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Harmony Happenings

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Clay County Retired Teachers had a meeting and BBQ Social at the Riddell Bank Basement on Tuesday, April 27. Over 50 people were in attendance.

A representative from Turner Coaches presented a program about bus trips. Annette Trotter also talked about the other tours her company has scheduled for 2010. These included cruises and European flights.

The one-day trip to visit an artist, the two-day tour of the Amish quilt gardens, and shopping the Magnificent Mile in Chicago sounded really great to me. I'm not into the shopping part but the Art Institute of Chicago would be close enough for me to spend my day there. Our tour guide joked that the trips lead to happy marriages.

Guys do not have to stop for directions and you don't have to pull over to go to the bathroom. Everyone received a book of this year's scheduled coach, air, and river trips. They book many cruise and long excursions, too.

Mary Ann Froderman had arranged our program. She met Trotter when she was tutoring students at St. Mary of the Woods. The promising student will graduate this week. Trotter has been working on the bus tours since she was 16.

Many of the retired teachers voiced concerns about how the state has not funded the pension plan. If I understand correctly, money was borrowed from it when it was healthy but the powers never returned it. Denzil Adams encouraged us to stay alert on this issue.

Money was contributed to the retirement fund over lifetimes of hard work. Educators counted on it being there when they retired. It was one of the few fringe benefits of working in the public school system where there are no perks or bonuses.

The fund should be healthy. Due to no fault of the people who receive it, it is not healthy. Having a portion of the money invested in Chrysler did not help when that automaker did not get the same federal bail out as GM.

I never understand this financial stuff but know there is reason for concern. We had hoped Andy Thomas, Executive Director of the Indiana Retired Teachers would be able to give us first hand information. Unfortunately, he had an important meeting in Indianapolis that was scheduled at the same time.

The Terre Haute Tribune had an article about the Teacher Retirement Fund a couple of weeks ago. You can contact Andy Thomas at athomas@retiredteachers.org. Andy has been instrumental in getting us some cost of living increases and discounts for retired teachers at various businesses.

The Clay County Retired Teachers had a hearty meal and lots plan old good visiting at the Social/meeting. I was responsible for arranging enough potato salad for 50 people. Thanks to Donna Kaufman, Anna Long, and Rachel Fagg for helping me out on that one. Mary Ann Froderman made the baked beans. Denzil Adams and Jesse Pitts, with help from GFS, slayed the two barbeques. Many folks brought covered dishes or desserts that were enjoyed by all. A special thanks to Kathy White for her assistance at the Riddell Bank basement.

Due to treasurer responsibilities, I did not have a chance to write down who won the door prizes and raffle prizes. Thanks to Odena Harper for arranging several of the prizes and to Chaney's Diner and Deli for donating gift certificates.

If you are reading this about lunchtime, I will probably be at Stoll's Lakeview Restaurant in Loogootee. About six of us are getting together for lunch to celebrate Linda Rohleder-Doyle's birthday. Linda retired from Jasper Middle School after years of teaching math. She was an excellent teacher and is being presented with the Outstanding Educator Award this spring. Congrats to Linda.

Mark June 2-6 on the calendar. That is the date for the big yard sale along Highway 40 that stretches from Baltimore, Maryland to St. Louis, Missouri. It follows along the Historic National Road for 824 miles. If you live on 40, and need to have a yard sale, this would be the perfect time to catch those travelers. For more information on this event, contact www.oldstorefrontantiques.com.

This is the last week to reserve a spot at the ballgame. Harmony United Methodist is planning an outing to see the Indians play at Indianapolis on Friday, May 21. Contact Pastor Bob Kumpf at 448-2917 for more information.

Happy Birthday to Caleb Kumpf (6th), Mitchell Howald (9th), Carly Pell & Janet Bridgewater (13th), Bob Nicoson (23rd), Ray Smith (24th), Ella London (30th). Happy Anniversary to Chris and Susie Pell (9th), Mark and Rae Ann Howald (30th).

Events at Harmony United Methodist:

May 9 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:30 a.m., Study of Revelations 6 p.m.

May 12-- Bible Study 9 a.m., Clay County Quilters 10 a.m. -3 p.m.