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Please print the SCARE MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORM and mail to: SCARE, P.O. Box 5513, Santa Rosa, CA 95402


Dear Fellow Retiree:

If you have not already joined the Sonoma County Association of Retired Employees (SCARE), we invite you to do so now.

SCARE is a nonprofit organization whose only purpose is to promote and protect the welfare and interests of Sonoma County retirees. SCARE seeks to improve the quality of your retirement by keeping you informed and by taking appropriate action to advance your interests on matters such as health and other insurance options; local, state and federal program changes affecting retirees; and pension issues. SCARE membership brings you pertinent information and an opportunity to network with others on these and other topics affecting your well-being and the enjoyment of your retirement.

SCARE is the only organization that represents all Sonoma County retirees and advocates solely for retiree interests and needs. SCARE membership provides you with a voice through:

  • Representation before the Sonoma County Employees' Retirement Board (SCERA) and the Board of Supervisors on issues affecting retirees
  • Representation on the Joint Labor Management Benefits Committee which reviews health benefit options for retirees and employees and strives to keep health insurance costs down
  • Representation on the Sonoma County Coalition of Labor Organizations (SCCLO) where we work with unions representing County employees to try to maintain retiree and employee health benefits
  • Representation on the California Retired County Employees Association Board of Directors - a statewide organization made up of the twenty 1937 Act counties
  • Membership in CARA (California Alliance for Retired Americans) which represents retirees in California and nationally.

    To keep you informed of issues that affect retirees and seniors, SCARE provides:

  • Four membership meetings each year which include speakers on relevant issues
  • Quarterly Newsletters give you updates on benefit changes and other helpful information
  • A website, www.sonomacountyretirees.com, keeps you current on issues affecting retirees
  • Four subsidized luncheons per year

    SCARE funds four scholarships each year; two each for SRJC and SSU students who are children or grandchildren of Sonoma County employees or retirees who are members of SCERA.

    We hope you will join us as we are stronger with more members. SCARE dues are $5 per month for retirees and $2.50 per month for associate members (spouses, domestic partners, and widows/widowers of retirees). Dues are taken out of your SCERA pension. All members of the SCARE Board of Directors are volunteers and receive no compensation. Your dues are strictly used to cover actual out-of-pocket costs to promote and protect your retirement interests and report back to you.

    To join SCARE, please complete the application form. If you have questions, you can call Patty Hamley, our Membership Chair, at 707-579-1726, or send email to her at phamleyis@hotmail.com

    Yours in Retirement,

    The SCARE Board of Directors
    Alix Shor, President