The State Retirees Association is a non-profit organization of state retirees and those within five years of retirement. Established by a group of retirees in 1994 to insure our concerns were heard when matters of retirement benefits and health insurance were being considered, membership is open to all members of the retirement systems of the State of South Carolina who are either retired or near retirement. We operate under a board of directors members of which are elected to three year terms at our annual meeting.
What We Do
The State Retirees Association is a strong advocate for retirees and identifies key issues that may affect us. Among these are the continuation of annual cost annual benefit increases, monitoring retirement fund investment strategies, and insuring full funding of increases in our health insurance program. All of these issues have been of great concern over the past several years. We lobby for our interests very proactively by carefully monitoring the legislative process and attending key legislative committee meetings as well as meetings of the Investment Commission and the Public Employee Benefit Authority. The key to any successes we may have achieved has been our ability to clearly and effectively communicate with our members and to use our collective voices to educate and influence legislative and agency leaders . We don’t want more than we were promised as employees and retirees. But we want to insure that those benefits do not erode.
Who Can Join
Any person who is a beneficiary of the SC State Retirement Systems or is within five years of being eligible for retirement. This includes the General Assembly Retirement System (GARS), the Judges and Solicitors Retirement System (JSRS), the Police Officers Retirement System (PORS), and the SC Retirement System (SCRS).