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Contact Information for State Legislators Representing Etowah County

House District 28

Representative Craig Ford

Phone: 334-242-7690 (State House); 256-547-2727 (Home)

Email: [email protected]

Address: P.O. Box 8208 Gadsden, AL 35902-8208

House District 29

Representative Becky Nordgren

Phone: 334-353-9032 (State House); 256-546-1378 (Home); 256-328-1653 (Cell)

Email: [email protected] ; [email protected]

Address: 101 Cook Street Gadsden, AL 35904

House District 30

Representative Mack Butler

Phone: 256-442-4256 (Home); 256-312-3128 (Cell)

Email: [email protected] ; [email protected]

Address: 3518 Montrose Avenue Rainbow City, AL 35906-3305

Senate District 10

Senator Phil Williams

Phone: 334-242-7857 (State House) ; 334-242-9700 (State House); 256-441-0201 (Cell)

Email: [email protected] ; [email protected]

Address: 203 Carlisle Way Rainbow City, AL 35906-6216

 

October 2015 Meeting

President Debbie C. Landers calls meeting to order.

President Debbie C. Landers calls meeting to order.

Eloise Turk, Community Service Chair, reminds member to report community service hours each month.

Eloise Turk, Community Service Chair, reminds members to report community service hours each month.

 

Dorothea DuPree, Music Committee Chair is accompanied by EERA member, G.R. Norton as she leads members in singing "God Bless America."

Dorothea DuPree, Music Committee Chair is accompanied by EERA member, G.R. Norton as she leads members in singing “God Bless America.”

 

Members enjoyed our October meeting.

Members enjoyed our October meeting.

Thanks to EERA member, Dee Downey Pruett, for pictures.

 

2015 Flu Shots and Wellness Screenings

Members received annual flu shots and participated in wellness screenings prior to the October EERA meeting.

President Debbie C. Scott begins the wellness screening.

President Debbie C. Landers begins the wellness screening.

EERA member, Anne Robison, receives her annual flu shot from AL Public Health nurse.

EERA member, Anne Robison, receives her annual flu shot from AL Public Health nurse.

EERA member, Pat Edwards, receives her annual flu shot from AL Public Health nurse.

EERA member, Pat Edwards, receives her annual flu shot from AL Public Health nurse.

 

 

 

TRS Board of Control Election

Election ballots for the Teacher Retirement Systems (TRS) Board of Control will mailed to members on October 14, 2015. In order to be counted, ballots must be received by V.R. Elections Services in Carrollton, Texas, by November 23, 2015 at 4 p.m.

The following members of the Alabama Education Retirees Association (AERA) are candidates for TRS Board of Control, Retired Position, No. 1:

-Eddie Britton

-Anita Gibson

-Gerald Johnson

-Peggy Mobley

-Melissa Nannini

-Sharon Saxon

-Gerald Waldrop

This list is for information only and does not constitute an endorsement. EERA members are urged to do their homework and consider the qualifications of each candidate and return ballot in a timely manner. This is an important election and every vote is important.

 

EERA September 2015 Meeting

The Etowah Education Retirees Association met September 10, 2015 for the first meeting of the school year. Sixty-two members were in attendance and enjoyed a delicious lunch catered by Morgan House. After the Pledge to the United States Flag, Dot Woodward led members in singing “God Bless America.”The devotion and invocation was given by Pat McGhee. Debbie C. Landers, President, introduced Joe Ward, AERA President, who spoke to members about TRS, PEEHIP, and other matters concerning retirees. His goals for AERA are: 1) to make sure that we retain an elected board for The Retirement Systems of Alabama; 2) to keep the integrity of the retirement reserves so they will remain secure and strong; 3) that out-of-pocket expenses for PEEHIP do not increase; and 4) that education retirees receive an occasional funded COLA.

Joe Ward, AERA President

Joe Ward, AERA President

Eloise Turk, Community Service Chair, presented certificates to members who had the greatest number of volunteer hours from EERA. Last year, our members volunteered over 5,000 hours – a value of $104,158.45 – in service through church, local projects, civic, health, education, and other worthy projects. Kathy Russell, 2nd Vice-President, announced our membership is 121.

Eloise Turk, Brenda Scott, Debbie C. Landers

Eloise Turk, Brenda Scott, Debbie C. Landers

Members were reminded that prior to the October 8th meeting, Alabama Public Health Department nurses will be giving flu shots and conducting wellness screenings beginning at 10 am. Members must show PEEHIP or Southland insurance card. Anita Gibson, Immediate Past-President of AEA (and new member of AERA), will be our speaker on October 8th.

Debbie C. Landers and Joe Ward

Debbie C. Landers and Joe Ward

 

A Grandparent’s Guidance

Debbie Cole Landers, EERA President, submitted an article to to NEA Today (magazine for retired NEA members) and it was published in the Summer 2015 issue. Congratulations to Debbie! To read the article, please click here and scroll down to “The Tapestry of Life.”

Debbie with her family: Son, Brandon; Grandchildren, Cole, McKenzi, and Randi

Debbie with her family: Son, Brandon; Grandchildren, Cole, McKenzi, and Randi

EERA President’s Letter

Etowah Education Retirees Association (EERA) would like to extend a special invitation for you to join the association during the 2015-2016 year. EERA is “The Voice of Etowah Education Retirees” and we need your voice to keep our interests in front and center of the decision makers of our state. As you know there are many changes in education in Alabama; some good and some not so good! The more members we have, the GREATER OUR VOICE.

EERA invites you to attend its six meetings, enjoy our informative and interesting programs, socialize with old and new new friends, and for $10 enjoy a great catered meal! We meet the second Thursday of September, October, November, January, February, and April at 11:30 am at the Senior Activity Center in Gadsden.

Community Service is a vital part of our professional organization. Last year our members volunteered over 5,000 hours – a value of $104,158.45 – in service through church, local projects, civic, health, education, and other worthy projects. It’s a great way to stay involved in Etowah County’s improvements.

EERA’s annual dues are only $10 per year. At least half of each member’s dues funds schlarships for two area students. Dues are a small investment for the benefits everyone receives.

It takes all public education retirees working together to maintain the benefits we have earned. Every person who receives a check from the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) needs to join EERA and AERA. We need a strong voice! in the words of David Bronner and Dr. Paul Hubbert, “If you don’t do anything, nothing will change.” Join with us as we work to protect the benefits we have earned!

Debbie C. Landers, EERA President

Email: [email protected]

 

EERA Members at AERA Convention

EERA members with AEA President Anita Gibson

EERA members with AEA President Anita Gibson

Nine EERA members attended the 2015 Alabama Education Retirees Association annual convention in Montgomery on March 24, 2015. Members who attended: Debbie Landers, President; Sandra Graham, First Vice-President; Kathy Russell, Second Vice-President; Patricia McGhee; Dorothea Dupree; Dee Downey Pruett; Donna Eaves; Marsha Dillard; and Anne Robison.

Anita Gibson, AEA President, Eric Bryant, Gadsden City High School, Robert Davis, AERA President

Anita Gibson, AEA President, Eric Bryant, Gadsden City High School, Robert Davis, AERA President

In 2015, the AERA Foundation awarded nine $2000 scholarships to active educators who are also AEA members. One recipient is chosen from each of AERA’s  nine districts. A total of 173 scholarships have been awarded since the program began in 1991. Also, non-certified personnel are eligible to participate in the scholarship program to receive assistance in obtaining certification. Eric Bryant, teacher at Gadsden City High School, received the scholarship for District Two. Congratulations to Eric!

Scholarships

Lou Ellen Hood  Thompson Memorial Scholarships were presented at the April 9, 2015 meeting to Claire Warren, Glencoe High School and Jennifer Scott, Etowah High School. EERA President Debbie Landers and Scholarship Committee Chairperson, Paula Beck presented scholarships to each of the students who were accompanied by their parents and high school counselors. Other members of the Scholarship Committee are Charlotte Storey, Patricia McGee, Thomas Parks, Sarah Haynes, Deborah Beverly,and  Susan Taber. The scholarship  is named for the late Mrs. Lou Ellen Hood Thompson, who donated a van which was sold to provide an endowment  for scholarships. Also at least half of members’ dues go to the scholarship fund. Congratulations to Claire and Jennifer!

Top picture: Paula Beck, Debbie Landers-Scott, Claire Warren, her mother LeAnna Warren, and Glencoe High School Counselor Tracy Howard. Bottom picture: Etowah High School Counselor Kali Brand, Paula Beck, Debbie Landers-Scott, Jennifer Scott, and her parents Jeff and Tammy Harper.

Top picture: Paula Beck, Debbie Landers, Claire Warren, her mother LeAnna Warren, and Glencoe High School Counselor Tracy Howard.
Bottom picture: Etowah High School Counselor Kali Brand, Paula Beck, Debbie Landers, Jennifer Scott, and her parents Jeff and Tammy Harper.

Unit of Excellence Award

Award 2015

President Debbie Landers-Scott is shown with the Unit of Excellence Award which was presented at the Alabama Education Retirees Association annual meeting March 24th.