2016-09-28 / Campus

Newly retired educators honored at meeting

The Early-Clay- Calhoun Retired Educators Association met Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the Blakely Country Club at noon for a luncheon and program honoring newly retired educators and an update on the Georgia Retired Educators Association.

New teachers attending were Cheryl Jones Gleaton, Mary Ann Lednecky, and Glenda Simmons Williams.

Kathryn Pace gave the devotional of which much of her remarks came from Billy Graham’s book, “Nearing Home.” Scripture was taken from Isaiah 46:4 with a statement from C.S. Lewis, “You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream.”

In his book Billy Graham says retirement is a gift from God. No matter how old one is, God has another assignment for you or a purpose. Some keys to look for the Lord’s purpose are: l. Ask the Lord to open your eyes to what is around you.

2. Pray for others.

3.Encourage the young and

4. Use your talents and opportunities to serve him.

During the business session, led by President Kay Cowart, new handbooks for 2016-2017 were handed out to members. Debbie Scarborough from Association Member Benefits Advisors gave a report on programs, plans, insurance, annuities, discounts and travels available with membership in GREA.

Those attending the Area l and 2 District Meeting Aug. 23 in Dawson from the unit were Kenneth and Sharon Hall, Kay Cowart, Mavis Johnson and LaRue Miller.

Past President Kenneth Hall discussed the upcoming Opportunity School District Bill (Georgia Senate Bill 133), a proposed constitutional amendment which would change Georgia’s constitution and is an attack on local control of schools.

Following the secretary’s minutes, treasurer’s report, presentation of the 2016-2017 proposed budget, Cowart asked everyone for support for the Ferest Foundation for Childhood Literacy, the GREA President Jesse Hunter’s Humanitarian Project for 2016-2017.

Local units are asked to raise a minimum of $360 which will fund 180 children with 12 monthly books. Data suggests a need for books in the hands of children from birth to five as the most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success.

A great thanks was given to hostesses Sharon and Kenneth Hall, Carruth Henderson, Judy Brownlee, Fred Darden and Kay Hall.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 2:30 p.m. at Arlington Baptist Church in Arlington.

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