The Montgomery County Retired Teachers Association met May 13, 2019 at the Crawfordsville Public Library. Forty-nine members and three guests were in attendance. The meeting was called to order by President Stan Covey at noon. Covey recognized the May birthdays and the invocation was given by Darlene Dusek. A delicious lunch was served by Allen’s County Kitchen.
The program was given by Cherlyn Hunter. Cherlyn traveled to Cambodia on a mission trip and shared the experience with us. Hunter’s work there involved working with a pastor and his school. Her photos helped us understand the culture of extreme poverty that tourists don’t normally see when they visit the country.
Secretary’s Report and treasurer’s report were approved as read.
Membership---Marilyn Spear reported that dues were now being collected for the 2019-2020 year.
Legislative---Bill Combs gave a wrap up of the legislative session as it pertained to educators. Bills that passed included:
• (HB 1001) The 13th check
• (HB 1008) Teacher career ladders provide teachers with additional opportunities to grow professionally through leadership roles while remaining in the classroom.
• (SB 438) Removes the requirement that an individual obtaining an initial practitioner’s license must take the Core Academic Skills (CASA) exam
• (SB 2) Additional penalties, including suspension of driver’s license for drivers who fail to heed engaged bus stop arms
• (HB 1005) This bill moves up the date for the appointment of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction by the governor to January 2021
• (HB1089) Requires a school corporation to admit a transfer student who does not have legal settlement if the student’s parent is employed at the school and has an annual salary of at least $8,000
Member Concern---Mary Lefebvre reported on cards sent and received.
Community Service Report---Nancy Bowes reported, (on behalf of Marge Hughes), that the money collected from the April meeting was delivered to Pam’s Promise and that money collected today will go to the Waynetown School Memorial. Nancy reminded everyone that backpacks or money would be collected at the June meeting.
Old Business:
• Several members attended the Legislative Brunch on April 9
• Several members attended the appreciation celebration for the bell ringers, sponsored by the Salvation Army. President Covey shared a certificate that was awarded to the MCRTA in appreciation of the work of our organization
• Members were reminded to contact Cynda Mellish if interested in volunteering as a shopkeeper at the Thrift Shop
• President Covey thanked those members who brought items for the scholarship silent auction that will occur at the Annual Representative Assembly next month
• Covey also reminded members that Coon’s Trim Wear will embroider the IRTA logo on any clothing brought to them
New Business:
1. The new slate of officers for 19-20 was presented.
• Marilyn Spear, President
• Kin Nixon, Vice President
• Dixie Ruggles, Secretary
• Larry Manlove, Treasurer
Cherlyn Hunter made a motion to accept the slate and Karen Patton seconded. Motion carried.
2. The new officers will be attending the 54th Annual Representative Assembly on June 12, 2019 at the Primo Banquet Hall and Conference Center in Indianapolis.
3. Larry Manlove shared a letter he received from the Lew Wallace Study, requesting funds to send a student to Architecture Camp this summer at the Study. The cost per student is $75.00. Nancy Bowes made a motion to fund two scholarships, totaling $150.00 Kim Nixon seconded and the motion carried.
4. Members were asked to contact Sue Mullendore if they knew of a teacher who had passed away this past year. Sue will conduct the Teacher Memorial Ceremony next month.
5. Karen Patton reported that volunteers are being sought to help pack back packs of food for students from Sommer Elementary. The backpacking is done once a month at Christ United Methodist Church. Members should contact Karen if they would like to help out and earn volunteer hours.
6. President Covey recognized that MCTRA received an award of recognition from the IRTA for outstanding community group service projects.
7. A clipboard was circulated during the meeting for members to sign up for various committees for the 2019-2020 year.
Door prizes were distributed by Vice President Karen Foxworthy. The next meeting will be June 10 at noon. The June meeting will feature the installation of officers for 2019-2020 and the Teacher Memorial Service. The philanthropic project will be the donation of backpacks and money for backpacks. The meeting was adjourned at 1:35 p.m.