The Audrain County Area Public School Retirees met February 4 at the SSM Health St. Mary’s at the Audrain Board Room.
President Maureen Hacker introduced Tonya Linthacum and Kim Menefee.
Linthacum told of programs and services available at the J.B. and Greeta B. Arthur Cancer Center and also about her trip to the World Cancer Conference in Melbourne, Australia.
Menefee talked about radiation therapy.
Following a tour of Cancer Center, Hacker called the meeting to order and led the Pledge. Hacker thanked the social committee consisting of Lois Runnels, Joan Fecht, Nell Riechers, and Mila Lowry. Runnels gave the blessing and everyone enjoyed a delicious meal provided by SSM Health St. Mary’s-Audrain.
The minutes of the previous meeting were disseminated prior to the meeting via e mail. The minutes were approved as printed. The treasurer gave the treasurer’s report.
Legislative chair Laura Worstell said HB484 addresses pensions of public officials and public service employees but does not include school employees.
Sue Ann Keith gave the Informative Protection report on ways to protect from fraud.
Membership chair Deborah Teague reported sending MRTA and ACAPSR flyers and information to three Central Office employees who retired in December inviting them to join.
Community Participation chair Sally Stuart reported that 39 members reported their hours of volunteering, donations to Food Bank, and items donated for hunger relief during 2014. The group received the Audrain Historical Society Museum’s Director’s Award for spring and fall cleaning of Botts Schoolhouse, manning the schoolhouse for the three-day “Walk Back in Time” event including Education Day, and currently preparing a “typical one room schoolhouse” curriculum to be used by school groups who visit there. Other projects include partnering with the United Way on Literacy Day, providing dinner for the “Shrek” production at Presser Performing Arts Center, donating snacks to The Next Step program, and saving Moser’s receipts for a monetary gift to The Next Step program.
Under old business, in memoriam, Mildred June Nolan’s name was added to Azile Altrogge’s name on the book given to the Public Library. Members shared fond memories of Nolan who passed away in 2014.
Hacker reported on the Evaluation and Planning meeting in January. The Excellence unit form was filled out and met the criteria to receive the award again this year.
Emeritus Status members will be nominated in April.
Diana Henage reported the Curriculum Creation committee researched one room schools from the 1880’s to 1940 and created a rough draft curriculum of eight activities to be used at Botts School. Members are encouraged to share experiences to be included in the curriculum.
Plans are to have the project finished for “Walk Back in Time” this fall.
Under new business, members received a program book update handout. A distinguished retiree will be nominated in April.
MRTA Legislative Day is Wednesday, February 18. Members will meet at First Presbyterian Church at 9 a.m. to carpool.
Those planning to attend should contact Hacker by Feb. 16 for lunch reservations.
Unit awards are on display at Mexico Public Schools Central Office in the Archive Room.
Bright Futures Middle School Tutoring program needs tutors and snacks.
The next meeting will be on April 1 at the Audrain County Historical Society.