The Montgomery County Retired Teachers Association met Nov. 14, 2016, at the Crawfordsville Public Library at noon. The lunch was served by Allen’s Catering.
President Karen Patton recognized the November birthdays. She opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. Susie Larson gave the Invocation.
Recording Secretary Nancy Bowes read the minutes from the October meeting. Lynn Robison read the Treasurer’s report.
Committee reports were given as follows:
Community Service- Dick VanArsdel stated that volunteers are needed as bell ringers for the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Drive. He request that if interested to talk to him about scheduling.
Kim Nixon also requested volunteers to work at the Christmas Shop on West Main Street. Many dates are available for this project. If interested talk with Kim or call Barbara VanArsdel. The Christmas Shop is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Profits from this project are used to purchase food certificates for those in need.
Larry Manlove asked for volunteers to assist with reading instruction for Adult Education. Kathy Tobias is the Adult Education Teacher.
We were reminded to have volunteer hours recorded because they are due at the next meeting.
Membership- Marilyn Spear reported there are 146 paid members. Attendance at monthly meetings has improved. The consensus was that members are coming to listen to interesting and informative programs.
Foundation –The Indiana Retired Teachers Foundation recently awarded grants to teachers who are currently working and need funds for a specific project. In Area 4 of the IRTA, two awards were given. Montgomery County science teacher Erin Yeager received the grant for her work at Northridge Middle School.
Legislature – Bill Combs presented a short biography of the new Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jennifer McCormick. Jennifer is from Muncie. She started her career in special education. In 2004, she became a principal of Yorktown Elementary School. In 2010 Jennifer became superintendent of Yorktown Community Schools. She was the Republican candidate and won the election in November 2016.
Member Concerns – Babs Reisner reported that one Thinking of You card was sent. She will bring Christmas cards to the December meeting so that we can sign the cards for the retired teachers that are unable to attend the meetings.
Marilyn Spear and Karen Patton were thanked for the table decorations.
Door prizes were given and the meeting was adjourned.
The next meeting will be Dec. 12, 2016 at the Crawfordsville Public Library at 12:00 p.m.
The Crescendos will be the Holiday Entertainment. Hostesses will be Nikki Smith, Linda Sabol , and Debbie Howard.
Program: Sheila Hodges introduced Mark Casteel , Montgomery County Sheriff.
Sheriff Casteel is in the middle of his second elected term as sheriff. He presented the history of the job of “Sheriff” from the Middle Ages to the present day. Sheriff Casteel explained what the office of Sheriff entails and what his job is like now. He stressed that the Office of the Sheriff has the entire Montgomery County to protect and enforce. He and his Deputies rely on the public, “the people” to report what is happening in their area.