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To: Pension Recipients
From: Bill Stefka
Date: April 7, 2003
Re: Retirement Party May 14, 2003/General Update

Dear Pension Recipients:

Since our last update in December we have lost the following retiree during 2003:

Name/AgeDate DeceasedBenevolent Fund?Surviving Spouse?
Floyd F. Bates (77)January 8, 2003YesYes-Shirley

The best way to make benevolent fund payments is to mail them to Gary Pounds at Fire St. 20, 6601 Manchaca Rd., Austin, TX 78745. We are told this is now quicker and more centralized than dropping off at any other fire station. Gary reminds everyone to review and update your benevolent fund beneficiary so that this is current. Call Gary at (512) 288-0591 with any questions or concerns about the benevolent fund.

Our active firefighters recently voted in favor of increasing their pension contributions into the pension fund by an additional 2%. The vote was 342 for and 313 opposed. Our pension board is very grateful to their fellow firefighters for taking this step in working together to keep the current benefits structure in place and preventing benefit reductions!

Don't forget the upcoming retirement party on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at the Manchaca Fire Hall, which will honor our 2002 retirees. We have attached an invitation on behalf of the badge fund committee with the details. We hope to see you there!

Also, another reminder about the retiree breakfast group which meets every second Wednesday at Owens Restaurant about 8:00 a.m. near IH35 and Hwy 290 E. We are glad to hear about the good attendance they have at these get-togethers as well!

If you have any questions, or if we can be of further assistance please contact our office.


William E. Stefka