Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Eau Claire Area Retired Educators Association
October 2, 2017
Chapel Heights Methodist Church, 10AM

The meeting was called to order by President Chris Kondrasuk following the brunch.  New members and visitors were introduced and welcomed.

The minutes from the previous meeting had been corrected and published on the group’s website.

Treasurer Judy Fadness reported $2720 in checking and $1657.80 in savings accounts.

In the absence of Ruth Hofland, Membership Chair, Judy thanked all who had already sent in their membership renewals. There are currently 61 members, two of which are new retirees.

Legislative Chair Owen Moyer stated there are no alerts currently from WREA.  The WRS performance returns as of July 31 are 9.6% Core Fund and 13.3% Variable Fund.  He commented on the ECASD Board setting a new boundary change timeline; DPI reports that local students scored above average in 2016-2017 testing; and Governor Walker’s veto of a budget item intended to help low spending (mostly rural) schools.

A member reported a correction to a Leader Telegram notice that stated that Tony Evers will be speaking at the Heyde Center in Chippewa Falls on Thursday – the correct date is Wednesday, October 4, from 7-9PM.  His talk is sponsored by the American Association of University Women.

Health Chair, Nan Brennan, reminded the group that flu shots are now available.  Anyone 65 or older is eligible for the stronger dosage.  Nan will not be able to continue as Health Chair and anyone else interested in serving in this capacity is asked to speak to Chris.  We thank her for her service.

Communications Chair, Cathy Hoffman, asked for volunteers to help with the Phone Tree.

Announcements:
Box tops and labels will continue to be collected.  Please bring them to the meetings.

Please keep track of your volunteer hours.  We will be collecting those in December.

ECREA is hosting the WREA District III May 2, 2018.  Please consider volunteering to help with that event.

The meeting was adjourned.

The raffle benefitting the WREA Foundation was held.

Nancy Wendt, retired Eau Claire teacher, provided an interesting program about her experiences while serving as an educator with the Iditarod Sled Race.

Respectfully submitted by
Cathy Hoffman in the absence of Secretary Sally Gordon