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.