Retired teachers gather, present annual scholarship
Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 8:01 pm
The Obion County-Union City Retired Teachers met recently at Another Thyme Restaurant in Union City for a Dutch treat May luncheon for the last meeting for the year 2010-11.
President Alice Fennel called the meeting to order. She led the “Pledge to the U.S. Flag.” Ina Orsborne read the minutes of the last meeting and Gloria Howell gave the treasurer’s report. Mary Dunavant announced the project for the meeting — Northwest Safeline. All money was to be used for food for facilities in Obion County and Union City.
The Rev. Walter Asher, minister for Antioch Union and Rives and Central Union United Methodist church, gave the devotional. He quoted verses from the Bible and he complimented the retired teachers on the good job they have done for the school systems. He told the group about some of his teachers and how they had made an impression on him as a student.
Mrs. Fennel and Maggie Vaughan reported on bills in Nashville that affected the retired teachers.
Ms. Howell reported on the meeting she attended in Nashville concerning membership. She said retired teachers in Obion County-Union City did not support the organization. She also said that numbers count and asked if the retired teachers could not support the local group, then why should the Tennessee Congress support it?
Mrs. Fennel gave an outline of meetings members attended in Memphis and Jackson. This month, Mrs. Fennel and Mrs. Dunavant will attend the Retired Teachers Convention in Murfreesboro. Other teachers can attend if they register. The cost will be $20.
Mrs. Orsborne introduced the scholarship student for this year — Diana Whitmore. She is the daughter of Terry and Gail Whitmore of Hornbeak and is a graduate of Obion County Central High School. She plans to attend Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro to become a teacher.
Miss Whitmore was valedictorian at OCCHS and was in the top 10 in her class her entire high school career. She was a Challenge Graduate and a Tennessee Scholar and was on the first honor roll from kindergarten through 12th grade. She was a Kiwanis Student of the Month and a Girls State alternate and was voted “Most Likely to Succeed.” She earned awards for Spanish I, chemistry II, physics, agriculture II, dual credit English and advanced alegbra and trigonometry.
While at OCCHS, Miss Whitmore was treasurer of the National Honor Society and secretary and president of the Beta Club. She was a member of FFA, Pep Club, Spanish Club, Art Club, Photography Club, Computer Club, Key Club and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.
She competed in math and physics competitions at the University of Tennessee at Martin and attended the West Tennessee Teen Institute and Washington Youth Tour.
Miss Whitmore has volunteered for Relay for Life, Chimes for Charity and Community Food Drive and at Magnolia Place Assisted Living. She has helped prepare breakfast for the CDC class at OCCHS, has gone Christmas caroling at local nursing homes, has participated in blood drives and has helped organize a club fair for incoming freshmen.
Asher gave the blessing, then the 17 members and their guests enjoyed a delicious meal.
Hostess Brenda Williams drew names for door prizes.
Published in The Messenger 6.1.11