Contributions to the Legislative Fund can be made at any time, with a separate check made payable to:

RFFOW Legislative Fund 9134 207th Place SW , Edmonds, WA 98026.


Thank you to the following members who sent separate donation checks.

We would also like to thank all the members who make a $3.00 contribution when paying their annual dues via check or by payroll deduction. Your contribution allows our voice to be heard and is very much appreciated!! We only list the amount if the donation is above $25.00:

Ted Pederson $250

Norman Childs $210

Bob Swartout $200

James Schimke $200

Myra Mitchell $200

Bob Wickham $200

Mary Sholdra $150

Michael Van Trojen $100

Philip Swor $100

Joe Bunich $50



Whether you're Prior Act, LEOFF I, LEOFF II, Federal or Private, the Retired Firefighters of Washington is for YOU!

The Retired Firefighters of Washington is the only politically active organization dedicated to, and representing, the interest of all retired firefighters of Washington State and their families. Countless hours are spent in Olympia, on behalf of retired firefighters, working with our state's Representatives to maintain, secure, and improve our pensions as they apply to the retired firefighters, their families and surviving spouses.

In addition to this serious work, The RFFOW provides a means for retired firefighters and their spouses to keep in touch with each other, pass along information and have some fun! We have monthly meetings, held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (except June, July & August) where members have the opportunity to not only meet old friends, but to hear the latest regarding pension issues.

So, if you're not already a member of the Retired Firefighters of Washington, we encourage you to join. There is strength in numbers. We are already a powerfull voice in Olympia but the greater the numbers the louder the voice to be heard.

To join, just print and fill out a membership application. Print and fill out this payroll deduction form if you are already a member and want to pay dues via payroll deduction.

Mail Applications to:
Retired Firefighters of Washington
9134 - 20
7th Place SW
Edmonds, WA 98026

Questions? (425) 775-9080 info@rffow.org


President’s Message

By Richard C. Warbrouck

As required in Article 4 Section 3 our bylaws I want to announce that nominations are open for our annual election of officers. The election will be held at the regular November meeting on November 15, 2017 at 11:00 am. There are four positions open, President and three Directors. The election is for a two-year term of office. If you would be willing to serve, have any questions or know of a member whom you would like to nominate, please contact us at 425-775-9080, email: info@rffow.org or call Director Pat Bartlow at 206-523-0325, email: kbartlow@earthlink.net.

Please see the notice for the Christmas Luncheon to be held on December 8, 2017 at the Inglewood Golf Club, 6505 Inglewood Road NE, Kenmore, WA. The club house is reminiscent of a colonial estate and the grounds are beautiful. The entrance and interior of the clubhouse is impressive. Nice opportunity for holiday photos. Laine Colbert, the director, has assured me that the food will be hot, delicious and plentiful. She also explained that the entire building will be decorated and full of holiday cheer. We will have the usual raffle and the auction. Good time to clean out your closets and garages. Please bring any item to be auctioned or to be donated for the auction, marked with your name, the minimum bid, or for donation. See the notice regarding auction items. Bring a friend or relative but don’t miss what I feel will be nicest luncheon we have had.

(For more of the President's Message, click here)


Annual Retired Firefighter Breakfast:
Mark your calendars for the annual retired firefighter's breakfast at 10 AM Tuesday, December 12th, at Denny's Restaurant, located on 205th & Aurora in Edmonds, WA. We have our own area and order from the menu...If you have any questions call Jim Richeson - 360-387-7438 or Wally Michl - 206-534-1650. See you there

James Richeson


Mark your calendar
Friday December 8th, 2017
RFFOW Annual Christmas Luncheon

11am Social Hour
12:30pm Lunch Buffet
Inglewood golf club
6505 Inglewood road ne Kenmore, WA 98028
Tickets: $27.00 /per person

No host bar
Holiday Buffet, ground floor, ample parking, door prize, raffle and auction. Try to get your reservations in early! We will not be able to accept payments at the door.
Please send a check for $27.00 per person and this reservation form to: RFFOW 9134 207th Pl SW Edmonds, WA 98026
We must have reservations by 12/1/17… Sign up now!




November RFFOW Meeting

On November 15, 2017
11 AM; Calvary Christian Assembly 6801 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle, WA


October Pension Report by Ray Sanderson:

The Center for Retirement Research has released an August 2017 brief titled ARE MANY RETIREES WITH DEMENTIA LACKING HELP?

It states many older individuals with cognitive impairment, including the vast majority of people with dementia, need help managing their finances. For retirees receiving Social Security benefits, the Representative Payee Program can serve as one source of this help. In the Representative Payee Program, a retiree’s benefit is sent to another person (often a relative) who spends it on the retiree’s behalf and submits records to Social Security documenting that the expenditures were in the beneficiary’s best interest. But the program seems to be seldom used by those with dementia: of those 65 and older, over 10 percent have dementia, but just 1.5 percent have a payee. This lack of participation may not be a problem as long as the retiree has some other source of help. This brief - based on a recent paper - uses data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) linked to administrative Social Security records to first document what share of retirees with mild cognitive impairment or dementia use the Representative Payee Program. Given that few use the program, the brief then turns to the question of what they do instead.

(For October 2017 pension report, click here)


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Victor E. Martin, retired Seattle Captain, passed away on 09/08/2017.

Retired Firefighter James Huckins passed away on 9/15/2017.

Alfred Chris retired Seattle Firefighter passed away on 9/21/2017.

Violet Corliss, widow of retired Lt. Vernon Corliss, passed away on 9/27/2017.

Albert Skaret retired Seattle Firefighter passed away on 10/05/2017. The memorial service will be at noon on Sunday, 10/15/17, at Bonney Watson 16445 International Blvd, SeaTac, WA 98188. Graveside following service.



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