The Executive Committee includes officers, committee members and some past officers that have enthusiastically continued to serve.
CCRTA officers are Odena Harper (Vice-President), Cheryl Boyce (Secretary), Rachel Fagg (Treasurer) and I am the President for the next two years. Current committee and former officers that serve on the Executive Committee include Carolyn Tausig, Tom Jackson, Denzil Adams, Roberta Weliever, Pat Wilkinson, Mary Ann Froderman, Donna Kaufman, Tommy Dale Thompson and Carolyn Ledgerwood. This is the first time I am listing all of our executive group and may have missed someone -- let me know if I goofed.
Mary Ann Froderman will be the hostess for the CCRTA executive session. We will meet at 1 p.m. at her home. She will prepare a light lunch. Attendees are encouraged to bring relish plates, salad or dessert. We hope all the executives can attend. Please let me know if there is an item we need to put on the agenda. Each committee will make a short report.
We were sorry that Hazel Miller could no longer volunteer to assist on the executive. Denzil Adams has served well on the membership for many years. He is hoping a younger retiree will step up to take his place but he will gladly assist. Carolyn Ledgerwood is also assisting on this committee. We can always use more volunteers on the various groups.
Executive Director Andy Thomas called to say that Districts 3 & 4 of the Indiana Retired Teachers would meet on Sept. 20 at the Beef House in Covington. All officers and committee members are urged to attend.
I will have a form to complete for all of us that will be going to the meeting. I have to send it in by Sept. 1. We can discuss carpooling. Call me at 448-8734.
Andy said that the meeting would be of special interest to those on the legislative, membership, and program committees. We will discuss pensions and volunteer hours, too. Registration starts at 9 a.m. Carolyn Tausig tells me that the Beef House is very good.
Employees and volunteers at St. Vincent/Clay Hospital started a garden this spring. As of two weeks ago, they had already harvested six bushels of food. This has been distributed to various food pantries. Good job!
Harmony United Methodist (HUM) Women and all the folks at HUM Church are collecting for Serving on the Streets (S.O.S.) and for Van Buren Elementary. Each month we will concentrate on a different need. The first drive will be Socks or Snacks for S.O.S. Later, we will collect school supplies for the Van Buren teachers to give to needy kids.
You might want to go ahead to help with September's mission and buy school supplies. The stores have some pretty good prices right now.
We will need them for Operation Classroom, too. I think that is an October mission for all the churches.
United Methodist Churches in the northern half of Clay County have formed a Cluster Group. Eleven churches are in the cluster. They meet every three months to plan activities and/or help each other. Everyone is invited to attend these meetings.
Ask your pastor for more information. The service at the fairgrounds last month was part of the Cluster Program.
All Methodist women, of the whole West District of Indiana, are invited to a picnic at Forest Park Saturday, Aug. 27. It starts at 10:30 a.m. Because we are from the west, it will be a cowgirl theme. Ladies and girls are asked to decorate their favorite hat for the event. Each family is asked to bring a covered dish and dessert. Games would be nice, too.
Town and Country men have a picnic scheduled at the same place, Forest Park, on the same day, the 27th, but at 6:30 p.m. in the evening. The guys can come early and picnic the entire day. T & C guys are inviting their families, too.
Folks in the Roach family have been smiling this week. Niece Erin flew in from Florida last Friday.
We all met at Mario's Friday evening. Of course, we waddled away miserably from eating too much.
Family and friends came to my house on Monday evening to celebrate Brother John's birthday.
I cooked for two days and everyone brought extra dishes.
Again we were waddling.
Brother John was too full for his favorite peach pie and had to stop by Tuesday for a few pieces.
Erin had gotten her dad a "Cars" shirt for his birthday.
He wore it proudly, pointing out Mater and all the other characters. We may be a silly bunch but we have fun.
Brother Mikey and I picked out real car stuff. Our gifts were meant for much assembly required. We got him things to work on old cars. Would you believe my brother was excited to get Bondo scrapers, angle grinders, lacquer thinner and blue paper towels? Some things I did not recognize. It may not be my idea of excitement but John-o was smiling. Happy birthday, bro.
Thanks to Jeff down at Toys Carquest. I called him and read my brother's wish list to him. Jeff put together a birthday box for me to pick up when my brother had left work for the day. Much appreciated, Jeff. Thanks to the lady assistant that helped me carry it to the Envoy. She took pity on my gimpy knee. Good people.
Happy birthdays to Carson Butts and Ruth Escott (11th), Barbara Pell (13th), Nete Clark (15th), Rev. Bob Kumpf and Annie Pell (24th), Saylor Clark (25th), Jim Lawrence, Michael and Mike Escott, Judy Black and Schuyler Brinson (26th). Apparently the 26th was a very good day for births. Happy August anniversaries to Randy and Jerri Bowman (11th), Pastor and Becky Jeffers (12th), Marsha and Bob Nicoson (25th),
Harmony United Methodist Calendar
Aug. 14 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:30
Aug. 17 - Bible Study, Quilting 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Aug. 18 -- Admin. Board Meeting 7 p.m.
Aug. 22 -- UMW 7 p.m.
Aug. 27 -- 2 Events at Forest Park: UMWomen West District Picnic 10:30 to ?, UMMen Family Picnic 6 p.m.
Aug. 28 -- West District Conference at First UMC 2 p.m.