Gold reported a total of 8,541 Texans received organs in November, 2008. One donor can benefit many people needing organs. Organs and tissues that can be transplanted include the kidneys, corneas, heart, lungs, liver, pancreas, heart valves, bone and skin. The speaker asked the retired personnel to contact www.donatelifetexas.org or www.organ.org. the Southwest Transplant Alliance.
President Anita Barber called on committee chairpersons representing legislation, community volunteer service, officer nomination, informative and protective services for brief updates. Dwight Mutschler, representing the legislation committee, reported that retirees should continue corresponding with legislators to remind them of the importance of pension protection and the need to increase pensions.
Potential officers reported by the nominating committee include Martha Wallace, president; Patti Borglund, second vice-president; Dwight Mutschler, second vice-president; Betty Kucera, secretary; and Karen Linebarger, treasurer. The election will be held at the Feb. 12 meeting.
The club voted to hold a drawing to benefit the scholarship fund. A water-color painting by local artist Gwen Branstetter will be the top prize. Two autographed books by Bayside author Joe Galloway will also be prizes. The drawing will be held during the Refugio County Fair in March.
Eighteen members attended the meeting hosted by Gold who led the Pledge of Allegiance, Paul Moore who gave the invocation and Sara Moeller. The hosts provided the refreshments.
The next meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Refugio City Hall clubroom. The program will be presented by Rockport Tours. Following the meeting, the members will meet for lunch at the Refugio Memorial Hospital. Becky Garza and staff will prepare a special luncheon.