Local retired teachers earn gold recognition
By Sue Wood

Posted on May 10, 2014 6:48 PM

The Russellville/Logan County Retired Teachers Association was recently presented the Gold Seal Certificate at the State Convention of Kentucky Retired Teachers Association held on April 21 and 22 in Louisville. This award is based on a point system for participation in the support and goals of KRTA. There are three levels of awards--bronze, silver, and gold as the highest.

Accepting this award on behalf of the local association were President Clarence Gamble, Secretary Sue Wood, Committee Chairperson Mary Ann Downing, and member Eloise Hadden.

Several criteria must be met. Membership in the local, district, and state levels account for several points.

The local association sponsors four major community service projects each year. The summer project was to bring food items for the summer backpack program. The fall project resulted in many school supplies being distributed to the city and county schools. Christmas was the new toy drive--several large 30-gallon bags of toys were taken to the Agape Center for distribution through Bro. Joe’s Family Christmas. The spring project is to bring socks, underwear, and other needed items for the Family Resource Centers. Retired teachers in Russellville and Logan County continue to promote the well-being of children in our area.

The RLCRTA sponsors the Grandparent Essay Award and gives a monetary gift and certificate to the winning Fifth Grader annually. This essay is then entered in the Third District level.

Retired teachers reported 22,084 volunteer hours in one year. Logan County greatly benefits from these many teacher volunteers.

RLCRTA stays in close contact with our state representatives and senators to foster legislature aimed at improving education in Kentucky and to continue the security of our retirement system.

All retired teachers are invited to join the local association. It is only through membership that we will continue to have one of the very best health insurance programs and retirement pensions in the entire nation.

If you are not a member, please contact President Clarence Gamble or Membership Chairperson Sarah Flowers or any member of the association for information. Dues are minimal but benefits are enormous.

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