Sunday, September 17, 2017

MRTA Branson Fun Days

Make plans now to attend MRTA's Branson Fun Days November 10 - 20, 2017!  

It may still be Fall but the Christmas season in Branson is just around the corner.  Join fellow educators and friends and fall in love with the sights and sounds of Christmas in the Ozarks.  Registration is open to all MRTA members and their guests - bring along friends and family for a fun and relaxing time.  The lead hotel this year is the Radisson; all Fun Day activities originate at the Radisson.

The BIG DAY (FUN DAY) is Thursday, November 16 and price for all activities mentioned on page 1 of the PINK flyer is $141 per person.  This price includes two musical shows, lunch, afternoon reception, dinner and cruise, Christmas lights tour, and luxury coach transportation for the day.

Attractions/Museums and Shows on the WHITE FLYER show discounted prices during November 10-20.  You will still need to register so follow the instructions on the bottom of the flyer.

If you plan to stay at the Radisson (120 South Wildwood Drive, Branson, MO), the room cost is $85.99 plus tax single/double occupancy, $90.99 triple, $94.99 quad.  Hot breakfast included with each room for all occupants.  If you plan to stay at the Radisson, they will take care of both your lodging reservation and MRTA Fun Day registration.  Contact Robin at the Radisson at 417-690-4024, ask for the MRTA Room Block.  When making your lodging reservations, remind Robin to send you the Fun Day registration form.  Robin works Monday-Friday.  You may need to leave her a message.  She will return your call.  Her email is

To register for MRTA Branson Fun Days if not staying at the Radisson: Contact Fun Day Coordinator Mary Lynne at 417-365-0060 or by email at 

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 18

See the attached flyers for specific information.

OATS Is Hitting the Road Again! Destination: South Dakota

You may want to mark June 3-9, 2018 on your calendar!  OATS is making plans now to venture to South Dakota to visit Mount Rushmore, the Badlands and the Black Hills.  The excursion also includes at tour of the Wildlife Loop Road at Custer State Park, admission to the Unique Journey Museum, a guided tour of Deadwood, plus gaming at a Deadwood Casino and a visit to the amazing Crazy Horse Memorial.  

A $75 deposit is due upon signing up with final payment due by March 27, 2018.  Checks for the travel payment should be made out to OATS, Inc. and the insurance check to Travel Insured International.  Send both checks at the same time to: 
     Pam White
     44 Brookview Lane
     Moscow Mills, MO 63362

See the flyers below for more specific details.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Craft Items On Sale Now at Eagle Fork

If you are looking to do a little early Christmas shopping, stop by Eagle Fork, just off Hwy 61 south of Moscow Mills!  The LCARSP Craft Club has lots of items for sale in the "Old Smoke House."  Here is a sample of their wares:
MIcrowave Bowl Holders
Decorative Trivets/Coasters
Fleece Blankets and Crocheted Afghans
Decorative Plates

Kid's Activity Packs
Tri-fold Notepad Covers
 Mini Wallets
"Emergency" Kits
Ribbon Trees
Decorative Pumpkins, Balls and Coasters
Fun and Stylish Fabric Rings
Fabric Pumpkins
Christmas Ornaments and Recipe Books

Eagle Fork has a great season planned beginning Saturday, September 16!  Come on out for lots of Fall Family Fun including Hay Rides, Pony Rides, their famous CORN MAZE and much more!

For more information, check out their website:  or Facebook page "Eagle Fork Pumpkins and Gifts.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

2017 Classroom Grants

Each year the Lincoln County Area Retired School Personnel (LCARSP) sponsors $200 grants for classroom teachers, PK-12, in the four Lincoln County school districts.  These $200 grants are designed to give some financial assistance to teachers for needed classroom items not provided in classroom budgets. The grant deadline is:  November 30, 2017.  

Please encourage local teachers to apply. Grant awards are presented in December. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

May 2017 Meeting Recap

The meeting of the Lincoln County Area Retired School Personnel was held on May 11, 2017 at the Lincoln County Health Department. 

The meeting started with a program presented by local author Adria Bolle Waters, a former student to many of the school personnel in attendance. Adria is the author of at least five books, two that stand alone and three that are a part of a series.  In sharing her back story behind becoming an author she explained to the group that she is a “paranormal enthusiast”. So, many of her writings can be considered a ghost story.  One book in particular Always Sweet Sixteen, is about Josie Reynolds who after watching life pass her by discovers she has been a ghost for nearly sixty years. Her mentor, Calvin, must help her find a way to move on.  Always Sweet Sixteen is an exciting book and leaves you wanting more. You can learn more about Adria Waters and her writings on Facebook: AdriaWatersWrites, Twitter: @AdriaWaters1, and Amazon: Adria Waters.

The Lincoln County retirees added another 574 hours of community service. In addition to community service monetary donations were made to the Hawk Point Food Pantry and Buddy Bags.

Our next meeting is Thursday, June 8, 2017 with presentations from Lincoln County RIII School District grant recipients and Cuivre River State Park activities.

The members of the Lincoln County Area Retired School Personnel will take the month of July and August off for traveling and/or rest and recreation.

On Thursday September 14th the membership will welcome the 2017 newly retired school personnel and honor their years of service by hosting a luncheon on behalf of the new retirees.

Monday, May 29, 2017

The LCARSP Book Club Selections - 2017

  • June 22 - Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters

  • July 27 - The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve

  • August 24 - The House on Olive Street by Robin Carr

  • September 28 - The King's Deception by Steve Berry

  • October 26 - The Handmaid's Tail by Margaret Atwood

  • November 30 - America Savior by Roland Merullo
    • (This is the fifth Thursday due to Thanksgiving)  

  • No Meeting in December

Several of these choices are available as book kits through the St. Charles County Library and Jan B. has gracious volunteered to pick them up for us.  There are a couple of titles that we may have to check out at our county library or purchase.  We have purchased some in the past through Amazon at a good price. 

We hope several of these titles interest you and the dates (the fourth Thursday of each month from 1 – 3 p.m.) work for you.  We are a low-key group who enjoy reading and discussing, laughing and visiting.  We usually meet at Halo and Wings in Troy. and hope you will consider joining us!                                         

Questions?  Email either or if you would like to be included in our reminder emails or be included in the book order.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Dr. Penny Speaks To Area Retired School Personnel

The April meeting of the Lincoln County Area Retired School Personnel (LCARSP) was held on April 12 at the Lincoln County R-III administration building.  

The meeting began with a program presented by the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Penny.  Dr. Penny highlighted the many accomplishments of the school district with a power point presentation to the group.  The accomplishments included Seniors helping Seniors, district technology, curriculum, advancement student performance, programs at the new performance center and much more.

Dr. Penny noted that in addition to the FEMA Safe Room at the new Performing Arts Center at Troy Buchanan High School, the band and choir room at the new Troy South Middle School is also a FEMA Safe Room.

The group appreciated Dr. Penny's and the District's commitment to the students and the safety of the community.

The Lincoln County retirees continue to serve the community with service hours reaching 2,000 hours.  In March, they made food and monetary donations to the Troy Food Pantry.  The April collection went to the Elsberry County Cupboard and in May, the focus will be the Hawk Point food pantry.  Members are continuously supporting students with ongoing contributions to the Buddy Bags program.

The Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation (of which LCARSP is a subsidiary unit) has six $500 grants available for Missouri district teachers.  The deadline to apply is June 30, 2017.

Speaking of grants, LCARSP craft club members have been very busy creating items for the home.  Some have been donated to those in need but some will be for sale with proceeds going to their Teacher Grant program for all Lincoln County Area School Districts' classroom teachers.

On the fun side, a group of members got creative at the Painting With a Twist session.  Members are planning several capers including a visit to the Amish Country around Bowling Green, the Warm Springs Ranch in Boonville and Shakespeare in the Park event in Forest Park.

The next meeting will be Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Lincoln county Health Department.  

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

LCARSP Paints With A Twist!

Members of Lincoln County Area Retired School Personnel had a fun time March 25 at the Winghaven Painting With A Twist.  Here are some pictures of this creative event.
Thanks again to Maudean for planning this event!

Our next meeting will be April 13 at the Lincoln County R-III Administration Building.  Hope to see everyone there!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Get Your Traveling Shoes Ready!

Two OATS trips are being planned for the upcoming year. 

OATS Fundraiser
Ark Encounter and Creation Museum 

JUNE 5 - 9, 2017

$560 per person
This trip includes:
  • 5 days/4 nights
  • 8 meals (4 breakfasts and 4 dinners)
  • Admission to the new stunning Ark Encounter 
  • and Famous Creation Museum
  • Exclusive Diamond Tours Dinner Party 
  • with entertainment
  • Admission to the Newport Aquarium 
  • Admission to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens
(Driver and Tour Guide fees included)

First Deposit is due: March 13, 2017
Final Payment is due: April 28, 2017
Trip Insurance: $45 (please make out separate check) to: 
Travel Insure International.
If you are interested in this trip, please send your first deposit check and insurance check (if you are taking it) to: 
Pam White 
44 Brookview Lane
Moscow Mills, MO  63362

There will be 2 departure pick-up locations:
8 am - American Legion in Elsberry
9am - First Christian Church in Troy

OATS Fundraiser
Lancaster Show Trip and
The Dutch Country 

October 1 - 7, 2017

$680 per person

This trip includes:
  • 7 days/6 nights
  • 11 meals (6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners)
  • Admission to the Jonah Show in the Sight and Sound Theater
  • Admission to Vegas Legends at the American Music Theater
  • Luncheon Cruise on the Spirit of Philadelphia 
  • Visit to the charming Kitchen Kettle Village
  • Visit the Rockvale Square Outlets
  • Admission to Landis Valley Museum and Village 
  • Guided tour of Lancaster, PA

Driver and Tour Guide Fees included.

First Deposit is due: June 23, 2017 
Final Payment is due: August 25, 2017
Trip Insurance: $55 (please make out separate check) to: Travel Insure International.

If you are interested in this trip, please send your first deposit check and insurance check (if you are taking it) to: 
Pam White 
44 Brookview Lane
Moscow Mills, MO  63362

If you have questions about either trip, please call 
Pam at (636) 566-8047 or Mary at (636) 462-7794

Friday, February 17, 2017

2016 LCARSP Classroom Grant Recipients

Each year the Lincoln County Area Retired School Personnel (LCARSP) sponsors classroom grants for our four county school districts.  These $200 grants are designed to give some financial assistance to teachers for needed classroom items, not provided in classroom budgets.  Each year, one teacher from each of the four county school districts is awarded one of these $200 grants.  In December of 2016, these four teachers were awarded a $200 classroom grant:  Jill Calvin, First Grade Teacher, Boone Elementary, Lincoln County R-III, Troy; Ariel Dahlia, Special Education Teacher, Middle and High School, Lincoln County R-IV, Winfield; Jeanne Ogden, Fifth Grade Teacher, Ida Cannon Middle School, Lincoln county R-II, Elsberry; and Cat Van Horn, Kindergarten Teacher, Lincoln County R-I School District, Silex.

Ariel Dahlia
   Ariel Dahlia is one of the Special Education teachers of the Winfield R-IV School District and has been since December of 2015.  This is her first teaching position and absolutely loves her job.  She earned her Bachelor's degree from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, along with a minor in Autism Studies.  She is a native of St. Louis and attended the Affton School District.

Mrs. Jill Calvin
Mrs. Calvin also taught at Troy Primary School from 1998-2003.

Jeanne Ogden
   Jeanne Odgen received the grant for the Lincoln County R-II School District.  She plans to share it with the other fifth grade teachers from Ida Cannon Middle School.  Jeanne graduated from Missouri Baptist University in 2005, Megan graduated from Lindenwood University in 2015 and Becky graduated from Truman State University in 2013.  
   They plan to use the grant money for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities.  The STEM activities involve collaborative, reading, watching videos, making a plan, building houses, making a pipeline, creative a toy, spider webs, having a budget, persuasive writing and more.

Mrs. Cat Van Horn

   Cat Van Horn and her family (Gary, husband; Austyn, daughter; Anderson, son) live in Silex.  Cat is a Silex High School graduate and received her BA of Education at Lindenwood University and completed her Masters degree from William Woods.  She taught for ten years in the Troy School District and is now "back home" teaching for her 11th year as a Silex Owl!  
   Her classroom grant will be used to support technology-based lessons in her kindergarten classroom.  Since students are motivated by their innate abilities to research and engineer, the purchased technology devices will allow them to further their exploration and to answer questions to enhance their knowledge base.