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Douglas and Ozark Counties RTA members, Edith McKinnon, Yolanda Dolecki, Terri Hall, Barbara Roberts, Jane Elder, Barbara Groover, Doris Morrison, Marie Bristol, Ida Mae Huse, Jenny Billings, Sue Robirds, and Norma Stillings and their guests, Bobbye Priddy, Paul Mruk and his wife, Janet Mruk, met for lunch at the Senior Center in Gainesville, Missouri. Paul Mruk of the Mruk Family Center on Aging in Mountain Home, Arkansas spoke on “Self Defense.”
Paul is a retired police officer from Memphis, Tennessee. The purpose of his presentation was to raise awareness on some of the dangers seniors face in the present day world. Paul demonstrated some rather novel ways of self-defense but his main points were Avoidance, Attention, and Anticipation. Whether we are talking about entering or leaving shopping malls, parking in parking garages, carrying purses along side city streets, protecting our valuables at home, or protecting our identity, it is better to avoid a bad situation than to try to get out of a bad situation. Paul and his wife, Janet, gave each attendee a packet of information to take home.
RTA President Doris Morrison conducted a short business meeting. The minutes and treasurer’s reports were accepted as presented. Dues were collected from several members.
Some memorials were given in memory of Barbara Heriford.
The group heard reports from the Community Service chair, Jane Elder and the nominating committee. The list of officer nominations for 2011-12 were, Marie Bristol, president, Terri Hall, vice president, Norma Stillings, secretary, and Julane Williams, treasurer. Current president, Doris Morrison, asked for any nominations from the floor. There were none. The motion was made and seconded to accept this roster by acclamation. The motion carried with none opposed.
RTA members, Terri Hall, Doris Morrison, Marie Bristol, Ida Mae Huse, Betty Moore, Julane Williams, Caryl Feiler, and Norma Stillings attended the MRTA Region 10 Fall meeting at St. John’s O’Reilly Cancer Center Auditorium, Friday October 15. The theme was “Remembering the Past-Looking to the Future” in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Missouri Retired Teachers Association.
Wayne Wheeler, PSRS Board Member spoke to the retirees on the state of the retirement system. The Rolf Family provided excellent entertainment. Norma Stillings was among six individuals recognized for being Distinguished Retiree Nominees from their local units. Rosemary Bane of the Springfield unit had won the state honor.