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Weakley County retired teachers meet

Weakley County retired teachers meet

Posted: Friday, April 15, 2011 8:47 am

The Weakley County Retired Teachers Association held its first meeting of 2011 on March 23 at the Ole West Steak House in Martin. Twenty-five members and four guests enjoyed a buffet lunch.
President Larry Myrick called the meeting to order at 11 a.m. Under new business, local dues were raised to $10. President Myrick announced that the regional workshop will be held in Jackson on April 18; he and his wife Mary along with Betty Nan Carroll, Louise Murphy and Bev Eaton will be attending.  
The president also announced the TRTA Assembly is scheduled for June 14 in Murfreesboro. He and other WCRTA members will be attending.
Bro. Wayne Perkins and his wife Linda were guests of WCRTA. Wanda Powell introduced Perkins, the Director of Missions for the Weakley County Baptist Association. He gave an enlightening devotional from Philemon that emphasized, “It is never too late….” He pictured Demas as “It is never too late to finish well;” Luke as “It is never too late to be useful and fruitful;” and John Mark as “It is never too late to be forgiven.” Bro Wayne said a prayer and blessed the meal prepared for us.
President Myrick introduced Dr. Debbie Doster, Supervisor of Secondary Education for Weakley County Schools and our speaker for the day. Doster gave us information and knowledge of the Distance Learning that is taking place in the four high schools in Weakley County. She involved her audience as the changes in our family life, our work and our schools were discussed. As she carried us down through the decades, we were reminded of the enormous changes in all phases of our lives. In regard to education, we have gone from the one room schoolhouse to Distance Learning in the past six decades. Distance Learning in Weakley County can involve a teacher in one high school classroom teaching not only the students in that classroom but also the students in another classroom in the county via a television screen.
Also, this same type setup is used for students to take a course in their own high school classroom from Jackson State College. Students in Weakley County are also taking a foreign language on-line. These students experience interactive lessons on-line. Doster displayed her exceptional abilities as a classroom teacher as well as a supervisor in her well-received presentation to the retired teachers of Weakley County.
The dining tables displayed an Easter theme with bunny rabbits sitting on colored grass with candy Easter eggs. Four hanging pots held beautiful blooming plants from Biggs Nursery in Greenfield. We thank Mike Biggs and our hostesses for these lovely door prizes.
All retired teachers have a standing invitation to join WCRTA and to enjoy these quarterly meetings. The next meeting will be June 22, at 10:45 a.m., at the Ole West Steak House, Hwy 22, Martin.
One of the purposes of the Tennessee Retired Teachers Association is “To promote the economic, social and professional interests of retired teachers in matters involving their needs.”  We need your help and input regarding bills such as the one below that involves our retirement fund.

SB0102
     by Gresham Pensions and Retirement Benefits – As introduced, changes the method of selection of trustees of TCRS representing teachers and retired teachers from election by the representative assemblies of the Tennessee Education Association and the Tennessee Retired Teachers Association respectively to appointment by the speakers of the senate and the house.

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