NEWSLETTER AND MINUTES

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Odessa Retired Teachers/School Personnel Association
Odessa Regional Medical Center Community Room
Spring Luncheon and Installation of Officers 2018-2020
May 4, 2018 Minutes

12:00 p.m. President Mary Reeves welcomed members and guests.
Thought for the Day entitled "A Life of Giving" was presented by Kathy Chandler.
Dist. 18 President Rick Chandler led the pledges to the flags.
Carol Horton offered the blessing before lunch was served.
Treasurer Marcus Ramage gave the treasurer's report with a bank balance of $15,885.03, the book project balance of $683.86 and the memorial fund $113 from contributions/gifts.
Secretary Marilyn Andjulis read the minutes for the April 16, 2018 meeting/approved.
1st Vice Pres. Sara Easley gave the current membership report for 2018-2019 of 191 and 6 new members to the association.

Old business: none; New business: none.
Drawings and winners: Healthy Living (Steps) Sande McAdams; Volunteers Hrs. La Nelle Agee; Attendance: Marilyn Andjulis; Recognition of May birthday: Charlotte Ward.
Mary Reeves recognized Elizabeth Barlow as the Volunteer of ORT/SPA in 2017-2018 with 790 hrs. Our local unit gave 7,692 volunteer hours with 42 members participating.

The Installation of Officers was conducted by La Nelle Agee as follows:
President - Lauri Farber (to be installed later)
1st Vice President - Sara Easley
2nd Vice President - Karen Telck
Treasurer - Marcus Ramage
Secretary - Sande McAdams

Door Prizes were won by Karen Telck, Jannine Seymour, Arlyene Ragan, Jayanell Mills, Ola Pride, Marcus Ramage, Lou Ann Rabe, and Nannette Kelton.
The meeting was adjourned at 1:05 p.m. with 37 attending.

 

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Your District 18 Newsletter
April 23, 2018

Welcome from District 18. Is everyone trying to keep up with all the events that have happened? It was great seeing all the Local Delegates at the TRTA State Convention in San Antonio at the La Cantera Resort and Spa. TRTA out did itself again with all the wonderful events and great information. If you were not able to attend this year, please start planning your trip for the next convention in Austin that includes Rally Day with the legislators. 

Your Executive Board, District Officers, District Committee Chairs, and Local Unit Presidents had a meeting at the Centennial Library in Midland on April 16, 2018, to plan for the District 18 Spring Leadership Development Conference to be held at Region 18 Education Service Center on May 11th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  The Conference will include training all officers and committee chairs in the district and local units. If you are an officer or committee chair this training is for you so please make plans to sign up and be there. If you are thinking about an office or committee position, please attend so you can find out about the duties of the positions.  Our organization needs you. The Spring Leadership Conference emphasizes team building throughout the district and state. The lunch will be catered so we will need you to sign up before May 4th to be sure there will be enough food for everyone.  Training breakout sessions will be presented by the delegates of the state convention or the present member(s) in that position. Please make your plans to attend with your local units so a head count can be determined to get material ready.

Review of the State Convention

The twenty District Presidents met at 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 8th with Nancy Byler. She provided great information to present to the delegates in the caucus later that day.  Tim Lee, our executive director, informed all members about the opening ceremonies surprise Speaker, Lt. Governor, Dan Patrick. The twenty district presidents now represents over 88,200 TRTA retired educators across the state of Texas.

District 18 delegates and attendees met for the caucus on Sunday, April 8th at 4:45 pm to discuss the schedules, the breakout sessions, and the proposed amendments to the state bylaws. The drawing for the “Each One Bring One” membership drive was won in District 18 by Tommy Dittberner from Andrews/Gaines County Retired School Employees Association.  Everyone start bringing in those new members for the 2018-2019 year so you can win the $100.00 drawing in 2019. The group was then off to meet and greet at the evening reception.

Monday, April 9th started with the Opening Ceremonies, Breakout Sessions, Luncheon, and more Breakout Sessions. The Evening started with a fantastic dinner and the Big Band Sound Gala until around 10 pm. The E. L. Gaylean Service Award Recipient was Dr. William “Corky” Pence. 

Tuesday, April 10th brought everyone together at the Stilwell Breakfast then off to the First House of Delegates until it was time for the Texas Retired Teachers Foundation Luncheon and then back to the Second House of Delegates. 
The installation of officers at the state level included: 
    President:                          Patricia Macias
    First Vice-President:          Leroy Dehaven
    Second Vice-President:     Marcy Cann
    Secretary/Treasurer:         Ella Gauthier (Pronounced GoShay)

There were seven proposed amendments to the State Bylaws to be passed or opposed. Amendment 1, 2, and 3 were not passed and amendments 3,4,5,6, and 7 were passed. 
Nancy Byler did a great job rounding up all 1022 delegates for all the meetings. 
Austin, District 13, invited everyone to the 66th State Convention to be held Sunday, March 31 through Tuesday, April 2 at the Hilton Austin, located at 500 E 4th Street. ROAR during Rally Day at the Capitol while the 86th session of the Texas Legislature is in session. Mark your calendars and start planning this event now. 

District Presidents from the 20 districts across Texas will meet in Austin July 9, 10, and 11, 2018, for training and setting future district conference dates. 
One date set last year is September 28, 2018 for the District 18 Fall Conference at Region 18 ESC located at 2811 La Force Blvd, Midland, TX.  Time is 9:00 am until 2:00 pm.  Our TRTA guest speaker will be Marcy Cann. 

The next legislative session will be crucial for our pension and health care. Our organization of 88,200 TRTA members represents the interests of approximately 325,000 Texas Retired School Employees. Your opinions need to be voiced to the legislators that control your pension COLA’S and your insurance premiums. During the 2019 Legislative session, TRS may be asking for another 300 to 500 Million just to keep the TRS Care on an even scale. 

Just last week the TRS Board could not come to a decision to change the assumption fee rate to be dropped from 8% to either 7.25% or 7.5%.  We were told this does not impact our current annuity but would impact any future (COLA’s)—Cost of Living Adjustments or thirteenth check in a negative way.  It would be much harder to approve the increases in the above for many years if the assumption rate is decreased from the 8%. Tim Lee, The TRTA Executive Director, writes an excellent newsletter, The Inside Line, that you can access on the TRTA Website, trta.org.  Please read and stay updated to all the possible changes and how the changes will affect your pension and insurance. 

District 18 is very fortunate that our legislators support active educators and retired school personnel but they need to be constantly reminded that TRS has not been able to give a COLA in approximately thirteen years and the insurance premiums have greatly increased due to lack of legislative funding to TRS. Do not let your legislators forget about you! The Texas Tribune is a good source to access on line to find out what is happening in our legislature? 

District 18 Local Unit Members please let me know what you would like to see in the District Newsletters. Information from your local units would help spread the good events coming out of your local units. Any special visitors, any legislators, any superintendents, pictures of your activities, and all good things being planned to happen in your organization.  

New District 18 officers to be installed at the May 11th event for 2018-2020 are:
    District 18 President                      
Ricky Chandler         Odessa RT/SPA
    District 18 1st Vice-President         Lauri Farber             Odessa RT/SPA
    District 18 2nd Vice-President        Kaye Barr                 Big Spring ARTA
    District 18 Treasurer                      Shirley Johnson        Andrews/Gaines Cnty RTEA
    District 18 Secretary                      
Phyllis Anderson       Crane REA

Your TRTA organization needs you to serve in your local unit and we need you to serve in district 18 also. Please do what you can to make it happen!

If you know a member who does not go on line, please share the TRTA information with them. It is vital to our health as an organization that everyone stays informed about what is happening to our pensions, health care, local units, district units, and state organization. 

                        Ricky Chandler, District 18 President
                        r_chandler@grandecom.net
                        5205 Redbud Ave
                        Odessa, TX  79762
                        432-631-1039

 

MINUTES OF THE  April 16, 2018 MEETING

Refreshments were served at 1:00 p.m.  with hostesses Elsie Mohler, Lou Ann Rabe, Elaine Davisson, Elizabeth McCrone, and Esther Sofge
President Mary Reeves called the meeting to order at  1:30.  She welcomed Geneva Aicinena.
Second Vice-Pres.  Karen  Telck introduced Dr. Michael Buzbee.  He presented an informative program on macular degeneration.  

The Thought for the Day was  given by  Mary Reeves and the pledges were led by Mary Alice Ramos.
The minutes  by Secretary Marilyn Andjulis were approved as printed.
Treasurer Marcus Ramage gave the treasurer’s report as of March 31, 2018 with a bank balance of $8,053.98.  Book Project Bal. $333.86 and the Foundation Bal. -0-.  State dues for  2018-2019 will be paid out of the bank balance.  The Book Project and the Foundation balances are through individual contributions.  No money is used from dues paid by active  members.  State dues are $35.00 and local ORT/SPA are $10.00.

First Vice President Sara Easley gave a membership report and reminded members of the Dist. 18 Leadership  Training  Meeting at Region 18 ESC May 11, 2018.
Convention delegates from ORT/SPA gave reports on their meetings.  The delegates were Marcus and Sandra Ramage, Elizabeth McCrone, Sara Easley and Karen Telck.   Kathy Chandler was an alternate delegate.

New Business:  Carol Horton read a recommendation for a memorial fund to be funded by contributions and gifts.  The scholarship fund committee had passed the deadline in February for submitting names.  Elaine Davisson made a motion to table the scholarship and the motion was seconded by Elizabeth McCrone.  Rick Chandler gave a legislative report on seven amendments proposed to  the State TRTA  Bylaws.

Drawings:  Volunteer Hrs., Nannette Kelton; Health Care, Helen Kirk; Attendance, Marcus Ramage and Birthday Month, Mary Alice Ramos.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:20 p.m.
Marilyn Andjulis, Secretary

 

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Vol. XVII  No. 6:  March  19,  2018

ODESSA RETIRED TEACHERS/SCHOOL PERSONNEL  ASSOCIATION

Northside Senior Citizens Center             1225 North Adams Avenue

Refreshments:   1 p.m.   Program:  1:30 p.m.

Program:   Retired Teachers Service Dogs,  Cheri Hensley

Thought of the Day:   Kathy Chandler

Hostesses:   Marjorie MacMurdo, Doris Givens, Sandra Ramage

Pledges to the Flags:   Priscilla Hyson


President’s Corner:   Mary Reeves, President

The ORT/SPA  March spring membership drive is ready to be kicked off this month, so let all of your friends know about all the good things that Odessa RT/SPA does for education.  The current membership total for 2017-2018 is less than 300.  We need to work hard for 2018-2019 to increase our membership total.   Let’s all work hard to increase our attendance at the monthly  meetings.   If you have not attended a monthly meeting, let March 19, 2018 be the first.  Let us see you and your friends there.

You will find your new membership card for 2018-2019 included with this newsletter.   Please fill in the information on the card and enclose your check for both the local dues ($10) and state dues ($35).   If you pay your state dues by payroll deduction (continuous membership) please just send your  $10 local dues with the enclosed card or bring to the next monthly meeting.   The dues run from March 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019.   Please include your email address on your membership card; if you do not have an email address,  just indicate none. 

The State TRTA Convention is April 8-10 in San Antonio.   Delegates appointed in January are the following:   Marcus Ramage , Sandra Ramage, Sara Easley, Libby McCrone and Karen Telck.   Kathy Chandler is an alternate.   Any member may attend the state convention at their own expense.
 
Dates to Remember:

April 16 – Monthly Meeting                                                 May  4 -   Spring Luncheon and  Installa-
                Macular Degeneration, Dr. Michael Buzbee                        tion of  new officers
May 11 – District 18 Spring Leadership Conference 
               at Region 18 Education Service  Center

Deaths of Members:   

    Joellen Hill, Dec. 9, 2017                                                        
    Rowena Byrd,  Jan. 25, 2018                                                 

Deaths of Friends of Education:

   Maurine Nealy, Jan. 7, 2018                                             Anna Paredes, Jan. 23, 2018
   Janice Finley, Jan. 19, 2018                                             George Capps, Jr., Jan 27, 2018
   Betty Smith, Jan. 22, 2018                                                Billie Woodard, Jan. 29, 2018
   Beasley Williams, Jan. 30, 2018                                       Maxine Allmond, Feb. 4, 2018

 

MINUTES OF THE FEBRUARY 12, 2018 MEETING

President Reeves called the meeting to order  at  1:30 p.m., welcoming visitors and making announcements.  Karen Telck, 2nd Vice Pres.  Introduced Heather Massey, Regional Director of the Better Business Bureau, who brought a program on scam phone calls and scams on social media. The Thought for the Day was brought by Libby McCrone on the subject of Friendship.  Sherry Pomroy led the pledges.

The minutes were approved as corrected.  The Treasurer’s report showed a bank balance of $10,051.17.  Expenses of $500 per state convention delegate will be paid to the delegates.  The Foundation balance is $203, and this amount  will be presented to the Foundation at the state convention.  The Book Project has a balance of $88.86; Karen Telck , project chairman, is collecting donations.

Sara Easley, 1st Vice Pres ., reported current local membership of 271 members.  She reminded us that the 2028-2019 membership drive begins March 1.  State TRTA dues are $35 and local unit dues are $10.

Rick Chandler, District 18 Pres.,  gave a legislative report.  Priscilla Hyson, Scholarship Chair, reminded member of the $500 scholarship to be given to a student going into the field of education.  See the Bylaws for the scholarship rules.

Drawings:  Volunteer hours, Dr. Thomas Dynneson; Health Care, Judy Herron; Attendance, Ola Pride; Birthday Month, Arlyne Ragan.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:40 p.m.  with 32 in attendance.

 

Vol. XVII  No. 5:  February  12,  2018

ODESSA RETIRED TEACHERS/SCHOOL PERSONNEL  ASSOCIATION

Northside Senior Citizens Center             1225 North Adams Avenue

Hostesses:  Priscilla Hyson, Judy Herron and Mary  Reeves, 1 p.m.

Program,  1:30 p.m.:   Better  Business  Bureau,  Heather  Massey

Thought of the Day:   Libby  McCrone

Pledge to the Flags:   Sherry  Pomroy


President’s Corner:  Mary Reeves, President
Greetings to all our members.    Regarding the Bylaws (newly revised), they will be posted on our
ORT/SPA web page in the very near future  under the tab  “Bylaws.”    You will want to take a look
at them.

Regarding the Book Project,  this year we are taking up money which will be given to the
elementary school  librarians  to buy the books of their choice.  We now have $158, as of the January meeting,  for the purchase of books.  In order to meet a goal of $1,500 we are calling on our members to donate what they can.  We suggest  donations  of $5.  If we meet this goal we would be able to donate to more than one school.   Cash and checks are accepted.  If you write a check please make a notation that the money is for the Book Project.  Send your donation to Treasurer Marcus Ramage at P. O.  Box 1645, Odessa, 79760.

State Convention Delegates appointed in January are the following:  Marcus Ramage , Sandra Ramage, Sara Easley, Libby McCrone and Karen Telck.   Kathy Chandler is an alternate.
   
Dates to Remember: 

Feb. 3, 2018, Retirement Education Seminar at Bonham Middle School, 2201 E. 21st St.,Odessa 79761.
Registration at  8:30 a.m.,  Seminar at 9 a.m. until 12 noon.
February 12,  February Monthly Meeting at the Northside  Senior Center
March 19,  March Monthly Meeting, Program:  Service Dogs, Cheri Hensley; new membership card will
be distributed in your March Newsletter.
April  8 – 10 TRTA State Convention, San Antonio
April 16, Program:  Macular Degeneration, Dr. Michael Buzbee
May 4, Spring Luncheon and Installation of Officers
 
Friends of Education:   

Alice Maude Rushing, Dec. 9, 2017            Robert “Wayne” Kennedy, Jan. 14, 2018
Polly Fern Felkins, Dec. 28, 2017               Wille Patterson, Jan. 15, 2018
Maurine Nealy, Jan. 7, 2018

MINUTES OF THE FEBRUARY 12, 2018 MEETING

President Reeves called the meeting to order  at  1:30 p.m., welcoming visitors and making announcements.  Karen Telck, 2nd Vice Pres.  Introduced Heather Massey, Regional Director of the Better Business Bureau, who brought a program on scam phone calls and scams on social media. The Thought for the Day was brought by Libby McCrone on the subject of Friendship.  Sherry Pomroy led the pledges.

The minutes were approved as corrected.  The Treasurer’s report showed a bank balance of $10,051.17.  Expenses of $500 per state convention delegate will be paid to the delegates.  The Foundation balance is $203, and this amount  will be presented to the Foundation at the state convention.  The Book Project has a balance of $88.86; Karen Telck , project chairman, is collecting donations.

Sara Easley, 1st Vice Pres ., reported current local membership of 271 members.  She reminded us that the 2028-2019 membership drive begins March 1.  State TRTA dues are $35 and local unit dues are $10.

Rick Chandler, District 18 Pres.,  gave a legislative report.  Priscilla Hyson, Scholarship Chair, reminded member of the $500 scholarship to be given to a student going into the field of education.  See the Bylaws for the scholarship rules.

Drawings:  Volunteer hours, Dr. Thomas Dynneson; Health Care, Judy Herron; Attendance, Ola Pride; Birthday Month, Arlyne Ragan.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:40 p.m.  with 32 in attendance.

 

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Vol. XVII  No. 4:  January  8,  2018

ODESSA RETIRED TEACHERS/SCHOOL PERSONNEL ASSOCIATION

Northside Senior Citizen Center       1225 North Adams Avenue

Hostesses:  Elsie Mohler and Lou Ann Rabe   1:00 p.m.       Program:  1:30 p.m.

January 8, 2018  Program:    Stillwell Retirement Home, Waco,  Joel Wright

Thought of the Day:  Sara Easley

Pledge to the Flags: LaNelle McBee-Agee


President’s Corner: Mary Reeves, President

There are a number of action items on the January agenda  for your consideration. The Executive Committee, with the leadership of Rick Chandler, revised the Bylaws to comply with the state TRTA Bylaws regarding election of officers. The changes read as follows:  

Article VII, Section 1. The president shall appoint a three (3) member Nominating Committee in October. One member to serve as Chair will be selected by the committee members. 

Section 2. A slate of names will be printed in the January Odessa RT/SPA Newsletter. 

Section 3. Election of officers shall be held at the January meeting. The Nominating Committee of three are Priscilla Hyson, Lauri Farber and Mary Alice Ramos. Priscilla Hyson served as the Chair. The slate of officers is as follows: President, Lauri Farber; First Vice-President, Sara Easley; Second Vice-President, Karen Telck; Treasurer, Marcus Ramage; and Secretary, Sande McAdams. 

Article XIV. Section 2. One (1) scholarship, not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500) per fiscal year, may be awarded when funds are available to a student in the field of education who is a relative of an Odessa RT/SPA member.

All volunteer hours for 2017 need to be turned in at this meeting.  Maye Armour will appreciate your turning in ALL  your hours.  You may have more hours  than you think!

Dates to Remember:

Feb. 3, 2018 – Retirement Education Seminar at Bonham Middle School, 2201 E. 21st St., Odessa 79761.                          Registration at  8:30 a.m., Seminar at 9 a.m. until 12 noon.
February 12, 2018 – Program: Business Bureau, Heather Massey
March 19, 2018 – Program: Service Dogs, Cheri Hensley
April  8-10, 2018  – TRTA Convention, San Antonio, La Cantera Resort
April 16, 2018 – Program: Macular Degeneration, Dr. Michael Buzbee

Deaths of Members:  

Bernice Deaver - Nov. 10, 2017
June E. Redus - Nov. 15, 2017
Winfred U. Richmond - Nov. 17, 2017

Joellen Hill - Dec. 9, 2017

Friends of Education:    

Billie Brown - Aug. 30, 2017
Jacquelyn Ann Williams - Nov. 4, 2017
May Thornhill - Nov. 13, 2017
Mickey “Marty” Hearne - Dec. 4, 2017
Donald Godlevski - Dec. 14, 2017
John Weir - Dec. 17, 2017. 

Sympathy to Bill Talley in the death of his granddaughter Katherine “Kate” Chorney, Ocrober 22, 2017.
Sympathy to Ann Wikse in the death of her sister Ardis Rose Brown of Winona, Minnesota on October 22, 2017.
Sympathy to Cathi Boutin and husband David in the death of David’s father, Francis Boutin, Nov. 1, 2017.
New address: Don Wright, 7692 FM 2692, Gordon, TX 76453.

**Please remember to check our ORT/SPA web page often. It has all the information to keep you informed of our local unit activities and events. Go to www.trta.org. Also review your revised 2017 Bylaws.**

 

MINUTES OF THE DECEMBER 8 MEETING

President Mary Reeves called the meeting to order at 11:30 a.m., welcoming members and guests.
Mary Alice Ramos gave the Invocation, and  the meal was served by Chef Scott Williams and his staff.
Elaine Davisson led the pledges to the American and Texas flags.  The Thought for the day was given  by Carol Horton.

Second Vice President Karen Telck introduced our guest speaker, Selina V. Mireles, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Education, with The University of Texas of the Permian Basin.  Dr. Mireles shared information on her responsibilities with student teachers, dual  credit students and student in the STEM program among other programs within the College of Education.

President Reeves recognized Odessa RT/SPA officers and committee chairs.
Secretary Marilyn Andjulis read the minutes from the November 13, 2017, meeting.  The minutes were approved as read.  Treasurer Marcus Ramage gave the Treasurer’s Report as of November 30, 2017, with a bank balance of $10,114.32.  The Foundation balance was  $203 and the Book Project balance was $88.86.

The Retirement Seminar will be at Bonham Middle School, February 3, 2018 with Lauri Farber as district chair.
Health Care Chair Elizabeth Barlow shared December Health Tips.  December 1-31 is Safe Toys and Gifts Month, and December 3-9  is National Handwashing Awareness Week.
Old Business:  none
New Business:  none
Birthday recognition for December was presented to Phyllis White; Volunteer hours, to Helen Kirk; steps, to Beverly McColloch and Attendance, to Judy Herron.  Drawing for a Christmas wreath was won by Betty Kay King.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:15 p.m.  with 53 members being in attendance.

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CHANGES TO THE ORT/SPA  BYLAWS   (REVISED 2017)Article V, Section 3  Members who pay state dues by bank draft or out of their annuity must send local dues to the local treasurer.  The previous sections 3 and 4 are now sections 4 and 5.
Article XIV, Section 2  One (1) scholarship, not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500) per fiscal year, may be awarded when funds are available to a student in the field of education who is a relative of an Odessa RT/SPA active member.

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Vol. XVII No. 3: November -- December, 2017

ODESSA RETIRED TEACHERS/SCHOOL PERSONNEL ASSOCIATION

Northside Senior Citizen Center       1225 North Adams Avenue

Meal: 11:45-12:30 p.m.    Refreshments: 1:00 p.m.    Program: 1:30 p.m.

November 13, 2017 Program: Rotary , Jo Sneed

Thought of the Day: Karen Telk

Hostesses: Iris Lang, Mary Alice Ramos, Helen Slusher

Pledge to the Flags: Elizabeth Barlow


President’s Corner: Mary Reeves, President

Autumn is here, so the weather is sometimes cool and sometimes warm. The date of our November
and December meetings have changed from the normal pattern, so please write November 13 and
December 8 on your calendar right away. You will want to be here November 13 to participate in a
REALLY FUN drawing for a surprise gift ???!!!. Bring us a recruit!
You will also want to bring back your green reservation form for the December Christmas Luncheon
along with your $12 for the meal. The meal will be delicious! The deadline for December reservations is December 1, 2017. The speaker for the December 8 th Luncheon is UTPB President, Dr. Sandra K.
Woodley.

Remember, November is FOUNDATION MONTH. This is our opportunity to contribute individually to
the Foundation’s programs. See the back cover of your VOICE magazine for the contribution form.
Monies support: Helping Hand, Classroom Assistance Grants, Legacy Campaign, Leher-Pritchard
Endowment Fund and Beginning Teacher Scholarships.
Membership is now growing; let us each bring one new member—a good time to do so would be at
the Christmas Luncheon. You need your organization, and your organization needs you! Take a look at our ORT/SPA web page: go to www.trta.org and click on local units.

Dates to Remember:

October 23 to November 3, Early Voting                                   Deaths of Members:
November 7, General Election Day                                           Alfonso B. Velasco, Oct. 7, 2017
     ECISD Bond Election                                                           Friends of Education:
November 13, Meeting, Foundation Month                               Roy Leal, Sept. 22, 2017
November 23, Thanksgiving Day                                              Sonya Leann Brekke, Sept. 27, 2017
December 8, ORMC Comm. Rm., 515 N. Adams                      Grace Davis, Oct. 9, 2017
     Christmas Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., Lunch at 12 Noon           Janice Rice, Oct. 12, 2017
Jan. 9, 2018, Meeting
Feb. 3, 2018, Retirement Education Seminar
     Bonham Middle School

Sympathy is given to Cindy Slack in the death of her mother, Joy Slack, on Sep. 30, 2017, Coleman, TX; also to Kuita Hall in the death of her brother, David G. Hall, Oct. 21, 2017, in Odessa.

Corrections: Brazwell to Braswell

      change address: Margaret A. McBee, 311 W. 4 th , Apt. 411, Odessa 79761

The organization Bylaws provide for our elections to be conducted in the manner shown below in Article VII .

Bylaws, Article VII:     Elections
     Section 1     The president shall appoint a three (3) member Nomination Committee in October, one member to serve as chairman.
     Section 2     A slate of names shall be printed in the January newsletter.
     Section 3     Election of officers shall be held at the January meeting.

At the October meeting a Nomination Committee was appointed. The slate of officers which they
nominate will be printed in the January Newsletter, and the election of officers for 2018-2020 will be
held at the January meeting.

 

MINUTES OF THE OCTOBER 16 MEETING

Pres. Mary Reeves called the meeting to order at 1:30 pm welcoming new member Debbie Stewart. She introduced the officers. Thought of the Day was given by Esther Sofge, and the pledges were led by Kathy Chandler. Second Vice Pres. Karen Telck introduced speakers Tracy Austin and Jennifer Johnson of the American Red Cross.

Minutes of the previous minutes were approved as printed. The Treasurer’s Report was given by Rick
Chandler; the balance was $9,583.90 as of Sept. 30, 2017. Committee reports were given by Sara Easley reporting 268 current members; Karen Telk announcing the November program by a Rotary member; Carol Horton gave an update on member benefits; Elizabeth Barlow reminded members to get their immunizations updated; Mary Reeves gave a report on donations given to the Foundation for hurricane victims; Maye Armour encouraged all members to turn in their volunteer hours monthly; Rick Chandler gave a legislative report on the 2017 legislative session and the TRS-Care insurance bill; Betty Kay King and Mary Alice Ramos had no report.

The new business was the appointment of a three-member Nominating Committee to get a slate of
officers for 2018-2020. Priscilla Hyson announced the Odessa Forum meeting on Friday, Oct. 20.
Drawings were held for Volunteer Hours—Debbie Stewart, Exercise Steps—Ann Willis, Birthday for
October—Lauri Farber and Membership Attendance—Mary Alice Ramos.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:43 p.m. with 37 attending.

 

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Odessa Retired Teachers/School Personnel Newsletter

Vol. XVII   October 16, 2017

Northside Senior Citizen Center       1225 North Adams Avenue

Meal:  11:45 - 2:30 p.m.     1  p.m.  Refreshments        1:30 Program

Program:  "American Red Cross", Jennifer Johnson speaker

Thought for the Day:  Elaine Davison

Hostesses:   Sara Easley, Helen Kirk, Jean Roberts

 

President’s Corner: Mary Reeves, President

October is bringing us cool weather.  We enjoy greeting our members as they come into our meeting each month.  A feeling of cooperation helps us invite people and encourage them to join our membership.  We will want to speak to each one present.   Addendum pages are being sent to  you for adding to your 2017-2018 yellow member directory.

Dates to Remember:

October 20, Odessa Forum, Westminster Presbyterian;  $10  meal,  meet at 11 a.m.

November  7,   ECISD  bond election

November 13, Meeting:   Jo Sneed, Rotary Club,  November is Foundation Month

December 8, Christmas Luncheon,  ORMC  Community Room

January 8, 2018,  Joe Wright of the Stillwell Retirement Home

Death of Member:

Vincent Becker, Sep. 13, 2017

Friends of Education:

“Dub”  Kennedy, Sep. 15, 2017

Thomas “Tom” Davis, Sep. 19, 2017

Sympathy to Nancy Parris in the death of her uncle in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

 

MINUTES  OF  THE  MEETING
ODESSA RETIRED TEACHERS/SCHOOL  PERSONNEL ASSOC.
September 18, 2017

Refreshments were served at 1 pm by hostesses Elsie Mohler, Lou Ann Rabe, LaNell Agee, Marilyn 
 Andjulis and Ann Willis.

President Mary Reeves called the meeting to order at 1:30 pm.  She recognized new members  and guests.  The pledges to the flags of the United  States and Texas were led by Marilyn Andjulis.  The thought of the day was given by LaNell Agee.   Second Vice-President Karen Telck introduced Libby McCrone,  new AMBA representative for TRTA member benefits.  She discussed member benefits for our association members.  If one has questions she may be contacted at 432-335-0534 or at elmccrone@grandecom.net.

Mary Reeves introduced Chris Cole from the Speakers’ Bureau representing the 4 Kids Future for the ECISD school bond election on November 7.  He shared information on the comprehensive school bond.

New Business:   Treasurer Marcus Ramage submitted the Treasurer’s Report as of August 31, with a balance of $9,332.38  Some TRTA state dues will be made from this balance.  The Book Project has a balance of $88.86. 

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed.   First Vice-President Sara Easley reported the membership number at 310 as of September 18.   Mary Reeves reported TRTA members of Texas have contributed $100,000 to the Foundation Fund to aid in Hurricane Harvey relief.

District 18 President Rick Chandler gave a legislative report regarding TRS Care effective January 1, 2018.  Members may go online to Tim Lee’s INSIDE LINE newsletter at  trta.org  for updated information on benefit changes and also refer to your latest issue of THE VOICE magazine from TRTA.  Rick Chandler announced that the TRTA District 18 Fall Conference to be Friday, September 29 at Region 18 ESC.

Drawings for  Volunteer Hours, Health Care and Attendance were made.  Carol Horton with Kathy and Rick Chandler gave birthday cup cakes with candles to members in attendance who had June, July,  August and September birthdays.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:10 pm  with 50 members being in attendance.