This week we are celebrating public servants during Public Service Recognition Week. It's a time to take a moment to observe the men and women that make our communities go. At LAGERS, we have the pleasure of serving the public servants with whom we interact with daily. We have collected many stories from these wonderful people over the years and would like to share some of those stories here as we say THANK YOU to all the public servants out there!
In my office, over the back of one of the chairs at a small conference table, hangs a precious gift I received from the Jefferson City Fire Department – an old firefighter coat that was worn and retired from service. Just an old, smoke-filled coat... that means so much more.
You may be wondering why a LAGERS blog would focus on Developmental Disability Awareness. As all of us at LAGERS know, our members are exceptional people. They are "Salt of the Earth" people, people who make our communities flourish and shine. And among our member employers are "Senate Bill 40" agencies. Senate Bill 40 employers, named after the Senate Bill that established them, provide for the employment, residential, and related service needs for people with developmental disabilities in Missouri. LAGERS members who are employed by SB 40 employers are made up of social workers, case workers, administrators and others whose primary focus is to assist people with developmental disabilities in meeting their needs so they can gain more independence and inclusion within their communities. Not only are our Senate Bill 40 employees special to us and our communities, but so are the people they serve within our communities.
It's almost Valentine's Day, and we thought it would be fitting to re-post one of our favorite blogs from 2015 by Elizabeth Althoff, "5 Reasons to Love Your LAGERS Benefit." There are so many reasons to love a secure retirement, and LAGERS checks all the boxes. So while you're thinking of candy and flowers and heaarts, now that LAGERS is thinking about your financial future.
I was recently invited to the National Association of Police Organizations annual conference to speak regarding Communicating the Value of Public Service and also participate in a panel discussing Plan Funding and Design.The conference focus was best practices in attracting and retaining the best possible public servants and re-instilling value, pride and commitment to community service.It was truly an honor to be part of a group so dedicated to making a difference and proactively moving our communities forward.The caring of so many across the country was humbling and inspiring.
A utility worker from Rolla Municipal Utilities (above) clears debris.
Governments face many tough decisions when determining how to make the best use of taxpayer dollars. Citizens demand a certain level of service from public entities for protection, infrastructure, health, education, and more. Of course, in order to provide these services, governments need to be able to attract and retain qualified workers. The better the public workers you have working in your community, the better services you will enjoy as a taxpayer.
Recently we held our first Facebook giveaway. Did you see it? During National Retirement Security week (which also happened to be the week of our Annual Meeting) we held a T-shirt giveaway. We wanted to hear your retirement plans, and boy, did you have a lot to say! Here are some excerpts from the contest comments on what LAGERS members plan to do in retirement. There are some great ideas in here in case you're still trying to figure out what your retirement dream will be!