Sunday, December 11, 2016


j0406066[1]     ECAREA      Eau Claire Area Retired Educators
                                                                                       
ECAREA Unit Meeting
Florian Gardens
December 5, 2016
Noon




The luncheon began with Chris welcoming everyone and leading us in a table prayer.  Visitors and first time attendees were introduced.  37 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.  Cathy sent copies of the minutes to all members on the ECAREA email list.

B.  Treasurer: Judy reported that as of today we have a balance of $2777.22 in the checking account and $1656.97 in the savings account. 

C. Committee Reports:

Social: Loreen thanked the Florian Gardens for their festive d├ęcor and wonderful service.  She also announced the servers for February.    

Membership:  Ruth shared that our membership is down a bit from previous years at 81.  She encouraged everyone to invite former coworkers and retirees to join us.

Legislative/Education:  Owen shared information on the recent presidential election and addressed the issues of school funding, WRS performance, the possible privatization of Medicare and the 2015-2016 School Report Cards issued by the D.P.I. He also sent around the information booklet on Senior American Day at UWEC.  Owen’s full written report was available to all members and is filed with this report.

Past President: Cathy informed everyone is attendance there were volunteer hour reporting sheets on their tables.  She requested everyone in attendance to take a minute to fill out the form and give it to her or Chris before leaving today, or send it to her in an email.

Health: Nancy shared brain research about having the experience of walking into a room and not remembering what you are there for as being “normal”.  She suggested we think about our purpose as we walk through the door and it will follow us into the room.       

Newsletter:   Jeanette requested articles for the newsletter no later than January 10th.

Website:  Cheryl encouraged members to visit the website and email her from there about our favorite books, movies, or anything we would like to share.

Bottle caps/labels:  Carol shared that our contributions to this program have not been as high as in previous years.  She said that some of the companies have made it more difficult to redeem benefits or have discontinued doing it completely.  She encouraged members to please continue looking for and collecting these items.

President: 

D.  Old Business
           
1.      Chris reminded everyone once again about submitting volunteer hours.

2.      Chris announced that our next Unit meeting will be on February, 6th.    

E.  New Business

1.      Chris shared our indoor recess games will go to Roosevelt and Mondovi.

2.      Sally read a thank you note from Dani Claesges, the director of the ECASD homeless program, for the donations we collected at our October meeting.

3.      Both Owen and Sally asked for volunteers to fill their positions on the Board during their absences in January-March. 
           

The business meeting was adjourned for the program.

G.  Program
            Loreen introduced Jeanne Anderson and Jean Severtson, the musical entertainment.  We enjoyed listening and singing along to Christmas Carols.

                                               

Minutes respectfully submitted by Sally Gordon, Secretary.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Holiday Unit Meeting
December 5, 2016
Florian Gardens                                               2340 Lorch Ave, Eau Claire, WI 54701
Cost: $23.00
Reservations/Cancellations
Must be made by November 28th.
Email Loreen at lyager7801@gmail.com
One of ECAREA’s community projects is providing    indoor-appropriate games to a local school.
You can bring a game or a donation.
                 Mondovi teachers band together                    to provide games to Mondovi schools.
Join the festivities!
ECAREA Unit Meeting 
Mondaya November 7, 2016 
Ag and Energy Center, CVTC West Campus 
The meeting was called to order by President Chris Kondrasuk at 1:30PM. She welcomed all including one guest. 
The Pledge of  Allegiance was recited. 
The minutes of the October unit meeting were accepted. 
The Treasurer’s report was accepted. The unit now has $1,656.96 in savings and $2,735.02 in checking.
Committee Reports Social: Loreen Yager reported that the December meeting will be held at Florian Gardens December.The cost will be $23. 
 Membership: Ruth Hofland reported we now have 78 members. 
 Legislative: Owen mentioned that the president election is November 8. ECAREA is supporting the school referendum question. 
 Health: Nancy Troyan gave information on hidden sugars in many of our everyday foods such as flavored yogurt, peanut butter, granola bars and pasta sauces. Our best defense is to be aware of the dietary labels on our foods when we are buying groceries. 
Boxtops and Labels: These will continue to be collected at our meetings. 

Old Business: none. E. New Business Our new Health Chair, Nancy Troyan, was introduced. Chris spoke of the WREA $2000 challenge grants that will be available to high school programs this year. She encouraged us to make people aware of these grants. 
Our volunteer hours are due in December. We can email our total hours to Cathy Hoffman (catlloy@yahoo.com) or bring the number to our December meeting. These can be broken down into categories – Community, Education, and Health; or just given as a total. 
One of our community projects occurs in December. We give indoor-appropriate games to an elementary school. Games or donations to be applied to purchasing games may be given at our December luncheon. 
Kathy Berkey and Phyllis Kurtz were thanked for providing our treats. 
The meeting was adjourned at 1:45. 
A tour of the Ag and Energy Campus followed. 
Respectfully submitted by, Cathy Hoffman in the absence of Sally Gordon

Tuesday, November 1, 2016



ECAREA Members are reading:

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

                     Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult


American Ulysses
   A Life of Ulysses S Grant
       by Ronald C White


                          A Man Called OVE
                  by Fredrik Backman

                                    The Boston Girl
                                            Anita Diamant


Let other ECAREA Members know
about good books by sending us titles you have enjoyed!
ecarea.web@gmail.com

Monday, October 31, 2016

ECAREA UNIT MEETING
Monday, November 7,  2016
1:30 Ag and Energy Center CV Technical School

ECAREA Unit Meeting

Date/Time:  Monday, November 7, at 1:30 PM

Location:  Chippewa Valley Technical College Ag and Energy Campus, West Campus, 3623 Campus Rd., Eau Claire (directions at the end of this email)

Program: Tour of the Ag and Energy Campus led by a staff member

RSVP/Cost: None 

I do hope many of you will be able to be at this meeting.  The directions sound much more complicated than they really are.  I know you will be able to find us! See below.

Cathy Hoffman
ECAREA Past President/Communications

From North Clairemont passed Menards West, turn left onto Truax (this ends Truax).  You will drive by Ferguson's Kitchen and Gallery Building then, turn right onto Preston Road.  Follow this road as it curves around and go almost to the end and you'll come to the Energy Education Center on the left.  Note the black octagon shaped solar panel at the back of the building as you are driving up.  Park in the parking lot.  You will not need a permit as the sign designates since we're there only a couple of hours. 

There are other ways to get to the Campus so if you know one of those - just ignore these directions.  GPS or Maps apps may help also.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


j0406066[1]     ECAREA      Eau Claire Area Retired Educators
                                                                                       
ECAREA Unit Meeting
Chapel Heights
October 3, 2016
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.  32 people were in attendance. 

Business Meeting

A. Minutes:  The minutes from the August Unit meeting were approved and will be recorded as submitted by Sally.  Cathy sent copies of the minutes to all members on the ECAREA email list.

B.  Treasurer: Judy reported that as of today we have a balance of $2483.02 in the checking account and $1656.95 in the savings account. 

C. Committee Reports:

Social:  Loreen thanked all of the volunteer servers that signed up to provide treats for us at our Unit meetings.  She announced our November meeting will be at the CVTC West Campus in the agriculture and energy facility.   

Membership:  Ruth thanked everyone for coming today and was happy to welcome new members.  Our membership count as of today is 75.  She encouraged everyone to invite retired friends and colleagues to join us.

Legislative/Education:  Owen shared a detailed report with everyone.  The legislative issues he spoke to were the dates of the remaining Presidential, Vice Presidential, and Senatorial debates. He provided information in regards to early voting in both Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls.  Owen thanked all members who completed the WREA 2016 Legislative Survey.  He also updated members on the WRS performance.  In his Education report he reminded members that ECAREA does not take positions on political issues, however it is not inappropriate for us to take a position on education issues.  Thus he encouraged our members to vote yes in support of the referendums in the upcoming vote that have been made necessary due to the reduction in state aids and cost controls that have led to a budget deficit, lay-offs, increased class sizes, program cuts and a compensation package that is causing good teachers to resign and seek other positions.

Past President:  Cathy introduced herself as the Past President, and the Communications person on the Board.  She asked members to keep her informed as to changes in email addresses, and if you are not getting emails to let her know.

Program:  Maureen clarified that there was a baby in the picture of the bar scene at the museum “I Spy” game last month. Thank you for helping us to remove that from the unsolved mysteries in that little corner of our minds.  

Health:  Chris announced that Nancy Troyan has volunteered to serve at the new Health person on the Board.  Welcome Nancy.

Newsletter:  Jeanette had nothing new to share. 

Bottle caps/labels:  Carol explained to the new members what items we save for schools and thanked everyone who brought items for her today.  She passed around thank you notes from Longfellow and Manz, the schools that received our collections from last year.

President:      
E.  New Business

            1. Chris announced that there was no old business and that for new business Nancy Troyan has volunteered to be the new Health person on the Board.  

            2.  Ken Sullivan shared information about the Eau Claire referendum.  He stated that the referendum is for $5.86 million and that it will increase property taxes by $95 per $100,000 home evaluation for the next 15 years.  He invited anyone interested to join him to paint signs encouraging the community to vote in favor at Banbury Place on Tuesday and Thursday mornings this week, and to help with a lit. drop on October 8th.

F.  Raffle

Kathy conducted the drawing and awarded half of the money to one of our members.  The other half goes to the WREA Foundation to provide for scholarships and grants.       

The business meeting was adjourned for the program.

G.  Program
            Maureen introduced Danielle Claesges, the coordinator of the ECASD Homeless Program.  She provided us with invaluable information about the struggles these students face, where/how they receive support throughout the community, and the cuts to her budget she has endured over the past 8 years.  A donation box was sent around to the members present.  Checks can be made out to Public Schools Foundation, with Homeless Program written in the memo space.  !00% of your money will go to this program to help the homeless students in Eau Claire.  If you have further questions or want to help you can contact Danielle the District Office at 500 Main Street E.C. 54701, by phone 715-852-3044, or through email at delaesges@ecasd.us

                                               

Minutes respectfully submitted by Sally Gordon, Secretary.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Eau Claire Retired Educators
October Brunch on October 3rd at 10 AM
at Chapel Heights Methodist Church 
300 E Hamilton Avenue Eau Claire, WI


Our program will be "Our Homeless Population" presented by Danielle Claesges from the Eau Claire Area School District.  She works with the homeless students in the district and will have some very interesting information and insights to share.

Reservations required and must be made by Thursday, Sept 29
contact: lyager7801@charter.net

See you soon.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016



Make plans to be at the 
Chippewa Valley Museum
August 29, 2016 at 1:30 PM
Eau Claie Area Retired Educators 
are starting their New Year!

Meet former colleagues and old friends.      Be a Watchdog for your State Pension Funds.
Enjoy an afternoon at Carson Park.
To learn more contact:
ecarea.web@ gmail.com

Important News for Retired Educators

If you are interested in supporting a "Watchdog" organization regarding our State pensions, you may want to consider membership in Wisconsin Retired Educators and Eau Claire Area Retired Educators Association, which are both under the same umbrella as far as state and local entities. 

Along with membership there are interesting programs, many reduced rates on different services, and continued camaraderie with a variety of area educators. You can get more information by coming to the first meeting at the Chippewa Valley Museum (no entry charge) for an interesting program as listed below. 

Meetings are usually the first Monday of the month with some exceptions. The active Union for ECASD no longer is a strong voice for retirees. This is one of the organizations (WEA has a retiree group in EC, too) that will help fill that role.

contact: ecarea.web@gmail.com


Sunday, August 14, 2016

SAVE the date:
   Monday, August 29, 2016 
        at the Chippewa Valley Museum
            1204 East Half Moon Drive, Eau Claire, WI 
                     in beautiful Carson Park

1:30 PM

Program by Daniel Nelson

concerning Vintage Photos



What are you reading?
Still collecting ideas for good reading.
Send your ideas to:  ecarea.web@gmail.com

Maureen Opper is reading Now You See Me by SJ Bolton

Cheryl Poss just finished reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn    and is now rereading All the Light We Cannot See by
      Anthony Doerr.

Other good reads:
   The Round House by Louise Erdrich
    Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls
    The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
    Shotgun Love Songs by Nick Butler (from Eau Claire)
    Devil in the White City by Eric Larson
    River of Doubt by Candice Millard (for history buffs)
    The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards
    The Days are Just Packed Calvin and Hobbes
           by Bill Watterson (just for laughs)      

Waiting to hear from you!
         

 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

SAVE the date:
   Monday, August 29, 2016 
        at the Chippewa Valley Museum
            1204 East Half Moon Drive, Eau Claire, WI 
                     in beautiful Carson Park

                             

Tuesday, June 14, 2016




Maureen Opper is reading:
    The Girl in the Spider's Web
        by David Lagercrantz

          Cheryl Poss has read:
              The Boys in the Boat
                   by Daniel James Brown
                             Good read for a 
                             Summer Olympics year.
      




SUMMER IS HERE!



j0406066[1]     ECAREA      Eau Claire Area Retired Educators
                                                                                       
ECAREA Unit Meeting
Eau Claire Country Club
May 2, 2016
                                                12:00 p.m.




The meeting began with Chris welcoming everyone.  Visitors and first time attendees were introduced.  29 people were in attendance. 

Business Meeting

A. Minutes:  The minutes from the April Unit meeting were approved and will be recorded as submitted by Sally.  Cathy sent copies of the minutes to all members on the ECAREA email list.

B.  Treasurer: Judy reported that as of today we have a balance of $1957.38 in the checking account and $1656.90 in the savings account. 

C. Committee Reports:

Social: Loreen thanked everyone for attending and the ECCC for the fine meal. 
Loreen shared that she had been contacted by Amy Kalmon, the Economic Clerk for the City of Eau Claire.  Amy is organizing a volunteer Ambassador corps for Downtown Eau Claire and would like to invite any of our members who would be interested to either call her at 715-839-4914, or go to www.EauClaireDevelopment.com or www.DowntownEauClaire.org for more information.
Loreen was also contacted by Terry C Pederson from the North High School class of 1966.  Terry is organizing a 50 Year reunion for the classes from North, Memorial and Regis High Schools in September. Terry would like to invite former teachers to attend the reunion at no cost.  If you are, or know of a teacher who would be interested in attending please call Terry at 715-834-0049 or email him at Crib555n5@aol.com.          

Membership:  Ruth reminded members that the next newsletter will be arriving in August.  She encouraged them to read it when it arrives and to please pay their due in a timely manner. Ruth also asked for members to invite their retired friends and colleagues to join at that time as well.

Legislative: Owen shared that there were currently no legislative alerts on the WREA website.  He gave an update of the W.R.S. year-to-date performance returns as of March 13, 2016 and announced the annuity adjustments taking effect on retirees’ May 1 payments.  Members in the Core annuity will have an increase of 0.5%, and those in the Variable will have a -5.0% adjustment. He announced that tomorrow is National Teacher’s Day.

Past President:  Cathy had nothing new to share.

Health: Marlaine spoke at length about Alzheimer prevention and shared websites that members can go to for further information and brain stimulating activities and games.

Education: Carla was absent.     

Newsletter: Jeanette had nothing new to share. 

Bottle caps/labels: Chris announced that the boxtops/labels etc. will go to Longfellow school this year.  Loreen said that she was collecting these items today and would get them to Carol.

D.  New Business
           
1.       Chris asked for a volunteer to serve as our Health position on the Board and share information at Unit meetings.

2.       Chris introduced Ruth who announced the names of our Honored Members who were being recognized by the State for their long time involvement in WREA and ECAREA.  Ruth presented each of these members who attended today’s meeting with an envelope sent from the State.  

3.      Chris shared that she and Loreen will be attending the District III meeting in Black River Falls on May 10th.

F.  Raffle

Kathy conducted the drawing and awarded half of the money to one of our members.  The other half goes to the WREA Foundation to provide for scholarships and grants.       

The business meeting was adjourned for the program.

G.  Program
 
            Maureen introduced Jill Lehman, a former teacher in Eau Claire and a member of ECAREA.  Jill talked about how she developed a love for writing and shared her experiences as an author.

                                               
Minutes respectfully submitted by Sally Gordon, Secretary.

Monday, April 25, 2016


Spring Unit Meeting of ECAREA

 Monday, May 2, noon

  EC Country Club, 828 Club View Lane, Altoona

Program:  Member Jill Lehmann will speak on her experiences as an author and publishing her books

  Plated roasted pork loin dinner

Cost: $15

RSVP: Reservations and cancellations no later than April 27 to Loreen at: lyager7801@gmail.com or 715-836-7801

Wednesday, March 23, 2016




It's that wonderful time of the year when the days are growing longer and the birds are so busy singing and making their nests.   It seems even when we've had an easy winter we are still excited to have spring arrive! April has to be one of the best months of the year because there is so much to look forward to and so many plans to be made.

I'm hoping you are planning on spending a few hours with your ECAREA friends
  at our April unit meeting.  

Time:  Monday, April 4, at 10AM

Place:  Lake St. Methodist Church, 337 Lake St., Eau Claire, 54701

Cost: This is a brunch meeting costing $10.

Program: Insect expert, John Hempel, on The World of Insects

RSVP: All registrations and cancellations no later than Thurs. March 31 to Loreen at lyager7801@gmail.com or 715-836-7801.

Monday, February 29, 2016


Eau Claire Area Retired Educator Association

Time:  Monday, March 7, at 1:30PM

Location:  Masonic Lodge
                 616 Graham Ave., Eau Claire  
                 (parking available on the southside of the building                            towards the YMCA, enter through the door on that side.                    There is an available elevator there.)

Program:  The director of the Children's Dyslexia Center will speak about the program and provide a tour of the Center.

No charge and no RSVP required.

Hope to see many of you next Monday afternoon.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


Eau Claire Area Retired Educators Association
February 1, 2016, 1:30PM
Chapel Heights Methodist Church

Past President Cathy Hoffman called the meeting to order in the absence of President Chris Kondrasuk. The pledge was recited. Two new guests introduced themselves.

The minutes of the previous meeting were accepted.
Treasurer Judy Fadness reported that there is $2366.38 in checking and $1,656.87 in the savings account.

Committee Reports
Legislative: Member Chris Hambuch Boyle reported in the absence of Owen Moyer.  She stated that the legislature starts meeting this week.  One proposal of concern is the limiting of referendums – how often and when they can occur. We can get updates on the WASB website.
Membership: Ruth Hofland reported that we have 90 members.  She had membership lists for those who want one.
Program: Maureen Opper said that our March meeting will be at the Masonic Lodge and the program will be on the Children’s Dyslexia Center.  There is parking available on the south side of the building and there is an elevator located inside the entrance there.
Education: Carla Pfund reported that Senior American Day will be June 7 on the UWEC campus.  Information on that day is available in her article in the ECAREA newsletter.
Health: Marlaine White was not in attendance during committee reports.
Newsletter:  Jeanette Scheuermann said she had a few extra newsletters for anyone who had not received one.
Box tops/Labels: Carol Friday said that we already have over 1,000 contributions for this year and encouraged people to keep saving them.
 
Old Business
Our unit reported 6,285 volunteer hours for 2015 to WREA. Members were encouraged to continue to keep an account of their hours for this year.
Carol Friday reported that we gave 20 indoor recess games to Longfellow School and $40 to the Mondovi Schools as the result of our Christmas donations.

New Business
Members were encouraged to contribute program ideas for next year. Any suggestions can be given to a Board member.
Darlene Parkinson, WREA District III coordinator, spoke to the group.  She gave a bit of her history and encouraged members to become active in WREA.  She mentioned the District Meeting that will be held May 10 in Black River as an opportunity for members to learn more about WREA.
The meeting was adjourned.
Bob Bloom presented a program on the Music of the Viet Nam Era which very informative and entertaining.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Febraury Unit Meeting

It's pleasant to realize that we are getting reading for our February meeting - that means we are almost through January and hopefully a large portion of the cold and snow is past us (hopefully).
I think our February meeting will have a program interesting to most of us - it's all about "our" music.  I hope to see you there!

Time and Place: February1, 1:30PM at Chapel Heights Methodist Church - 300 E. Hamilton Avenue, Eau Claire

Program: Retired Eau Claire educator Bob Bloom will present "Music of the Viet Nam Era" which will relate the music of the time to the culture and history of the 1960's

No cost and no RSVP required.

I'm feeling a need to put on bell bottoms, grow my hair long and straight again, and brush up on the "Age of Aquarius" lyrics. 

Cathy Hoffman