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Odessa Retired Teachers/School Personnel Newsletter

Vol. XV     January 11, 2016     No. 4

Northside Senior Citizen Center     1225 North Adams Avenue

Refreshments:  1:30 pm         Program:  2:00 pm

Program: Kathleen Wehmyer – District State Department of Health Services

Thought for the Day:  Priscilla Hyson

Hostesses: *Elsie Mohler – Barbara Dynneson, Betty Foerster, Betty Kay King


President’s Corner

 Winter arrived and we got a white Christmas. Snow is such a beautiful event to enjoy. I hope all had a chance to build that snowman for your yard. All the yearbooks/directories have been picked up, mailed, or delivered so if you missed getting one let me know. Thanks to all the ORT/SPA members that helped with the Ector County ISD Christmas ornaments presentation held at Municipal Plaza sponsored by Representative Brooks Landgraf.  2016 brings many opportunities for members of ORT/SPA to help with their organization: as elected officers, committee chairs, committee members, education seminars, training, and district and state conventions. Opportunities are unlimited. ORT/SPA will be a strong organization with the help of ALL retirees/members. Remember your organization needs you and you need your organization. There are so many annuitants in Ector County that need to be part of this organization. When benefits, insurance, cost of living increases, etc. are not supported by each and every annuitant, the legislators do not know to support these issues either.  Whose fault is it when these benefits are lost forever and then it will be too late?  Your voice needs to be heard through the organization.  Ricky Chandler

From Mary Reeves, Local TRTF representative:

 Texas Retired Teachers Foundation helps to change lives every day. With your donation, TRTF can provide financial assistance to retirees in need, award scholarships to future educators, award classroom grants, etc.  See the 3rd quarter 2015 The Voice for more information or contact Mary Reeves at our next meeting.


If you have a birthday in January, Please come to the January 11th meeting to be recognized.


Raffle Bags and Silent Auction


This event does not have a sponsor for the January 11th meeting. May be we can look forward to continuing this event at the February 8th meeting.  If you would like to make a donation or contribution for January, please contact an ORT/SPA officer.


From Sara Easley, Education Retirement Chairperson:

Please contact Sara Easley if you can help with the event to be held at the Carrasco Room at Midland College on Saturday morning, February 6, 2016. Help is also needed for setting up Friday after 4 pm on February 5, 2016.

Sara Easley would like for you to contact her if you would like to be an officer in the ORT/SPA for the 2016-2018 term.  She is the Chairperson of the nomination committee.


Odessa Retired Teachers/School Personnel Association Minutes November 16, 2015


The ORT/SPA met in regular session on November 16, 2015, at the Northside Senior Citizens Center. After raffle-bag drawings, President Rick Chandler called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m. He thanked the hostess committee for the refreshments, recognized persons attending for the first time and those present who had November birthdays. Beth Wilson led in pledges to the flags. Barbara Dynneson brought the Thought for the Day, an encouragement to be thankful and to express thanks. President Chandler introduced the speaker, Dr. Wayne Smith, president of District XVIII TRTA, who discussed the work of TRS, important upcoming events, funding of TRS-Care and the pension fund for the 350,000 school retirees in Texas. Minutes of the last meeting were approved as printed in the newsletter. Marcus Ramage presented the Treasurer’s report and moved it to be accepted. The motion was seconded by Rick Chandler and passed unanimously. Ester Sofge spoke for the Retirement Education Seminar to be held February 6, 2016. Phyllis White urged members to donate books or cash for the book project. Mary Reeves reiterated the three worthwhile projects funded by the Foundation. Rick Chandler asked members to offer suggestions for next year’s officers to the chairman of the nominating committee, Sara Easley. Silent auction winners were announced. Names drawn for prizes were: Mary Reeves (steps); Mary Reeves and Maye Armour (volunteer Hours); Kay Hagman (book project); and Judy Herron (attendance). The meeting was adjourned at 3:02 p.m.

Alice Greenwood, Secretary


Odessa Retired Teachers/School Personnel Association Minutes: December 3, 2015


The Odessa Retired Teachers/School Personnel Association met at 11:30 a.m. December 3, 2015, at Odessa Regional Medical Center Community Room for the annual Christmas luncheon. Welcoming remarks were made by President Rick Chandler, after which Carol Horton led pledges to the United States and Texas flags. Doris Given brought the Thought of the Day. Wayne Byrd led the invocation before guests served themselves delicious foods from the buffet tables.  Superintendent of Ector County ISD, Tom Crowe, briefly spoke to guests, thanking them for their past contributions and continued support of the school system.  The program was given by Levi Stone, Chief Nursing Officer at ORMC, who stressed the benefits of healthy diets and meal planning as well as the importance of getting the flu and all vaccines. Joe Acuff led the group in singing Christmas songs. Mary Reeves reported on school personnel who were recently deceased, giving special tribute to David Depew. Tom Dynneson also added a personal note of appreciation for Mr. Depew. Betty Kay King led drawing of tickets stubs for ten door prizes.  Names of other prizes are as following: Sara Easley and Doris Givens (Volunteer Hours); Phyllis White and Sandra Ramage (exercise steps); Lauri Farber (attendance). Sara Easley requested a meeting after the luncheon with all who had volunteered to help deliver posters for the Retirement Education Seminar. Carol Horton led the group in singing “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” before presenting Rick Chandler with a gift card from the membership in appreciation for all his work as president. The meeting was adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

Alice Greenwood, Secretary


New Members to be added to the yearbook since last Newsletter (add to page 8)


William E. (Bill) Talley        1516 N Muskingum           Odessa, TX 79761         432-337-5490


Yearbook / Directory Change for page 26:

            Bill Herron: Cell 432-528-0764              Their home phone number is no longer correct as

            Judy Herron: Cell 432-638-5882                       printed in the Yearbook/Directory.

Yearbook / Directory Change for Page 31:

            Bert and Dorothy Mann:

                        7701 W. Plano Parkway Apt. 307 Prestwood Crts; Plano, TX  75093

Yearbook / Directory Change for Page 26:

            Mara Hartmann:  1205 Heritage Hill Cove; Cedar Park, TX  78613


                                                              Death of Members

*Dorothy Jean (Dot) Brooks                                                       Chessa N. Vines

            November 10, 2015                                                                      December 20, 2015


Gordon James Gaines                                                                   Lt. Col. David A. Forsythe                        November 30, 2015                                                                      December 21, 2015


Death of Friends of Education:


Carrie Spears           October 27, 2015              Charlsie Vickers                  November 20, 2015

Donna Maynard     October 30, 2015              Kathryn Frentress              November 28, 2015

David Depew           November 3, 2015                        Nina Rose Burger              December 10, 2015

Pamela Jean Tarin  November 4, 2015                        Norma Ruth Standifer      December 17, 2015

Noble Blount           November 11, 2015          Sandra Lee Ables                December 23, 2015


Our sympathy goes to Richard (Dick) Brooks and family in the death of his wife, Dorothy (Dot) Brooks on November 10, 2015.

Our sympathy goes to Janett Frentress and family in the death of her mother, Kathryn Frentress, (former ORT/SPA member), on November 28, 2015.


Volunteer Hours Annual Report


Hours to be reported for time period December 1 to December 31. Remember you have a maximum of 12 hours per day. Volunteer hours maybe counted for any service that is provided without pay to an individual or group. Record hours spent in volunteer work from the time you leave home until the time you return home. Also, count you the time you spend preparing to do the volunteer work (like preparing a speech or baking cookies). Combine all volunteer hours, regardless of type of service performed, to Maye Armour at the January 11th Meeting. This information is required to complete the annual report for January 1, 2015, to December 31, 2015. You have a page in your yearbook/directory to keep records of this information on page 12.


Annual Scholarship for a Member’s Relative


Do not let your relative miss out on a chance to get $500.00 toward their college education from your organization.  The candidate must be a relative of a current ORT/SPA member and be majoring in a field that leads to a degree in Education. Only one scholarship will be issued so apply soon. See Priscilla Hyson for all the details and a scholarship form that must be returned to the scholarship committee before the deadline.


ORT/SPA raised over $2,000.00 by holding two garage sales in 2015. Now, does our organization wish to try this one more time? Let your officers know what you think!

Of course, Volunteers will be needed to pull off such an event!


Future Events:

January 11, 2016               ORT/SPA Monthly Meeting at 1:30 p.m.

February 5, 2016:               Set up for the Education Retirement Seminar

February 6, 2016:              District XVIII Retirement Education Seminar

February 8, 2016               ORT/SPA Monthly Meeting at 1:30 p.pm

March 18, 2016:                 District XVIII Planning and Board Meeting

March 21, 2016:                ORT/SPA Monthly Meeting at 1:30 p.m.

April 10, 11, 12, 2016:     TRTA State Convention Houston, TX

April 18, 2016:                    ORT/SPA Monthly Meeting at 1:30 p.m.

May 6, 2016:                       District XVIII Spring Leadership and Conference Region 18