Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Debby Suchland Named MRTA Region 13 Distinguished Retiree

Debby Suchland, retired Troy R-III staff member, was named the Missouri Retired Teacher Association Region 13 Distinguished Retiree for the year 2017.  This award highlights the volunteer work of MRTA members who have given service beyond the call of duty.  The award was presented recently at the MRTA Annual Meeting in Jefferson City.  Representing the Lincoln County unit of the Missouri Retire Teachers Association, Debby has a personal motto of "Do small things with great love" which is not an all together accurate description of her selflessness as the things she does should not be described as small.  In her community, Debby writes grants and works with local organizations to raise funds for her church to provide backpacks filled the supplies for underprivileged children.  They then give these backpacks out at a carnival-like event for the children and their families.  Last year, they hosted over 1,000 attendees.  Debby has also served as the membership chair for her local Unit and has created a cookbook for the Unit to help fund classroom grants.  Congratulations, Debby!

Once again, the Lincoln County Area Retired School Personnel received the MRTA Unit of Excellence Award for it's activity on the local and state level.

Friday, September 14, 2018

September 13, 2018 Meeting Highlights

The September 13, 2018 meeting was very well attended.  Several newly retired teachers and staff members were introduced and welcomed to the group.
Cheri Winchester, member of the Lincoln County Resource Board gave a very informative presentation on the work this group does in providing crisis-need resources to the youth in our county  (ages 0-19).  These resources are provided by a quarter-cent sales tax that generates over $3 million a year.  Cheri explained how resources are made available to youth in need.  She highlighted the work of several these resources including Crider Health Center and Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services.   The Resource Board's website is: http://www.lincolncountykids.org/

Mrs. Winchester also informed the group about a new residential home being constructed in Troy.  This facility will provide supervised housing for up to seven girls and seven boys who are in high school, homeless and on their own.  Each will be provided their own bedroom, meals and mentors.  They will be given lessons in life skills and given responsibilities in the facility.  The goal is to provide the family structure and life lessons they will need to be successful adults.  Our community has been very generous in creating this space and it hopes to be open and in operation soon.

Leo Pagano, retired middle school educator, followed up with a need all schools have in our county, the need for academic mentors.  He explained the mentoring he and others do during school hours and encouraged members of LCARSP to consider helping, too, as the need is great.   

LCARSP has several CAPERS coming up:

  • September 18 - Cooking Class entitled "Eat This, Not That" at the Lincoln County Health Dept. Community Room beginning at 1 p.m.
  • September 27 - R-3 including the new Performing Arts Center (PAC) and the new Troy Middle School South facility from 11:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  Here is the schedule:


Meet at TSMS - 11:15
               Tour of TSMS - 11:30-11:45
               Eat lunch with TSMS students - 11:45-12:30
               Travel to TBHS (drive by Building Trades home site) -                               12:30 - 1:00
              Tour of Performing Arts Center and observation of Show                           Choir - 1:00-1:30
              Travel back to vehicles at TSMS
Please let Jan Burlison know if you are interested in attending this event.  

The Annual Region 13 Fall Luncheon will be Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. 2 p.m. at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles.  If you are interested in attending, complete the following application and return it to Virginia Beckley.

The next meeting of the LCARSP will be October 11, 10 a.m. at the Lincoln County Health Dept.  We will be hosting the Missouri Retired Teachers Association Executive Director, Jim Kreider and our new retirees with a carry-in luncheon.  Hope to see everyone then!

2019 OATS-Sponsored Trips Planned

Two exciting OATS trips are being planned for 2019!  One will be to Chicago from June 3-7 and will cost $540.  The other will be to New Orleans October 7-12 costing $585.
 If you are interested in a trip to Chicago June 3-7, 2019, send your $75 deposit to Pam White, 44 Brookview Lane, Moscow Mills, Mo 63362.  Your final payment is due March 27, 2019.  Please make your TRIP check out to OATS.  Travel insurance is available through Travel Insured International.  (Please make check for insurance out to that title.)  The insurance cost for double occupancy is $45 each or single occupancy is $59.  Please send both final payment and insurance checks at the same time.  

An informational flyer for the travel insurance is found at the end of this post.
If the New Orleans trip (October 7-12, 2019) sounds like fun, send your $75 deposit to Pam White, 44 Brookview Lane, Moscow Mills, MO 63362.  Your final payment for this trip is July 31, 2019.  Please send both final payment and insurance checks at the same time.  Again, make your trip check out to OATS and your insurance check to Travel Insure International.  The insurance cost for double occupancy is $45 each, for single occupancy is $69.

Travel insurance is available through Travel Insured International for both of these trips.  More information about Travel Insured International follows:

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Missouri Retire Teachers Foundation Awards 3 Classroom Grants in Lincoln County

Congratulations to three Lincoln County teachers for receiving the Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation (MRTF) Classroom Grants from Region 13! Jeanne Ogden, Ida Cannon Middle School, Elsberry; Heather Dildine, Troy South Middle School; and Sharon Schlup, Main Street Elementary, Troy, each received a Classroom Grant worth $500. The grants will enable these teachers to fund a class project or purchase needed classroom supplies.

Pictured are:
(first photo): Lincoln County R-III Superintendent Dr. Mark Penny; Heather Dildine, Grant Recipient; Sherry Brandes, MRTA Region 13 Vice President; Margaret Smith, MRTF Board Member.
(second photo): Sherry Brandes, Margaret Smith and Grant Recipient Jeanne Ogden
(third photo): Dr. Mark Penny, Grant Recipient Sharon Schlup, Sherry Brandes and Margaret Smith.

The Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation was created in 2001 by the Board of Directors of the Missouri Retired Teachers Association. It is a not-for-profit organization incorporated under the State of Missouri and approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (c)(3) public charity. Therefore, all contributions and gifts to the Foundation from individuals, associations, businesses, and other organizations are tax deductible.

The Foundation is devoted to raising funds to carry out certain charitable, educational, scientific, and literary purposes of the Missouri Retired Teachers Association and Public School Personnel (MRTA) which include the following:
*To foster a spirit of respect, loyalty, and enthusiasm to the retirees
*To fund activities and service projects which advance the cause of public education and the teaching profession in Missouri
*To award grants to active teachers to enhance their classroom instruction
*To perform other humanitarian endeavors consistent with the Foundation’s Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation.

For more information on MRTF or the MRTF Classroom Grants visit http://mortf.com/

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

2018 Classroom Grant Applications Are Now Available

The 2018 Lincoln County Area Retired School Personnel Classroom Grants are now available on the LCARSP website.  The purpose of these grants is to help fund small projects for classroom teachers.  One $200 grant will be awarded to a teacher in each of the four county school districts.  

Applications may be accessed by clicking on the Classroom Grants tab at the top of the page.
If you are a teacher in the Silex, Elsberry, Troy or Winfield School District, fill one out!
Your retired colleagues are all wishing you a wonderful and rewarding school year!