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Clay County Retired Teacher's Association meet

Monday, November 8, 2010

Clay County Retired Teacher's Association met on Oct. 26 at the Bingo Hall on Kennedy Crossing. Over 50 people attended the event. President Jesse Pitts called the meeting to order and welcomed our guests: Andy Thomas and IRTA President Nancy Tolson.

The group dined on chili, veggie trays, snacks, and desserts. After the meal Pat Wilkinson gave the treasurer's report. Expenses of $248.39 had lowered the previous balance of $879.35 but the addition of $133 in dues had partially restored it. This left a balance of $774.02.

Carolyn Tausig presented award certificates to members with outstanding volunteer hours. Community Service Award recipients were Kenny Crabb, Rogene Morge, and Carole Mayrose. Morge spoke briefly about Habitat for Humanity. Mayrose has been instrumental in the formation of the library at Clay City. Crabb is involved in several civic and church activities.

Tausig reminded everyone to keep track of his/her volunteer hours. She sends them to the state at the end of each year.

CCRTA will have a coffee at Goodies Galore on Dec. 6, to turn in the hour sheets. Contact Carolyn if you did not get a form or call your hours to her next month. The deadline is Dec. 15.

President Jesse Pitts introduced the current CCRTA officers and the executive committee chairpeople: Past-President Odena Harper, Vice-President Gail Roach, Treasurer Pat Wilkinson, Community Service Carolyn Tausig, Membership Denzil Adams, and Social Committee Chair Mary Ann Froderman. Secretary Carolyn Ledgerwood was out of town.

Tommy Dale Thompson told one of the stories from his years of teaching at Van Buren. A girl asked to go to the home economics room because she was feeling weak. In those days, Mrs. Stitzle had to be the nurse, too. At that point the girl fainted before she could leave the room. Mr. Thompson found out later that another student was attempting to pierce the fainter's ears instead of working on algebraic equations. Fainter could not stand blood. The girls learned that numbers and letters are safer for your health than ear lobe nails.

President Pitts had asked me a couple of months ago to introduce the president of the state organization, Nancy Tolson. Andy Thomas gave me a booklet with some background information. I was all prepared to tell how she had taught English for 25 years at Ben Davis Junior High.

Nancy had served as an officer on many of the state committees. She had been chosen the Hoosier Teacher of English. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. I knew that she currently serves as a tutor, works with ESL students, and is a CASA volunteer. Besides traveling the world, she has set a goal to visit every retired teacher organization in Indiana. I was ready.

Two seconds before my introduction, Nancy leaned across the table and asked me not to make a long introduction. Cut it short. I stood up and stammered something about her having served in lots of offices and this is Nancy Tolson. Sit down. Nancy did a good job of talking about retirement funds.

I did manage to report that we now have an official nominating committee to come up with a new slate of officers for next year. The election will take place in April for the new officers to assume their positions in the fall of 2011. The other two members of the nominating team are Tom Jackson and Rachel Fagg. We will meet after the first of the year. Call me if you would be willing to serve an office or on a committee for 2011-2012.

Lance Stallcop demonstrated the new CCRTA website www.clayrta.org. Currently, only the link to benefits is working but the others should be up and going soon.

The benefits link lists insurance, cell phone, computer, and several other discounts that are available to members of the state organization. The pictures of our meetings are not there yet but will be soon. Lance will also be working to list the officers and contact information. Members will eventually be able to join and pay dues on line.

CCRTA was entertained by the Vigo County Extension Homemakers Chorus. The ladies sang several lively songs. The leader Jackie Reems had a great sense of humor. The song about the lime jello mold was the hit of the evening. Thanks for a great performance.

Odena Harper, Karen Boyce, and Cheryl Boyce handed out the raffle and door prizes. I missed the winner of the $25 gift certificate to Red Lobster/Olive Garden. Donna Buell won the Harmony Diner certificate. Ward and Arline Meyers donated one of their beautiful handmade baskets. Winners included: Tom Jackson, Ward Meyer, Rita Rose, Carol Mayrose, Donna Kaufman, Paul Sinders, Julia Hoffa, Gary Hoffa, Rhea Hood, Tommy Dale Thompson, and John Boyce. Prizes included picture frames, candles, drink containers, clock radio, watch, book, and screwdriver set.

The next Executive Session will be at my house in March and the next Social/Meeting will be in April. A barbeque is being considered.

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