Clay Community Retired Teachers met in the Riddell Bank basement on April 29. Odena Harper and the other officers had organized a delicious chili supper to go with the meeting. It was announced that Indiana retired teachers would receive a one or two percent cost of living increase this year. Indiana and Virginia are the only two states that don't give automatic cost of living increases. Everyone was pleased that it was granted this year. It won't keep pace with the price increases in utilities or gas or other expenses but every little bit helps.
Lisa Metz asked for more volunteers to act as Court Appointed Special Advocates to help children who are caught up in the court system. Usually this is due to abuse or neglect.
Mary Yelton reported on activities with the Leape Center and Cumberland Academy. She provided literature on Jim Davidson's project called "A Bookcase for Every Child." It is a matching program. More information is available at www.jimdavidsoncolumn.com.
Clay Community Retired Teachers spent over 7,500 hours volunteering in various jobs around the area. Statewide the volunteer hours were over one million. Let's give ourselves a pat on the back for that one.
CCRTA is planning a bus trip to Boggs Town in July. More information will be available at a later date. Contact Odena Harper.
Odena Harper had brought an antique plow for the raffle at the CCRTA meeting. We had a little competition going. I put all the tickets I had bought into the box to win that prize but Karen Boyce took it away from me. She's a nice lady so, if I couldn't win it, I am glad she did.
Mary Ann Reed won the painting that I donated. Tommy Dale Thompson won the pretty figurines (I think Mary Ann Froderman donated them). Tommy Dale is always lucky. Karen Boyce won the Red Lobster/Olive Garden gift certificate, too. Those are two of my favorite restaurants, Karen. Hint, Hint. Afterall, don't you feel guilty taking home that plow I was supposed to win?
The Clay City Library will be housed in what was once a store building, I think. They are in need of furniture, books, and anything else a library might need. The facility will be like a community center and house other activities, too. If anyone has donations you can contact Patricia Wilkinson in Center Point. Her business card lists one of her specialties as Literary Encourager, a very worthwhile calling. I have a computer desk that is no longer is use and plan to give it to the library. When there are eight days in a week, maybe I can go through my books and donate some of those, too. Why have things taking up space when they can be used.
A picnic for seniors is planned for Friday, May 30 (the date was changed) at the Forest Park Pavillion. May 23 is now the deadline for sign-up. Tickets are $7. This is a combined event for Clay, Parke, Vermillion, and Vigo Counties. The menu will include a sandwich, potato salad, banana, and cookie. Games, goodie bags, exhibits, door prizes, and entertainment will add to the fun. Contact Patty Cannoy at 1-800-489-1561, ext 242 for more information.
Pastor Bob Kumpf is organizing a trip to the Indianapolis Indians Baseball Game on Friday, May 16. Anyone who is interested should contact him for ticket information 448-2917.
Attention ladies! Harmony United Methodist Church will hold a Mother/Daughter Banquet on Monday, May 12 starting at 6:15 p.m. Everyone is invited. Vanita Moore will provide the entertainment for the evening. The theme is Mother Goose/ Nursery Rhymes. Attendees are asked to bring covered dishes and their own table service. That should eliminate the need for doing dishes after the banquet. A sign-up sheet was circulated last Sunday. Call Kenda Dierdorf, Gail Roach, or the church to add your name to the list. Roast beef and mashed potatoes will be provided by Goodies Galore. Rosie Pell is making the rolls.
We had an excellent turnout for voting at the Harmony Community House on Tuesday. Over 470 people came to voice their opinions electronically. Often we had long lines but not because our poll workers were not doing their jobs. Everyone worked, and I mean worked. They arrived before 5 a.m. and were there until about 8 p.m. Vicky Smith, Lois Riggs, and I then delivered the polling booths back to the courthouse.
The election staff had done an excellent job, too. They had all of our materials prepared for us and phone "walked" us through any problems. I don't know how the polls operated before the cell phone. There are always questions that come up that have to have clarification or voting booths that need some trick to get the electricity flowing. Beth, Mary, and Rick always had answers for us -- not a single vote was lost at Harmony.
Happy Birthday to Janet Bridgewater & Carly Pell (13th). Happy Anniversary to and Mr. & Mrs. Chris Pell (9th).
Harmony United Methodist Calendar:
May 11 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:45 a.m.
May 12 -- Mother/ Daughter Banquet 6:15 p.m.
May 14 -- Clay County Quilters 9 a.m. -- 3 p.m.