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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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