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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

 

Mayor Recognizes EERA

Volunter check

 

Mayor Sherman Guyton recognized Etowah Education Retirees Association’s contribution to the citizens of Gadsden at the September Meeting. EERA members had over 5,000 volunteer hours during the past year which would total $118,000. Retired educators make a difference as they continue to be vital citizens of Gadsden and all of Etowah County.

Pictured from Left to Right: Montine Hardin, Past President; Elosie Turk, Community Service Coordinator, Mayor Guyton, Debbie Landers-Scott, President

 


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