Jackson County Retired Teachers met Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Seymour.
President Bonnie Koontz welcomed the members and led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. She introduced and welcomed new members Becky Davis and Debra Baker Schneider, both retired from Seymour Community School Corp.
The secretary’s minutes, read by Connie Gerth, and treasurer’s report by Jim Stephenson were approved. Emily Adams reminded members to keep track of their volunteer hours. A tally sheet in the 2022-23 membership directory has been provided.
Koontz and Vice President Ann Mahan attended the recent IRTA representative assembly. Koontz talked about the School Bell Contest, Active Teacher Grant and a reminder to vote in the November election. A moment of silence was observed for recently deceased members Doris Keyser and Libby Roberts.
Mahan introduced Jennifer Hopkins, who shared the types of personal hygiene items needed for the Anchor House Family Assistance Center and Pantry overnight shelter. This is a community service project the members have been participating in for several years.
Pat Marsh was thanked for the floral table centerpieces, which were given as door prizes. Leon Seitz gave the invocation, and lunch was served by the women of the church.
Following lunch, school updates and changes were presented by superintendents Tim Taylor of Brownstown Central Community School Corp., Chrystal Street of Crothersville Community School Corp. and Brandon Harpe of Seymour Community School Corp.
The next meeting will be at noon Feb. 16 at First United Methodist Church. All retired teachers are invited to attend and become members of the group.