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Harmony Happenings

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Harmony United Methodist Church will hold its annual Jonah Fish Fry on Sunday, Nov. 6, from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. It is all-youcan-eat. We will have mac and cheese, baked beans, slaw or applesauce. Prices will be the same as last year: Adults-$8, Children under 12-$4, Children under 3-Free. Desserts will be $1.

Because of the Fish Fry, Worship Service will be at 4 p.m. on Nov. 6. This allows other congregations to attend our event and gives us enough time to clean up and relax a little before our own service. Everyone is invited.

HUMC Women will have raffle items during the Fish Fry. Tickets will be $1 each or 6 for $5. People buy tickets and drop them in the can for the items they want to win.

Winners will be notified later if they are not present at the time of the drawing. Some of the raffle items include: leather steering wheel cover, wreaths, candle holders, electronic Bible, quilted bag, Scentsy, gift certificates and many, many more.

Clay County Retired Teachers held their Fall Social/Chili Supper at the Bingo Hall on Oct. 25. There were several event conflicts that evening but we had a good turn out and a great time. Bob Kraft, President of Indiana Retired Teachers was the featured speaker. Andy Thomas, Executive Director of IRTA, gave the introduction. Area President Don Metzger encouraged everyone to try to get new members. More members mean more pull at the state house. We need to protect the pensions we worked all our lives to earn.

Mary Ann Froderman and Ruth Ann Jeffers were honored for the highest volunteer hours in our local CCRTA. As a group, we had over 7000 hours this past year. Some retired teachers help at the schools or pre-school. Others serve as court advocates for children. Many work at their churches or serve on community committees and offices. Some volunteer at the nursing homes, the jail or countless other places that need their services.

Mary Yelton had called on the day of the meeting to pass the word that volunteers were needed at the LEAAP Center. Two people said they were interested in helping.

CCRTA is considering various options for giving back to the school children in some way. We have built up a little treasury with our dues and raffles. We plan to use this money for a good cause.

We had thought of a small scholarship, with these funds, but that benefits only one person. Another idea was to donate a book, or a sum of money, to each school library. This could benefit more children of all ages. If any members have additional ideas, please contact me.

We may need to have an Executive Session to make a funds decision before the end of the year. Odena Harper and I discussed holding it after the December Coffee. Let me know if that works for you. Hopefully, it will be a short meeting to take a vote on how best to spend the money.

Many people worked to make the social a success. All members of the Executive Committee contributed food, paper products or drinks. Several attendees brought additional snacks and desserts. Folks were lugging in coolers and roasters two hours before the supper started.

Mary Ann Froderman and Odena Harper supervised in the kitchen. Odena Harper and Carolyn Ledgerwood made vats of chili. Rachel Fagg was assisted by Donna Kaufman. They collected dues and handed out membership cards. Pat Wilkinson and Bev Fay distributed the agendas. Cheryl Boyce and Karen Boyce sold tickets for the raffle. Tommy Dale Thompson assisted several folks with unloading their cars. He also offered grace before the meal.

Most retirees walked in and immediately started helping somewhere. I had bags and bags of decorations. Within minutes of setting the bags down, all the tables were decorated. Likewise, everything was picked up and bagged up after the meal.

Denzil Adams led the Pledge of Allegiance. Tom Jackson was our photographer for the evening. I have seen the pictures and they are great. Thanks, Tom. Pictures are being sent to our webmaster so that they can be viewed soon. Check us out at www.clayrta.org. The IRTA can be accessed at www.retiredteach-ers.org .

Thanks to everyone who helped with setting up, cleaning up or cooking. You are much appreciated. Thanks for the use of the Bingo Hall and Mary Ann Froderman for arranging it for us.

Happy Birthday Brett Dierdorf (3rd), Bailey Pell (6th), Pastor Terry Jeffers (10th) Nancy Pell (12th), Niece Erin Roach Taylor & Shirley Pell (13th), Mike Mace (16th), Susie Pell (17th), Kenda Dierdorf & Suzy Morgan (20th), Nikki Dawson (23rd), Billy Osborn & Meaka Barnett (25th), Jim Clausen (29th). Happy Anniversary to David & Jenifer Clark (8th), Jim & Mary Lawrence (12th), George & Sarah Lawrence and Travis & Christina Jones (27th), Dan & Nancy Pell (30th).

Harmony United Methodist Calendar

Nov. 6 -- Fish Fry 11:30-2:30, Worship Service 4 p.m.

Nov. 8 -- Bowling 6:30 at Brazilian Lanes

Nov. 9 - Bible Study 9 a.m., Quilting 10 a.m.-3 p.m.