Retirees at Honolulu RAFA


Karen Baga, President  
808-488-0344



Chop Suey Meeting!
March 16, 2017 HNL Conference Room
Photos by Carol Schmus & Dory Baga



Oh yeah! There was     Chinese take-out!

     

For those of you who missed the fantastic "Chop Suey" lunch, here's a brief recap. 

BTW- mahalo to everyone for all the help with cleaning up!

Unfortunately, our main guest speaker, Lani Blissard, had to cancel. She is a retired American Airline F/A who is very involved with FAMRI (Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute) which has been doing studies on effects of high altitude flying and second hand smoke and the impact on airline crews. 

Although Lani was not there, Karen Baga gave us some background info and provided handouts with excellent info on this and, if you would like more info, Karen will be happy to provide you with the handouts. Research has shown that radiation at high altitudes may cause cancer (one study showing an elevated  incidence of female breast cancer, and increased incidents of malignant melanoma) as well as reproductive problems for people exposed to it.

If you are interested in participating in side effects of second hand smoke studies, 

FAMRI is currently conducting testing on F/A volunteers and you may wish to participate in that. Contact Baga or Carol for more information.



Then a few questions on retiree travel benefits came up...

It can be confusing for newly retired or a retiree who has not yet had an opportunity to travel. Retirees do not receive "companion passes" (with an exception). Retirees only receive 2 enrolled friends a year. They can be added to your profile any time during the year, as long as you do not have enrolled friends already listed. At the end of the year, you can delete your enrolled friends and any time during the following year, add your new enrolled friends. If you do not delete them, they roll over and you cannot change them at that point.

Now, the EXCEPTION about "Star Companions": 

There are 6 Star Alliance carriers that allow UA employees and retirees to travel with up to 2 companions (Air Canada, Lot Polish Airlines, Lufthansa,  Scandinavian  Air, Swiss Internat'l, & TAP  Air Portugal . In addition, Hawaiian Airlines allows companion travel. 

See RAFA's Sept 2016 Pass Travel UPDATE (Item #4) for more information.

And click this link for RAFA's step-by-step guide to OTHER AIRLINE Travel




Also, visit Flying Together, and under "Travel on Other Airlines," you will find information for  companion travel on Star Alliance as well as HAL by scrolling to the airline of your choice. Remember, it's always helpful to explore 

RAFA's Travel Benefits webpage: http://www.rafa-cwa.org/page-1830854

Finally, if you have not checked out your employee discounts recently, go to Flying Together and, at the top, click on "Employee Services." Next page, look at the gray box titled Total Rewards and you will see a line that says "Employee Discounts." Clicking on that will take you to a variety of discounted services, including buying a new car! If you are interested in a particular service or item, type that into the "Search" box.

Our next HNLRAFA get together will be scheduled in the fall. Meantime, June is membership month so in May we will be sending reminders for renewal or new memberships. Dues will remain at $15 a year.


     
We hope you didn't miss the fortune cookies!


The Honolulu Mayor's 9/11 2016 Remembrance Walk!
September 11, 2016 Walk Observed 15th Year Since Attack on America

RAFA & AFA (Future RAFA!)  members at the Walk



Edmay Apana, her husband and Carol Schmus were there!


Honolulu RAFA "CPR" Meeting July 25, 2016
Photos by Yoko Hiltbrand

It was a very nice day. A few people brought spouses and there were 4 HNL Firemen there to 
conduct the class. 

Their mannequins are more sophisticated than the ones we had at RET as they actually have a light on them to indicate if you are pressing hard enough - and we were all surprised at how much pressure is needed to do effective CPR. 

 
We purchased small first aid kits for everyone as we thought that tied in with the emergency procedures theme. 





The firemen stayed to enjoy lunch with us afterwards. 




We really dodged a bullet on this one as tropical storm Darby bore down on us over the weekend and we were concerned about power outages and flooding - not to mention that the firemen might have more pressing duties than conducting a CPR/AED class.









Honolulu RAFA Meeting March 16, 2016




Bunny Peeps by Dory Baga



Honolulu RAFA Meeting October 28, 2015

25 RAFA members attended an excellent informational session

on Medicare and Social Security presented by HNLRAFA member Richard Storaasli

Photos by Dory Baga



   

Carol and Baga with Richard                           Marilyn & Sheri


Yes, there was food!  




  


On Thursday, September 10, 2015... 

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HNLAFA held a meeting at Honolulu International Airport for the newest retirees, the Flight Attendants who took advantage of the recent early out program. The meeting invitation was extended to "old timers" as well-members of HNLRAFA. Approximately 30 people were in attendance as HNLRAFA member Richard Storaasli presented a very informative slide show on Medicare and Social Security. Richard is a volunteer for AARP so the slide show and accompanying handouts were produced by AARP. 

Following Richard's presentation, Dee Myers, AFA member, provided information on the PBGC pension plan, and it's options and she also put in a plug for RAFA membership, telling people what an excellent resource RAFA is for retirees. As a result, we have already picked up a few new members. Needless to say, HNLRAFA appreciates the support we have gotten from our local AFA council and the opportunity to work together on issues that concern all of us, active or retired.

/Carol

  



Honolulu RAFA at the Pali Golf Course!
February 24, 2015

Back row: Ellen Dihel, Carol Schmus (temp Pres), Allen Shimokawa (communications), 
 Cary Ono, Mie Matsui, Peter Ahlo
Front row: Karen Baga (temp VP) , Keiko Tanaka, Margaret Floyd, Akiko Munro









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