Tuesday, June 14, 2016



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.