Club News: Nemaha County Association of Retired School Personnel

Submitted by Lyla Edelman

The second meeting of the Nemaha County Association of Retired School Personnel was held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, at Buzz Café in Sabetha, with nine members present and two guests — Bob Hankins and Dayra Menold. The group enjoyed a lunch of either tenderized steak, soup/salad bar, strawberry spinach salad, nacho cheese burger, chicken gyro or an item from the menu. Don Fischer gave the blessing.

For the program, Menold of the Sabetha Greenhouse told about the benefits of plants. She has a degree in horticultural therapy. The purpose of plants is to be used as a source of food or used to heal as many plants have a medicinal value.

The American Horticultural Therapy Association is the only U.S. organization committed to developing the practice of horticultural therapy as a unique and dynamic human service modality. It is the process of using plants and plant related activities as the therapeutic medium or tool to improve the well being of special populations like the mentally ill, disabled, elderly and youth. Horticultural therapy helps improve memory, cognitive abilities, task initiation, language skills and socialization.

Hankins is the District Two director for the state association, visited with us about some changes in personnel at the state association and told about some new events that will be held at the state convention June 6 through 8 at the Atrium at Hutchinson. District Two is composed of the following groups: Emporia Area Retired School Personnel, Topeka Area Retired School Personnel, Brown County Association of Retired School Personnel , Manhattan Area Retired Educators Association, Junction City Association of Retired School Personnel, and the Nemaha County Association of Retired School. He commented that Kansas ranked 42nd in teacher pay in the United States. Twenty percent of the Kansas population are receiving KPERS retirement.

Roll call was sharing about what fresh vegetable/vegetables we enjoyed eating from a garden. President Dave Spangler opened the business meeting. Lyla Edelman read the minutes of the March 6 meeting, and they were approved as read. Alice Zahner gave the treasurer’s report.

Gay McClain shared that there were six applications for the scholarships. Two Sabetha seniors, Larke Edelman and Hannah Simpson, received the scholarships. Lyla Edelman presented the scholarships on April 27 at the Sabetha High School Academic Recognition Night. Both girls will be attending Kansas State University.

Lyla Edelman turned in 1,708 volunteer hours to the state. Hours were 388.5 working with youth, 386 working with adults and 935.5 in other areas. Zahner had the most volunteer hours.

Any retired school personnel living in Nemaha County are welcome to join the group. Dues are $20, with $5 for local treasury and $15 for the state. Checks need to be made out to NCRSP and sent to Alice Zahner, 385 Parkview Drive, Sabetha KS 66534. Zahner will send in the state dues.

With no other business, the meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, at Buzz Café.

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