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Updated “Solutions” Organizational Chart–7/12/2019–
Revised GE Benefit Solutions Mission Statement–7/12/2019
Our “Solutions” Organization focuses on the critical issues facing retirees. We’re an integral part of GE Retirees & their Dependents who are working to protect benefits and programs that are critical to our retirement – Health Care, Pensions, Social Security, Medicare and Quality of Life. We advocate for retirement security which was afforded to us. We inform those who view retired workers as expendable liabilities and will not be ignored. We band together and help each other on our journey through our senior years.
We also offer many Benefits Solutions to our Retirees and their dependents with options on Prescription, Dental, Vision, & Medical Plans, and other necessary support and Wellness Programs. Helping retirees through preparation for Medicare, and the process to apply for the best plans to support their needs with Medical as well as Prescription needs. Providing support when additional information is required when appealing a process. Supporting retirees/dependents through the GE Benefits website for family, beneficiaries, life insurance and available information required. “Paying it forward” is one of our mottos, and we ask of our members to help each other.
Let GE Retiree Benefit Solutions Help You!
Important RAGEHCC Group Inc Documents/Files:
(Agent: Eberts & Harrison; Navigators Insurance Company)
General Information Email for RAGEHCC– email@example.com
Solutions Leadership Team–Board of Directors
Rodney L. Ira—Trustee
501 E. Monroe Dam Rd.
Bloomington Indiana 47401
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Phones: Home 812 824-4354
Cell 812 369-6014
Betsy Ervin– Trustee
90 Crest Oak Ct.
Springboro OH 45066
12 Maple Lane
Melrose, NY 12121
Phone Numbers: Home—518-235-5068
66 Wellington Drive
Farmington, CT 06032
Phone Numbers: 860-677-6372 Home
Bobby Dayhuff–Vice President–1/1/2019
Address: PO Box 576, Gosport IN 47433-0576;
Home Mailing-for packages– 271 E North St, Gosport, IN 47433
Phone Number: 812-585-3644; Cell– 812-360-0417
Melody Jackson—Secretary, Benefits Advocate, Communications
13502 Pebble Run Ct
Fort Wayne, In 46814
Phone Number: 260-438-5483
PO Box 521 (PREFERRED mailing address) but can use home addy (15279 103rd Lane) Home addy.
Winfield, KS 67156
Phone Number: 620-222-1656
Terry Cain– Assistant Benefits Advocate
Home: 9585 Wolfe Cemetery Road, Georgetown, IN 47122
Bio: I worked 28 yrs at AP Louisville as a Tool and Die maker and Maintenance Tech. I held a Union shop Steward position for 18 yrs.
Other National Retiree Reps:
Kevin Mahar—President—Local 201 Retiree Group; Shareowners Mtg; National Retiree Reps Mtg
33 Rockwood Road
Lynnfield, MA 01940
Phone Numbers: (H) 781-584-7634
Ron Flowers—President—Erie, PA Retiree Group; National Retiree Rep; Shareowners Meeting
6903 Garfield Ave
Harborcreek, PA. 16421
Phone Number: 814-392-2152
Greg Bethards–Vice President–GERA Assoc.–Louisville, KY
4404 Saratoga Woods Dr
Louisville, KY 40299
Phone: H—502- 267-8095; C- 502-718-9278
Bill Freeda—Nabet Retiree President; Shareowners Meeting; National Retiree Reps Meeting
City, State, Zip??
Phone Numbers: Cell—516-376-9785
Agenda, Minutes, Video of Solutions Leadership Team Meeting–Thursday, August 15, 2019
In Attendance– Melody Jackson, Charlie Baumgartner, John Phelps, Rodney Ira, Connie Vick
Agenda for Meeting–8/15/2019- Agenda for 8-15-2019 Leadership Team Meeting
Financial Report–June 2019– Solutions Financial Report–Debits-Credits–July-August 2019
Minutes of 8/15/2019 Meeting– Solutions Minutes–8-15-2019
Video of 8/15/2019 Solutions Leadership Team Meeting–
Agenda, Minutes, Video of Solutions Leadership Team Meeting–Thursday, July 11, 2019
In Attendance– Melody Jackson, Charlie Baumgartner, John Phelps, Rodney Ira, Connie Vick, Betsy Ervin
Agenda for Meeting–7/11/2019-– Agenda for 7-11-2019 Leadership Team Meeting
Financial Report–June 2019– Solutions Financial Report–Debits-Credits–June 2019
Minutes of 7/11/2019 Meeting– Solutions Minutes–7-11-2019
NEW Organizational Chart–7/12/2019– Above
Video of 7/11/2019 Solutions Leadership Team Meeting–
Solutions Leadership Team Meeting CANCELED–June 13th, 2019–Attendance
Agenda, Minutes, Video of Solutions Leadership Team Meeting–Thursday, May 16, 2019
In Attendance– Melody Jackson, Jeff Allain, Charlie Baumgartner, Bob Dayhuff, John Phelps, Rodney Ira, Connie Vick, Betsy Ervin
Agenda for Meeting–5/16/2019– Agenda for Leadership Team Meeting-5-16-2019
Financial Report–April 2019– Solutions Financial Report- May 2019
Minutes of 5/16/2019 Meeting– Solutions Minutes of Leadership Team Meeting–5-16-2019
Video of 5/16/2019 Solutions Leadership Team Meeting–
Agenda, Minutes, Video of Solutions Leadership Team Meeting–Thursday, April 11, 2019
In Attendance– Connie Vick, Melody Jackson, Bob Dayhuff, John Phelps, Betsy Ervin, Rodney Ira
Agenda for Meeting–4/11/2019– Solutions Team Meeting Agenda
Financial Report– Financial Report–End of March 2019
Minutes of 4/11/2019 Meeting– Solutions Minutes of Leadership Team Meeting
Video of 4/11/2019 Solutions Leadership Team Meeting–
Agenda, Minutes, Video of RAGEHCC Leadership Team Meeting–Thursday, March 14, 2019
In Attendance– Connie Vick, Bob Dayhuff, John Phelps, Gary Zabroski, Betsy Ervin, Rodney Ira
Agenda for Meeting–3/4/2019– Solutions Leadership Team Meeting Agenda
Financial Report– Solutions Financial Report–February 2019–Debits & Credits
Minutes of 3/14/2019 Meeting– Solutions Minutes of Leadership Team Meeting (NO Minutes–Melody ill)
Video of 3/14/2019 Solutions Leadership Team Meeting–
Agenda, Minutes, Video of RAGEHCC Leadership Team Meeting–Thursday, February 14, 2019
In Attendance– Melody Jackson, Connie Vick, John Phelps, Bob Dayhuff
Agenda for the Meeting– 2/14/2019– Agenda–RAGEHCC Leadership Team Meeting–2-14-2019
Financial Report–January 2019– RAGEHCC Financial Report–Debits & Credits–January 2019
Minutes of 2/14/2019– Solutions Minutes for 2/14/19 Leadership Team Meeting
Video of RAGEHCC Leadership Team Meeting-2/14/2019–
Agenda, Minutes, Video of “Specially Called” Meeting of Leadership Team–January 17, 2019
In Attendance–John Phelps, Bob Dayhuff, Melody Jackson, Connie Vick, Charlie Baumgartner, Rodney Ira
Agenda for the Meeting– 1/17/2019– Agenda-RAGEHCC-Leadership-Team-Meeting-1-17-2019 — Website Redesign Issues; Financial Audit-2018 & Spreadsheet; Role of President; Using Live Chat to Promote Learning Events; Change 1st Learning Event to Final Preparations/Arrangements
Minutes of 1/17/2019– Solutions Minutes of 1/17/2019 Team Meeting
Video of “Called” RAGEHCC Leadership Team Meeting-1/17/2019– (Video too large–ZOOM looking into it?)
Agenda, Minutes, Video of RAGEHCC Leadership Team Meeting–Thursday, January 10, 2019
In Attendance– John Phelps, Melody Jackson, Connie Vick, Gary Zabroski, Betsy Ervin, Rodney Ira
Agenda for Team Meeting–1/10/2019– Agenda for Leadership Team Meeting–1-10-2019
Minutes of 1/10/2019– Minutes for 1/10/2019 Team Meeting
Video of 1/10/2019 Team Meeting–
Agenda, Minutes, Video of RAGEHCC Leadership Team Meeting–Thursday, December 20, 2018
In Attendance– John Phelps, Melody Jackson, Connie Vick, Rodney Ira, Charlie Baumgartner, Bob Dayhuff, Betsy Ervin, Gary Zabroski
Agenda for Team Meeting– 12/20/2018– Agenda for Leadership Team Meeting–12-20-2018
Minutes of 12/20/2018– Minutes for 12/20/2018 Team Meeting
Video of the 12/20/2018 Team Meeting– Click on icon–bottom right–to enlarge the Video
Agenda, Minutes, Video of RAGEHCC Leadership Team Meeting–Thursday, November 16, 2018
In Attendance– John Phelps, Melody Jackson, Connie Vick, Rodney Ira, Charlie Baumgartner
Agenda for Team Meeting– 11/16/2018– Agenda for Leadership Team Meeting–11-16-2018
Minutes of 11/16/2018– Minutes for 11/16/2019 Team Meeting
Video of the 11/16/2018 Team Meeting–
Agenda, Minutes, Video of RAGEHCC Leadership Team Meeting–Thursday, October 18, 2018
In Attendance– John Phelps, Melody Jackson, Connie Vick, Betsy Ervin, Charlie Baumgartner
Agenda for Team Meeting–10/18/2018– Agenda for Leadership Team Meeting–10-18-2018
Minutes of the 10/18/2018 Team Meeting– Minutes 10-18-18 RAGEHCC Leadership Team Meeting
Video of the 10/18/2018 Team Meeting–
Agenda, Minutes, Video of RAGEHCC Leadership Team Meeting–Thursday, August 9, 2018
It was a rough meeting…there must have been ZOOM server issues…I got knocked off, and Gary Poland got knocked off twice. After getting knocked off ZOOM, I forgot to restart the “recording;” so we only have a partial recording of the August 9th, 2018 Meeting.
In Attendance– Gary Poland, John Phelps, Melody Jackson, Connie Vick, Rodney Ira
Agenda for the Team Meeting–8/9/2018– Agenda for Leadership Team Meeting–8-9-2018
Minutes of the August 9, 2018 Team Meeting– Minutes 08-09-18 RAGEHCC Team Meeting
Video of the August 9, 2018 Team Meeting– Partial Video–bad day on ZOOM–
Action Items from the August 9th 2018 Meeting–
Financial Audit—January 1 to June 30, 2018– Done by Leadership Team—Passed by a Majority; 1 dissension
By-Laws & Articles of Incorporation—read and voted on by the Board—Done—Approved by majority vote of the Board
My Takeaways from the Meeting—June 20, 2018– with Corp HR In response to Petition presented to GE Board of Directors at Annual GE Shareowners Meeting—April 25, 2018 —Done—Discussed with RAGEHCC Executive Board; In Process–to be discussed with Retiree Reps before the Fall Meeting with GE
GE will not endorse RAGEHCC as an alternative provider resource; due to their Contract with Via Benefits.
GE will not provide financial support to RAGEHCC alone; it would create issues with other Retiree Leaders; and would be seen as unfair to all.
RAGEHCC will not be seen as the “only” Retiree Group to have “benefits advocacy.” Changed/Amended—to all Retiree Reps
GE agreed to at least one more annual meeting—possibly the spring, before the Shareowners Meeting. Also, better follow-up in between.
The Petition was seen by the GE Board of Directors—Raghu presented; John Flannery was aware of this meeting—June 20th; Raghu doubts that John will be able to meet in July with us/me.
We will work on issues/concerns with VIA Benefits.
GE will not entertain the idea of a “Retiree Council,” at this time. Bill Freeda proposed this at the Annual GE Shareowners Meeting—April 25, 2018.
GE will not discuss an RRA increase, at this time—litigation (no longer applies), and financial picture prohibit it.
GE will not discuss the RRA qualifications; but is willing to look at any cases that Retirees/Dependents didn’t qualify through misunderstanding, confusion (“fell through the cracks”)—for possible reinstatement. GE did re-emphasize…they made every attempt to reach out to all Retirees when this Plan was implemented.
We will talk about a Joint Retiree/Dependent Follow-up Healthcare Survey, with GE, in the Fall Meeting—October 25, 2018.
Financial Reporting—For our Audit, Any IRS Audits, & for our Tax Accountant–Charlie & Connie to work on a new spreadsheet, and a “breakdown of “yearly” (i.e.—2016, 2017, 2018) Revenues/Income & Expenses. In Process—Board decided it was happy with Connie’s Spreadsheet, with one stipulation—it be broken down to Yearly dates and amounts (eliminate cumulative totals year after year—except for carryover revenue/income amount)—for Audits, IRS, Tax Accountant, etc.; Connie will decide when to work with Charlie, and what may be needed.
Pacer Acct—NO updates on Pacer; but Hourly Case was dismissed by Court of Appeals—6th Circuit—on August 16th, 2018. Everyone received a copy of the ruling—Case # 17-3885.
IRS Application—for 501-C-5 Tax Exempt Status— completed , user fee paid—Jason Krotine—IRS—said we were Approved! Paperwork coming.
Charlie to work on a Comparative Study/Research of what other Companies offer—RRA’s & Medical Plans (Charlie…any Progress on this?)
Setting the stage—for the Fall Meeting of Retiree Reps, GE Global Benefits, and Corporate HR—set for October 25, 2018. The most important thing to do now is—get organized for the Fall Meeting—set an Agenda; John to set up Meeting (ZOOM) with Retiree Reps.
(Wasn’t on Agenda) Fall RAGEHCC Retiree Follow-up Survey to be designed, and posted, emailed to Members to complete—John working on this…time is short—Fall Meeting of Retiree Reps & GE is October 25th
(Wasn’t on Agenda) Betsy Ervin has accepted the Appointment of Trustee for the RAGEHCC Executive Board; effective 8/27/2018.
Minutes (8/9/2018), Financial Report (7/31/2018), and Video (partial—problems that day with ZOOM) of 8/9/2018 Leadership Team Meeting is POSTED on the RAGEHCC Officer Page.
There was NO Meeting in July of 2018 of the RAGEHCC Leadership Team
Agenda. Minutes, Video of RAGEHCC Leadership Team Meeting–Thursday, June 14, 2018
In Attendance– John Phelps, Melody Jackson, Connie Vick, Charlie Baumgartner, Rodney Ira, Karl Asmus,
Agenda for the Team Meeting–6/14/2018– Agenda for Leadership Team Meeting–6-14-2018
Minutes of the June 14, 2018 Team Meeting– Minutes 06-14-18 RAGEHCC
Video of June 14, 2018 Team Meeting–
Agenda, Minutes of RAGEHCC Leadership Team Meeting–Thursday, May 17, 2018
In Attendance–John Phelps, Gary Poland, Melody Jackson. Pam Shipley, Kevin Mahar
Agenda for the Team Meeting–5/17/2018– Agenda for Leadership Team Meeting–5-17-2018
Minutes of the April 12, 2018 Team Meeting– Minutes for 05-17-18 RAGEHCC Team Meeting
Video of the May 17, 2018 Team Meeting–
Agenda, Minutes of RAGEHCC Leadership Team Meeting–Thurs., April 12, 2018
In Attendance— John Phelps, Melody Jackson, Gary Poland, Connie Vick, Pam Shipley, Rodney Ira, Charlie Baumgartner, David McIntosh
Agenda for Team Meeting— Agenda for Leadership Team Meeting–4-12-2018
Minutes of 1/18/2018 Meeting– Minutes 041218 RAGE
Video– Lost–Rodney’s Fault…LOL
Video, Agenda, Minutes of RAGEHCC Leadership Team Meeting–Thurs., January 18, 2018
Discussion–Follow-Up/Action items from the Leadership Team Meeting:
NEW Organizational Chart—John—Done—Posted also
Post Video/Recording of Leadership Team Meeting on Officer Page—John––Done
Form Letter for Solicitation of Donation to Organizations—Melody/Pam—Done
New Banner/Logo design for our RAGEHCC Facebook Page—Connie—Done
David McIntosh—accepted the Chairperson position of By-Laws, Voting & Financial Audits Committee—Dave sent all materials on By-Laws, Financial Audits
Terry Cain accepted the Assistant Benefits Advocate position—under Melody Jackson
Need an Update from Charlie Baumgartner on Grant Solicitation? — Charlie
Organizational Document—Required by IRS for 501-C-3 Status—which will include our Mission Statement, By-Laws, and a “Dissolution Statement—motioned & accepted to have Legal Review, after a cost estimate—John
Member Participation Survey previous to a General Membership Meeting—to get feedback on participation, support, engagement & motivation—for RAGEHCC to proceed as a formal entity—John
Schedule a General Membership Meeting after conclusion of the Membership Participation Survey—hopefully, mid February-2018– John
Once again, asked all Board Members to “post” supportive statements to any RAGEHCC related post on our Facebook page.
Asked all Board Members/Admin’s of our Facebook page to link posts related specifically to RAGEHCC Business, to our RAGEHCC website—some might need training on adding Posts to our RAGEHCC formal website.
Make our RAGEHCC formal website Home page –a simple landing page; then Members need to get used to navigation menu.—John—In Process
Next Leadership Team Meeting—(late February)—many tough decisions need to made—relevant to our formal RAGEHCC status—see below; Membership Growth & Participation—very poor or low; Access or Restriction to our RAGEHCC pages; Financial Support—Dues/Donations—very low; Can “Grant” monies supplement/help us financially; Tough decisions on our formal organization—structure, website, expenses, or reverting back to a less formal Facebook only presence. The question needs to be asked—can we sustain this level of formal activity and status, with this lack of Membership support—both in participation, help, support; and financially??? Need the whole Board to consider these ideas/issues, and be ready to vote at our next Leadership Team Meeting—on each of these issues/concerns raised, and discussed, over and over again, in the previous several Leadership Team Meetings. It’s time to Vote.
Question to think about—How do we reach the computer illiterate retirees/dependents, and help them to learn computer skills. Ideas?????
Did I forget anything—Board????
In Attendance— John Phelps, Melody Jackson, Gary Poland, Connie Vick, Pam Shipley, Rodney Ira, Terry Cain
Agenda for Team Meeting— Agenda for Leadership Team Meeting–1-18-2018
Minutes of 1/18/2018 Meeting-– Minutes of Meeting–01-18-18
Video of Meeting–
Video of RAGEHCC Leadership Team Meeting–on Thursday, October 26, 2017
Leadership Team Meeting to discuss the direction of RAGEHCC, & other topics– Follow-Up & Action Items
Membership Growth—Meetings & Presentations done (face-to-face)—Melody/John/Pam; Much discussion on this Topic & No. 6 below.
Momentive Retirees coming over—bringing in some income—Momentive’s Retirees (many are also GE Retirees) are going to be registered on RAGEHCC, money for dues is to be transferred to Connie–Treasury—John to do.
Digital Marketing (GEMS?)—ends Nov. 5th; NOW—extended to Jan. 5th—2 Months free.
Fundraising Drive Update—2018–John for Connie; 65 Members have contributed so far—Promote–ALL
Summary of October 12 Meeting of Retiree Reps & GE Global Benefits/HR—Melody/John; Show Melody’s Notes; Trying to get notes from Mary Ellen Flowers also. (See No. 12 below)
Migrating to RAGEHCC & Updates to RAGEHCC Pages—New/Updated Tools/Handouts posted on RAGEHCC–John; All Posts on Facebook should lead to RAGEHCC website. Should we restrict access the RAGEHCC to Registered/Paid Members ONLY? Tabled until we have a General Membership Meeting to discuss; and then revisit when all Executive Board members are present–AFTER that Meeting of general population. (see No. 8 below)
Healthcare Survey Results –John. 388 Retiree/Dependent responses; Presented at—Oct. 12th National Meeting–posted on RAGEHCC website—Done.
Have a General Membership Meeting before we decide as a Team about curtailing FB, and restricting access to RAGEHCC website pages–good discussion–John to set up. Also, do a Membership Participation Survey–to get input and stimulate discussion and participation in General Membership Meeting.
Grants….Charlie set up with Guidestar & Tech Soup-–Charlie is now ready to pursue Grants for RAGEHCC.
We found out Legal Zoom never completed 501-C-3 Tax exemption filing. Our standing today–we are a Non-Profit Incorporation in the State of Kansas; we have our EIN as a 501-C-3 Non-Profit (IRS)–all that is left is– we need to finish the 501-C-3 “Tax Exempt” status filing with IRS.–John is working on this now. We also need to file Form 990 with the IRS–Connie.
Post Financials–Connie’s Report on Officer page—done.
Post October 12th Meeting Minutes/Notes from Melody on Officer page—done.
Get Benefits Handbooks–electronic versions–Hourly & Salaried–Post on the RAGEHCC website.
In Attendance– John Phelps, Melody Jackson, Gary Poland, Rodney Ira, Charlie Baumgartner
Agenda for Leadership Team Meeting– Agenda for Leadership Team Meeting–10-26-2017
Minutes– From Melody Jackson— Minutes 10-26-2017
Minutes of October 12, 2017 Meeting of National Retiree Reps & GE Global/HR/One Exchange
Here are the MinutMes of the Oct. 12th Meeting–Provided by Melody Jackson— Fall Mtg Schenectary October 12 2017 Notes
Minutes coming from Mary Ellen Flowers–Erie, PA also…soon
Video Of RAGEHCC Leadership Meeting–on Thursday, September 14, 2017
Leadership Team Meeting with Senior65–Chris Mihm & Eric Sheinbaum. Final Interview with Senior 65 by the Executive Board of RAGEHCC. The Board approved Senior65 on 9/18/2017, as the Provider of Medicare/Medigap & Part D Plans, plus Medicare Advantage Plans. Once again…I started the video recording late (jeez–someone REMIND me …lol). The Agenda & Minutes of the Meeting are below.
In Attendance– John Phelps, Melody Jackson, Pam Shipley, Rodney Ira, Eric Sheinbaum, Chris Mihm
Agenda for Leadership Team Meeting– Agenda for Leadership Team Meeting–9-14-2017
Minutes for 9/14/2017 Meeting— Minutes RAGEHCC-Sept14-2017
Video of RAGEHCC Leadership Team Meeting–on Thursday, August 17, 2017
Short Meeting with Dan Gallo on new Digital Marketing Campaign using GEMS devices. And then we discussed the Direction of RAGEHCC–Goals, Mission, our Facebook page, Membership Growth, Financial Support of Members, Activism, Collaboration with other Groups/Chapters/Organizations, etc–see Agenda Sheet attached below.
In Attendance–Connie Vick, Gary Poland, Melody Jackson, John Phelps, Rodney Ira, Dan Gallo
Agenda for Leadership Team Meeting– Agenda for Leadership Team Meeting–8-17-2017
Action Items: All agree, we need larger group present and need make decisions on Direction of RAGEHCC (see Agenda)
Sorry…I didn’t start the Video Recording until a few minutes into the Meeting….. (it’s Melody’s fault…LOL)
Video of RAGEHCC Leadership Team Meeting–on Thursday, July 20, 2017
Meeting with Go Health–Medicare/Medicaid & Pre-65 Insurance Provider; and the 2nd part of the Meeting was the RAGEHCC Internal Financial Audit of Expenses (including receipts), and Revenues/Income (dues, donations to RAGEHCC). NOTE: We dispensed with the normal protocol/procedure of our RAGEHCC Leadership Team Meeting–we bypassed the Secretary Reading of Minutes–Melody Jackson, and the Financial Report from our Treasurer–Connie Vick; so we could get the interview done with Go Health, and so we could complete the Internal Financial Audit of RAGEHCC.
In Attendance–John Phelps, Gary Poland, Melody Jackson, Connie Vick, Rodney Ira, Pam Shipley, and Stanley Rice; from Go Health–Todd Brown, Matt Considine & Lee Gerber
Agenda for Leadership Team Meeting— Agenda for Leadership Team Meeting–7-20-2017 (See Note above on the protocol/procedure of Agenda)
Minutes– Minutes 7-20-2017 Meeting
Develop a Form for the Trustees to Sign–Verifying the Internal Financial Audit was completely successfully– Pam Shipley (Done-below)
Form— Financial Audit Summary Form for RAGEHCC — Any suggestions/Revisions–Please Contact Pam Shipley
Include a line in the Financial Spreadsheet–showing the RCB Bank Balance–for comparison with the Financial Spreadsheet balance– Connie Vick
Provide a Process Map (flow sheet) of the One Exchange Process to Go Health– Melody Jackson
Go Health–provide the Group with a document from Manager of Medicare Program on medical underwriting/screenings requirements–Todd/Matt
Go Health–develop the Online Quote Process/Page for our Retirees/Dependents (by October)–Todd Brown/Matt Considine
Go Health— develop a Training Module for Customer Service Reps regarding the RRA considerations– One part–Medigap or Part D has to stay with One Exchange; familiarity of One Exchange website; develop a script for GE Retirees/Dependents, and do some test calls in the fall– Matt Considine/Todd Brown
Stanley Rice–suggested a discount to stores/services as part of our Membership Dues; also suggested we solicit donations from Union Groups
Sorry…I didn’t start the Video Recording until a few minutes into the Meeting…..
Video of RAGEHCC Leadership Team Meeting–on Thursday, June 29, 2017
In Attendance–John Phelps, Gary Poland, Melody Jackson, Connie Vick, Rodney Ira, Jack Richards, Leah Fean
Agenda for Leadership Team Meeting—Agenda for Leadership Team–6-29-2017 Meeting
Video of RAGEHCC Leadership Team Meeting–on Thursday, May 11, 2017
In Attendance–John Phelps, Gary Poland, Melody Jackson, Connie Vick, Rodney Ira, Charlie Baumgartner, Pam Shipley
Action Items from the RAGEHCC Leadership Team Meeting—May 11, 2017—
All—Big push on Membership Growth from all locations—let’s get our message, our existence… out there—posts, emails, presentations, postcard mailings, etc.
John–Post video of the RAGEHCC Leadership Team Meeting on the RAGEHCC website– http://ragehcc.org/officers-only-page/ (Done); Melody will provide the Minutes to post also
Gary P—Check with Promethius on a better, discounted price??
John—Send Rodney I—Bill Freeda’s email on a Boston—GE HQ Rally—gear up for that (Done)
John—Talk with Lawyers on both the Salaried & Hourly Lawsuits about our next Retiree Healthcare Follow-up Survey for 2017—get their input
Melody—some issues with One Exchange; she will talk with Global Benefits—Dean Merola, and if she needs me to be on call, she will advise me.
John—Make sure everyone has our RAGEHCC Email Distribution List, and teach Leaders how to use this list from the RAGEHCC website.
John—Update Officers & other Leaders List—Addresses, Phone Numbers & Emails (Done—need some info; attached)
ALL—Everyone correct website address error on our RAGEHCC Postcards; eventually…order new cards with Benefits of Membership on the Postcard
Connie—Business Cards—only John & Melody for now…all agreed; Connie will follow-up, and make sure all Leaders/Officers get some cards
ALL—Membership growth—we ALL prepare materials (Postcards) for Local Retiree Groups, in our areas, and we will ask Local Unions and/or Retiree Groups to affix mailing labels…we will pay postage.
Connie—will send spreadsheet on dues/donations of RAGEHCC Members- to RAGEHCC Leaders
Connie & John—Send email to Trustees—we need to do our yearly Financial Audit (Done)
Pam/John—Check on who pays (GE?) for the postcards/mailings from GE Retiree Associations (like Quarter Center, Associations, etc.) for spring, summer, fall events??
Wasn’t on our Action Item List…but I want to suggest…from this date on…we invite other Retiree Leaders to join us for our RAGEHCC Leadership Team Meetings—when they can, and if they are available—i.e.—Bill Freeda, Ron Flowers, Eric Kratzer, Bob Bombard/Karl Asmus—Schenectady, ???, Etc. Any opinions on this, or others we should include? Pam—these are the coalitions, endorsements and collaborations we continue to try to build. Possibly, asking Dennis Rocheleau to join us at intervals??
Video of RAGEHCC Leadership Team Meeting–on Thursday, March 9, 2017
In Attendance– John Phelps, Melody Jackson, Connie Vick, Gary Poland, Rodney Ira, David McIntosh, Gary Johnson, Kevin Mahar, Ron Flowers; David Lindsey, Nancy King, Chris Pearson, Jeff Grabiak, Matt Grabiak, Jamie Guli
Minutes– Minutes 03-09-17
Video of RAGEHCC Leadership Team Meeting–on Thursday, February 23, 2017
In Attendance–John Phelps, Gary Poland, Melody Jackson, Connie Vick, David McIntosh; Jerry Turney, Lee Gerber & MWG Rep
Minutes 02-23-17 –Melody Jackson–from 2/23/2017 Leadership Team Meeting
Video of RAGEHCC Leadership Team Meeting–on Thursday, January 26, 2017
In Attendance–John Phelps, Gary Poland, Melody Jackson, Connie Vick, Rodney Ira; Missing— Charlie Baumgartner, David McIntosh, Connie McDonough, Kim Cox, Kevin Mahar, Jack Richards, Leah Fean
Action Items–From Leadership Team Meeting:
Put a Confidentiality (HIPPA) Release Form on Melody’s page–John. Done
Put a Disclaimer on every Benefits Page and/or Post on FB about Benefits—John & Gary Done
Invite a Provider to next Leadership Team Meeting –2/9/2017—Presentation & Q & A (look over links in Agenda Sheet before the Meeting)–John Done
Provide Dane at Ebert’s & Harrison a Financial Statement—Gross Revenues, Gross Expenditures—Actual 2016; Estimated 2017 Revenues & Expenditures –from his 2nd email—John. Done
Call Legal Zoom—get LLC process going ASAP—going to do in Kansas—Connie & John Done
Make the Financial Summary Page –only for Registered Members—Gary P. Done
Check Legality of Dues/Donations Promotion under IRS 501-c-3 rules (lottery?)–John Done
Stated above—2 hour—Open Forum (Q & A)—General Membership Meeting—2/16/2017—12:00 –2:00 PM—Publicize—John. Scheduled
Generalized Lawsuit update—Salaried & Hourly—Post–John Done
Agenda & Minutes of December 15, 2016 Leadership Team Meeting
December 15, 2016
RAGEHCC Minutes—By Melody Jackson–Secretary
Attendees: John Phelps, Melody Jackson, Connie Vick, Gary Poland, Rodney Ira
Called to order 11:06 am
Minutes Read – Melody Jackson. Connie Vick added Delta Dental you don’t have any waiting period if you sign up within ? days of losing insurance. She will check on timing.
Financial Report Read-Connie Vick. Received 11 checks (1-$50, 7 PayPals – $25, 1 cash.
$3790.45 current balance. Total of ~72 donations so far for 2017, questioned if we should count couples as 2; “0” opposed to do.
Change in bylaws show for Trustee John Phelps, done
Org Chart updated – John Phelps and distributed. Melody Jackson asked if Rodney Ira would be interested in Trustee and he said “no” then said he would consider and get back.
Bonding – working on quotes with Connie Vick, need ASAP
Base costs and tentative budget info for membership drive – done John Phelps
Harm info – Ongoing, Melody Jackson accumulating. Talked about member that was told he no longer had life insurance on deceased wife and had still been taking out premiums. Gary Poland said contracts decided live insurance and what is their coverage. The Union Hall used to work with employees to iron out many of these issues and now there is virtually no one to help. This is causing mental as well as physical harm to retirees.
John Phelps will see if Kennedy at the law firm needs affidavits.
Political Exposure, sharing info, write letters and editorials. All team members, and share. John Phelps will help if interviews are requested.
Asked if there were any updates on lawsuit and John Phelps said he would check on line for updates.
Goals and Mission Statements for Committees – Still some outstanding.
Rally/Events – Rodney Ira Need Missions and Goals by next meeting
Communications – Ongoing
Membership Growth/Endorsements/Collaborations – Need new Chairperson?
Website – Gary Poland, need roles and responsibilities on list
Surveys – Charlie Baumgartner, need roles and responsibilities on list.
Organization chart – Organization chart – updated and shown ; Openings for Trustee and Membership Growth & Collaborations/ Endorsements/Coordinator Committee Chairperson. Erle has resigned.
John Phelps and Connie Vick working on 501C3 and/or LLC. Determination of 20% max political donations.
John Phelps motioned Connie Vick and “0” opposed. Letter given to Connie/Ray for Treasury.
Bonding financials corrected with old $’s. Proposed to pay $657 for 3 year theft and fraud to Eberts and Harrison, Inc. “0” opposed. Connie’s address needs to be updated for invoice to PO Box 521. She will make sure this gets done. Bonding approx. $1100 for liability. John will ask Dean about $5,000,000 or let them make a recommendation, might be better per Gary Poland. Need to get this in place.
Gary Poland talked about tax expense . John Phelps to explore legal zoom ($169) toward LLC or 501C3 (tax exempt 10 page form)
Bylaws were updated and shown – with responsibilities for Trustees.
Action item – Elfun Group in Connecticut. Birch couldn’t attend, was sick. She had flyers that John Phelps had supplied. Dennis Rocheleau was going to attend.
Retired member chapters, Newsletters such as Louisville was great communication tool.
Evandale had Retiree Newsletter too. Any contacts – Ask on next Communication letter, Melody Jackson. Talked about Fort Wayne, In small group that meets once a month, Melody going to meet with them in February after Annie Bray returns. (3200 FB page).
They are currently going through internal fighting–Louisville, thinking Union is selling them out per Rodney. Unions won’t give out mailing lists. They are also probably outdated.
Corporate will only give Retiree Mailing List to IUE International currently.
New RX flyers or subscribers from RX – no per Melody Jackson
Vote –on By-Law changes
Increase participation – “End of the Year Challenge” 388 signed – Immelt and Board of Directors letter.
Get back to Strategies and Initiatives – 10,000 baby boomers/day turning 65. Connie Vick signed off at 12:30 with previous commitment.
Upcoming Strategies/Initiatives-Action Items
Letter to Immelt & GE Board – Present Survey results; asking for Resolution.
Articles to newspapers/journals, etc
Distribute postcards and fliers at all locals meetings, rallies, etc.
Rally at Headquarters – when we present the Certified Letters to Immelt and the Board
New Healthcare Survey – Spring 2017 – Show specific harms Retirees, and suggestions to improve One Exchange
Benefits delivery (Provider choices, RRA reimbursement, efficiency and professionalism of OE Staff.
Late Spring – Big Nationwide Rallies again.
Depending on where the GE Annual Shareowner’s Meeting is – as many as can to attend – again, we take over the Meeting literally.
Medical Plans – John has info on couple companies that he will send to group to review. John Phelps has been approached. Show a benefit to coworkers to draw them in ** Private Exchanges**
Another prescription resource
Per Gary Poland, is SCBN.org that is $35/month in Austin, Texas
You Tube – Erle Coleman was interested per Connie Vick.
Concern over protection from GE.
Gary Poland brought up timing for non-profit could be as much as 8 months.
Adjourned at 12:45
Video of RAGEHCC Leadership Team Meeting, on Thursday, December 1, 2016
In Attendance— John Phelps, Melody Jackson, Connie Vick, Gary Johnson, Rodney Ira; Members of Rx Help Centers Staff–Bill Stafford, Gary Hinkle, and Lee Gerber. Missing— Gary Poland, Charlie Baumgartner, Ray Vick, Connie McDonogh, Kim Cox, Jack Richards, David McIntosh, Kevin Mahar, Erle Coleman, Leah Fean
Video of RAGEHCC Leadership Team Meeting, on Thursday, November 10, 2016
Leadership Team Meeting–in Attendance–John Phelps–President, Gary Poland–Vice President, Melody Jackson–Secretary, Erle Coleman–Treasurer, Connie Vick–1st Trustee, Charlie Baumgartner–2nd Trustee, Gary Johnson–3rd Trustee; Missing–David McIntosh, Connie McDonough, Jack Richards, Kevin Mahar, Kim Cox, Rodney Ira
Video of RAGEHCC Core Team Meeting on Thursday, October 13, 2016–
Core Team Meeting–first with Lee Gerber, Jerry Turner, and Bill Stafford of Rx Help Centers; and then Core Team Issues/Discussions
John Phelps Notes on Follow-ups from Our Core Team Meeting–10-13-2016—
Post the Video Recording of the Meeting we (Core Team & RX Help Rep’s) had today—done—on the Officers Page, on RAGEHCC site…if you have any problems getting on that page, please contact Gary Poland. Let’s keep this confidential, for now, until we decide and vote whether to endorse Rx Help Centers. Go Here– http://ragehcc.org/officers-only-page/
Decide if we need another Meeting with Rx Help Centers—more questions (?); or we are satisfied with our research, talk today, and are we okay with ending our due diligence phase, and can move on to a vote to endorse or not? If we are ready to vote; I will establish a page on Survey Monkey to conduct the vote for or against endorsement. Please respond?
After a discussion on whether to go under the CWA Retiree Council umbrella, or to go Independent—LLC,, a vote was taken today to and approved our RAGEHCC Group going under the CWA Retiree Council. The link for the CWA Retiree Council page is here– http://www.cwa-union.org/for-members/retired-members-council ; check out the links on the bottom left. I sent a Letter to CWA telling them we discussed and approved joining the CWA Retiree Council (I sent this to all of you already; done)
Get back to our Strategies & Initiatives as a Group—This was emphasized by Dennis Rocheleau… that he felt, and concluded, were very effective ( we agree). Our first one will be a Letter to Immelt & the Board on our Survey results, and asking for a Resolution to our Lawsuits—John will post on the Action Network; Gary & Melody will communicate via emails, newsletter, post to our FB & RAGEHCC website, etc. Also, to have a Rally the same day as our Retiree Rep’s & GE Management on Retiree Issue—November 2, 2016, in Schenectady, NY; we will present our findings/data about “Dissatisfaction” with the new One Exchange process/plan; and the “Harms’ done to our Retirees—from our Follow-Up Retiree Healthcare Survey (attached). Also…Contact Newspapers/News Channels to see if they will do a piece (story) on our RAGEHCC Group, and our Survey Results. And finally, Get this Follow-Up Retiree Healthcare Survey Information out to every retiree group/gathering we attend—ELFUN, QC Clubs, Formal & Informal Retiree Groups (i.e.—RMC’s all over the Country.); Websites; Etc.
If I missed anything…please click “Reply All” and send it to the Core Team.
Finally…now that we have decided to Join the CWA Retiree Council…we are READY for Nominations of Officers for RAGEHCC…please place into nomination anyone you would like to nominate? The Positons are President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and 3 Trustees. Let’s do this, this week, so we can have Elections by the end of the Month. Please Respond with your Nominations, including yourself, if you so desire…thank you. Also, look at the By-Laws (also attached), at this link– http://files.cwa-union.org/national/RMC/2010_bylaws.pdf , and could someone start to write up a tentative By-Laws for RAGEHCC—to later be discussed and voted on?
Personally…I believe we have come a LONG WAY in 5 short months; our accomplishments are many. I see us growing, and becoming more effective as a Group. I, also, seeing us gaining support of our GE Retirees by the initiatives and strategies we have accomplished and are proceeding with right now. At times it’s been slow, and even somewhat frustrating, but have made tremendous strides; we can NEVER lose sight of our main goals—to continue the fight to change, or at least modify, GE’s position regarding Retiree Healthcare, and to move toward some sort of Resolution! Thank you to ALL of you for YOUR continued dedication & commitment!