RETIRED FIREFIGHTER ASSOCIATION
We are proud to introduce you to the Long Beach Retired Firefighters Association (LBRFA), formerly known as the Honorary Association. The mission of the LBRFA has not changed and will continue to support the mission that has been going on for decades. However, that mission has also expanded and we are excited for the future of the LBRFA.
The LBRFA board of directors are working hard and have scheduled several events for 2019. Here are your board of directors:
Tony Mejia, President; Kirk Storey, 1st Vice-President; Steve Moritz, 2nd Vice-President
Paul Cheek, Treasurer; George Gjersvold, Secretary; Jason Wight, Director
Bill Fickling, Director; Dave Flores, Director; Mark German, Director
Ty Damico, Director; Harold Omel, Advisor; Kevin Scott, Advisor; Rex Pritchard, Advisor
Anyone, sworn or civilian, is welcome to join the LBRFA. Membership costs only $108 a year and helps support its mission. Simply put, the LBRFA is here to support the community: Camp Fire USA, American Red Cross, donating bikes to children in need, BBQing for community groups, making donations to charitable organizations and more.
The LBRFA is also here to support retired sworn members and members preparing for retirement. The LBRFA, in coordination with Local 372, works diligently to preserve your hard-earned pension benefit from attacks by special interests. We also assist with workers compensation claims AFTER retirement, provide professional/peer support for those dealing with behavioral health issues, support Retired Firefighters Day, and the Retirement Dinner. Additionally, LBRFA members can participate in the LBFD wellness program (sworn only), quarterly mixers so people can come together and catch up, receive the bi-monthly Local 372 newsletter mailed to your house, and so much more.
Joining is easy and for less than $10 a month, you can support not only the community but honor those men and woman who spent a career giving everything they had in protecting the residents of Long Beach. Attached is a Long Beach Firemen’s Credit Union form that you can use to join the LBRFA. Simply fill it out and deliver it to the C.U. in person or by mail. We can also take credit card and check payments by contacting the-Union Office at 562-989-3667. Once you have joined, you will receive a confirmation letter thanking you for your support, along with your membership card.
We are excited for the future of the LBRFA and appreciate your support. Again, this is open to sworn and civilian, so feel free to share with family and friends. The more support we gather, the greater impact we can have on our community. “One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals.” (Jean Vanier)
On behalf of the Long Beach Retired Firefighters Association,
Tony Mejia, President, Long Beach Retired Firefighters Association
Brothers & Sisters
We’d like to thank all of those that made it to Retirees Day on August 3rd. A good time was had by all. Lots of catching up, storytelling and laughs. Special thanks to our impromptu Emcee, Jason Wight, for keeping us awake. We heard the complaints about not having raffle prizes this year and we’ll be sure that come back next year. We had several people sign up to become members of LBRFA. This should put us over the 100 membership mark. Soon we will get a budget set up for our next fiscal year which begins in May of 2020. Just a reminder, that is when our membership is due. If you are on monthly payroll deduction with the CU, you have nothing to worry about. If not, we will send out a reminder.
We have approximately 600 retirees from LBFD. Unfortunately we only have about 150 email addresses on record. If you know someone that is not getting our emails could you please forward them the updates we send out and maybe even encourage them to send us their email. We’d love to get them signed up as LBRFA members but at least keep them informed of what’s going on. Thanks in advance for your help!
The Retirees Day was LBRFA’s last event for the year. Local 372 will host a Christmas Party this year and invite both active and retired members. LBRFA’s next event will be in March, 2020 for the Irish Wake. This is where we celebrate the lives of our retired members that have past this year. A date, time and list of our fallen brothers and sisters will be sent out after the first of the year with reminders of the event sent out periodically.
We’d like to thank all those that have signed up to be members of the Long Beach Retired Firefighters Association and hope to get many more in the future. Any questions feel free to contact any of the LBRFA board members.