Saturday, April 25, 2020

May 2020 Updates - Covid 19 Edition

Timely information from Unit President Linda McGlothlin:

1) PSRS/PEERS ballots for Board Members will be in mailboxes any day now. MRTA has endorsed Dr Collins and Dr Vitt for PSRS/PEERS Board positions. Please consider voting for Dr Collins and Dr Vitt.

2) All LCARSP meetings, capers, and events in May have been CANCELLED!

3) LCARSP Craft Club members are creating fabric face masks and have them available to anyone who needs them. Crafters suggest a donation be made to the LCARSP Grants to Teachers fund for the masks. if you would like a mask(s) please contact any LCARSP member who may direct you to a craft club member. (See photos for possible fabric choices.)

4) Be aware and avoid the many scams that have developed! Do NOT GIVE, OR POST, ANY personal information (ie. phone number, PINs, address, email, birthdate, SSN, credit card #, maiden name, kids or grandchildren names, pets' names,...!)

5) Be careful if you need to go out and about in our communities. Remember to "social distance" as this virus knows no boundaries, and particularly preys on the "vulnerable population" -- which is most of our LCARSP members!

Finally, as the present health situation has altered our LCARSP plans for April and May, in order to meet the required number of yearly meetings, please tentatively put Thursday, July 9th on your calendars for a possible "make-up" LCARSP general meeting date. I will put this before the Executive Board to discuss and make a decision whether to hold a July meeting.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

2019-2020 Classroom Grant Winners

Here are our 2019-2020 Classroom Grant winners!  

Stacey Watson (pictured right) from Winfield R-I will be using her grant money to access standards-based video sites to enhance her science curriculum.  Presenting the grant is Cheryl Kerns.

Elsberry Educator, Melissa Grossner plans to use her grant funds to enhance her Technology curriculum.  Nancy Lenk is pictured making the grant presentation.

Stephanie Harris, 1st grade teacher at Main Street Elementary at Troy R-III, will be using her grant money to help students who need social, emotional and academic support.  Presenting the grant is Nancy Lenk.

Winfield teacher, Benjamin Crump will be using his grant funds to enhance the geography curriculum for his 6th grade students.  Bonnie Hubbman is pictured making the presentation.

Congratulations to all of these outstanding educators! 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Cancelations Continue

With the continued STAY AT HOME recommendations due to Covid-19, our clubs and groups have had to cancel meetings this month.  Unit President Linda McGlothlin shared some important information in a recent email.

Hi, all,
Hope you are "sheltering-in-place" and have enough TP* to get you through several more days. 
  *These are the times that try men's soul.  ~Thomas Paine

Just to reiterate, Terry Elia included several cancellations in the minutes of the March meeting.  These cancellations included all activities through the end of April as listed below. 
LCARSP Craft Club - April 7th CANCELLED
LCARSP April Program & Meeting - April 9th CANCELLED
LCARSP Caper to Old St Charles - April 23rd CANCELLED
LCARSP Book Club - April 23rd CANCELLED
As the present health situation continues, if cancellation of May activities are deemed necessary you will be notified via email.

I hope you have taken the opportunity to peruse the AMBA website and learn of the many new benefits afforded to MRTA members.  
As we have extra time at home, do take this opportunity to look through our new benefits provider, AMBA, and see what they have to offer you!

"Where are we going, Pooh?"

"Home, Piglet.  We're going home, because that's the best thing to do right now." ~A.A. Milne

Monday, March 16, 2020

MRTA Has a New Benefits Provider

After many years, MRTA has discontinued its association with Forrest T. Jones and Company for insurance and other benefits.  MRTA has announced they have a new benefit provider Association Member Benefits Advisors (AMBA).  AMBA will make our membership more vaulable with nationwide discounts and programs.  

All retired public school employees will be receiving letters in the mail very soon explaining the change so please be looking for this information!

The following flyer was made available at our March 2020 unit meeting.  Learn more about the new insurance provider and other benefits available to MRTA members by following this link:

**If you wish to continue your business with Forrest T. Jones and Company, you will need to contact them personally.

Leaders Attend Presidents Summit

Our Unit President Linda McGlothlin and Vice President Clarissa Sydnor attended the MRTA Unit President Summit March 10-11 in Jefferson City. They learned lots of great information and ideas to help make this year fun and exciting!  While there, they got to meet Dan Meers aka KC Wolf, mascot of the KC Chiefs. Dan has been the KC mascot for the past 30 years!
(pictured: Clarissa, Linda and Dan Meers)

The group heard lots of speakers during motivational workshops including MRTA Executive Director Jim Kreider.

One very important item discussed at the Summit was the discontinuing association with Forrest T. Jones and Company for insurance and other benefits.  MRTA announced they have a new benefit provider Association Member Benefits Advisors (AMBA).  AMBA will make our membership more valuable with nationwide discounts and programs. 

Please be on the look-out in your mailbox very soon as all retired public school employees will be receiving letters explaining the change.

Copies of a handout (seen below) were distributed at the Summit and then shared at our unit meeting Thursday.  

If you wish to continue using Forrest T. Jones as your insurance provider, please contact them personally.  ALL MRTA MEMBERS are eligible to activate and explore the AMBA website: