That used to be the motto of the group known as OPRI - the only group in Oregon dedicated exclusively to the welfare of PERS retirees. I and many others are lifetime members of this organization. Now about 28,000 retirees are confronting the issue of repaying benefits once thought to have been legally received, but now apparently are subject to the aggressive collection actions of PERS. Where is OPRI? We've heard neither hide nor hair of this organization. The organization has been turned over to the lobbyists Mark Nelson and David Reinhardt (yes, *that* David Reinhardt) and all communications for OPRI go through the lobbyists offices. How does a member of OPRI communicate with OPRI *without* going through the lobbyists? We just want OPRI to take some leadership in directing PERS to offer something besides to ludicrous options they given to repay overpayments. We don't ask for much. We just want OPRI to get off their collective asses and actually do something. For all we know, they may be, but communications are exactly ZERO between the organization and its members. Jay Osborne, the new OPRI president, doesn't seem to respond to email or to outright pings on the PERS Discussion Group.
If this is the organization that I have to put my faith in to represent my interests, God help me. I want my money back. I've gotten nothing for my lifetime membership except an organization that doesn't respond, hides under the cover of a lobbyist, and only acts when it appears that someone on the Board's interests might be at stake. I miss the late Russ Gregory, a Board member of OPRI who died unexpectedly last month. Russ was always free with information and we had some idea what was going on. Now that Russ is deceased, OPRI has gone dark. OPRI no longer appears to care or to take care of its own.
OPRI WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE. YOUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED UNLESS YOU COME OUT OF HIDING AND TAKE SOME AGGRESSIVE ACTION TO PREVENT THIS LATEST PERS TRAVESTY FROM COMING TO PASS. If you need legal money, why don't you ask for it. We are all getting tired of waiting, and angry that nothing evident is being done. Earth to OPRI. Where are you?