Sunday, November 15, 2009

Eau Claire Area Retired Educators

ECAREA Unit Meeting

First Baptist Church

October 5, 2009

Chris welcomed everyone and said grace before inviting everyone to enjoy the delicious brunch that was prepared and served by the ladies at First Baptist Church.

Business meeting:

Chris welcomed everyone to the meeting. New members were introduced and welcomed by the group.

The minutes from the August meeting were accepted as printed.

Owen shared the Treasurer’s report and noted that there is a balance of $1680.11 in the checking account and $1656.12 in the savings account.

Committee reports:

Social/Program: Loreen thanked Margo Giles for organizing the luncheon for today and the ladies who helped to serve it. She reminded everyone that our next meeting will be held on November 2nd at Grace Lutheran Church, with the speaker being Terry Sheridan about the educational component of Clear Vision Eau Claire.

Membership: Kathy was pleased to announce that 12 new members joined today, bringing our membership up to 115. She reminded current members that our membership cards were on the front table and that we should be sure to pick them up. Kathy asked that everyone be sure to fill out the information on the member form because several committees use that information to help them contact people.

Health/Education: Marlene encouraged everyone to be sure to get a flu shot, and to have plenty of clear liquids such as apple juice, broth/bullion, or jello on hand at home should we come down with the flu. She shared that she and Loreen had participated in the Buckshot Run and that she had been awarded a prize for her age group, coming in at 499 out of about 800. Congratulations Marlene and keep it up.

Website: Cheryl informed us that there is new information on the website with pictures and links to the State organization. Be sure to go to to check it out.

Newsletter: Jeanette asked that if there is anyone who did not receive a newsletter to let her know. There were copies of the newsletter available on the table with information about upcoming meetings for the year.

Collections: Cherry encouraged members to save all milk caps, not just Kemps, along with Campbell’s soup labels, Milk Moola strips and Box Tops for Education. She also asked that we save and bring in the used ink cartridges from our computers so that she can take them to One Source Imaging and receive money for them. All of the totals we take in from these efforts were shared in the newsletter.


Old Business: none

New Business: Chris drew out attention to the brochures on the front table about the Friends of the Library. She shared many ways that a person could get involved at the public library such as helping with book sales and delivering books to shut-ins. She encouraged us to learn more about the organization.

We closed our meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and adjourned for the program.


Carol Hauser spoke to us about her involvement with the Red Cross. She shared pictures and an account of her experiences helping in Louisiana after hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008. Carol asked us to inform other elementary teachers about a program called Masters of Disaster. This is a 45 minute presentation for a classroom size of about 30 to help students acquire the skills and knowledge they need to recognize and recover from hazards and disasters in their home, school and community.

Respectfully submitted by Sally Gordon, Secretary.