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HISTORY OF SERO

School Employee Retirees of Ohio, Inc (SERO) was founded in 1978 by a Retired School Employee in Worthington, Ohio. SERO was formed as a non-profit retiree advocacy and education organization. SERO works solely for School Employee Retirees. Those same School Employee Retirees operate and govern SERO by serving on the SERO Executive Board. Any non-certified (non-teaching) School Employee who is retired from Ohio public schools, technical schools, joint vocational schools or schools of higher education covered by the School Employees Retirement System, SERS, may become an active member of SERO. Many cafeteria workers, custodians, secretaries, teacher’s aids, and bus drivers to name a few have joined SERO to have a support organization to assist them through their retirement. With more than 10,000 members, and growing, SERO maintains an ever vigilant presence at the legislatures’ (state and federal) as well as the retirement system, SERS. SERO provides its members with information and links to other retiree service organizations. SERO has announced a new agenda of supplemental products and services to augment members’ current programs or plans. Members are eligible to enroll and utilize these additional programs through various providers by maintaining their SERO membership. (See Benefits)

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Effective Date 

1978     SERO is founded and begins operating in Worthington, Ohio.

1979     COLA increased from 2-3% with reduction in waiting period Catch up increases (5%) for those retired prior to July 1974.

1981     Catch up increases (6%) for those retired prior to Jan 1977 and (4%) for those retired from 1977 to 1979.

1983     Retiree Representative added to SERS Board effective July 1984

1984     Catch up increase (5%) for those retired prior to Feb 1983

1988     Catch up increase (2%) for those retired prior to Feb 1983 and (5%) for those retired after Feb 1983

1991     Increase the number of days a retiree can work (now unlimited)

1993     Toll Free number for Aetna claims established

1994     SERO endorses United Teacher Associates (UTA) to provide group Long Term Home Health Care Plan for members. Additional quality insurance products will be available for members at group rates.

1997     Death Benefit at SERS increases from $500 to $1,000.

1998     Increase in retirement formula from 2.1% to 2.5% for future retirees with service credit over 30 yrs. Increase in Medicare Part B reimbursement from $24.80 to $31.80. One-time lump sum payment ($7/per month) given to eligible recipients retroactive to 1/1992. (H.B. 673)

2000     SERO approves an Executive Director for the organization and Valerie Rodgers is named for that position.

2001     Increase in Medicare Part B reimbursement from $31.80 to $45.50 per month. One-time lump sum payments made to eligible recipients retroactive to 1993. Improved Survivor benefits (S.B. 270). Cost of living (COLA) increases are now a 3% “fixed” rate instead of using CPI figures (H.B. 655).

2004     SERO Board member appointed to SERS Executive Board by Governor Taft.

2005     SERO Dues Deduction Program begins. SERO announces a new website (ohio-sero.com) SERO announces largest agenda of supplemental benefits and discounted programs for members by Association Member Benefits Advisors (AMBA).

2006     Call to action on Offset and Windfall provisions. SERO facilitates Chapter Leadership Workshop.

2007     SERO representatives successfully testify in opposition to legislation (H.B. 151) that would negatively affect SERS retirees. SERO supports SERS pension funding solvency legislation (S.B. 148).

2008     SERO expands office hours to provide additional advocacy/ support for members. Office now open M thru F from 9-4.

2009     SERO representatives attend SERS Health Care/Pension Task Force meetings to provide education to members and chapters. Pension funding issues begin to surface with market decline.

2010     SERO announces program for members to renew or join SERO using credit card through our website (ohio-sero.com). SERO provides education/information for members seeking options for their care.

2011     SERO begins petition drive to have a fitness program (Silver Sneakers) for SERS health care participants. New benefits added for SERO members through AMBA.

2012     SERO approves new office computer systems and programming upgrade. New systems and programs allow us to strengthen our current programs and develop innovative projects to serve our members. SERO supports pension funding solvency legislation (S.B. 341) signed into law.

2013     SERO Chapter leaders and member’s efforts to change travel plans/policies of SERS Board members are successful. SERO receives “Best of 2013” Award for Business Services.

2014     SERS announces “Silver Sneakers” fitness plan effect for most all SERS health care participants. SERO receive “Best of 2014” Award for Business Services.

2015     SERO announces active School Employees members may now join SERO as “Associate” members.