Sunday, December 11, 2011

VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE

This important message is being sent to WREA’s Board of Directors, Legislative, R&M and Educational Issues Committees, and Unit Presidents with email. Please feel free to forward this information.

There are emails circulating about efforts to privatize the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS). Here are the facts you need to know:

1. As an organization that promotes and protects the public pension fund, WREA is carefully monitoring this issue. WREA wants to communicate factual information. WREA does not want this issue and the WRS to be made the focus of a political battle.

2. As an annuitant of the WRS, your pension benefit is guaranteed by law. Your pension is not at risk.

3. If you are currently working in the WRS, the benefits you have earned to date cannot be taken away. IF there are future changes, they will only apply to your benefits going forward, not to those you have already earned. Changes would also apply to new hires into the system.

4. The emails in circulation relates to a study mandated in the State Budget Bill. The study must be completed by June 30, 2012 and is to look at the following items:

Ø Whether to establish a defined contribution (401 k) type option for WRS employees. (Establishing 401-k type pensions are sometimes referred to as “privatization.”)

Ø Whether to allow employees NOT to pay into the fund.

5. WREA values and supports the current structure of the WRS. WREA is also providing information about the value of defined benefit plans over defined contribution plans. There are many reports and studies about this.

6. WREA is interested in the results of the mandated WRS study and will keep you informed of the process and outcome.

7. In the meantime, WREA has had reports from members that there are groups using this issue, false information and scare tactics to get people to sign recall petitions. Please be aware of this. As a non-partisan organization, WREA does not take a position on the Recall Efforts. Individuals can make up their own minds.

8. Contrary to what the emails that are circulating indicate, there are no specific plans for the privatization (other than the study) at this time. The first step is for the study to be completed.



Jane Elmer, WREA Executive Director

Sunday, November 20, 2011


ECAREA members work on making stationary during a "Make and Take" at our most recent meeting at Delong Middle School.
Eau Claire Area Retired Educators

ECAREA Unit Meeting
DeLong Middle School
November 7, 2011
1:30 p.m.




The meeting began with Chris welcoming everyone and leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Visitors and first time attendees were introduced. 31 people were in attendance.

Business Meeting

A. Minutes: The minutes from the November 7th Unit meeting were approved and will be recorded as submitted by Sally.

B. Treasurer: Owen reported that as of today we have a balance of $1600.29 in the checking account and $1656.37 in the savings account.

C. Committee Reports:

Social: Loreen reminded everyone of the Holiday Luncheon at the Florian Gardens on December 5th. The price of the luncheon is $20.00 and the last day for reservations/cancellations is November 30th. She announced the serving group for next month’s meeting.

Membership: Kathy was absent so Chris thanked those who joined ECAREA today and encouraged everyone to join the State WREA

Legislative: Joan encouraged everyone to help friends/family who do not have a valid ID to get one. She announced that the recall efforts for Gov. Walker will begin on November 15th. She reminded everyone to follow the specific directions when signing so that their signatures will not be discarded. Sign in the proper district and sign only once. She told everyone to look at the WREA website for legislative issues coming up in Wisconsin.

Past President: Cathy had no news to share.

Health and Education: Marlaine showed the metal sculpture she won at the District III meeting in Stanley.

President: Chris asked that members bring a game or a donation for games to the December meeting. She also asked for volunteer hour totals from anyone who volunteers in the community. She reported that these hours are sent into the State, and proceeded to share the check facsimile that we were presented at the District Meeting for $130,961.81 representing the value of last year’s hours. Chris also announced that Loreen Yaeger was selected as the Volunteer of the Year last year.

Newsletter: Jeanette said that our next issue of the newsletter will arrive in January.

Website: Had no news to share.

Bottle caps/labels: Carol asked that members continue to bring in bottle caps/labels etc.

D. Old Business

1. Due to a shortness of time the report from the District III meeting was tabled.

E. New Business

1. Chris announced that Jane Elmer is planning on attending our Holiday Luncheon on December 5th.

The business meeting was adjourned for the program.

G. Program: Kathy Bareis and several of her students presented the Prime Products elective art program that was awarded the $2000.00 Challenge Award grant for 2010 from the WREA Foundation.


Minutes respectfully submitted by Sally Gordon, Secretary.

Monday, November 7, 2011


Eau Claire Area Retired Educators Association met Monday, November 7 at Delong Middle School in Eau Claire, WI to learn about a special program called Prime Products. This student operated business produces a variety of products which they market and sell in the area. Students explained their roles as idea generators, managers, factory workers, sales representatives, and money managers. Most of their profits are donated to local charities.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Eau Claire Area Retired Educators

ECAREA Unit Meeting
Grace Lutheran Church
Aug. 29, 2011
1:30 p.m.




The meeting began with Chris welcoming everyone and leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Visitors and first time attendees were introduced. 33 people were in attendance.

Business Meeting

A. Minutes: There was not a business meeting at the luncheon for our June Unit meeting in Mondovi, so no notes were submitted for acceptance. A brief summary was posted on our website.

B. Treasurer: Owen reported that we have a balance of $515.81 in the checking account and $1656.35 in the savings account at this time. Owen drew our attention to the fact that we were charged a monthly maintenance fee of $8.95 due to the fact that the bank moved our money into a different type of account. Chris and Owen visited US Bank, got the charge refunded and had our money moved back into a small business account where we would not be charged this fee in the future. A question was raised as to whether or not we could move the savings account into something that would earn us greater interest. Owen shared that the Board had discussed this and voted to keep it in an account where we would have immediate access to it and would not have to maintain a minimum balance.

C. Committee Reports:

Social: Loreen encouraged everyone to sign up on the clipboard for the brunch on October 3rd at First Baptist Church. The cost of the brunch will be $9.00 and reservations need to be made/cancelled by September 29th.

Membership: Kathy reported that 34 new members signed up as of today. She asked us to encourage newly retired friends/family to join. Kathy had forms available for joining/renewing the State, and informed members that the number above their name on the State newsletter is their membership number. Membership numbers are also available on-line at www.wrea.net. People who were “speedy” with their local membership response received a pen as a thank you.

Legislative: Joan reported that the legislative climate in Madison has tamed down since spring, but feels that things will heat up again this fall. She invited members to pick up a card which contained “talking points” and a flyer about the WREA Legislative Priorities, which are preserving our pension, health and education. Joan also shared information from the Aging and Disability Research Center pertaining to voter registration and the need for a photo ID at the polls. She said that by 2012 all voters will be required to have a photo ID. She encouraged everyone to not wait if we know of someone who does not have an active driver’s license or passport and will be planning to vote. She suggested we google Wisconsin Voter ID Law for the extensive list of requirements.

Past President: Cathy was absent.

Health and Education: Marlaine referred to her article in the newsletter and invited everyone to get involved with the 60 minutes of reading for WREA program. She encouraged us to read to children and the elderly and that the hours would count towards our volunteer hours that we turn in to Chris in December.

President:

Newsletter: Jeanette was absent.

Website: Cheryl encouraged all members to visit our website at www.ecarea.org. She asked that everyone submit a story about “What I did over the summer” so that we could connect with fellow members and share our latest adventures.

Bottle caps/labels: Carol thanked everyone for collecting milk bottle caps, Campbell soup labels, etc. There were 2287 articles collected this past year. Carol took the items to Manz School which is a Title 1 school. They were very appreciative of our help. Keep collecting!

D. Old Business

1. Due to the time, information from the State meeting was tabled to a future date.


E. New Business

1. Chris announced the Fall District III meeting in Stanley on Tuesday, October 25 and invited any members who were interested in attending to let a Board member know. Their registration fee will be covered by ECAREA.

2. Carla Pfund read a passage from The Death and Life of the Great American School. The author, Diane Rauitch had been the Assistant Secretary of Education under George W. Bush and was a supporter of the No Child Left Behind legislation. She has since “seen the light” and changed her views on the issue. Carla recommended the book.

3. Mike Lindsey shared information about the upcoming Labor Day picnic in Phoenix Park where Mike Huggins, Kathleen Vinehout and Ron Kind will be speaking. He also shared a pamphlet for the Oktoberfest in Chippewa Falls and drew our attention to an event being sponsored by the Chippewa Valley Museum at the Florian Gardens.


F. Raffle

Kathy conducted the drawing.


The business meeting was adjourned for the program.

G. Program

Bill Benson shared information and pictures of the 27 sculptures that are included in Sculpture Tour Eau Claire. They are situated up and down Barstow Street and in front of Luther Hospital. Ballots were available for members to cast their vote for the one they liked most.


Respectfully submitted by Sally Gordon, Secretary.

Enjoy Autumn in Wisconsin

Here are a couple of ideas for fall adventures.

Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest




The 9th annual Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest will be held at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds from Friday, September 16 through Sunday, September 18. The event actually begins at the nearby Leinenkugel Brewery at noon on Friday, with introductions and a kick-off parade — led by a horse-drawn beer wagon — to the Fairgrounds where the ceremonial tapping of the Golden Keg takes place at each of the 3 main outdoor stages.

The Oktoberfest grounds themselves are open Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Sunday starting time accommodates a Polka Ecumenical Celebration at 10:30 featuring the band Squeezebox.

Altogether, there are over 25 different performing groups from the Upper Midwest providing simultaneous entertainment on four stages, including one inside the Family Fun Building where German heritage displays are also located. In addition to a variety of musical performing groups, the entertainment includes demonstrations of traditional folk instruments, dance lessons and German dance groups, on-grounds parades Friday and Saturday, and a sheepshead and euchre tournament on Saturday.

A range of authentic German and German-American foods is available from 17 different vendors. In addition to the expected bratwurst and sauerkraut, there are numerous other items to feast upon, including sauerbraten, spanferkel (roast suckling pig), grilled chicken, other sausage and German meat dishes, larger potato dumplings and smaller spätzle (flour dumplings) with gravy, strudels and other desserts, large German pretzels, and other snacks such as roasted nuts and Oktoberfest ice cream. Beer, wine, flavored coffees, and other non-alcoholic beverages are also available.

This is a family-friendly event, with lots of activities for children, too. These include an ethnic costume contest, an outdoor jumping castle, clowns, jugglers, a kite-making workshop on Sunday, and other attractions. A Souvenir-Haus is also available for purchasing clothing, beersteins, and other collectables.

Sunday also features a German Auto Show with German vehicles from Wisconsin and Minnesota car clubs. Friday and Saturday novelties include the ever-popular sauerkraut-eating contests. There also opportunities to meet the Oktoberfest dignitaries from each year of the event.

Admission for all three days is $15 with a daily admission cost of $8. On Friday and Saturday all children under 12 are admitted free with a paid adult and on Sunday all kids are admitted free with a paid adult. Daily on-grounds parking is $5.

For more details and additional information, including photos from previous Chippewa Falls Oktoberfests, visit www.chippewachamber.org/oktoberfest.

Chippewa Valley Oompah-Palooza


[This information is from the flyer prepared by the Chippewa Valley Museum]

The Chippewa Valley Museum of Eau Claire is holding a fund-raising “Oompah-Palooza” celebration of German heritage from 5:30 - 10:00 p.m. at the Florian Gardens of Eau Claire on Thursday, September 29.

The flyer states, “Our first Chippewa Valley Museum Heritage Celebration honors our German heritage. Join us for a fun evening filled with music, and traditional food and drink. German attire admired but not required [so don’t put away your Dirndl or Lederhosen too quickly after our Oktoberfest!]. Proceeds from the festival support the museum’s cultural and historic exhibits and educational programs.”

The flyer also states that “At Oompah-Palooza you can ...

• Feast on a Taste of Germany buffet featuring Chicken Schnitzel, Bratwurst in Sauerkraut with Onions, Potato Pancakes with Onion and Applesauce, Spaetzle, Steamed Country Vegetables, Spinach Salad with Bacon Dressing, and German Chocolate Cake.

• Polka to oompah music provided by Klezmazel, an Eau Claire area band for all occasions.

• Try your luck at traditional German games, such as Hammerschlagen* and the German Hat Contest.

• Bid on baskets and silent auction items featuring the best of the Chippewa Valley.

• Sample a selection of German wines and beers*.

* additional minimal charge”

The cost for all of this is $40 per person before Thursday, 9/1 and $45 per person after 9/1, which is obviously approaching rapidly. The price includes dinner, music, and some of the games. $15 of the cost is tax deductible. As indicated regarding the selection of German wines and beers, it is a cash bar.

Chippewa Valley Oompah-Palooza


[This information is from the flyer prepared by the Chippewa Valley Museum]

The Chippewa Valley Museum of Eau Claire is holding a fund-raising “Oompah-Palooza” celebration of German heritage from 5:30 - 10:00 p.m. at the Florian Gardens of Eau Claire on Thursday, September 29.

The flyer states, “Our first Chippewa Valley Museum Heritage Celebration honors our German heritage. Join us for a fun evening filled with music, and traditional food and drink. German attire admired but not required [so don’t put away your Dirndl or Lederhosen too quickly after our Oktoberfest!]. Proceeds from the festival support the museum’s cultural and historic exhibits and educational programs.”

The flyer also states that “At Oompah-Palooza you can ...

• Feast on a Taste of Germany buffet featuring Chicken Schnitzel, Bratwurst in Sauerkraut with Onions, Potato Pancakes with Onion and Applesauce, Spaetzle, Steamed Country Vegetables, Spinach Salad with Bacon Dressing, and German Chocolate Cake.

• Polka to oompah music provided by Klezmazel, an Eau Claire area band for all occasions.

• Try your luck at traditional German games, such as Hammerschlagen* and the German Hat Contest.

• Bid on baskets and silent auction items featuring the best of the Chippewa Valley.

• Sample a selection of German wines and beers*.

* additional minimal charge”

The cost for all of this is $40 per person before Thursday, 9/1 and $45 per person after 9/1, which is obviously approaching rapidly. The price includes dinner, music, and some of the games. $15 of the cost is tax deductible. As indicated regarding the selection of German wines and beers, it is a cash bar.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Start the new ECAREA year off right

Meeting August 29, 2011 at Grace Lutheran Church 202 Grand Avenue in Eau Claire, WI.
Bill Benson will share his expertise on the Barstow Street Sculptures. Please join us.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

ECAREA AUGUST MEETING

We hope to see many Eau Claire Area Retired Education members and prospective members at our August meeting. Our own Bill Benson, retired art professor, Professor Emeritus at UWEC will show us slides and explain the wonderful Sculpture Tour statues that I’m sure you have noticed downtown. How were they chosen? How long will they be here? What is the voting that I’ve heard of all about? Bill will answer these questions for us as well as give us a wonderful explanation of each sculpture as he shows them to us on the big screen. Plan to join us at Grace Lutheran Church Monday August 29 at 1:30pm. No reservations needed. All retired educators are welcome.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Eau Claire Area Retired Educators

ECAREA Unit Meeting
Grace Lutheran Church
May 2, 2011
1:30 p.m.




The meeting began with Chris welcoming everyone and leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Visitors and first time attendees were introduced. ____ people were in attendance. I forgot to write down the count. Did anyone else happen to count? I believe there were over 30 people present.

Business Meeting

A. Minutes: The minutes from the April 4, 2011 Unit meeting were approved and will be recorded as submitted by Sally.

B. Treasurer: Owen reported that as of today we have a balance of $1143.41 in the checking account and $1656.31 in the savings account. He also gave an explanation of how the money is collected for the Foundation Box that that will be taken to the WREA State Convention.

C. Committee Reports:

Social: Loreen gave directions to the luncheon on June 6th at KD’s Eatery in Mondovi. She needs to know by noon on June 2nd if there are any additions/cancellations to the reservation for that day. Loreen thanked the servers for today.

Membership: Kathy had nothing to report.

Legislative: Joan shared that things have calmed down at the Capital in Madison and encouraged members to continue to check the WREA website and respond to any new legislative alerts. She drew attention to the recent WRS newsletter, mentioning the increased number of teachers retiring, as well as the article that reassured us that our interests are being well protected. Joan reminded us to encourage all new retirees to get in touch with the WREA.

Past President: Cathy had nothing to share.

Health and Education: Marlaine made available to members several flyers containing a variety of information from chicken pox and shingles, to assisted living and help for caregivers. The information came from the Department on Aging, free materials available in grocery stores, and the Consumer Action Handbook.

President: Chris shared that we are waiting for a current list of the Title 1 schools before the Board makes a decision as to where the bottle caps/labels will be given this year.

Newsletter: Jeanette was absent.

Website: Cheryl was absent.

Bottle caps/labels: Carol reported that we are almost caught up to the amount that we donated last year. She encouraged members to bring what they have collected to the June meeting as we would like to surpass those numbers.

D. Old Business

1. Chris announced that we have three members attending the 60th WREA State Convention on May 10-12 at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake.

E. New Business

1. It was decided that ECAREA will support the Excellence in Education Banquet on May 4th. Marlaine White and Carol Endl will be attending on our behalf.

2. Our Foundation Box donation at the State Convention will be $153.00.

F. Raffle

Kathy Berkey conducted the raffle and awarded a number of prizes that Richard Kozbial donated from his numerous trips to Poland. Thank you very much Richard.

The business meeting was adjourned for the program.

G. Program

Loreen introduced Richard Kozbial who gave a presentation entitled Poland, Then and Now. He also shared artifacts and slides from his trips.


Respectfully submitted by Sally Gordon, Secretary.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Eau Claire Area Retired Educators

ECAREA Unit Meeting
Lake Street Methodist
April 4, 2011
10:00 a.m.




The meeting began with Chris welcoming everyone and leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Visitors and first time attendees were introduced. 40 people were in attendance.

Business Meeting

A. Minutes: The minutes from the March Unit meeting were approved and will be recorded as submitted by Sally.

B. Treasurer: Owen thanked Chris for announcing the budget reports while he was away in Florida for the winter. He reported that we have a balance of $2115.19 in the checking account and $1656.30 in the savings account at this time.

C. Committee Reports:

Social: Loreen thanked the Lake Street Methodist ladies for serving a delicious brunch this morning. She shared that our May 3rd meeting will be at Grace at 1:30 p.m. and the June 6th luncheon with the Chippewa group will be at KD’s Eatery in Mondovi at noon.

Membership: Kathy reported that 93 people signed up to become State members at the Retirement Planning session. She asked that we all encourage people to attend and become members of ECAREA as well. The registrations procedures for next year will be the same this last year as it worked out very well. Reminders of that will be in the August newsletter.

Legislative: Joan read to us sections of President Berland Meyer’s article in the March WREA News comparing a Defined Benefit Plan, which is what we have to a Defined Contribution Plan such as a 401(k) or 403(b). She also invited us to read the many newspaper clippings she had set out for us about the Budget Repair Bill, and encouraged everyone to go and vote in the important election tomorrow.

Past President: Cathy had no news to share.

Health and Education: Marlaine told a joke to heighten our spirits in lieu of the disheartening news in the paper and on TV. recently.

President: Chris shared Jane Elmer’s comments from the most recent March 24th Capital Happenings in relation to the proposed Budget Bill. She reminded everyone of the excellent website the WREA has and encouraged us to go there to read the updates.

Newsletter: Jeanette was absent.

Website: Cheryl had nothing to share.

Bottle caps/labels: Carol reminded everyone to continue to bring in bottle caps etc.

D. Old Business

1. With this being our 3rd or 4th year of holding the Retirement Planning session we would have expected about 50-60 people to attend. There were 80 people registered and 150-160 actually attended.

2. We now have three people registered to attend the WREA State meeting at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake on May 10-12. Anyone else interested in attending was asked to talk to Chris or another Board Member.

E. New Business

1. The Excellence in Education Banquet was on the agenda, but was not discussed.

F. Raffle

Cathy conducted the drawing and reminded members that half of the money goes to the WREA Foundation to provide for scholarships and grants.


The business meeting was adjourned for the program.

G. Program

Carol introduced Betty Cowley, a retired teacher and author, who shared her living history enactment of Mary Todd-Lincoln.


Respectfully submitted by Sally Gordon, Secretary.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Spring is coming soon . . .

Every spring is the only spring, a perpetual astonishment.
Ellis Peters

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Anyone reading the quote of the month who contacts Eau Claire Area Retired Educators Association-ecarea.web@gmail.com- will have their name put into a drawing for a gift certificate from Culver's.


I think I've discovered the secret of life - you just hang around until you get used to it. ~Charles Schulz

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

ECAREA thanks our treaters for the February meeting. Following are some of the recipes.

OLIVE NUT SPREAD

8 oz. cream cheese
½ C. mayonnaise
3 T. liquid from olives
1 C. chopped green stuffed olives
½ C. chopped pecans or slivered almonds

Beat cheese, mayo, and liquid .
Add olives and nuts. (Note: exact amounts
not required. Add more if desired.)

Store up to 1 week in refrigerator.


---Joan Cook---
Many members at out February unit meeting who had one or two Cherry Canoli Cups asked for the recipe. Here it is; enjoy.

Cherry Canoli Cups
From Blanche Bischoff

48 wonton wrappers
¼C butter, melted
¼ C sugar
2C chopped hazelnuts, divided
1 (15 oz) carton ricotta cheese
1 small carton whipped cream cheese
5 T powered sugar
2 T hazelnut liqueur
1 t vanilla
2 jars maraschino cherries, drained
Dash of cinnamon
Dash of salt
Place wrappers on a work surface; brush with melted butter. Sprinkle with sugar. Press into greased miniatures muffin cups. Sprinkle each wonton cup with 1 t hazelnuts. Bake at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes until lightly browned on the edges. Cool completely.
In a large bowl, beat the ricotta, cream cheese, powdered sugar, liqueur, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon until smooth. Cut 24 cherries in half, set aside. Chop remaining cherries and fold into cheese mixture. Spoon 1 t into each wonton cup. Sprinkle with remaining nuts. Top with a remaining cherry half. Makes 4 dozen.
ECAREA Unit Meeting
Grace Lutheran Church
February 7, 2011
1:30 p.m.




The meeting began with Chris welcoming everyone and leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. 32 people were in attendance.

Business Meeting

A. Minutes: The minutes from the November Unit meeting were approved and will be recorded as submitted by Sally.

B. Treasurer: Owen was not in attendance but he had forwarded information to Chris. She shared that we have $2128.19 in the checking account.

C. Committee Reports:

Social: Loreen thanked the serving committee for today and announced the committee for next month’s meeting. She reminded everyone that the March meeting will be at Grace again and that Ken Anderson will be the presenter. The June meeting will be in Mondovi and Mary Segerstrom will provide the program. The Florian Gardens has been reserved for next Decembers Christmas luncheon.

Membership: No report from Kathy.

Legislative: Joan reported that even though the Investment Board did a great job last year we will see a 1% reduction in our checks this year. She shared that there are no Legislative Alerts at this time. Joan sent around a sheet for all members to write down their information so that she could sign them up to receive the email Alert at home. She said that there will be many new bills coming up before the Legislature for us to be paying attention to.

Past President: No report from Cathy.

Health and Education: No report from Marlane.

President: Chris shared the cute thank you notes that she had received from the students at Flynn Elementary for the games we had collected at our Christmas luncheon. Rachel added a newspaper clipping of a picture from the Mondovi Schools. Chris also told about her enjoyable experience of attending the program at DeLong Middle School where Kathy Baris and the Prime Products project was presented one of the Challenge Awards for this year. A clip board was sent around asking members to write down any ideas they have for good programs for the upcoming year.

Newsletter: Jeanette was not present, but Chris praised her for the newsworthy content of our newsletter and the excellent job she does. Thank you Jeanette.

Website: Cheryl encouraged everyone to visit our website at ecarea.org. You will find minutes of the meetings, important information and a schedule of our meeting dates and speakers.

Bottle caps/labels: Carol says keep saving.

D. Old Business

1. Carol shared that along with the many games that were donated by members at the December meeting $196.00 was also collected. She and Loreen then went shopping at Target and when combined with the others games they had four large bags of toys to deliver to Flynn Elementary and the Mondovi Elementary school. They felt that the toys were very much appreciated.

2. Chris reported that our Unit had 6200 hours of volunteer services performed within our community this past year. Thank you to everyone for all you do. Loreen Yager was voted as our Volunteer of the Year at the last Board Meeting. Congratulations Loreen.

E. New Business

1. The retirement planning session is scheduled for March 8 at Memorial High School. Last year there were about 60 participants. Chris has contacted all of the local schools with this information. She had extra posters available for members to take and share with interested teachers.

2. The State meeting is scheduled for the second week in May. It is the 60th Anniversary of the organization this year. If any of you are interested in attending please speak to a member of the Board.

F. Raffle

Cathy conducted the drawing. We want to reminded members that half of the money from the raffle goes to the WREA Foundation to provide for scholarships and grants.


The business meeting was adjourned for the program.

G. Program

Mary Pica-Anderson spoke about her past experience at the YMCA and her present involvement at the L E Phillips Senior Center. She shared information about all of the wonderful programs and opportunities that are available to the retirement community at the center.


Respectfully submitted by Sally Gordon, Secretary.

Monday, January 31, 2011

"Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."
Marcel Proust