Forty-five teachers and guests enjoyed a meal of chili, a variety of side dishes and desserts.
Special guests were Executive Director of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association Andy Thomas, President of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association Bob Kraft and Director of Area 4 Don Metzger. Area 4 includes the local organization.
Carolyn Tausig, the community service chairperson reported that 8,284 hours of community service had been donated by the CCRTA for the 2010 calendar year. She presented certificates of recognition to Mary Ann Froderman and Ruthann Jeffries for the many hours of volunteering.
A coffee event was scheduled to take place at Goodies Galore Dec. 6, at 9:30 a.m., for fellowship and to turn in the number of hours for 2011.
Kraft is the 27th President of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association (IRTA). He previously served as President-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer, Area 7 Director, Chair of the Membership Committee and Chair of the Legislative Committee. He is also a past-president of the Evansville RTA.
He reported the Indiana State Ways and Means Committee voted to eliminate COLA, but did vote for the 13th check for retired teachers.
CCRTA legislative representative Tom Jackson reported everyone appreciated the 13th check that was received by retired teachers in September.
When lobbying for COLA for teachers, legislatures are informed of the number of volunteer hours given by retired teachers. Metzger also stressed membership in IRTA.
Family and friends are eligible to become associate members of IRTA and use the many benefits, which are available to members. To learn more about IRTA and become a member or associate member, log on to www.clayrta.org.
There will be a rally at a legislative luncheon in Indianapolis Feb. 13, 2012.
Jay Detzel talked about benefits Hartford Life offers to retired teachers. He had information available about low-cost term life insurance with guaranteed acceptance. This is a new benefit added to the many benefits already offered to members of Indiana Retired Teachers Association. To learn more about the benefits, log on to www.retiredteachers.org.
The Spring Social will take place in April 2012. Donna Kaufman said the Linking Education to Adults, Adolescents and Preschoolers (LEAAP) Center is in need of volunteers willing to give one hour per week to help the children. A volunteer does need to have a background check.
A $25 door prize gift certificate to Red Lobster or Olive Garden was awarded to Don Harrison.
Many other door prizes were awarded and raffle items were presented to winners.