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:

Steve Burwash $500

John Tong $301

Ted Peterson $250

Michael Brooks $200

Mary Sholdra $175

Odin Rondestvedt $100

Gunther Hausmann $100

Patricia Brock $100

Robert Gear $100



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

In the absence of a Newsletter in July and the Legislative Session coming to a close, a lot has happened in the last eight weeks.

I first want to announce that we have decided on a date and location for our Christmas Luncheon. The date is Friday, December 8, 2017 and the location is the Inglewood Golf Club at 6505 Inglewood Road NE in Kenmore, WA. I want to thank the members who recommended Inglewood and our member Joyce Gibb who interceded in our behalf. The club house is a very palatial and beautiful building that is well maintained. The club house and the grounds are reminiscent of a large colonial estate.

(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



When I returned home from a meeting in Olympia on Monday I found another contribution request from the LEOFF I Coalition in the format of a Newsletter. I don’t understand their lack of transparency when asking for donations without providing a financial statement indicating the amount remaining in their General Fund account. A list of expenses would also be helpful to assist one in determining if he or she wanted to make a donation, or the amount of a donation they feel would be appropriate. I have to agree with Jerry Taylor, President of the Seattle Retired Police Officers Association. As a retired member you should not send any money until you receive a full accounting of the Coalition’s receipts and expenditures. If you are a member of the Retired Firefighters of Washington a donation is unnecessary as your annual dues payment to the RFFOW is sufficient to meet our needs at this time.

The Coalition’s Newsletter should have the word FAKE in front of Newsletter. Lack of transparency is one thing, but why do they deliberately try to mislead you. The photo of Joyce Willms for example; it looks more like a photo of her granddaughter or a picture of Joyce when she graduated from high school. They stipulate that they have lobbying expenses and that Joyce Willms is their lobbyist. Joyce, in her public disclosure reports, reports no salary. Joyce and other officers state that she has other clients but in her PDC reports she reports no other clients. Legislators have pointed out that Andy Wilson and Dave Peery are not registered lobbyists and do not file PDC reports.

In the Newsletter they list the names of the officers, directors, and staff members, but they fail to mention that none of these individuals have been ELECTED. They have been appointed by one another. They report that “the Coalition is the only organization that represents both retired law enforcement officers and firefighters with a lobbyist available 24/7 in Olympia.” TOTALLY NOT TRUE!!! The RFFOW has both law enforcement officers and firefighters in its membership and has a lobbyist who is in attendance at almost every public meeting involving LEOFF I and LEOFF II issues and is often in meetings with legislators and committee staff. In fact, the RFFOW lobbyist was the first to report all three merger attempts and the recent LEOFF I/LEOFF II merger that was being discussed behind closed doors in the Budget Committee, just before the budget was agreed to.

It is true that the RFFOW represents both LEOFF I and LEOFF II retirees, but only to improve or to defend the requirements and benefits related to each retirement system.

Whoever wrote the “LETTER TO OUR MEMBERSHIP’’ in the Newsletter stated that the RFFOW is a “Social Organization” because we have an annual dues structure, in that case we are the only social organization that has helped draft and pass nineteen bills since 2000. If because we pay dues and sponsor one holiday luncheon each year for which the members pay for by purchasing a ticket, we are considered a “Social Organization” then every labor union or guild would be listed as a social organization. If the Coalition has a full time lobbyist, why does Dave Peery call me to find out what is going on? He apparently was unaware of the merger discussion in the budget committee. Last week, in the hall after the SCPP Committee Meeting, Dave asked me what the value of the LEOFF I Fund was. I told him as of May 2017 the Fund was 125% funded. He told me that he thought both the LEOFF I and the LEOFF II funds were down to 96 or 98 percent. TOTALLY INCORRECT! I should have told him to ask his “Lobbyist” Joyce Willms. In fact, Dave is the only member 3 I have seen to get into an argument with a legislative committee member; in this case, the Majority Leader of the Senate. Dave told me that a day or so later he was escorted out of the Senator’s office, a little counterproductive, and not in the best interest of the group being represented.

I would be happy to participate in a forum or debate to discuss these issues. Respectfully.

Dick Warbrouck



September RFFOW Meeting

On September 20, 2017
11 AM; Calvary Christian Assembly 6801 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle, WA


August Pension Report by Ray Sanderson:

A study from the Bankers Life Center for a Secure Retirement – 10 Years After the Crisis: Middle-Income Boomers Rebounding but Not Recovered – was conducted October 2016. The internet-based survey consisted of a nationwide sample of 1,000 middle-income Americans age 52 to 70. Quotas were established based on the U.S. Census Current Population Survey data for age, gender and income to obtain a nationally representative sample. The margin of error is +/- 3.1 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. The survey included questions that asked about middle-income Boomers’ feelings at three points in time: in 2006 (before the financial crisis), during the financial crisis and today. Multiple answers were accepted on some questions; results on these sum to greater than 100%.

The study used the following definitions:
• Middle income: Middle-income Americans have an annual household income between $30,000 and $100,000 and have less than $1 million in investable assets.

(For August 2017 pension report, click here)


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Maxine Allan, widow of retired Seattle Captain James Allan, passed away on 07/11/2017.

Lynn Hicks retired Seattle Firefighter passed away on 7/19/2017.

Ralph Herth Jr. retired Seattle Firefighter passed away on 8/16/2017. Ralph's services are set for Saturday, September 23rd at 1 pm at the Westside Four Square Church. 11452 26th Avenue S.W. Seattle, Washington. 98146. (Near Burien). Reception to follow at the church. In Lieu of flowers they would love any donations in Ralph's name go to Medic 1 Training. Seattle Fire Department 301 2nd Avenue South. Seattle, Washington. 98104

George Cochrane, retired Montesano Firefighter, passed away on 8/27/2017.

Ora Mae Riblet, widow of retired Seattle Firefighter Charles Riblet, passed away on 8/29/2017.

Victor E. Martin, retired Seattle Captain, passed away on 09/08/2017. No further information is available at this time.

Retired Firefighter James Huckins passed away on 9/15/2017. Services will be held at 11:00 on 9/29/2017 at the “Church of the Latter Day Saints” located at 19215 88th Ave NE, Bothell.



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