Monday, December 11, 2017

j0406066[1]     ECAREA      Eau Claire Area Retired Educators
ECAREA Unit Meeting
Eau Claire Country Club
December 4, 2017
12:00 p.m.

The meeting began with Chris welcoming everyone and leading us in the table prayer.  Visitors and first time attendees were introduced.  ____ 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 $2860.00 in the checking account and $1657.00 in the savings account. 

C. Committee Reports:

Social: Loreen thanked the wait staff and complimented them on the delicious meal.  Loreen had originally arranged to have a plated meal served at the tables, however when we go there they had set up a buffet. The woman she had contracted with was not there so Loreen talked with someone else about the mishap.  The food we did have was delicious and the members seemed to manage the buffet ok.    

Membership/Newsletter:  Ruth welcomed the new people in attendance and announced that we now have a membership of 85.  She encouraged everyone to invite all retirees to our meetings.

Legislative/Education: Owen had a written report on the table which informed the members that there are no current legislative alerts and shared the WRS performance returns which are both outperforming the benchmarks. He said that if this continues through the end of the year we can look forward to a raise in 2018.  Owen also shared that the Eau Claire and Altoona school districts scored higher in the D.P.I. state report than 95% of the public school districts in the state.

Past President:  Cathy asked for members to let her know what the total is for their volunteer hours for 2017. 

Health: Nan alerted members to the new shingles vaccine that will be out soon.  She said that it is a series of two shots and that it is 90% effective.  Most insurances will cover the cost and if you have had the old vaccine you should also have this new one.              

Bottle caps/labels:  Carol thanked everyone who has brought boxtops/labels to our meetings.  She said that there has been an increase in numbers lately.  Keep it up.

Website:  Cheryl asked for a show of hands from members if they ever go to the ECAREA site.  There was enough response for her to agree to continue to keep it going.    

D.  Old Business
1.      A reminder that the Board does not meet in December, and there is no Unit meeting scheduled in January.  The next Board meeting is on January 15.      

E.  New Business

            1.   Chris thanked everyone who brought games or contributed to the collection.  Loreen and Carol will shop for games for Lakeshore Elementary in Eau Claire, and Jeanette will shop for Mondovi Elementary.

2.      The next Unit meeting will be on February 5, 2018      

The business meeting was adjourned for the program.

G.  Program
           Cathy introduced the five members of the Ukulele Club who came to perform for us.  They presented a fun program and shared that they meet the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Galloway Grill at 6:00 p.m. for dinner and music. 


Minutes respectfully submitted by Sally Gordon, Secretary.