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)
Address: 101 Cook Street Gadsden, AL 35904
House District 30
Representative Mack Butler
Phone: 256-442-4256 (Home); 256-312-3128 (Cell)
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)
Address: 203 Carlisle Way Rainbow City, AL 35906-6216
Members received annual flu shots and participated in wellness screenings prior to the October EERA meeting.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]
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.
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!
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!