Ann Marie Downey,President
MRSPA - Connecting, Protecting, Making a Difference
“Change” is an often-despised phenomenon, but many times it is a welcomed transformation of circumstances. I suppose how “change” is viewed is determined by whether the change was self-initiated or not. For example, most of us embrace the change that retirement brings to our lives, as it gives us the opportunity to spend more time with family and friends, to explore new hobbies, to volunteer with an organization that is meaningful to us, to travel, or even to work at a part-time job. Unfortunately, an unwanted change, such as to our health, may curtail some of our plans.
However, it is reassuring that MRSPA continues to advocate for retired school employees enabling us to pursue the interests and activities that a secure deﬁned beneﬁt pension allows and to help retain retiree health beneﬁts that are determined by local jurisdictions. Because secure retirement beneﬁts aﬀect our retirement lifestyle, I again ask every member to invite a friend or colleague to join MRSPA and your local!
The thought that change is the only constant is true in the sense that we have each had to adjust to many changes in our lifetimes. As we celebrate 75 years of MRSPA though, we can be conﬁdent that even though times have changed, and will continue to change, the Maryland Retired School Personnel Association will remain steadfast in its commitment to the retired school personnel of Maryland!
Ann Marie Downey