Welcome to the Retiree Division
Welcome to the Retiree Division section of Local 1180's new website. More than just a drop-in center, the Retiree Division provides retirees of CWA Local 1180 with a venue to pursue their social, intellectual, and educational interests throughout their retirement. Through thoughtful and creative planning, the staff of the Retiree Division prepares a monthly calendar representing a compilation of some of the greatest activities in the area at any given moment. Broadway shows, trips, speakers, lunches, and interactive workshops allow retirees to socialize with peers, have fun, and learn a little along the way.
We can only begin to tell you about how glad our retirees are to have a one-stop-shopping experience that offers so many ways to keep busy, engaged, and active. We hope that you make the decision to join in on some of the fun. Read the monthly calendar to see what events are coming up, and then call to reserve your space. Remember that we are providing programs for more than 4,000 retirees in the New York City area, so space may be limited.
We have a special welcome gift for all 'newbie' retirees. Or, if you are an existing retiree, stop by the office just to say hello. We can't wait to greet you all.
November is practically synonymous with Thanksgiving. The thing though, is that I cannot think about Thanksgiving without thinking about something called ‘Surprise Delight’. Surprise Delight was the name of the dish my father would make on the rare occasion my mother slipped away from the brood to run some errand or some other task that probably felt like a day at the spa compared to another afternoon with the five of us. Surprise Delight would be made of whatever my father found in the refrigerator that would quell our squawking and fill our tummies until mommy came home again. The meal promised to surprise and delight us, and the anticipation of such would shush us for a while.
Surprise Delight was always different and it looked nothing like the lovely plate of food my mother would prepare with a clearly recognizable protein, starch, and vegetable. Ingredients in my father’s dish were mostly unrecognizable as it often was a compilation of whatever he found in the refrigerator, spun together, and could be added with spaghetti sauce (Italian Surprise Delight), soy sauce (Chinese Surprise Delight), or eggs (Breakfast Surprise Delight).
In the weeks following Thanksgiving, mom shopped for things to put under the tree and dad dug through the freezer to find ingredients for his dish. Stuffing or turkey, or some small chunk of macaroni and cheese, was sure to show up long after the holiday was over. Surprise! We watched the clock to see when mother would return, then look back at the plate to decide if we were hungry enough to eat or wait it out. Dad was unmoved by our gloomy “yuk” faces, and instead lead into a story.
He would say that when he was a young man in Panama, before the war (Korea), he would pool resources with his friends at lunchtime to buy a meal. When the five of them put their money together, they had enough to buy one long bread and one can of sardines. They would spread the fish and oil out on the bread and slice it five ways. Since there were only four sardines in the can, sometimes you would get the sardine, he said, and sometimes you just got the bread with oil on it. Either way, all of them were grateful for their jobs (though wages were low), a full stomach, and the joy of friendship.
How lucky we were to have Thanksgiving, he would remind us, let alone enough leftovers that we could eat for weeks! Still unimpressed, he would begin to point out so many of the other parts of our lives that had become routine and taken for granted. Our home, a warm bed, our health and kindhearted family, friends, and neighbors. He would point out things inside and outside the house, things great and small, and say that we live during a time that was a dream and a fantasy of prior generations. There was a time when your bathroom was a bush and you had to catch your own dinner before it got away! There was a time when people fought, marched, left their country, starved and more simply for their children to experience just a speck of our daily existence.
The ideas about how to appreciate (open mind and heart) and what to appreciate (everything seen and unseen, felt and experienced) is a life lesson that I follow to this day. I still get lured into comfort and forgetfulness, so when I remember, I remind myself that I am thankful for all the good things in my life. I have more than I can count and everywhere I look I am surprised and delighted.
My many wishes for a happy and appreciative holiday to you and yours.
Any retiree with Congratulations they want to share, should email the information to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to retiree Eddie Barrett, who reported that she is just returned from Tennessee where she attended the graduation ceremonies of both her great-grand daughter from college and her grand-son from High School!! That’s a lot to celebrate Eddie!! Congratulations!!
Congratulations to awesome grandma/retiree Helena Crump whose grandson Tyliek Williams graduated from Buffalo State College with honors!
She’s waiting on the college acceptance letter for her granddaughter now!
Great news for retiree (can’t say her name due to confidentiality) who went to OLR to state that her Medicare reimbursement was incorrect and found out that the incorrect amount was for her husband and that OLR didn’t have her information at all and she is now eligible for 3 years retroactive Medicare reimbursement in addition to the $300 differential!! Way to go empowered 1180 retiree!!
Any retiree with Condolences they want to share, should email the information to: email@example.com
Condolences to George Cuevas on the passing of his mother Emily Boria on March 25, 2019, at Arnold Walter Nursing. She was surrounded by her family at the time of her passing at 8:31 p.m.
Condolences to family and friends of Sonja Bentley. She left us peacefully on May 9, 2019. Sonja worked for the Dept. of Buildings for 33 years! That’s a lot of service.
Meet the Retiree Division Staff
Local 1180 Retiree Division History
In 1996, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to offer a new benefit to retirees that would assist them in transitioning from a worker to a retiree. The age wave was producing a new group of retirees that had shown a greater interest in remaining active. The Retiree Division was born that year and began offering recreational programming, workshops, educational classes all within a new center housed 97 Hudson Street, on the lower level of the building occupied by Local 1180. The Division continues to reach out to retired members and provide an opportunity that promotes their physical and emotional well-being as they remain active educationally, culturally, and socially. The Retiree Division engages retirees in activities that support a long and healthy retirement with dignity and respect.
Retiree Division Contact Information
CWA Local 1180 Retiree Division
97 Hudson Street | New York, NY 10013
CWA Local 1180 Retiree Division
6 Harrison Street, New York, NY 10013