In 2006 Mr. James K. Spore, City Manager, approached the Professional Support Development Team (PSDT), now known as the Administrative Leadership Team or ALT, with an idea about starting a retiree association for the City of Virginia Beach. Immediately members volunteered to "get the ball rolling". Advisory meetings were held with several retirees to see if there would be an interest in starting such an association.
These meetings proved to be very successful. A membership drive was completed and over 150 invitations were mailed out. By-laws were created; retired employees came forward to serve as board members and committee members. In 2007 we officially became the Virginia Beach Retired Employees Association (VBREA). A slogan, “A Lifeline for a Lifetime” and the VBREA lifesaver logo was created.
An ALT liaison forwards us city news such as the Beam, and Member Updates for posting to our website. There is a dedicated mail box for VBREA in the city’s mail room and a website, www.vbrea.org, was created. Each month there is a general meeting with a luncheon to keep members up-to-date on current happenings, and a unique contribution number has been assigned to the VBREA for United Way contributions. The VBREA has annually supported local charities.
It is gratifying to see the fruition of an idea come into being and grow as a family. A “Lifeline for a Lifetime” is not just a slogan, it has become a way to maintain communications with retirees who represent thousands of years for having worked for the City of Virginia Beach leadership and its citizens.