November 2013 Meeting Minutes

 Texarkana Retired Teachers’ and School Employees’ Association

November 20, 2013 


Mary Young, President, called the meeting to order with a musical ditty from school days long ago.

Francis Brewer gave the devotional, reflecting on the theme of giving thanks, and based on Psalm 118:1.

Mary Stone, Secretary, presented the minutes and they were approved without correction.

Gerald Brooks, Treasurer, offered his monthly report, which was accepted, and filed for audit.

A motion was made, seconded and approved to give a gift of $100 to the choir for TC’s Fine Arts Scholarship Fund. 

Betty Williams reported that member Ruth Green is now home and recovering.

Andi Kirby, Membership, reminded us of the necessity of recruiting.

Winnie Courtney, Community Service, passed out volunteer hours reporting forms to be filled out and turned in at our Jan. meeting as they are due Feb. 1st.

Judy Oosterhous, Health Care, placed “stress relievers” on our tables and encouraged us to make use of the wisdom therein.

Carolyn Lance, Member Benefits, listed the following as her top pick for the month:

Mobile imaging for free
Discount at the Dallas Zoo
Long Term Care Insurance
Feb. 4th Retirement Seminar at Queen City, help needed
Membership privileges available to Diamond Plus Membership (payroll deduction)

Carolyn Bridges encouraged us to turn in our recipes at the January meeting. 

George Willige, Foundation, reported that $63.000 has been collected statewide so far this year, toward  programs offered by the Foundation.

Mary Nell Short, District VIII President, announced that the State Convention will be held in Dallas, April 13-16.  Make your reservations now if you want to attend.  A new format has been proposed to have a full convention every other year.

Betty Capeheart, Technology, reported that our website is coming along.

Mary Young then declared a recess to allow the TC Choir to set up for their presentation.  The choir then sang 5 selections including “Carol of the Bells.” 

Upon conclusion of the program, the group was invited to a community choir presentation to be held at the Sullivan Center on Dec. 13th. 

The meeting was adjourned for food and fellowship.


Respectfully submitted,



Mary C. Stone