Members and guests of the Rush County Retired Teachers Association met Dec. 5 the Conference Room at Rush Memorial Hospital. Following the welcome by President Bud King, and grace by Ken Brashaber, dinner was enjoyed.
Bud opened the meeting with the Pledge to the Flag, the introduction of Sue Templin, our Area 6 representative, and greetings to our first year retirees, Norma Wendell and Charlie Gratzer.
Following the treasurer’s report and secretary’s minutes, committee reports were given. Sharon Wooley thanked the calling committee, and Shirley Jones reported that volunteer hours need to be reported by Dec. 30. Barb Kendall passed out cards to be signed and sent to those in nursing homes and those having birthdays soon. We were reminded that Dorothy Crawley will be celebrating her 100th birthday on Saturday, Jan. 18.
Bud thanked those who volunteered with the Reality Store at Benjamin Rush Middle School. Volunteers were Rosalie Earnest, Shirley Henshaw, Barb Kendall, Bud King, Connie Schakel, Libby Smith, Sharon Wooley and Dave Young. District representative, Templin, spoke briefly. Sue encouraged us to write letters to our legislators, mentioning that it has been five years since the last Cost of Living Adjustment. She said that e-mails are not effective, and to gain attention to a subject, the legislator must have received at least five letters before considering a subject.
RCRTA member, Ruth Houk was introduced and presented a brief program about Changing Footprints, a shoe charity conceived by Maureen Sheehan Leisure in 2004. In conjunction with Bob Broughton, Indianapolis, this became a joint venture in 2005. Thousands of pairs of shoes have been distributed within the state and sent to many countries overseas. In 2009 the Old Glove Factory, across from the K of C, became the permanent home for the charity. A grant from the Rush Count Community Foundation paid for the installation of a bathroom, and many local individuals and organizations have volunteered to remodel the interior of the historic building.
The Rushville building is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m. There is a container in front for those who wish to donate new or gently used shoes at other times. Ruth mentioned that even very worn tennis shoes can be donated, as these can be shredded and recycled. Volunteers are always needed and welcomed. For those wanting more information they can be found on Facebook, and a website: changingfootprints.com.
Following the program, Bud thanked Louise Kendall for the many years she made cards that were sent to shut-ins and for birthdays. Louise will no longer be doing this, and if anyone would like to volunteer, talk to Bud. The opportunity drawing was won by Sue Moster, who very kindly donated her winnings to Changing Footprints. Brag for a quarter followed. Claire Mercer paid to tell a Christmas joke, and Connie Schakel told about a grandchild who showed a sheep at the North American Livestock Show and won Grand Champion. Nan Prout then paid to congratulate Connie, and Dick Moster bragged about Sue’s nephew who competed in the Final Four tennis tournament for Delta High School and won the Truster Award. Phyllis Fecher’s grandson has passed the bar in New Jersey, and Bud’s granddaughter is now a licensed mortician in Greenwood. Merrill Carrigan reported having two doctor’s appointments the day before with his last quarter, and Louise Kendall said that while in the hospital recently, she found the food very good. Karen Ann Smith reported that the Community Thanksgiving meal prepared at Main Street Christian Church had served 678 this year. Pin money was collected, and October, November and December birthdays were recognized.
The next meeting will be at noon Thursday, March 27 at Center Christian Church.
— Rushville Republican