Sen. Booher hands out honors to MARSP team

LANSING — Sen. Darwin Booher presented Marie Wilkerson, past president of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel (MARSP), with a copy of Senate Resolution 41 honoring the organization for 60 years of service representing retired school workers throughout the state.

“After six decades, the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel continues to do commendable work on behalf of current and retired public school employees,” said Booher, R-Evart. “While we often talk about a proposal’s effect on current workers, this organization is there to give a voice to those who have already poured a life’s work into educating our children. Today we salute them upon the celebration of their 60th anniversary.”

MARSP was founded in Detroit on Dec. 15, 1951 as the Michigan Retired Public School Employees Association and as a department of the Michigan Education Association. The group later broke ties with the MEA and, in 1974, adopted its current name.

“MARSP is an independent organization representing the concerns of all school retirees and our dedication to them has never changed,” Wilkerson said. “We’re proud to be recognized by the Senate for advocating on behalf of retirees over the past 60 years.”