The Montgomery County Retired Teachers Association met at noon on September 10 in the basement of the Crawfordsville Public Library. Forty-four members were in attendance. The September birthdays were recognized by President Stan Covey and the invocation by Shelia Hodges. President Covey recognized the following new members: Linda Airey, Judy McBride and Cynda Mellish.
A delicious meal was served by Allen’s Country Kitchen. The program portion of the meeting was a presentation by Samantha Cotten. Cotten is a College Career Readiness Coach for South Montgomery and Crawfordsville School Corporations. The coach position was created with a Lily Grant in January of 2018. Cotten and a second coach, Clayton Randolph, North Montgomery and Western Boone’s coach have worked to develop a program to assist high school students after they graduate. Too many students think the only options are a four-year college or nothing. Cotten has worked with local industries to have students see first hand what goes on inside their facilities. A Career Field Trip is planned for October 10 for all freshmen in Montgomery County. After completing an interest inventory, students will have a choice of industries to visit and will board a bus that will stop at 2 to 3 businesses associated with their interests. Cotten said the students and businesses have been receptive to the career readiness program.
Larry Manlove gave the treasurer’s report and thanked Margie Staten and Lynn Robison for auditing the books. ML Dawald read the secretary’s report
Community Service: Marge Hughes reviewed the volunteer hours in 2007 = 8,282; in 2017 = 10,885 and in 2014 = 15,078. She encouraged members to keep track of their hours and turn them into her in November or December. Marge answered a question regarding what “counts” as volunteer hours. Suggestions included: Meals-On-Wheels, Trinity Mission, Teacher Friend, visiting local nursing home residents, helping with the PEO Christmas store, CASA, JUMP programs, New Beginnings Daycare.
Membership: Marilyn Spear reported the IRTA is offering a chance to win prizes for getting people to join. She noted there are currently 67 members in MCRTA and that she has extra program booklets.
Legislative Committee; Bill Combs had nothing to report at this time
Member Concerns: Babs Risner and Mary Lefebvre sent out thirteen cards since the last meeting. Babs thanked the membership for referring issues of care and concern to her.
Foundation/Grant Committee: Kim Nixon reported the committee decided to distribute the $1,000 next calendar year, and to a community project.
President’s Report: Covey reported that several members had received awards at the fifty third annual representative assembly of IRTA. The recipient of the “Outstanding Group Project” award was Marge Hughes. The “Outstanding Volunteer” award went to Kathleen Steele. Honorable mention for community service went to Carol Holman, Terry Lawrence and Margie Zimmerman. Covey reported the IRTA associate membership dues had changed to one year for $15.00; three years for $40.00 and six years for $65.00. The items sent for the silent auction at the assembly raised $4,000 for the IRTA.
New Business: Kim Nixon informed the group that the PEO (Philanthropic Educational Opportunities) is hosting a fundraiser at Creekside Lodge on October 9 from 6-9 PM. It will be a beer and wine tasting event from 6-9 PM with profits going to help fund scholarships for women to further their education.
Old Business: The IRTA gave one dollar per active member and $25.00 per deceased member to MCRTA. Also, the MCRTA donated $75.00 to Architecture Camp for kids this summer at the Lew Wallace Study. Treasure Manlove read a letter from a child who participated in the amp and was appreciative of the opportunity.
The committee for decorations; Linda Sabol, Nikki Smith, and Debbie Howard, were thanked for the lovely table décor.
Vice-President Karen Foxworthy conducted a drawing and distributed door prizes.
Meeting was adjourned at 1:45 pm.
The next meeting will take place on October 8 at noon at the Crawfordsville Public Library. The program will be Katie Hunter, grant recipient from Northridge Middle School.