The October meeting of KCRTA was called to order by President Jan Anderson, and Elaine Opiela provided the opening prayer and then led the pledges to the American flag and the Texas flag. President Anderson reminded members to keep track of their community service volunteer hours for a report to the state in January 2014. Legislative Chairman Gretchen Dupnik provided the members with a very useful handout on the constitutional amendments that will be voted on Nov. 5. She also asked members to contact their state legislators to thank them for the cost-of-living increase to the annuities retired personnel receive. Anderson explained the “Each One Bring One” membership incentive offered by TRTA. Current TRTA members become eligible for entry in a drawing for each new member they recruit to join the organization. At the TRTA annual convention in April $100 will be awarded to each of the winning entries that are drawn. Anderson also reviewed the member benefits offered by TRTA. Laquita Gibbens, Scholarship Chairman, reported all scholarship recipients have been sent their checks. Laquita will also be contacting the Karnes County school districts to determine the number of kindergarten students. Each year KCRTA provides books for the kindergarten classes. Pam Kerlick and Jean Perkins brought books for the project to the meeting.
With the business portion of the meeting concluded, members were served peach cobbler. The program of the day was the presentation by Debbie Witte and Rosemary Vickery. At the Nov. 20 meeting the speaker will be Gina Sugarek of Beeville who will speak on fitness as we age. KCRTA meetings are held at Barth’s Restaurant, 2:30 PM, on the third Wednesday of the month. Karnes County Retired Teachers’ Association is open to all retired school personnel.