Jan Anderson welcomed 15 members and 3 guests to the meeting by reading from The Book of Texas Wisdom, focusing on quotes from a variety of famous Texans on the subject of attitude. Laura Gamez led the members in the pledges to the American and Texas flags. A membership drive is currently underway, and members were encouraged to renew their memberships and invite other retired school personnel to join KCRTA. All retired school personnel who draw an annuity from the state are eligible to join, not just teachers. Sherry Sommer, who will retire in June, was welcomed as KCRTA’s newest member. Margaret Ryan reported on the health care session she attended at the Spring Leadership Conference in Hallettsville in April. Changes are being made to the TRTA state program, but the emphasis will still be on encouraging members to live a healthy lifestyle. This includes offering healthy food choices at meetings.
With the conclusion of the business meeting, members enjoyed going through the buffet line at Barth’s, where the group had assembled. Once everyone was seated for the meal, Margaret Ryan presented a program on her sister’s work in Kenya. A video showing Sister Rebecca Janecek’s medical ministry was viewed. Margaret also explained the uses of a variety of articles she had on display that she had brought back from trips to Kenya to visit her sister.
Karnes County Retired Teachers’ Association will not meet during the summer. The next meeting will be September 18.