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Audrain County Public School Retirees meet

Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 7:10 am

Retirees News Release
“On the Move,” presented by MoDOT, was the program  for the Audrain County Area Public Area School Retirees meeting June 5 at Coaches Pizza.   An update on current projects and an explanation of local and state funding was the focus of the program.  A survey was given to each MRTA member present to return.
Barbara Parker led the pledge of allegiance and Deborah Teague presented the devotion, “Life’s Highway Code.”  Beverly MacFarlande presented the book,AMERICAN FARMER LOOKS BACK, that will be placed in the Audrain County Public Library in memory of deceased 20l2 members: Nancy Brett, Frances Park, Jessie Taylor, and John Tsikalas.
President Lois Runnels had each person answer roll call with a favorite highway.  Two guests were welcomed: Bronwyn MacFarlane and Kellyn Coney.
Laura Worstel, legislative chairperson, stated that all the petitions signed by MRTA members helped to defeat all negative education legislation.  Carolyn Sprowls, retirement education chairperson, mentioned that all retirement bags had been given to retiring school retirees.
Members from Prairie Pine Quilt Guild were present to sell tickets on a displayed quilt.  Proceeds will be used for charity.  It was mentioned that MRTA member, Marty Jones, was recovering well from hip surgery.
President Runnels distributed KNOW YOUR Rights booklets to everyone present.  A donation will be made to the MRTA Foundation rather than a basket for the silent auction.  Maureen Hacker was elected delegate to the state meeting in September.  Lois Runnels will be the alternate.
Barbara Parker  presented “Closing Thoughts” to end the meeting.  The next meeting will be August 7 at the YMCA.
Lois Runnels, president, had each person answer roll call with a favorite activity of the unit.  Two guests were welcomed, Jeanie Crews and Ono Monachino.  Christine Shire led the pledge of allegiance; Sally Stuart gave the devotion,”Celebrate Life.”
Laura Pitts, corresponding secretary, presented a choice of in memoriam books to be given to the library.  AMERICAN FARMER LOOKS BACK was chosen.  President Runnels gave the legislative report and reminded all present to be very alert to impending legislation and in constant contact with representatives.
Carolyn Sprowls, retirement education chairperson, mentioned that there were l0 teachers from Mexico, two from Community R-VI, and one from Van-Far retiring this year and that local and state information would be given to each retiree.
Karen Holbrook, membership chairperson, noted  the tri-fold of information that Deborah Teague had compiled would be placed in the retirement sack.
President Runnels mentioned the KNOW YOUR RIGHTS booklet from the Attorney General’s office that is available to all members.
Vice president Maureen Hacker asked for volunteers to help clean the rural schoolhouse April ll at l p.m.
Community participation chairperson Stuart asked for volunteers for tutors during the month of April to help with MAP testing from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Other up-coming April events are the Quilt Show, l2 and l3 at the 4-H Center; LEAVING  IOWA at Presser Hall, l8-20 at 7:00 p.m.; and the Garden Club plant sale, 27 at Hardin Park.
Stuart, social chairperson, gave the blessing for the meal prepared by Stuart, Joyce Lind, Christine Shire, and Shar Schnake.
The next meeting will be June 5 at Coaches Pizza.  All retired school personnel are invited to attend.