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IRTA 52nd Annual Representative Assembly

The Indiana Retired Teachers Association held its 52nd Representative Assembly on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at the Primo Banquet & Conference Center in Indianapolis. Six members of Clay County Retired Teachers Association attended the meeting.

Those attending were Carolyn Tausig, Beth Meuser, Odena Harper, Mary Yelton, Donna Buell and Roberta Weliever.

Dennis Bourquein, President of Indiana Retired Teachers Association gave an update of accomplishments for the past year. The 13th check (stipend) was funded for a two-year period for retired teachers by the Legislature. The website www.retired teachers.org was extended to include Facebook and Twitter. The IRTA “Indiana EdCast”, moderated by the Executive Director Tom Mellish, was a successful means of keeping the membership updated on the weekly happenings during the legislative session. Additional benefits have been added to the many already offered to members. All of them can be found on the IRTA website. For those who travel, Hotel Storm is one that is useful.

Indiana Retired Teachers Foundation was able to again give out ten $2000 scholarships and $10,000 in classroom grants this year. The Active Teacher Grants provide one-time grants to active teachers who foster creativity in the classroom. Information for this grant can be found on the IRTA website. Beth Meuser is the IRTA Foundation representative for Clay County Retired Teachers Association. “A Hand Up” is another program that provides assistance for an immediate financial need of an IRTA member who is undergoing a temporary or emergency hardship. The maximum award is limited to one thousand dollars per application.

Mary Yelton was recognized for the many hours that she volunteered to the community during the year. She exhibits a variety of leadership, assistance and service making a significant impact to the organizations served. Mary was honored as a winner of the “Outstanding Volunteer Award for 2016” from Clay County Retired Teachers.

Clay County is one of ten counties that make up Areas 4 and 5 of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association. During 2016, Area 4 members logged a total of 73,543 hours of volunteer time. The total number of hours for the state was 970,282. Indiana Retired Teachers Association members and Associate members may record their hours used in volunteering for others who are not family members. Clay County Retired Teachers will have a “Coffee” on December 8, 2017, at the Brazil Family Restaurant from 9 a.m. until noon. Those attending may choose to have breakfast or just give their number of volunteer hours for 2017 to Community Service Chair, Carolyn Tausig. A Volunteer Hours form can be downloaded here.

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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