Appling County Retired Educators’ meeting was called to order by President Patsy Buchannan on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the Baxley Church of God Fellowship Hall. Joy Connelley gave the inspiration and then the group stood for a moment of silence for Pauline Smith and ACREA members who had passed away. They remained standing for the pledge to the flag led by Roscoe Davis. President Buchannan introduced guests.
Gretchen Miles read the minutes from the June meeting and the August planning meeting and Elizabeth Dunn read the treasurers’ report, then both were approved as read. Wanda Ammons reported that Eveline Peacock sent four get well cards and eight sympathy cards since the June meeting.
Elizabeth Dunn reported on the sale of bricks for the Memorial Walk. Alberta King gave a report on the telephone committee and asked if someone would be willing to replace Ann Craven. Joyce Loughren volunteered for the job. Val Rump gave an update on volunteer hours. So far they group has turned in 2,933 community service hours. James Twiggs gave a report on the AREA V and VI meeting in Statesboro.
GREA President, Kate Finch’s community service project for 2011-2012 is ‘Lend a Helping Hand’, which is donating non-perishable food items or money to local food banks.
ACREA is in need of at least one fund raising project for this year. They had the good fortune to be offered Reborn Dolls. A motion to use the dolls as a fundraiser was made by Betty Copeland and seconded by Joyce Loughren. Raffle tickets will be sold from October 12 through November 17. The drawing will be held at the November meeting. Proceeds will be equally divided between the local ACREA unit and the local food bank.
Superintendent Scarlett Copeland gave an update on local school board goals. These goals are SACS, balanced budget, and student achievement. She also included a slide show of the projects at ACMS, ACHS and Pre-K either completed or near completion using E-SPLOST money. As part of the SACS requirement, Bob Rump was asked to have retired educators fill out a survey concerning challenges in the schools.
The September program always includes recognizing Teachers of the Year from each school. This year the group honored Janda Morris - Altamaha, Karen Mills - Appling County Primary, Heather Hale - Fourth District, Lana Clark - Appling County Elementary, Sandra Padgett - Appling County Middle School and Miriam Johnson – Appling County High School.
AREA V Director Mickey Wendell spoke briefly to the group. He asked them to be mindful of the state motto, Fellowship, Service and Support. Wendell also mentioned the state service project, Lend a Helping Hand, and even though we’re retired, we’re not dead. We can still make a difference in the community. Due to the changes in United Health Care, he encouraged members to attend one of the workshops that will be held around the state. He also announced that Retired Educator Day is November 6.
The meal was prepared and the room decorated by the ladies of the Baxley Church of God. A local credit union sponsored the meal. There were 60 people in attendance for the September meeting. The next meeting will be October 12 at the Baxley Church of God Fellowship Hall.