NEWSLETTER AND MINUTES

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Minutes for the Odessa Retired Teachers/School Personnel Association
Monday, February 11, 2018

Laurie Farber called the meeting to order at 1:30.  Carol Horton gave the invocation.  Libby McCrone gave the Thought for the Day.  Laurie led the pledges to the American and Texas flags. 

Karen Telck then introduced Wendy Hilliard, who gave a program about Silver Sneakers with the YMCA. 

Those present approved the minutes.  Marcus Ramage then gave the treasurer’s report for December and January.  As of 1/31, the Checking Balance is $10,222.47 and the Savings Balance is $3,039.38. 

For Standing Committee Reports, Laurie shared that the Retirement Seminar was very successful and thanked everyone who helped. 

Under new business, Carol Horton encouraged everyone to write letters to Senator Kel Seliger and Representative Brooks Landgraf in support of retired teachers.  Laurie reported that several people will be representing ORT/SPA at the Odessa Forum on February 15.  Too, the Law Enforcement and Fire Protection Appreciation Day will be Friday, March 1.  ORT/SPA will provide part of the snacks for the event.  The winner for this month’s birthdays was Arlyne Ragan.  Sara Easley’s name was drawn for volunteer hours, and Lou Ann Rabe for Steps. 

Laurie adjourned the meeting at 2:16.

                            Minutes taken by Marilyn Anjulis

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ORT/SPA January 2019 Newsletter

From the President:

Happy New Year, Everyone! I hope your 2019 has gotten off to a good start! I don’t know about you, but 2018 flew by!

We will have our local meeting on Monday, January 14, 2019 at the Northside Senior Center. Refreshments will be served at 1:00. Our meeting will begin at 1:30. Our program will be given by Juanita Billieter with Odessa Fire and Rescue.

Hostesses will be Carol Horton, Kathy Chandler, Betty Kay King, and Arlyne Ragan.

We will begin selecting delegates for the 66th TRTA Annual Convention in Austin, April 1-2, 2019, with TRTA’s day on April 3. The delegate form will have to be mailed to the TRTA office no later than February 27, 2019. Begin thinking about your commitment to attend the Convention.

Please note that automatic delegates are members of the TRTA Board of Directors, Standing Committee Chairs, District Presidents, District First and Second Vice-Presidents, District Secretaries and Treasurers (or alternates appointed by the District Presidents when the elected officers cannot attend) and TRTA Past Presidents. These officers should not be selected to serve as Local Unit Delegates. It is a privilege to serve as a convention delegate, and it is the responsibility of all persons selected as a voting member of the House of Delegates to attend until adjournment.

I look forward to seeing you Monday!

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Minutes for the Odessa Retired Teachers/School Personnel Association
Monday, January 14, 2019

Laurie Farber, president, called the meeting to order at 1:34.  Carol Horton gave the invocation. Mary Alice Ramos gave the Thought for the Day.  Laurie led the pledges to the American and Texas flags.  Karen Telck introduced Kenneth Fletcher from OFD, who gave an excellent program about “Fire Safety in the Home.”  

The minutes for the November and December meetings were then approved.  There was no treasurer’s report because the treasurer could not be present.  Carol Horton reported on deaths.  Laurie reported that there has already been a great response to the Retirement Seminar that will be in Midland on Saturday, February 9.

Under new business, Laurie reported about the upcoming state convention in Austin April 1-3.  Since our organization has 252 members, ORT/SPA will get to send four delegates.  Officers will have first choice for being a delegate. Rick then reported for the legislative committee.  There will be a planning session January 16 in Austin with Bill Barnes and Tim Lee.  COLA, the desperate need for raises, and insurance rates will be discussed.  Rick encouraged everyone to send a letter to legislators Landgraf and Seliger, citing that a sample letter is in the Voice.

Karen Telck announced we will have books to hand out to first graders next meeting.  Marilyn Anjulis won the birthday award.  Laurie won the Steps award.  Sara Easley won volunteer hour awards.  Beth Wilson won the attendance award.  25 members were present.  

Laurie announced that the next meeting will be February 11.  She adjourned the meeting at 2:48.

                            Submitted by Sandra McAdams, Secretary

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Minutes for the Odessa Retired Teachers/School Personnel Association
Friday, December 21, 2018

Laurie Farber, president, called the meeting to order at 11:45.  Sandy Ramage gave the invocation. Carol Horton gave the Thought for the Day about Inner Peace.  Rick Chandler led the pledges to the American and Texas flags.

Updates were given about two members who have been ill, Ann Willis and Elsie Mohlar.  Both ladies are recuperating and staying with family members.

Laurie then presented the Treasurer’s Report for December.    As of 11/30, the Checking Balance is $10,067.23, and the Savings Balance is $3,039.00.  The report was accepted.

Carol Horton gave the December birthday gift to Phyllis White.  Juanella Mouser received the steps present.  Libby McCrone received the gift for volunteer hours.

Rick Chandler reported that the Legislative Committee will meet in January.

Laurie adjourned the meeting at 12:05.  Those present then enjoyed the wonderful luncheon meal.

                            Sandra McAdams

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Minutes for the Odessa Retired Teachers/School Personnel Association
Monday, November 19, 2018

Laurie Farber, president, called the meeting to order at 1:30.  Sandy Ramage gave the invocation. Marilyn Andjulis gave the Thought for the Day.  Rick Chandler led the pledges to the American and Texas flags.

Carol Horton and Mary Alice Ramos gave an excellent program about planning for disaster.

The minutes for the October meeting were accepted.  The Treasurer’s Report was also accepted. As of 11/01, the Checking Balance is $9,759.00, and the Savings Balance is $3,039.00.  

Under new business, it was announced that the retirement seminar will be on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at Abell Junior High School in Midland.  The Christmas Luncheon will be Friday, December 21, 2018, at the ORMC Meeting Room.  There will be no more printed newsletter; instead it can be found online at www.trta.org .  This will save the organization a great deal of money.  The monthly newsletter can also be found at this website.

Laurie adjourned the meeting at 2:25.  

                            Sandra McAdams

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