Audrain County Area Public School Retirees met April 5 at Missouri Veterans Home.
President Janice Douglas introduced Lisa Davis Oviatt, who told about the “Clearing the Path” program at Mexico High School. The program will help students in need of financial assistance for dual credit and advanced placement courses, cosmetology kits, and ACT test fees.
Douglas thanked the social committee, Sue Ann Keith, Diana Henage, Christine Shire, and Renae Thomas. Henage led the pledge to the American flag. Shire gave the devotion.
The minutes and Treasurer’s reports were approved. Treasurer Joan Fecht read a thank you note from MMA for the donation.
Legislative chair Laura Worstell reported on several items on the Senate Informal Calendar for Protection, pointing out those MRTA favors and opposes. Margaret Thomas gave the Informative Protective report. Membership chair Deborah Teague reported the committee will be contacting new retirees and inviting them to join. Community Participation chair Sally Stuart reported on money given to the Next Step program from Moser’s receipts.
Douglas reported there will be a 24-hour fundraising marathon May 9, during which MRTF will be raising money for the endowment fund which funds classroom grants. Members voted to give a donation.
A report on the President’s Summit was given by Henage. There was discussion on actions of the PSRS/PEERS Board, including denying a COLA for public school retirees this year when the executive employees were given a raise. Contact information for PSRS/PEERS board members and points to consider when writing board members were discussed.
MRTA Annual meeting will be September 12-13. MRTA Region No. 4 meeting will be October 23 in Fulton. Branson Days will be November 15-16.
Missouri Veterans Home Administrator Brenda Ezell welcomed the group. Social and Events director Kathy Winkelman gave a brief history of the home, told of services available, and led the group on a tour.
The next meeting will be June 7 at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
On March 29, 20 ACAPSR members attended an informative “Lunch and Learn” at SSM Health St. Mary’s –Audrain. Members enjoyed lunch while learning about services in various departments at the hospital. Clinical Informatics Specialist Jamie Hawkins introduced speakers who gave information regarding the Cancer Center/Breast Cancer/3D Mammography; Emergency Department VS. Urgent Care; Jordan-Waters Heart Center; Surgical Services; Healthworks Rehab Services; Diabetes Education; and Behavioral Health Senior Care Services.