The Audrain County Area Public School Retirees met August 2 at POET Biorefining in Laddonia. President Janice Douglas thanked the social committee, consisting of Mila Lowry, Teresa Wenzel, and Linda Ahmann. School supplies that decorated the tables were to be donated to the Health Fair. Lowry led the Pledge to the American flag.
Informative Protective Chairperson Margaret Thomas read from the AARP “Con Artist Handbook” publication and reminded members to be careful about scams. Membership Chairperson Deborah Teague urged members to join MRTA.
Lou Mongler reported the Retirement Education Committee is looking at suggestions for changes from last year’s workshop to consider for the 2018 workshop.
Mongler told members about the National Parks Lifetime Senior Pass for persons age 62 and older, good at all U.S. National Parks. Passes are now $10 but will increase to $80 on August 28. Passes are available for purchase at Mark Twain Lake Boudreaux Visitor Center.
Sally Stuart, Community Participation Chairperson, reported that statewide in 2016, MRTA members volunteered 646,557 hours. She urged members to keep track of volunteer hours, items for hunger, and money donated for hunger relief.
Sign-up sheets for 2018–19 officers, committees, and potential members were passed around.
Teague is the ACAPSR Distinguished Retiree candidate. The Unit IV meeting will be October 23 in Fulton.
Members voted to donate “Pass the Pig” money collected this year to MRTF instead of donating a basket of items for the silent auction at the Annual meeting. The money will go towards funding teacher grants.
Henage asked for volunteers for the Country School and Old Time Games tent at “Walk Back in Time” Education Day, Friday, September 22.
Shar Schnake announced that Mexico Senior Center is inviting all former and retired employees of Mexico Public Schools to a “Day of Celebration,” Wednesday, August 30 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Schnake also gave information about the Mexico Senior Center “Christmas for the Homebound Meal Participants” project.
Members are to bring requested items of paper towels, toilet tissue, Kleenex, cookies, candy, laundry baskets, cloth kitchen towels or monetary donations to the October meeting.
Region IV Vice-President Hacker gave every one a MRTF pen, and told of liability insurance for substitute teachers.
The next meeting will be October 4 at Presser Performing Arts Center.
Steve Murphy, General Manager of POET Biorefining, Laddonia and Macon, gave an informative program on the production of ethanol, use as fuel, and by-products. Murphy led the group on a tour of the facility.