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2018 Fall Social


The Clay County Retired Teachers Association (CCRTA) held its 2018 Fall Social at the Clay County 4-H Fairgrounds on Thursday, October 25th. Registration and social time began at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m. A large group of retire teachers, regular and associate members and guests enjoyed a baked spaghetti meal provided by CCRTA. Those attending brought delicious desserts to finish a full menu.

A business meeting was conducted by the CCRTA president, Janella Knierim. Lynn Cox was introduced as the new Director of Area 4 of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association (IRTA). Area 4 consists of Clay County and ten additional counties. Lynn retired on May 28th, 2013, from Monroe Gregg School Corporation and was active in the Morgan County Retired Teachers Association before accepting this new position.

Ersel “Buzz” Burgess was recognized as the winner of the Association Member Benefits Advisors (AMBA)Clock Award for Area 4. Buzz received this award for the many hours he has volunteered in community service throughout Clay County. He has enthusiastically supported and participated in events of CCRTA as well as the local Rotary Club. Buzz has also received the honor of being inducted into the Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame. He has provided inspiration to students as well as countless hours of enjoyment to the Wabash Valley community.

Carolyn Tausig was recognized for the many years of service as the Chair Person of CCRTA’s Community Service Committee. She has collected and tabulated the many volunteer hours from retired teachers and associate members of Indiana Retired Teachers Association. Sherri Hughes is replacing Carolyn in this position and will be collecting the volunteer hours for 2018. This is an extremely important position as the number of volunteer hours will be sent to IRTA where they will be included in the total statewide hours. The many hours are used to demonstrate to the Legislators the amount of volunteer service hours have helped the state of Indiana.


President Janella Knierim presents Carolyn Tausig with a certificate recognizing her for her many years as Community Service Chair.


The Indiana Retired Teacher Association Foundation awards a scholarship annually in each area of the state. Clay County is proud that Whitney Halfhill was the 2018 winner of this scholarship for Area 4 of IRTA. Whitney is a senior at Indiana State University. She is studying to be an elementary school teacher.


Beth Meuser, Scholarship chair, is shown with Whitney Halfhill and President Janella Knierim acknowledging Whitney after winning the IRTA Scholarship. 


At the conclusion of the business meeting, the audience enjoyed a program presented by Hayden France as he related his ‘Adventures on the Appalachian Trail’. He told of many days and nights surviving without the modern comforts of home. He answered many questions about his adventure.

The meeting concluded with an auction of a handmade wreath donated by Evelyn Greenwood and a drawing for the winners of the many items being raffled.



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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