The Sac Osage Retired School Employees Association (SORSEA) met on Oct. 15 in the El Dorado Springs First Baptist Church.
President Jean Wernel opened the meeting with remembrances for the passing of Jane Fullerton and Velda Faye King. Both women were positive role models for all women, not just educators.
The Sac Osage unit was honored at the Fall Missouri Retired Teacher Association (MRTA) Annual Meeting and the trophy was displayed. Highlights of the meeting were reported, including the “Burning of the Mortgage” for the MRTA Building in Jefferson City.
Steve Yocum of PSRS/PEERS reported that the retirement system is in good standing and needs to remain independent of investment boards and consolidation with other state retirement systems or Social Security. Legislative bills that were introduced in the Spring will be back on the table and it is important to keep vigilant. MRTA Legislative Day is set for Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Jefferson City. Hopefully our unit will be able to take advantage of bus transportation again this year.
The historic El Dorado Springs photo restoration/ preservation project is still being indexed.
It is membership renewal time for MRTA and SORSEA. It is very important that all retired teachers pay their membership dues so we maintain a voice in Jefferson City. (Strength in Numbers) MRTA is the watchdog for our retirement system. MRTA dues are $35; local dues are $5. You can contact Jean Wernel or Georgia Detwiler, treasurer, to pay dues.
With the passing of Jane Fullerton, Region 6 elected a new VP: Arleta Godwin from the West Central unit. A Region 6 Meeting is being planned for Friday, April 12, in Osceola.
Thelma Forest presented an altruistic project idea for Shriner’s Hospital in St. Louis. At the December meeting, members will be making small blankets for Shriners to give each child when they go home. Bring any fleece you may have to the December meeting and Thelma will teach us how to make an easy new edging.
SORSEA GETS EXCELLENCE AWARD – The Sac Osage Retired School Employee Association was honored at the state meeting of Missouri Retired Teachers with an Excellence Award for chapter activities. Jean Wernel, chapter president, accepted the honor from MRTA Executive Director Jim Kreider.