Author Archives: Penny Thomas

The Lead Recap: What Did You Miss?

On April 7, 2021, LAGERS' Leaders hosted a webinar called The LEAD. This webinar is a quarterly webinar that provides behind the scenes information on the most relevant issues related to your retirement system. In this past The LEAD, Executive Director Robert Wilson and Assistant Director, External Affairs Jeff Kempker lead a discussion on the following topics:

Tagged Contributions, Contribution Rates, Investments; Return; LAGERS Portfolio, Quarterly Update, Bob Wilson

Retiree Spotlight: Linda Hermann

As this is Women's History Month, it is with great honor that this month's LAGERS' Retiree Spotlight shines on the second and longest serving female commissioner in Ste. Genevieve County's history, Linda Hermann. Linda began her career in St. Genevieve County in 1978 in the county treasurer's office. She eventually made the move to the county clerk's office and even did a two year stint in the sheriff's office as a dispatcher. From there Linda served her community as the District 1 Commissioner of Ste. Genevieve County for 10 years. Today, Ste. Genevieve County maintains a strong female presence in its elected offices. Perhaps Linda helped a little in paving the way for these women.

Tagged Retirees, Public service, women in retirement

Webinar Recap: Estate Planning 101

It's never easy to talk about the inevitable death of a loved one or even your own demise, but it is necessary if we want our wishes to be honored upon our death.

Tagged retirement planning, estate planning

Missouri LAGERS Annual Reports Now Available

Missouri LAGERS Annual Reports, including the Popular Annual Financial Report, the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, and the 52nd Annual Actuarial Valuation are now available on our website.

Tagged Financial, CAFR, Valuations, PAFR, GRS

Back By Popular Demand: I Sent My Retirement Application, Now What?

A member recently emailed the following: "I downloaded the Application for Retirement. I will fill it out and send it in, but is there anything else I need to do at this time?"

Luckily, the process for retirement at LAGERS is simple. The member is right in that the first step is to submit the Application for Retirement 30 -90 days prior to when you want to receive your first benefit payment. You can apply online through your myLAGERS account or submit a paper application via mail, email or fax.

Tagged myLAGERS, Payout Options, Retirement Options, retirement planning, Retirement Application, apply for retirement, Retirement, Retire

Retiree Spotlight: Betty Buerk

The retiree spotlight is on Betty Buerk, a 17 year public service veteran from the City of Washington, and she has a few shareable words for us:

Tagged Retirees, Retirement

You Have What it Takes and What We Need: Be a CLA!

In November of 2018, LAGERS launched a new program called the Certified LAGERS Administrator (CLA). This program was designed specifically for employer contacts and administrators who want to know more about how LAGERS works and want to feel at ease talking about LAGERS benefits. Though CLAs cannot speak on behalf of LAGERS, they are a vital source of LAGERS knowledge employees can count on as well a source for employees to obtain LAGERS contact information if they need answers to harder, individualized questions.

Tagged Certified LAGERS Administrator

What Have You Been Up to?

We recently sent out a call asking you to share with us what you have been doing lately. As a retiree, the last few months have affected you, and others like you, in a very unique way. Take a look and see what a few of your fellow retirees have been doing!

Tagged Retirees, Retirement, Retirement, Retire, COVID-19

Retiree Spotlight: Robert Gomer

Some people start a new life of sorts after they retire. Most public servants who have served their communities for years move on to other endeavors that allow them to continue to serve the public a different way while still retaining the joie de vivre of the retired life. That’s the case with LAGERS Retiree Robert Gomer, who enjoyed over 25 years working for Mid-Continent Public Library in the Kansas City area. I had the pleasure of interviewing him for this Retiree Spotlight.

Tagged Retirees, Working after Retirement, Retirement plans

Retiree Spotlight: The Uncivil Servant, Mike MacPherson

Retiree Spotlight

Normally, when thinking about a city administrator from Missouri, you don’t rush to the thought of a band rocking it in Isesaki, Japan. But, then again, perhaps Mike MacPherson isn’t your typical city administrator.

Tagged Retirees, Retirement

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