Author Archives: Penny Thomas

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

Retiree Spotlight - Pat Wahler


After a long-time career serving her community as a Juvenile Officer in St. Charles County, Patricia (Pat) Wahler took the retirement plunge and has forged a new path for herself. Her passion for writing has lead to an award-winning second career as an author.
Pat explains, “Although I’d previously had short pieces published in a number of venues, including the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, I wanted to devote more time to establishing myself as a full-time writer.” And that is exactly what she has done.

Tagged Retirees

Springfield's Ready for You!

This year's Annual Meeting will be held in Springfield, MO, and it's shaping up to be one for the record books!

Tagged Annual Meeting, local government hero award

Beneficiaries: Your Wise Choice

We may not know exactly what happens to us when we die, but one thing is for sure: we can be certain who will receive our money once we're gone.

Tagged beneficiary; beneficiaries, myLAGERS, Survivors Benefits

Women Working in "Non-Traditional" Fields - New Board Member Sandy Walker

International Women's Day was last week, and what better way to celebrate then to speak to a woman who's been breaking the mold of what we're told should be "a woman's job" all her life.

Meet our new Board member, Sandy Walker, in her own words.

Tagged Board Member, LAGERS Board, value of local government, Local Government, Board of Trustees

From Our Members: Can I pull out funds before I retire?

Recently, a member emailed the following question to our infobox: "What are my payout options as it relates to my retirement fund? For example . . . if I needed car repairs, could I pull some out for that?" My immediate thought was to respond with a solid "NO," but then I started thinking about situations which allow a member to receive their own contributions before reaching normal retirement age.

Tagged quitting; leaving; terminating; employment, Borrowing, separating from employment

Back By Popular Demand                                             From Our Members: 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

From Our Members: When Will My LAGERS Benefit Run Out?

 

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