Twenty members of the Madison Country Retired School Personnel met with the Mineral Area Unit at noon, Thursday, October 14, at Rosener’s Restaurant in Park Hills. The Mineral Area President, Dennis Riche, called the meeting to order following the Pledge of Allegiance, invocation, and singing of God Bless America.
All members were urged to recruit retirees into the local and state units. Our retirement benefits hinge on those who join and support the organizations, whether retired teachers, administrators, or certified personnel.
The 50-year anniversary of MRTA is coming up.
Prior to dinner, Jacob Pollard, chaplain at Parkland Hospital, was introduced and inspired us with the questions: Why care? Why do we teach? Does teaching ever stop? His 4-point answers were:
(1) We teach others by showing them how to treat other human beings with respect and dignity, how to interact with others regardless of differences.
(2) We teach others by showing them what we do with our own time. Do we mentor, tutor, volunteer with Meals on Wheels or food pantry, visit others or help where needed?
(3) We teach others by the way we spend or lose our money. This tells what you value in life. Being generous in helping others is a great attribute. You feel good about yourself when you are generous.
(4) We teach others by helping them understand life is life-long learning. It keeps our minds alert, alive, and active. Reading keeps us sharp and knowledgeable.
Those attending from Fredericktown were: Liz Adams, Shirley Connelly, Jo Daniel, Mary Henson, Garland and Ilerea Hamilton,, Blaine and Jennye Kauffman, Alan Hogan, Sandra Lane, Madelyn Lenhardt, Alice Macke, George and Jody McKenney, Ann Muhr, Ruth Mooney, Helen Sikes, Ann Sikes, W. R. Singleton, and Floy Mae Whitener.