Tuesday, February 5, 2013

     ECAREA      Eau Claire Area Retired Educators
ECAREA Unit Meeting
Grace Lutheran Church
February 4, 2013
1:30 p.m.

The meeting began with Chris welcoming everyone and leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. 22 people were in attendance. 

Business Meeting

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

B.  Treasurer: Judy reported that as of today we have a balance of $1242.10 in the checking account and $1656.57 in the savings account. 

C. Committee Reports:

Social: Loreen thanked the servers for today and announced the servers for our March meeting.  She reminded members that the April meeting will be a brunch at Lake Street Methodist and the May meeting will be a luncheon at the Avalon Chippewa Falls.

Membership:  Ruth shared that as of today we have 88 members in our unit.  She encouraged everyone to invite retired educators to attend our meetings and also to notify her if they know of members who have moved away, deceased or are in a nursing home.  

Legislative:  Owen was absent, but had asked Chris to remind everyone of a note in the newsletter stating that Legislative Hotline notices only go out to those individuals who are members of the WREA State organization.

Past President:  Cathy had nothing new to share.

Health and Education:   Marlaine encouraged members to take smaller steps and walk carefully on the snow/ice.  She also shared that it is better to use hand cream on sore, cracked fingers instead of hand lotion.  When taking old unused medicine to be discarded she said we need to go to the new entrance to the jail and we will find a drop-off inside. 

President:  Chris encouraged everyone to come to the March meeting at Grace where the speaker, John Stedman will address the issue of reducing our prison population. 

Newsletter:  Jeanette shared that the cost of the newsletter came to $122.83 after she used a 25% savings coupon.  She had newsletters available in case someone hadn’t received theirs. Thank you Jeanette for getting all of the worthwhile information out to our members.

Website:  Cheryl was absent. 

D.  Old Business
            1.  Carol and Loreen shared that they had taken the games and the $161.00 that was donated and delivered 22 games to Locust Lane School.  They were very grateful for this donation.  Jeanette also showed a picture from the Mondovi paper that highlighted the elementary school there receiving the games that went to them.

            2.  Chris announced that the retirement session at Memorial will be on March 12 with Roger Byers.  Flyers have been sent out to all local schools and we should encourage anyone we know who is considering retirement to attend.

E.  New Business

            1.  6024 hours of volunteer service were reported from our unit.  Only 25 people reported hours.

F.  Raffle:  Kathy 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:  We watched the American Teacher DVD that introduced teachers across America and addressed the trials and tribulations of teachers both in and out of the classroom today. 

Minutes respectfully submitted by Sally Gordon, Secretary.