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2018 IRTA Representative Assembly


The Indiana Retired Teachers Association (IRTA) held its annual Representative Assembly at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis on June 13, 2018. Carolyn Tausig, Ersel (Buzz) Burgess and Odena Harper attended representing Clay County Retired Teachers Association (CCRTA).

The Association Membership Benefits Advisors (AMBA) annually award a clock to one member of each of Indiana’s ten areas that comprise the IRTA. This award is presented based on the many hours a member donates to the community in volunteer service. Clay County Retired Teachers Association is one of nine counties that make up Area 4. For the year 2017, the AMBA clock award for Area 4 was awarded to CCRTA member Ersel (Buzz) Burgess. He is a member of CCRTA and IRTA and has dedicated many hours of his time to volunteering to service in Clay County. He is a member of the Brazil Concert Band and the Jackson Township Community Band that play locally for festivals and community activities. Buzz also performs with the Fabulous 40 Dance Band. He uses his musical talent at his church as he sings in the choir and also in several community choirs. He received the honor of being inducted into the Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame. Through his love of music, Buzz has provided inspiration to students as well as enjoyment to the Wabash Valley.

Other awards for their community service were awarded to Donna Buell and Rachel Fagg. CCRTA also was presented awards for Outstanding Website and Outstanding Press Releases.

The IRTA membership committee announced a new contest for which the member (regular or associate) who signs up the most number of new members in 2018 will win the new IRTA School Bell Award. In addition to this award, the winner will receive a trip (3 days, 2 nights) to a city of their choice such as Chicago, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Louisville, or St. Louis. The prize will include hotel, parking and $400 spending money. This Grand Prize is courtesy of AMBA. To learn more about how to qualify to in IRTA’s quarterly drawings the website for IRTA is www.retiredteachers.org.

A silent auction was conducted at this meeting to benefit the Indiana Retired Teachers Foundation. This earned $2001 for the Foundation to help retired teachers of Indiana in need. It also provided Scholarships to students enrolled in education at the university level.




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.



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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