Saturday, June 6, 2009

ECAREA Unit Meeting

Joined by Chippewa Retired Educators

Luncheon meeting at Eau Claire Children’s Theater

12:00, June 1, 2009

President Chris Kondrasuk welcomed everyone and shared a thank you note sent by Locust Lane for the milk caps, soup labels and box tops that were given to them from the ECAREA. Jeanette Scheuermann had gotten from Cherry Larson the actual amount that we had saved over the year: bottle caps – 1,462, Milk Moola strips – 146, Campbell labels – 263 and General Mills box tops – 260.

Chris introduced Wayne Merek, the director of the Eau Claire Children’s Theater. He welcomed us, showed us the plans for the new addition and offered to give tours of the practice rooms, set construction area, and wardrobe storage after our lunch and speaker.

Lunch was served.

Jane Elmer, the Executive Director of WREA was the speaker for today. She started by presenting Chris with the $1500 raffle drawing prize from the State Convention. She then went on to share valuable information about the pension fund and offered us many handouts/brochures ranging from the mission statement to member benefits. She also explained the difference between the WEAC Retired and the WREA. Jane warned us of possible changes in the future and emphasized the importance of having the WREA Board and all of its members watch what happens in the legislature. She ended by taking questions from the group.

Vesta Buelow, the President of the Chippewa Falls Unit thanked us for inviting them to join us and shared some stories about past students with the group.

The meeting was adjourned and the tour of the theater followed.

Respectfully submitted by Sally Gordon, Secretary