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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


2019-2020 OCSRA Officers and Committee Members

*Denotes Committee Chair 

President Rita Figlenski
Vice President
:  Jennie Hedington
:  Maralee Bowling
:  Penny Garrison

Scholarship Trustee Board: Dee Blank, Donna Sanford, Richard Johnson 
Communications:  Maralee Bowling, Penny Garrison, Rita Figlenski                         
Community Service:  Mary Johnson, Jennie Hedington, Carol Payne
Grants:  Carol Payne, Scott Clark, Marcelle LaGrou, Gail Thompson
Health:  Colleen Pock
History:  Chuck Pecha, Ida Laurie
Legislative:  Penny Garrison
Membership:  Marcelle LaGrou
Program:  Jennie Hedington, Carol Payne, Homer Hedington
Retirement Planning:  Penny Garrison, Donna Sanford
Scholarship: Gail Thompson, Montie Smith

School Retirees' Week Celebration: Carol Payne
Treasury Review: 
Barb Christensen, Donna Sanford, Sibyl Wehmeyer, Ida Laurie, Homer Hedington
Sympathy/Get Well Cards:
Maralee Bowling, Carol Payne 




meetings and events

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



Where We Meet

Unless noted, all OCSRA meetings will be held at Cariboo Inn, 233 Queen St., Okanogan.
Meetings begin at 11 a.m.



Programs 2019-2020


Sept. 27       General meeting. Program: District 7 Legislators--Shelly Short,Joel Kretz, Jacquelin Maycumber; plus, WSSRA President, Pam Francis


Oct. 9 or 16 * E-5, E-6 Coordinating Council, TBA


Oct. 23         * Retirement Planning Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Okanogan High School library


Oct. 25         General meeting. Program: WA State Highway


Nov. 15        * Card-making social with music by Doug Woodrow


Jan. 31         General meeting. Program: Kim Lancaster: Archeology of Ok. County

Feb. 28          General meeting. Program: Okanogan County PUD; plus, AMBA

March 13       School Retirees' Week Celebration


March 27      General meeting. Program: Juvenile Detention Center

April 8          *
E-5, E-6 Coordinating Council, TBA


April 24        General meeting. Program: Dr. Sue Kane, ESD 171-STEM information


May 22         General meeting. No program--budget adoption


June 8-10     *WSSRA Convention, Pasco

* Unless noted, all OCSRA meetings will be held at Cariboo Inn, 233 Queen St., Okanogan. Meetings begin at 11 a.m.





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

Membership Payment Options:
1. Print the form below, mail it to OCSRA, c/o Penny Garrison, 185 Hennepin St, Okanogan, Washington 98840.
We will process the form and $7 will be deducted from:  a. your monthly paycheck for those currently employed with a school district;
OR b. from your monthly Department of Retirement Systems retirement check. (These are the preferred methods.)

2. Go to the following link and fill out the form and select "I will pay $84 via PayPal right now, rebilled annually.

3. Print the form and mail it with a check for $84 payable to WSSRA to OCSRA, c/o Penny Garrison, 185 Hennepin St, Okanogan, WA 98840

Join today!

Dues for current year July 1-June 30
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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