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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

 

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.

“Black History: Our Voices from the Past to the Present”

02.12.2015.01 Mr. Tony Reddick, Coordinator, Gadsden City Schools Parent/Teacher Resource Center

During our February meeting, Mr. Reddick, an award winning visual artist, shared some of his paintings with members and guests. Mr. Reddick has almost 28 years of  experience as an educator. He has taught mathematics, Latin, French, art and served as assistant principal, principal, assistant coach, head coach. In addition to being an award winning visual artist, he is a practicing theater artist, motivational speaker, and aspiring author.

02.12.2015.03Mr. Reddick with EERA members and guests

 

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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