PACOE Dues Withholdings

You may have noticed that the dues withholdings in your pay period 4 deposit changed.  It had been many years since PACOE had updated withholdings amounts.  The new withholdings take into consideration any grade increases and raises that have been implemented since the last time this was processed.   If you want to see the current membership withholding amounts for each grade, please see the membership form available on the Membership page. 

2018-2019 Officers

The Executive Committee Convened on a teleconference on Monday, August 13 and elected officers for the 2018-2019 year.

President: Jason Pontillo *
Vice President: Mike Kerr
Treasurer: Jill Sajeski
Secretary: Dodie Yohn

District 1
Mary Jo Frazer
Ed Houston
Rebecca Ferraro
Melanie Housler

District 2
Kelly Sundy
Jessica Gerhart
Deanna Adamson
John Stinavage

District 3
Richard Csutoras
Johanna Mutti
Lori Cogley
Robin Foor

*Note:  Douglas Kilgore resigned as president effective October 2018.  The PACOE executive committee met via teleconference and appointed Jason Pontillo to serve as president for the remainder of the year. 

NASCOE Benefits Report

PACOE Benefits Chair Mary Jo Frazier shares the NASCOE Membership Benefits Report:

WDC, Pre-Negotiation Meeting
Benefits Report
January 11, 2017

Five months into my position I have realized that at times this position can be non-eventful or you can create work for yourself, so I chose the latter.   The wonderful thing is that we have awesome area chairs that are sharing in the workload.

Conference Call on October 27th 2016:   Main objective of this meeting was to create a list of actions items.

Action Items created for 2016-2017:

  1. Work with publicity chair to make the NASCOE website easier to navigate when it comes to Benefits and discounts.   This will be completed once we know how much information is created from updated discounted information below.
  2. Contact Dillard’s financial and follow up with Teresa bout a membership credit card that was discussed at National Conference. If a product is found Benefit chairs will elevate the findings to the NASCOE Executive Committee.

iii. Update list of gas station discounts

  1. Update list of AAA discounts
  2. Update list of cell phone discounts
  3. Find Costco and Sam’s Club membership discounts

vii. Gym discounts through current health insurance providers and Dental/Vision plan discounts for our members

viii. Update Quick Guide to Benefits

  1. Start a computer file with benefits documents created: Newsletters, reports, notes etc…this will allow us to hand something down to future chairpersons.

Some of the action items on the list above have been completed and I plan on submitting something formal to the executive board before our national convention for review.   The ultimate goal is to hand this information out to membership at national convention in either booklet and/or pamphlet format and have it available in an email friendly format and possibly on our NASCOE website.

Suggestions and ideas are always welcome.   Thank you.

Respectfully Submitted,

Brenda F. Estrada
National Benefits Chair


NASCOE Honors and Memorials

If you were not aware, NASCOE provides an award for members who have had 40+ years of continuous membership.  If you or someone you know might qualify for this award, please let Kelly DeLucy or myself know.
Also, one of the most powerful moments of the NASCOE Convention each year is the memorial presentation.  If you know of anyone who we should honor please let me know so that I can submit their information.  I need your help to ensure we don’t miss anyone.
Thank you!
PACOE President

Purpose: The purpose of this e-mail is to remind states it is time to begin submitting applications for the 40/45/50 year membership awards. It is also time to begin submitting the information for the NASCOE memorial presentation for National Convention.

Background:  It is also that time of year to beginning sending in request for the 40/45/50 year individual and county office membership awards. As a reminder it is for individuals and county offices that have maintained 100% consecutive years of membership. The forms are on the NASCOE website or I can email them. You will submit the application to me no later than June 15th.  

States also need to being submitting information for members who have passed for the NASCOE Memorial Presentation at the National Convention. The form are on the NASCOE website and will be submitted to Andrea Stafford in Tennessee no later than July 1st. 

Action: Please forward to your area chairs. If you have any questions or concerns please let me know and I will work on getting them answered.

Attachments: Memorial Form and 40-45-Award Application (Word Documents)

Membership Information

With all the hiring actions going on in Pennsylvania right now, this is a great time to remind FSA employees what all PACOE and NASCOE can do for you.

Thank you to Kelly DeLucy, PACOE’s new membership chair for making the following documents available. Here you can find the PACOE welcome letter, the membership application and FSA-444

We also have some great resources about NASCOE including a introductory flyer, the invitation brochure, membership booklet, and benefits brochure.

If you need any other information to encourage new hires and coworkers who may not already be members to join, please feel free to contact Kelly, Rick or any of the officers or area executives for more information.

NASCOE Membership Database Survey

This is a friendly reminder for those of you that have not yet completed the NASCOE Membership Database Survey. You have one week left (survey comes down September 11th) to respond to the survey and ensure that you are included in the NASCOE e-mail distribution list. The survey takes less than one minute to complete, and can be accessed at the link below:

This survey is very important to NASCOE’s efforts to keep members informed, and we need ALL members to participate. Thank you!

2014-2015 Officers & Executive Committee Replacements

The Executive Committee recently held a conference call to nominate and select officers for the 2014-2015 year.  New this year was the separation of the Secretary and Treasurer positions.  The results are:

President: Dan Smeal
Vice-President: Rick Csutoras
Treasurer: Dave Stratton
Secretary: Dodie Yohn

When officers are pulled from existing Executive Board members, an alternate is called to serve.  As a result, here are your new Executive Board members:

Area 1: Dolly Little, Mary  Jo Frazer, Ed Huston, Chuck Glasser
Area 2: Kelly Sundy, Trystan Corliss, Deanna Juart, Danadee Miller-Boyle
Area 3: Johanna Mutti, Judy Behney, Julie Hollan, Sharon Weigle

Your Officers and Executive Committee are here to serve you.  So if you have any questions or concerns please share them us and allow us the opportunity to address them.

Thank you!


Annual Meeting Report

I want to give a big THANK YOU to everyone who attended the PACOE Annual Meeting in Lancaster PA this year.  Now that the frantic pace leading up to the meeting and the holiday weekend has slowed some, I wanted to take a minute and give a run down on what was discussed at the meeting.

The meeting kicked off with a legislative update.  We noted the Farm Bill is passed and we briefly discussed the circumstances leading up to the 2015 budget.  This included a discussion on what we know and don’t know (which is most everything) about CBS and what NASCOE is doing in response.  Take a look at the NEA Legislative Update.  Also keep your eyes peeled for some exciting news on the legislative front very soon.

Michelle Smeal gave a verbal report on what was discussed at the NEA Rally in WV at the end of April.  All of the NEA chair reports were provided for attendees.  These reports are NEARally 2014 Reports 1 and 2014 Neg Items.  We discussed the upcoming NASCOE National Convention in Oklahoma City the week of August 11.  PACOE needs to send two delegates.  No delegates were selected at the meeting, so please let us know if you are interested.  The Executive Board will need to make their selection soon.

We discussed the proposed Bylaw amendments.  After a brief discussion, both amendments were voted on and passed.  Those are now incorporated into our bylaws and constitution Here.  Now that we know the Secretary and Treasurer positions are separate we will be scheduling an Executive Board Conference Call soon to elect officers for the 14-15 year.

The treasurer’s report (PACOE TREASURER REPORT2012-13) for last year was provided to the members as well.  As the PACOE balance is currently robust, there was some discussion on ways we can benefit membership.  Some suggestions include a membership drive with a cash incentive, a PACOE scholarship, and funding a trip to the National Convention for a member who has never been before.  On the note of membership, PACOE must maintain a 50% membership rate for all eligible employees in the state to maintain NASCOE affiliation.  We are currently at 55%.

As the last order of business before lunch we discussed old and new business.  With regard to old business, we were looking to see if we improved on our communication front.  Whether it is communicating vital information during the furlough or sharing upcoming management changes, we try to get the information we have out to you as soon as it’s available.  In addition to this meeting in Lancaster at the eastern side of the site, we are considering having a meeting in the fall at the western side of the state.  It was also suggested we have a conference call open to all PACOE members to share information.  We’ll be looking to schedule something soon.

With regard to new business, we shared efforts that we have taken to increase transparency in PA with regards to the TOA award process.  We have been engaged in discussions with the STO in order to clarify the methods that supervisors are to request and process TOA awards.  The STO issued a memo to PACOE, PACOE – TOAs, and we have requested further clarifications.  The SED has indicated he will look into it and follow up with a response.

After lunch we had a good hour long Q/A with SED Bill Wehry.  Notes from that session are here: SED Comments to PACOE 5-17-14.   STC Member Greg Hostetter also attended.  We appreciate their taking the time out of their schedule to be available to us.

Finally, our own John Lohr came and provided us with some retirement training on behalf of Dillard Financial Services.  His brochure is here: Dillard.  If you have any questions about retirement or need some financial assistance; I’m sure he would be happy to hear from you.

All in all it was a very full meeting.  Once again, our thanks to all who attended.  If you were not able to attend than hopefully you will be able to make a future meeting.  Also, don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions or concerns.  All of your officers and executives volunteer their time because we feel that PACOE and NASCOE provide an important service to all employees and in turn our producers.  We hope you feel the same.

Your PACOE Officers

Dan, Dave, and Rick.

2014-2015 Election Results -updated-

Thanks everyone for participating in the 2014-2015 PACOE Executive Committee.  Here are the results:


Dolly Little, Mary  Jo Frazer, Ed Huston, Dave Stratton

Johanna Mutti, Dan Smeal, Richard Csutoras, Sharon Weigle

Kelly Sundy, Jason Pontillo, Trystan Corliss, Deanna Juart  Due to the departure of Jason Pontillo, his seat on the board will be filled by the first alternate, Michelle Smeal.


Congratulations!  New committee members will take office beginning July 1, 2014.  The committee will soon elect your 2014-2015 officers and we will let you know as soon as those results are known.

Proposed Bylaw Changes 2014

One of the items on the agenda at the upcoming PACOE Annual Meeting in Lancaster are a couple of proposed amendments to the PACOE Constitution and Bylaws.  The only way to amend our bylaws is by the membership in attendance at an annual meeting.

I’d ask every member to take a couple of minutes and review these proposed amendments.  As a reference, you can find our current Constitution and Bylaws here:  PACOE Constitution and bylaws

The first is PACOE_BylawAmendment_AlternativeMember.  This resolution and proposed amendment to the PACOE Constitution and Bylaws is being offered for FSA Employees in the County Office from States that do not have enough total membership to meet the 50% or greater requirement for NASCOE affiliation and want to have or maintain full NASCOE Membership. Without being a member of a NASCOE Affiliate State Association in the State that they are employed in, these employees cannot be full members of NASCOE.  NASCOE updated their Constitution and Bylaws to allow affiliate State Associations, such as PACOE, to accept as full members to their affiliate Associations FSA County Employees from adjoining or neighboring States that do not meet the 50% membership to be an Affiliate State. This does not stop the States that do not have enough membership to meet the 50% requirement for NASCOE Affiliation in the future. If membership levels in neighboring Associations would increase to 50% or greater the States would then be able to become affiliated with NASCOE on their own. The neighboring FSA County Office employees who were members of PACOE would then be required to belong to their affiliated State Associations in the State that they work in. 

The second is PACOE_BylawAmendment_SecretaryTreasurer.  This resolution and proposed amendment to the PACOE Constitution and Bylaws is being offered to separate the workload of our Secretary-Treasurer into more equitable portions and to bring our officer structure more in-line with our parent association.

Please let any officer or your area executive know if you have any questions or concerns.