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Douglas/Ozark Counties RTA Met September 8

Douglas and Ozark Counties Retired Teachers and Other Personnel members, Sue Robirds, Ruth Evans, Betty Moore, Norma Stillings, Caryl Feiler, Ida Mae Huse, Marie Bristol and Julane Williams met for lunch at Autumn’s Café in Ava, Tuesday, September 08, 2015.

Marie Bristol, president, brought the program on Laura Ingalls Wilder books that can be found in the book store at Rocky Ridge. She reviewed the book, “Pioneer Girl,” that has been published recently, but was the autobiography that Laura had written of her life. This book was not accepted for publication when Laura first wrote it. On the advice of her daughter, Rose, it was used as a basis for the “Little House” books she wrote for children. Marie also reviewed the Laura Ingalls Wilder recipe book and exhibited several other books and booklets that are available at the book store.

Marie Bristol and Ida Mae Huse are planning to attend the Annual Fall MRTA Delegate Assembly and Meeting in Jefferson City, September 16 and 17. Marie is taking a collection of Laura Ingalls Wilder books for the Silent Auction for the MRTF Fundraiser for scholarships and classroom grants.

Norma Stillings asked a blessing on the food and the group enjoyed visiting while they ate. There was quite a discussion on some current scams being put out to trap seniors. Some of our members or family members have also suffered as the result of Identity Theft. One has to pay close attention to bank account statements or credit card statements and act immediately when something does not look or sound right.

Ida Mae Huse, Betty Moore, and Marie Bristol each mentioned efforts being made to fundamentally change Missouri’s Public School Personnel retirement system. Current Retirees have a good system. It is the retirement of future retirees that is being threatened the most by the suggested changes.

The next RTA meeting will be held October 13 in Gainesville.