The Douglas and Ozark Counties Retired Teachers and Other School Personnel met for lunch April 14 at the Senior Center in Gainesville, Missouri. Those present were Ida Mae Huse, Jane Elder, Barbara Roberts, Marie Bristol, Julane Williams, Betty Moore, Caryl Feiler, Jenny Billings, June Hicks, Colleen Lakey, Norma Stillings, Edith McKinnon, and the guest speaker, Karen Miller, MRTA Region 10 Vice President.
Local RTA president, Marie Bristol, called the meeting to order and introduced Karen Miller. Karen gave a report on the Spring Leadership Conference that was held last month in Jefferson City. She was able to report that the fundraising efforts to raise money to pay for an elevator in the MRTA Building were successful. Donation now being made to the MRTF would go toward building maintenance, classroom grants, and scholarships as designated. On-line applications for these $500 classroom grants are being received at the MRTF website, www.mortf.org. These will be considered in July.
The statewide effort to increase MRTA memberships to 25,000 continues. Membership numbers count when legislators are considering bills to take over or to make changes to the Public School Retirement System. Legislators cannot help, but be impressed when 700 Retirees show up on a snowy day in February.
Karen announced that the MRTA Region 10 Fall Meeting will be held on October 16 in Republic this year. She reminded us that the MRTA State Delegate Assembly will be held September 16 and 17 this year. The local RTA delegate should be selected at the May meeting.
Nominees for MRTA Distinguished Retiree of 2015 are due June 30.
The retirees received a “half time” report on pending legislation. Retirees were reminded to be ready to respond with letters and phone calls when critical issues are under consideration.
The minutes of the March meeting and the treasurer’s report were accepted with no corrections being offered.
Betty Moore and Marie Bristol are planning to prepare membership invitation packets to be given to new retirees from the local school districts.
The next meeting will be held May 12 in Ava at Autumn’s Café. The two recipients of the RTA scholarships, one from Douglas County and one from Ozark County, will be announced at that meeting. Marie proposed to increase the scholarship amounts from $200 to $250 with the funds coming from