AMCRE was created during 1991, when Irene Lange, former Mendocino County Treasurer-Tax Collector retired. Irene said that her first priority upon retiement was to create a support organization for retired Mendocino County employees. She set about it, with her usual vigor and determination, and got the cooperation of the Mendocino County Employees Association to contact all retirees to gauge interest. Enough retirees responded favorably to get the ball rolling. By early 1992 (20th January), AMCRE held its first regular meeting.

More than 18 years later, AMCRE is a strong and growing organization and Irene Lange is still an active member and guiding force. AMCRE started small but now has most Mendocino County retirees as members, with over 740 by fall of 2010.

The Original AMCRE logo

To see the original AMCRE logo and read its meaning and history, click here.

AMCRE meetings and events

AMCRE regular general meetings are in February and May, at noon, on the second Monday, usually at the Mendocino County Sheriff's Training Center (west of Jail). See latest Connection newsletter for details (including any possible change of date, time, or venue). General meetings usually include a speaker who will present a topic of interest to AMCRE members and a raffle of cash prizes. All members and their guests are welcome.

The AMCRE Christmas Luncheon takes place at noon on the second Monday in December (details to be announced in The Connection prior to the event). While the Christmas Luncheon is still a general membership meeting, it may include live entertainment and door prizes!

The Summer barbecue dinner (also a general membership meeting) is held at 5:00 PM on a day in August (to be announced in The Connection prior to the event), usually at the Lyons Park in Redwood Valley.

AMCRE Board of Directors meetings are in January, April, July, October (for officer election nominations), and November. These meetings are on the second Monday of the month, at 12:00 PM (noon, formerly at 1:00 PM), at Slam Dunk Pizza, in Ukiah, California.. While the Board of Directors meetings are for the officers, directors, and appointees to discuss business and direction for running AMCRE, all members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The Mendocino County Employees Retirement Association (MCERA) is independent of AMCRE and is responsible for administration of the Mendocino County Employees Retirement System. This organization's board of directors meets every month, on the third Wednesday, at 8:30 AM, in the conference room of the Retirement Office, located at 625-B Kings Court (off Orchard Avenue, between Perkins and Gobbi), Ukiah, California 95482. For more information, call (707) 463-4628.

For special dates of importance, such as MCERA or Board of Supervisors meetings of particular interest to AMCRE members, please check the Breaking News link.