PREA’s lat­est meet­ing fo­cuses on Amend­ment 1 is­sues

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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.

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