – floppy discs anybody? We stopped for a photo by the two working payphone booths recovered when Vet’s Auditorium was remodeled (although the payphones have “not in service" signs on them.
After that, we discussed Club business and established a Community Services Committee. First order of business is to renovate the gardens at the Union Labor Park (see events for ongoing meetings). We also intend to work with the USO to provide lunches (hand them out) to military personnel and family during their stays at Camp Dodge for training.
Of course Company updates and pension and healthcare information was discussed.
Finally, we practiced a little technology tune-up of our own by playing a computer-based game of Kahoot! The title of this challenge was: Telephone Trivia for Retired Iowa Telephone Workers! If you want to try it, there is a means of sending it to your email address. Message or email me!
Much more was discussed – come to the next meeting/ social event at the Union Labor Park, 4640 Morningstar Drive, Des Moines June 29th from 12-5 pm. It will be a Potluck, RMC will bring hotdogs, water and tableware. (see event invite) Bingo will be played!
Barb Harrington

CWA 7102 RMC
<>President: Barb Harrington Vice-President: Jerry Uhlman Sec-Treas: Roberta Summy
Annual club dues of $12 are being collected. Make checks out to CWA 7102 RMC (Retiree Members Club) and mail to:
CWA 7102 RMC
C/O Barb Harrington

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Are you turning 65 soon. 
This info could be a help to you.

And you ask what is involved in getting CL health Ins changed when I turn 65.

First off go to  Medicare.org and read through it. Very helpful.
You will want to select a secondary plan like UHC AARP etc.  
You can compare them on the medicare.gov site and which companies offers them in your area code and the costs. 
And you may want a Medicare Drug plan D if you want to help cover drug costs. 
Also the medicare.gov site lets you enter the drugs you take so you can compare which Plan D may be best for you. Next go to CenturyLink VIA Benefits (see the link in our Resource section) to sign up for or change Medicare plans.
CL has an a App called Reimburse Me so you can access Your Spending Account  from a smartphone as well and submit bills to them with the app. 

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Barbara J. Easterling is president of the Alliance for Retired Americans. She was previously the secretary-treasurer of the Communications Workers of America. For more information, visit  www.retiredamericans.org

The Telecommunications History Group (THG), is where you can pursue scholarly or personal research, view museum exhibits or tour a historical telephone company building. THG collects, preserves, and interprets the unfolding history of telecommunications industry. They have facilities in Denver and in Seattle. THG is a non-profit organization funded by membership dues, research fees and grants. One of the nation's largest privately held telecommunications archives, operates two museums and conduct educational programs on telephone history. In caps, I yell.. DO VISIT THIS SITE.
A side bar... Ice, snow, and sleet have caused more damage than any other agent. Certainly in the Midwest states that comprised Northwestern Bell's territory.