Saturday, March 26, 2016

Local Teachers Receive Classroom Grants

Three $200 grants were awarded recently to several local teachers.  These funds will enable them to purchase supplies that will enhance their classroom instruction.       

Classroom Grant Applications were distributed to each of the four county public school districts (Silex, Elsberry, Troy and Winfield) and were open to those teaching Pre-K through 12th grade.  Teachers were asked to describe their class and how the funds would be used.  Applications were submitted by teachers from three of the four districts.

Heather Bauer, K-12 Art Teacher at Silex, plans to use her funds to help pay for supplies to hook up new technology in her classroom.
Katie Maixner, ‘Class within a Class’ teacher at the Troy Ninth Grade Center, Troy, will use her funds to purchase Interactive Notebook resources to enhance the learning for her Algebra 1 students.

Heather Dahm, Fourth Grade Teacher at Winfield Intermediate, will be using her funds to build her classroom environment with resources for reading and math.  A first year teacher, Heather would like to create a learning environment where her students are excited to come each day.

The Lincoln County Area School Personnel make these Classroom Grants available each year to our four local school districts.  Members feel it is a great way to thank our local teachers for encouraging a new generation of lifelong learners.

Friday, March 11, 2016

March 2016 Meeting Notes

Meeting Notes
March 10, 2016

Lincoln County Area Retired School Personnel met Thursday, March 10, 2016 at the Lincoln County Health Department. Dana Humphrey gave a very good program on the Education in Germany during the WWII years. The group will follow up with a trip to the Holocaust Museum in June.

Fundraisers: Please get your recipes to *Debby S. as soon as possible. Recipes from different categories are all welcome (main dishes, vegetables, desserts, salads, etc). Please share your talents.

Sickness and distress: Dee Schaul is doing well enough to enjoy a trip to Florida with friends recently.
Karen Haub is around and about by now, doing much better. Jim Schultz is receiving cancer treatments and tolerating the well at this point. However, son-in-law, Randy Burkemper has had a relapse of his cancer. Diana Hackman (Winfield Secretary) has passed. The visitation is Friday, at Carter Rick Funeral Home in Winfield. Jay Stockham is doing better, waiting a check-up on Monday.

Community Service: Our unit has reported a 2016 total of 4,539 service hours, 429 donated items, and cash totaling $5,398. Keep the reports coming in. If you donate your time and talents to the benefit of others, please record those. That includes taking care of grandchildren, and, I'm told, even grandpets if they would have to be boarded.

Mary reported on OATS trips coming up. They include a trip to Nashville, May 2-6. There are a few spaces left if you are interested. On November 12 there is a trip to Steelville to see the Meramac Music Theater. December 5-8 there is a trip to Branson. Please contact *Mary for more informaton.
Our group will be taking a trip to the National Weather Service on March 24th. Contact *Judy for more information. Don't wait, the group is limited to 10-15.

We are planning a trip to the Holocaust Museum on June 6th. More information will follow.

Clubs: Mark your calendars...
Book club has been postponed until March 31 due to the caper to the National Weather Service.
Craft Club is being postponed until April 12 due to election day.

*Contact information will follow.

Don't forget to vote!!

Monday, March 7, 2016

March Updates

It's March!! After a couple months off, we get to start the meetings again!

Legislative Day was successful again this year with over 1000 attending from all over the state! Our group was down a little, but I'm confident that next year will be better. We are just a busy group of people!!

Our March 10th meeting will be at the Lincoln County Health Department at 10 a.m. The program this month will be on the Holocaust by Dana Humphrey. We hope to follow that up with a caper to the Holocaust museum in St. Louis.
The food pantry is Troy. I don't have a needs list, but cash always works nicely. As always, we will donate to Buddy Bags.  We are planning on eating out at Backroads in Hawk Point after the meeting. 

MRTA will have a MRTA night at the Cardinals on June 5th. Tickets are $20. Maybe we can take a bunch from Lincoln County?

Club dates to note...
  • The next Book Club meeting is March 24th. We are reading Can't Wait to Get to Heaven by Fannie Flagg.
  • The next Craft Club meeting will be April 5th at Anne B.'s house at 10 a.m. We will be finishing up on our flannel baby blankets for the Crisis Nursery and starting a new project, pillowcases. If you still want to donate material or money toward baby blankets, please give Debby S. your donation. We (figured each blanket cost approximately $10 to make.) If you would like to donate for the pillowcases, one yard each of two contrasting patterns makes 2 pillow cases. 
Hope to see you March 10th!


Thursday, March 3, 2016

LCARSP Craft Group Makes Flannel Blankets

Tuesday, March 1st was a cold and cloudy day outside but inside, eight LCARSP members met and made warm flannel receiving blankets for the local crisis nursery.
After a quick tutorial and lots of 'encouraging coaching,' the group got busy cutting fabric,
ironing and pinning,
and sewing.
Many hands made light work and within just a few hours, the group had over a half dozen blankets completed. 

Around noon, everyone took a break for a DELICIOUS lunch!
Since so much fabric was donated, the group decided to work on more of these 
self-binding blankets at the April 5th get-together.  
If you are interested in joining us, be watching for an email letting you know the specifics. 

When enough blankets are finished, they will be delivered to the local St. Louis Crisis Nursery.  We hope to also take a tour of the facility.

If you are interested in how these these cute blankets are made, here is a link to a youtube video showing the process.
(It will probably take you longer than the 10 minutes Jennie says!)

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Region 13 Was Well Represented at Legislative Days

Wednesday, February 17th, twelve members of the Lincoln County Area Retired School Personnel traveled with other Region 13 members to the capitol in Jefferson City to meet with our state legislators.
Legislative Day has become an annual event for MRTA to show legislators that our group's numbers are large and our dedication is strong.  Members are encouraged to wear red and this year more than 1,000 MRTA members flooded the capitol with a SEA of red!  Alyse Stoll, MRTF Board Member from Raytown, said  "That 1,000 number makes an impressive note for the legislators as well as an eye-opener for first time attendees!" 
The morning's event began with a meeting in the Rotunda.  Several dignitaries, including a couple of legislators and our own MRTA Executive Jim Kreider, welcomed everyone.  
Stoll goes on to describe the rest of the morning's activities.  "With packets of materials to discuss with the legislators concerning protecting the benefits of its retirees from legislation that would be detrimental to our Public School Retirement System and retirees’ pension to asking for full funding of the state’s Foundation Formula. The attendees are in the hallways, elevators jammed, up the stairs, down the stairs (that’s sets of 15,15,15 stairs – whew!) making our way between like-crowds in our moment of connecting with our legislators. At lunch time, the “sea of red” was generating to the third floor to join the legislators for lunch. All tables were overflowing with pertinent conversations, becoming acquainted with fellow members throughout the state and ardent discussions of success in promoting MRTA goals.

Several of our LCARSP members were able to have their picture taken on the floor of the Senate!   The Senate was in session all night, finally adjourning at 6:00 a.m. the morning of our visit. 
MRTA Legislative Day is an annual event taking place each February.  Make plans now to attend this fun and interactive event next year!