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2018 Spring Social
The Clay County Retired Teachers Association held its 2018 Spring Social at the Jackson Township Firehouse on Thursday, April 26. A pulled pork dinner was served to about fifty retired teachers, associate members and guests.

The meeting was opened by CCRTA President Janella Knierim. She introduced Ken Pierce, the out-going Director of Indiana Retired Teachers Association’s Area 4. He gave a brief overview of the Legislative Bills that were of interest to retired teachers and other educators. Ken informed the group that the new Director of IRTA’s Area 4 is Lynne Cox, who was unable to attend this meeting.

A short business meeting followed in which Donna Buell gave a report about the project concerning retired teachers helping Northview High School distribute food to needy students. As a part of this project, those attending this meeting donated hygiene products to be presented to students of the high school.

Arlene Meyers gave a short report concerning a project in which retired teachers are going to some local nursing homes and helping with their activities.

A new project that CCRTA is planning involves collecting products needed for the care of young children at CRADLES (Cultivating Responsible Adults by Developing Leadership, Education and Self-sufficiency). Mary Yelton gave an explanation of the many ways retired teachers are helping with the children. CRADLES serves all of Clay County with sites at both Clay City and Brazil. Donations were brought to this meeting to help with the items needed at the facilities.

The program for the evening was presented by Diana Knox, a teacher of technology in the Clay Community Schools. Those in attendance enjoyed a very informative description of how new technology is being used by teachers and students. She explained the many means of obtaining information from a variety of sources. Diana stated that Clay Community Schools are leading in the use of technology in education.

There were many winners in the raffle of items brought for the meeting. As a final activity, Anna Long auctioned a beautiful handmade wreath donated by Evelyn Greenwood and a handmade basket donated by Arlene and Ward Meyers.

The 2018 Fall Social of Clay County Retired Teachers Association will be on Thursday, October 25.

2018 IRTA Legislative Brunch

Janella Knierim, Anna Long, Odena Harper, Tom Mellish, IRTA Executive Director and Kay Harper

Clay County Retired Teachers Association had four members attend the annual Legislative Brunch.  Those attending were Janella Knierim, President, Anna Long, Vice-President, Odena Harper, Public Relations Chair and Kay Harper.  The purpose of this meeting is to allow time for retired teachers from Indiana to talk with the Indiana Legislators concerning bills that are of importance to education.  There was plenty of delicious breakfast food consisting of scrambled eggs, braised red potatoes, sausage links, crisp bacon and cinnamon rolls.  Drinks provided were juice, coffee and water.

Senator Jon Ford took his time to come to the event and talk with retired teachers. Unfortunately, most of the Legislators were unable to attend.  Jane Boultinghouse, President of IRTA, and Tom Mellish, Executive Director of IRTA both spoke to those in attendance.  They updated the group concerning SB 373 which is to “create a transparent mechanism to fund “13th Checks and/or COLA’s” for retirees.  The reasons for this is that retired teachers will have lost at least 25% purchasing power due to increases in Medicare Supplemental Plans, prescription drug costs, utilities, the gas tax increase and groceries.  More information can be found on Indiana Retired Teachers Association website at www.retiredteachers.org.

CCRTA Project

Care, Compassion, Reaching out to Teens According to need has retired teachers volunteering to fill bags with various food items for Northview High School students. Personal hygiene items are also provided to those in need. These items would be appreciated if donated by those attending the Spring Social.

For more information contact by email odenaharper@gmail.com or call 812 448 8570. Any of the CCRTA officers will be able to help as well.

Submitted by CCRTA Public Relations Chair, Odena Harper
812 448 8570

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