2018-08-29 / Other News

Retired Educators attend Area I and Area II district meeting


From left, Veronica Godwin, Ruth Tolbert, Glynda Harris, Betty Mills, GREA President Mickey Wendel, Beauty Smith, Betty Henderson, Cynthia Williams, and Ruth Washington. From left, Veronica Godwin, Ruth Tolbert, Glynda Harris, Betty Mills, GREA President Mickey Wendel, Beauty Smith, Betty Henderson, Cynthia Williams, and Ruth Washington. Southwest Georgia Retired Educators attended the GREA Area I and Area II annual meeting Aug. 21 at Albany Tech in Albany.

Mickey Wendel was installed as the GREA president for 2018-2019 at the GREA Convention May 2018. The president’s theme is “Share The Light.”

The president asked each unit to donate $200 for Humanitarian Project to Childrens Health Care of Atlanta and encourage 75 percent to sponsor one or more of your schools to participate in the Share The Light of Jump Rope for Heart. Wendel urged every unit to purchase $100 GREM Brick for the person who “Shared the Light” with them, and to participate volunteer Service Record (at least 10 times) Ex. of service: Visit the nursing home; take a sick shut-in to doctor appointment; sing in the choir; have a book fair; read to students in the library at your local school, encourage 80 percent of your unit to sell Spotlight Ads, $50 each.

Share the Light Spotlight in which one or more members will share the story about the person who shared the light with them to become a teacher.

Jo Ann Tomlinson, president elect encouraged GREA members to read books about our communities, to find books about your own area of the state, use Pine system from your library — Books About Georgia.

Membership Director, James Twiggs reported that the Georgia Retirement for Georgia Educators is going well.

Mike Zarem reported that as of 2018, Georgia has 227,400 active teachers; 127,223 retired teachers; 7,100 retired teacher who are still active; 7,756 who are 85+ years; 2,497 who are 90+ years old; 75 who are 100+ years old; five who are 104 years old; four who are 105 years old; and two who are 106 years old.

There are two million students enrolled in the Georgia School System.

The president left the group with these closing remarks “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” Elizabeth Wharton.

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