The Executive Board of the Clay County Retired Teachers Association met at Double 'M Diner Monday, March 15.
Several members had conflicts and were unable to attend. Those in attendance discussed the upcoming spring social, various future meetings, legislation and possible other social activities.
Vice President Jesse Pitts stepped up to the position of president after current president Leroy Sedgwick resigned recently. Pitts thanked the group for its efforts and attendance.
Filling the now vacant vice presidency will need to be addressed at the next general meeting. Pitts and Denzil Adams are working on finding someone to fill the position.
Gail Roach gave the treasurer's report, showing a balance of $889.33.
Carolyn Tausig reported members of the CCRTA contributed almost 7,000 hours this past year in helping with community services. Of those, 1,957 hours were spent volunteering with children. Some retirees act as court advocates, some tutor children and others help with Vacation Bible School. Any hours spent helping the community with civic affairs, the elderly, our churches, veterans or any other activity for which we are not paid, can be counted as volunteer h ours. Of course, hours spent helping our families are not considered as volunteer work.
Adams handed out the list of 2009 retirees and said he would soon have the list for 2010. It was hoped that those teachers would be interested in joining the organization. He said he will invite them to attend the spring social even if they are not yet officially retired. It was decided to continue to give new retirees a free membership for one year. Some type of recognition was discussed. The new retirees will be presented with certificates to honor their devotion to education. Roach will work on designing these.
Andy Thomas, Executive Director of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association had sent an e-mail concerning three issues that had come before the General Assembly. These were briefly discussed. Contacting our legislators about concerns (or thanks when warranted) is always encouraged.
Two concerns were discussed by the group, including the CCRTA web page and the IRTA Scholarship.
The web page is still not up and functional, but it is hoped that progress has been made on it. No one knew the progress. CCRTA contributes to the IRTA Scholarship Fund, but no student from Clay County has applied recently. The applicant must be a child or grandchild of a retired teaching member.
Mary Ann Froderman is the Social Committee Chairperson. Her report turned into the discussion for new business.
The board made plans for the upcoming spring social. It will take place in the Riddell National Bank basement at 6 p.m., April 27. The basic menu will be barbecue, potato salad and baked beans. Pitts and Adams will be in charge of the chicken and pork barbecue. Roach will make one large bowl of potato salad, but needs at least two more salad makers. Call 448-8374 for more information.
Froderman will make the baked beans.
Additional side dishes will be needed with the menu. Tausig will make a pasta salad and bread will be added. Hazel Miller also said she would make a relish tray. Members don't have to bring anything, but contributions are always appreciated.
Froderman also contacted Turner Coaches to present a program for the spring social. The tour consultants will concentrate on mainly one-day bus trips. Turner should give us some good ideas for group outings.
As usual, CCRTA will have door prizes and a raffle April 27. Previous prizes have included vases, antique plow, tools, various gift cards, beauty products, artwork, plants and books.
The next CCRTA Executive Board meeting will take p lace at the home of Odena Harper Monday, Sept. 13. One of the main purposes of the meeting will be to plan for the general meeting Oct. 26. The fall social will be a chili supper at Kennedy's Crossing Hall. The group will also plan a coffee outing at a local restaurant in December.