The Appling County Retired Educators’ meeting to order by President Patsy Buchannan on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the Baxley Church of God Fellowship Hall. The inspiration was given by Carol Surrency, and then the group had a moment of silence for cancer survivors and departed friends of ACREA. The group then stood for the pledge of the flag led by Roscoe Davis and remained standing to sing with Stan Brobston, Carol Surrency and Sonia Williams. President Buchannan introduced the guests.
ACREA members were asked to pick up their membership handbooks for the year 2011-2012. These handbooks were updated and prepared by Betty Jo Daniels and Mary Kay Craven.
Gretchen Miles read the minutes from the September meeting and Elizabeth Dunn read the treasurers’ report, then both were approved as read. James Twiggs reminded them to look over insurance information and make any changes before Nov. 10, 2011. Eveline Peacock sent no cards since the last meeting. Retired Educators’ Sunday was Nov. 6. Members were reminded to take pictures of marquees and collect church bulletins for the scrapbook. ACREA members have volunteered 4,885 hours since March 2011.
All members who were at the meeting were given raffle tickets for two Reborn Dolls and instructions for selling. The winners will be drawn by doll maker, Cheree Marsh at the November meeting on Nov. 17. Proceeds will benefit ACREA and the local food bank.
Mary Alderman introduced their first guest, Gail Taylor. Taylor is the chairperson for the Relay for Life campaign in Appling County. Taylor reminded them that October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month. She recognized ACREA cancer survivors as well as remembering those who have deceased.
James Twiggs introduced the second speaker, County Manager, Lee Lewis. Lewis gave them a report on “The state of the county.” He reported on current economic conditions and sales tax revenues. He told the group about the SPLOST that will take effect Jan. 1, 2012 and seven areas of development that the money will be used for. The ESPLOST will be coming up for a vote in March 2012. This money is designated for education.
The third guest was Representative Tommy Smith. Rep. Smith has always been a friend of Georgia retired educators in his support and voting record. He will no longer be a representative of Appling County if the reapportionment vote passes.
Finally, Amy Gardner introduced herself and told about her new business. Gardner invited them to come talk to her about insurance needs. She gave each member a gift of a coffee mug loaded with candy.
Ruthe Rodebeck reported that ACREA members have collected 402.5 pounds of food for the local food bank. This is the GREA president’s service project.
The ACHS Technology class prepared the goody bags. Tony Pina, Sergeant at Arms and Tyler Brown, Vice President accompanied Joe Taylor. Pina read a poem written and dedicated to retired educators by Jennifer Vo, TSA member.
Two door prizes were donated and won by a guest and member Eveline Peacock. The meal was prepared and the room decorated by the ladies of the Church of God. A local insurance agent sponsored the meal. Fifty-six people were in attendance for the October meeting. The next meeting will be Nov. 17 at Appling County Middle School. Carol Surrency blessed the meal and the meeting was adjourned.