Douglas/Ozark Counties RTA Met October 8, 2013 at Gainesville Senior Center

The Douglas and Ozark Counties Retired Teachers and Other School Personnel met for lunch and a meeting at the Gainesville Senior Center. Those attending were Edith McKinnon, Judy Turner, June Hicks, Ida Mae Huse, Sue Robirds, Jane Elder, Caryl Feiler, Julane Williams, Marie Bristol, Betty Moore, Virginia Parsely, Ruth Evans, Colleen Lakey, Barbara Roberts, Norma Stillings and the guest speaker, Karen Eubank.

After the group enjoyed a very good meal, Marie Bristol welcomed those in attendance and called the meeting to order. During the business meeting Committee reports were heard from Ida Mae Huse, Legislative Chair, who will be attending the Silver Haired Legislature, this month. Norma Stillings, Informative Chair, reported that the emphasis for grant funding from the Missouri Foundation for Health had shifted from prevention of tobacco use in youth to prevention of obesity in children. Menus in schools already reflect that concern. The chair person for the Scholarship Committee was not in attendance due to health reasons. A motion was made, seconded, and passed to extend the deadline to submit scholarship applications to the November meeting this year.

There had been about twenty membership renewals received and several members paid dues at this meeting. Plans were finalized also for the Region 10 MRTA meeting on October 18. Marie Bristol and some of the group will go early to decorate. The building is supposed to open at 7:30 and Marie asked that we try to have everything set up by 8:30. Registration is scheduled to begin at 9:00.

Karen Eubank, a photographer and journalist living in Ozark County, had a display of photographs of Ozark Heritage Landmarks. Karen writes feature articles about “Day Trips” for the Ozark County Times. Her articles are about her visits to places that could be reached on a day trip from Gainesville. She had visited and taken pictures of water falls, big springs, a ghost town, an old country store, flowers in bloom, fire works, sunsets over a lake, state parks, walking trails, canyons, and caves in Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas. She told about some of her adventures. She is completing a collection of her pictures and stories to be published soon.

The next RTA meeting is scheduled for November 12. Kathy McHugh will be demonstrating some aspects of dog training. Kathy is a 4-H Volunteer Instructor with youth who have dog training as a 4-H project.