GENESEO — Sixty of the Henry Stark Counties Retired Teachers responded to the theme of “Build our Future ... Patriotically” for the July meeting at the First Methodist Church in Geneseo. The “church ladies” demonstrated their pie baking skills along with the choices of beef or chicken casserole, green beans, tossed salad, rolls and beverages.
The celebrative mood was set by six new members attending who were greeted by President Gary DeMoss. Anyone who brought a new member received a package of homemade cookies by Lynda DeMoss. The DeMosses provided baked and gift items for the raffle that generated more than $200 to be used for expenses and special projects such as the foundation, political action, legal defense, and assistance to retirees in need, teacher grants and scholarships.
An inspirational program on the demonstration of patriotism from past to present was given by Angie Snook of the Geneseo Historical Museum. She shared history of the roles of men and women who have made a difference in the defense of our country. She also shared a variety of memorabilia and equipment from the Civil War to present. She ended with a singing, patriotically-adorned bear who led the group in singing “God Bless America”.
Area I Representative David Davison of Rochelle made his 17th of 19 visits he makes to all units in his territory of Northern Illinois. He brought the latest state of concerns and positive outcomes from his recent meeting at the Springfield office. He generated lots of comments and questions revolving about getting involved, insurance and pension. He was followed by Regional Director A.J. Harland of LaFayette who visits 5 different counties to spread the word that members need to be proactive, not reactive. Following the giving away of gifts, birthday recognitions and usual business reports, all was accomplished in just a little over two hours.
The next meeting will be at the Orion Methodist Church, 407 12th Ave, Orion on Sept. 12. Reservations and check for $10 sent to Phyllis Dotson 624 Page Street, Kewanee, IL 61443. The program will be an IRTA Update by executive director Jim Bachman and the theme of Building our Future...Psychologically will be by Carrie Boelens of the Henry/Stark Counties Health Department on “hoarding”.