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Retired Indiana Public Employees Association - Working for your retirement

RIPEA’s 29th Annual Convention – September 9, 2019

This year’s Annual Convention is Monday, September 9, 2019 at Primo Conference Center in Indianapolis (same location as recent years). If you are retired or still working, there are topics of interest for you. Register for the convention using the form below.

Schedule:

Doors Open: 9 a.m.
Official Welcome: 10 a.m.
Lunch: 12 p.m.
Door Prizes: 2:50 p.m.
Wrap-up: 3 p.m.

Here is a brief summary of the presentations.

INPRS: What’s new and How it May Affect You

Led by Lisa Anderson from the Indiana Public Retirement System (INPRS), this session will give you up-to-date information on PERF. You’ll hear how your PERF plan is doing financially and what PERF is doing to provide you the best possible service. If you have issues or concerns about any aspect of PERF you will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of Lisa Anderson’s presentation. Also, the INPRS staff will be there all day to answer your individual questions.

Medicare and RIPEA’s Insurance Trust Complement Plans

Jim Benge has enjoyed a 40-year career in the insurance business and is an expert on Medicare and the RIPEA’s Insurance Trust complement plans. He will provide details on the plans that are available to RIPEA members: the F, N, and G plans, along with the Medicare Advantage plan. Two of the plans are new; all 4 plans will be available on January 1, 2020. Benge will also be available throughout the day to answer your questions.

amstutzDr. Karen Amstutz, Vice-President of Community HealthLessons for Maturing Adults: Mind and Spirit Health

Dr. Karen Amstutz, VicePresident of Community Health, will talk about the importance of both the mind and spirit in dealing with the issues of aging. She will address the important areas of behavioral health and mental and spiritual wellness. Dr. Amstutz will also discuss substance use and abuse, and the challenges facing families who have a family member(s) with a substance abuse problem. Dr. Amstutz will help us recognize the symptoms of addiction, understand how to support family and friends through these challenges, and pathways to appropriate care.

Your Home Working for You—Reverse Mortgages

We all see commercials urging senior citizens to consider a reverse mortgage. Tom Hedderich will discuss what reverse mortgages are and how to use them. Reverse mortgages are not for everybody, but it can be an effective method to obtain much needed funds for seniors living on a fixed income. Mr. Hedderich will not try to “sell” the idea of a reverse mortgage. Rather, his goal is to educate the audience on the possible advantages and disadvantages of a reverse mortgage.

albertsMark Alberts, owner of Alberts Actuarial ConsultingCost of Living Adjustment (COLA) vs. 13th Check— What are the Trade Offs?

Mark Alberts, owner of Alberts Actuarial Consulting, will discuss when does a COLA provide a greater benefit and when does a 13th check provide a greater benefit. His presentation will review some of the key considerations. PERF retirees have not received a COLA since January 2009. They have received a 13th check each year. This could change in the future under Senate Enrolled Act 373 which created supplemental reserve accounts [SRAs] to fund future increases in retirement income for PERF retirees.

Vendors for the 2019 RIPEA Annual Convention

We’re pleased to announce the following vendors will be part of this year’s annual convention.
• Anthem Insurance
• Applegate Elder Law
• Association Member Benefits Advisors (AMBA)
• Assurance Health System – Senior Inpatient Psychiatric Care
• Caregiver Homes
• CICOA and In-Home Solutions
• Crown Hill Cemetery
• Genworth Life & Long-Term Care Insurance
• HEAR In America
• Indiana Public Retirement System (INPRS) – PERF
• RIPEA
• Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care
• St. Vincent Hospital – Therapeutic Services
• Transitions Financial, LLC

wolfsieDick WolfsieIndy’s Own Dick Wolfsie to Entertain Guests at This Year’s Convention

Dick Wolfsie is one of Indianapolis’ most recognizable personalities. His 30 years on TV in central Indiana have resulted in dozens of honors including a Casper Award and two Emmys. Many of his video essays have been nationally syndicated. For the past 27 years he has been a feature reporter for WISH TV, covering more than 6,000 stories.

Wolfsie has hosted talk shows in Columbus, Ohio, New York and Chicago, as well as AM Indiana from 1989-1991—live from Union Station in downtown Indianapolis. His weekly humor column is published in more than 35 newspapers and is now a weekly feature on WFYI radio.

He has written 14 books, including Mornings with Barney and Indiana Curiosities, a collection of the most off-the-wall people and places in Indiana. His newest book, The Right Stuff, is a compilation of his most popular humor columns. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife Mary Ellen and his beagle, Toby.

We are thrilled to welcome Wolfsie to the 2019 RIPEA Convention. He will make you laugh!

Bus Transportation to Convention:
As we do every year we provided charter buses, free of charge, from the following Indiana cities: South Bend, Kokomo, Clarksville, Fort Wayne, Muncie and Gary.  There must be a minimum of 25 riders signed up for us to charter a bus!  If you would like to ride with other friendly RIPEA members on one of the buses, check the appropriate box for your city on the 2019 Annual Convention Registration Form. We will contact you when the departure locations and times are determined.

RIPEA will also provide buses from any Indiana city not listed if there is a minimum of 25 riders. If you would like to ride a charter bus, please list the departing location in the space provided. We will advise you if there are enough riders from your location to charter a bus.

If you would like to register to attend the 2019 Annual Convention, please complete the registration form below or download and complete the registration form and then U.S. Mail it to the RIPEA office address on the form.

Call the RIPEA office at (317) 789-0244 or (800) 345-9214 if you have questions. We look forward to seeing you at the convention!

Bill Murphy, Executive Director & RIPEA Annual Convention Committee

See Details of RIPEA’s 28th Annual Convention – September 10, 2018

The 2019 convention registration form is now closed.  

RIPEA’s 28th Annual Convention – September 10, 2018

According to 372 of our members, once again we had another wonderful, entertaining, and educational convention.  If you were not able to attend the 2018 Annual Convention, we have placed information about it below.  

Agenda:

To view the 2018 convention agenda click here: Convention Agenda (PDF)

Presentations:

Attorney Carol Applegate discussed the benefits of pre-planning vs. crisis-planning and Ross Page reviewed Medicare and Medicare Supplement Plans.  

Two of our Indiana State Senators: Republican John Ruckelshaus and Democrat David Niezgodski, who serves on the Senate Pensions and Labor Committee, talked about PERF legislation and answered members’ questions.  Jeff Hutson, Chief Communications Officer - Indiana Public Retirement System (INPRS) updated our members about changes to PERF. 

Doctor Molly Elgin, PT, DPT, OCS; from St. Vincent Hospital Therapeutic Services; gave a well received presentation about physical therapy and pain management.  Tom Faulconer: business owner, attorney, Certified Financial Planner®, Butler University adjunct faculty member, and author; delivered a valuable presentation titled, “Financially Surviving & Thriving in Retirement.”

Charles Schwab Corporation, donated 100 copies of the book: The Charles Schwab Guide to Finances – After Fifty.  We gave away every book for FREE to our members who attended this year’s convention.

We wrapped up our convention with the entertaining and highly energized Ball State University Choral Group singing several songs.

PowerPoint Presentations:

To view each PowerPoint presentation, click on the presentation topics below. Then once the viewing window opens, place your cursor on a slide and scroll down to view additional slides. To view additional presenters’ PowerPoint slides, click on the text: “Click here to close this view” in the bottom right corner to return to the convention page. Do not click on the browser's “Back-Arrow Button”.

  1. RIPEA Year-end Review – Bill Murphy, Executive Director
  2. Medicare & Medicaid Supplement Plans - Ross Page, Insurance Advisor
  3. Pre-Planning vs. Crisis Planning - Carol Applegate, J.D., & RN - Owner: Applegate Elder Law
  4. HEAR In America - Greta Ratliff, Vice President of Operations – HEAR In America
  5. Public Employees Retirement Fund - Jeff Hutson, INPRS – Chief Communications Officer
  6. Benefits of Physical Therapy in the Treatment of Pain – Dr. Molly Elgin, PT, DPT, OCS - St. Vincent Therapeutic Services
  7. Financially Surviving & Thriving in Retirement - Tom Faulconer, J.D., CFP - Owner: Transitions Financial, LLC
  8. Vendor and presenter vendor tables and RIPEA website improvements (That is, assistive technology and highly recommended books & Internet sites for our RIPEA members, and how to access the lists)

Convention Photos:

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After viewing the photos, click on the text: “Click here to close this view” in the bottom right corner to return to the convention page. Do not click on the browser's “Back-Arrow Button”.

Video of the Presentations:

If you would rather view only a specific presentation or segment of the convention, click on the name of the segment below. To view additional presenter videos, click on the text: “Click here to close this view” in the bottom right corner to return to the convention page. Do not click on the browser's “Back-Arrow Button”. Enjoy!

  1. Introduction and Presentation of Colors – Bill Murphy, RIPEA Executive Director & Indiana State Police Color Guard
  2. Welcome – Chris Bader - RIPEA Executive Committee - Board member
  3. RIPEA Year-end Review – Bill Murphy, RIPEA Executive Director
  4. Medicare & Medicaid Supplement Plans - Ross Page, Insurance Advisor – Shepherd Insurance
  5. Pre-Planning vs. Crisis Planning - Carol Applegate, J.D., & RN - owner: Applegate Elder Law
  6. Legislative Review - IN Senator (Republican) John Ruckelshaus & IN Senator (Democrat) David Niezgodski (He serves on the Senate Pensions and Labor Committee)
  7. RIPEA Foundation – Mariette Montgomery, RIPEA Foundation Chairwoman & Board member
  8. HEAR In America - Greta Ratliff, Vice President of Operations – HEAR In America
  9. Public Employees Retirement Fund - Jeff Hutson, Chief Communications Officer - INPRS
  10. Benefits of Physical Therapy in the Treatment of Pain - Dr. Molly Elgin, PT, DPT, OCS - St. Vincent Therapeutic Services
  11. Financially Surviving & Thriving in Retirement - Tom Faulconer, J.D., CFP - Owner: Transitions Financial, LLC
  12. Entertainment – Ball State University Choral Group
  13. Door Prizes – Chris Bader & John Galloway RIPEA Annual Convention Committee – Board members

RIPEA’s 29th Annual Convention – September 9, 2019

Mark your 2019 calendars for another informative and fun RIPEA Annual Convention at the Primo Banquet & Conference Center, 2615 National Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46227.  Watch your mail for the August 2019, RIPEA Communicator newsletter for the 2019 Annual Convention Registration Form and more convention details.  Attending the convention for only $12 is a great value!  This fee has been the same as the first 28 conventions.

  • 9:00 a.m. Registration & visit presenter and vendor tables
  • 10:00 a.m. program 
  • 12:00 noon delicious all-you-can-eat buffet 
  • 1:00 p.m. program continues 
  • 2:50 p.m. cash door prizes 
  • 3:00 p.m. adjournment

Bus Transportation to Convention:

As we do every year we provided charter buses, free of charge, from the following Indiana cities: South Bend, Kokomo, Clarksville, Fort Wayne, and Gary.  There must be a minimum of 25 riders signed up for us to charter a bus!  If you would like to ride with other friendly RIPEA members on one of the buses, check the appropriate box for your city on the 2019 Annual Convention Registration Form. We will contact you when the departure locations and times are determined.

RIPEA will also provide buses from any Indiana city not listed if there is a minimum of 25 riders. If you would like to ride a charter bus, please list the departing location in the space provided. We will advise you if there are enough riders from your location to charter a bus.

If you would like to pre-register to attend the 2019 Annual Convention, please download and complete the registration form: download a registration form then U.S. Mail it to the RIPEA office address on the form.

Call the RIPEA office at (317) 789-0244 or (800) 345-9214 if you have questions. We look forward to seeing you at the convention!

Bill Murphy, Executive Director & RIPEA Annual Convention Committee

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RIPEA’s 27th Annual Convention - September 11, 2017

Registration is now open! Scroll down to complete the online Registration Form.

Mark your calendar, RIPEA’s 27th Annual Convention is Monday, September 11 at Primo South Conference & Convention Center, 2615 National Avenue. This is the same location as recent years. The doors open at 9:00 A.M., program begins at 10:00 A.M. and adjournment is 3:00 P.M.

Bob Dunlap, CEO of Dunlap, Gill Wealth Management and Attorney Carol Applegate of Applegate Elder Law will discuss financial and legal issues specific to senior citizens. The featured speaker will be Firefighter Richard Oslund who spent 2 weeks in New York City after the terrorist attacks of 9-11.

Charter buses, free of charge, are again available, and are departing from the cities shown on the registration form. If you wish to ride a charter bus, please check the appropriate box on the form. We will contact you when the departure location and time is determined.

RIPEA will also provide buses from any city not listed if there is a minimum of 25 riders. If you would like to ride a charter bus, please list the departing location in the space provided. We will advise you if there are enough riders from your location to charter a bus.

There must be a minimum of 25 riders sign up for us to charter a bus!

Please complete the registration form and get registered for RIPEA’s 27th Annual Convention. The fee is $12.00 the same as the first 26 Conventions.

We look forward to seeing you on September 11.

Convention Agenda (PDF)


Annual Convention - 2013

23rd Annual Convention September 9, 2013

The 23rd Annual Convention was held September 9,2013, we had an attendance of 344.

Here are some highlights from this year convention.

Photos from the 2013 Annual Convention

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