STEVENS POINT AREA RETIRED TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION (SPARTA) MEETING Park Ridge Family Restaurant, 3425 Church Street, Stevens Point
Monday, Sept 10
REMEMBER! OUR MENU COMMITTEE ARRANGED FOR US TO ORDER OFF THE MENU!! NO RESERVATIONS NECESSARY!!
President: Santha Bickford Co-Secretaries: Dave Blado, Lauren Isberner
Co-Treasurers: Janet Langton Immediate Past President: Joyce Chekouras
Socialization beginning at 11:15 with orders taken about 11:30. You are responsible for your own lunch and will also need to include a tip. We may order either breakfast or lunch, only soup or salad, or whatever pleases you.
Call to order: Pledge of Allegiance; Introduction of guests and new members; Reflection, remembering especially our associate member David Crawford (Arvy’s husband)
Drawing for door prize
Consent Agenda/ Officers’ Reports: Minutes of previous meeting as written on the following pages (automatically approved if there are no corrections.)
1. Election of officers for 2018-19 and 2019-2020
2. Regular Committee Updates: (Because members have expressed a desire to shorten the business meeting, we will only hear from those who have been active and wish to report.) a. Book Committee. Because we will be implementing our new by-laws with meetings alternate months, we will need to sign up for our shifts at the book sale in October. It is imperative to bring your calendars along!
a. Book Committee. Because we will be implementing our new by-laws with meetings alternate months, we will need to sign up for our shifts at the book sale in October. It is imperative to bring your calendars along!
b. Grant Committee
c. Legislative Committee
d. Social Committee
e. Health Committee
f. Data Committee
g. Membership Committee
3. Report on Volunteer Hours due to Joyce.
4. Annual Report to WREA including goals for next year
5. Planning for Committees for 2018-19.
6. Confirmation of members responsible for individual schools. Preliminary plans for Education Week
1. Presentation of Budget for Next Year
2. Finalizing Plans for Our Part of the Convention
c. Local speakers
3.New Volunteer Opportunities With Our Local School District
a. Boston School Forest (See handout in News and Notes.)
b. YES! Committee
c. Learn for Life
Minutes from May, 2018
STEVENS POINT AREA RETIRED TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION Minutes of May Meeting
On Monday May 14, 2018 SPARTA met at the Park Ridge Family Restaurant with 27 present including our guest speaker, Sue Jacobson.
The door prize was won by Sandy Schroeder. There was a moment of reflection for colleagues who have recently passed including Bill Witt and George Meeks.
Jan Langton presented the treasurer’s report. $21,459 is the checkbook balance and we have $25,782 in the Community Foundation Acct.
Book Committee: Janeen Kwarciany thanked everyone who helped at the last sale which was another huge success. She explained that some monies from the sales was spent on a pallet mover which was needed to make preparation for sales smoother. There are many books which have not sold that need to be hauled to St. Vincent de Paul and Goodwill.
Eileen Payne suggested that other organizations such as the “Little Libraries” in various locations as well as Easter Seals might also be a good resource for our leftover books.
Grant Committee: Janet Swiston reported that selections for grant recipients have gone smoothly. The review of requests in the September, 2018 through August, 2019 year will be considered in September. Application forms can be found on the SPARTA website.
Health Committee: It was reported that there is a new method for detecting breast cancer which utilizes testing breath and urine.
Legislative Committee: Wisconsin Retired Education Association continues to support legislation concerning our pensions. The superintendent of Stevens Point Public Schools is holding public meetings to keep area citizens informed about the shortage of funds to continue operating expenses and to improve and repair facilities. Santha Bickford has been representing SPARTA at these meetings.
Menu Committee: Laurie Pascutti reported that the ad hoc committee members met with Parkridge Family Restaurant staff to discuss the lunch menu for our meetings. Staff indicated that choosing from the current menu would work well. Members may order whatever they want and pay for it as a regular customer. We are thankful to Laurie and other the committee members Sherrilee Wallerman, Jerry Kasdorf, and Laurel Hoeth for spending the time to investigate this for us.
Nominating Committee: Sue Reinhardt reported that current officers have agreed to stay in their positions for another term (two years). The position of vice president remains unfilled. Members are urged to consider stepping up for this opportunity to serve.
Data Manager: Sherrilee Wallerman has agreed to serve in the new Data Manager position. She will use updated technology to keep our website and communications up to date. SPARTA is very grateful for agreeing to use her skill and expertise in this role.
Scholarship Committee: Mary Ann Krems reported that the recipient the SPARTA Elbert Rackow scholarship is Casey Nieman who will attend UW/SP and the recipient of the SPARTA Ramona Weisbrod scholarship is Maggie Mancl who will also attend UW/SP.
Social committee: Eileen Payne reminded us of the trip planned in July to tour historic Cedarburg and Port Washington and to see the musical Assisted Living. It promises to be a good time. Please contact Eileen with any questions.
Sunshine Committee: Mary Beth Anday continues to send thoughtful messages to the families of fellow colleagues who have passed including the most recent, George Meeks.
Jan Langton moved to set the dues for 2018-19 at $12. Barb Clementi seconded the motion, which passed.
Jan Langton moved to donate $100 to the Community Foundation for the SPARTA Scholarship Fund in memory of Joyce Daberkow. The motion was seconded by Jerry Kasdorf and passed.
Anton Anday thanked all the volunteers who taught a total of 31 classes at the school in Heritage Park. It was another successful year. Anton also reminded members of the Historical Bike Ride on May 20 from noon until 3pm as well as the Historical Dance at Heritage Park on June 2 from 7-10pm. All proceeds benefit the park.
The meeting was adjourned.
Sue Jacobson gave an interesting and informative presentation about her African Safari. It was entertaining and inspired many members to explore similar travel. The members were especially grateful to her for stepping up at the last minute when our original program cancelled.
The next meeting will be held on September 10,2018 at Park Ridge Family Restaurant with our guest speaker being Portage County K9 Resource
Officer Eric Koepsell.
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