PREA’s latest meeting focuses on Amendment 1 issues
The Polk Retired Educators Association (PREA) gathered for its monthly meeting with the viewing of beautiful table settings which featured recognition of the Ferst Foundation for childhood readers. To aid in this project, books had been donated by the late Brenda Richardson, and others, to help raise money for the Foundation.
President Lynda Rutland extended a hearty welcome and thanked all of its members for the work that they do for each meeting.
Above all, she announced that the goal, for increasing the membership by 10 percent was accomplished.
Special recognition went to Annie Vaughn for enabling her contacts to have the largest number of members at the meeting.
Their reward: they were the first in line for the outstanding luncheon, which was proceeded by a reading and invocation by Betty Nelson.
The guest speaker Dr. Lynn Brandon spoke on Amendment One, Bill 133, and explained his reasoning as to why the Bill was definitely not about teachers, but more about business arrangements.
He hoped that the PREA would look carefully at the Amendment and share information with others.
Candace Jackson, from the Teachers Retirement Service (TRS) gave an update on Retirement Benefits. She recognized Mr. Bernard Willoughby, as being retired the longest, and Marian Williams, as one who is still in service.
Jackson also noted that there is a shortage of teachers, which has caused a drop in funds to TRS; however, this doesn’t affect funds into TRS.
As she closed, she distributed flashlights to remind teachers that they are the light to all they have instruct.
Also: ”Your check is in the mail.”
A reminder: Sunday, Nov. 6 is Educators Day. How many Educators are at church?
Next meeting is Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Cedartown Country Golf Club, 11:30 a.m.
Candace Jackson from Teacher Retirement Service gave an update to teachers on what the state retirement services are offering.