Douglas County Retired Teachers learn about EIU programs, enrollment

The Nov. 14, 2018, meeting of the DCRTA was opened with a fascinating joke by President Fred McDonald. After the Pledge and the blessing, the group enjoyed a delicious turkey dinner and all the trimmings served by Nancy Smith of the Smith House.

After the luncheon, Joie McDonald read the minutes and Connie Guennewig gave the treasurer’s report. Both were approved.

Doug Bower, Dean of College of Education at EIU, gave the program. He spoke of the re-alignment of colleges at EIU and their focus on recruiting students from our area. EIU has 17 new majors, and freshman enrollment is up 25%. He also explained the Aim High program for families with income under $61,000 per year.

After the program the meeting continued. There were no committee reports. In old business, Fred said we would check school calendars for dates of homecoming parades so we might take part in them. He also reminded everyone to update their email addresses with the group.

In new business, Fred asked if anyone was interested in hearing about IRTA benefit endorsements. Several members expressed an interest. He also asked if there was any interest in DCRTA group trips. Some interest was shown there also.

Next meeting will be March 20, 2019, and it will be hosted by the Arthur group. It will be held at 11:30 at the Smith House unless notified otherwise.

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