Club News: Nemaha County Association of Retired School Personnel

Submitted by Lylamae Edelman

The first meeting of the new year for the Nemaha County Association of Retired School Personnel was held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, at the Buzz Café with 11 members present and two guests, Cindy Hayes and Monty Bechard. The group enjoyed a lunch of either meat loaf, soup/salad, Irish beef stew, strawberry strip salad or ordered from the menu. Don Fischer gave the blessing.

For the program, Hayes, who is an association member benefits advisor for the state organization, shared about the various benefits that are available to those who are members of the state association. Members indicated on a sheet what benefits if any they wanted Hayes to call them about with more details on that benefit or benefits. She gave away four door prizes at the conclusion of her presentation.

Roll call was telling about various memories of winter — good and or bad.

President Dave Spangler opened the business meeting. Lyla Edelman read the minutes of the Nov. 1, 2017, meeting and they were approved as read. Alice Zahner gave the treasurer’s report. The unit has 29 paid members so far for 2018.

A letter from the District Two Director Bob Hankins on the January state association meeting he attended was shared. The Kansas Association of Retired School Personnel (KARSP) has 3,641 members as of Jan. 25, 2018. KARSP is made up of the following groups: law enforcement personnel, firefighters, judges, all public school personnel, state workers (this includes all college employees who are not professors), most county and municipal workers and legislators. KPERS originated in 1962 and merged with the Kansas Teachers Retirement System in 1971.

The June state convention will be held June 6-8, 2018, at the Atrium in Hutchinson. Hankins has served two terms and will not be able to be up for re-election. It was approved to give $25 to the state association to use at the June convention for prizes.

Gay McClain gave a scholarship report, stating that she has not received any applications yet. The deadline is April 15. Those who hadn’t already donated to the scholarship fund gave their donation at this meeting. If a member who hasn’t donated and wishes to, they may send their donation to Alice Zahner, 385 Parkview, Sabetha KS 66534.

Volunteer hours need to be turned in by April 18 as the report to the state is due April 30. Hour totals for youth, adult and others can be mailed to Lyla Edelman, 1514 Harrison, Sabetha, KS 66534, or emailed to her. Her email address is in the March newsletter.

Dates for the rest of the 2018 meetings are May 1, July 3, Sept. 4 and Nov. 5. Again, any retired school personnel living in Nemaha County is welcome to join the local and or state association. Dues are $15 for the state and $5 for the local unit. Dues can be sent to Alice Zahner at the address above. Checks need to be made out to NCRSP. Zahner will submit the state dues.

With no other business the meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, at Buzz Café.


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