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Douglas County Retired Teachers meets Sept. 19

The DCRTA met at 11:30 a.m. at the Smith House on Wednesday, Sept 19. Before lunch, president Fred McDonald opened the meeting with a teacher joke, then Randy Bishop led us in the Pledge of Allegiance, and Jim Mikeworth returned thanks.

After we all enjoyed a delicious meal, Jim Mikeworth introduced Casey Sanders from Dial-a-Ride who presented a very informative program explaining their services to transport residents in and around the area. Several of us are on our own, and if we need help getting somewhere, it is good to know Dial-a-Ride is available.

After the program, the business meeting resumed. The minutes were read and approved. Brenda Tunnison read the treasurer’s report in Connie Guenniwig’s absence.

In old business, Fred reported that the state will allow retired teachers to teach all year in a subject area that has a shortage of teachers. He also reported that the DCRTA float was well-received in the Arthur and Villa Grove parades.

In new business, Fred circulated sign-up sheets for all members to include their email addresses with their contact info. It’s much easier to send out one blanket email than make several individual phone calls. Fred also reported there is a vacancy on the IRTA State Board if anyone is interested.

The TRS has posted their endorsements for candidates for public office. Check online for these endorsements.

We are proud to learn that there are four teachers from Douglas County who received the Excellence in Education grants. Congratulations to all!

Harry Bell is residing in Arthur Home and seems to be doing well.

Meeting adjourned 1 p.m.

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