Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Indiana EdCast Episode #17

Welcome and thanks for listening to Episode #17 of IRTA's podcast, Indiana EdCast!

In this episode, Tom Mellish is joined by three school superintendents in Indiana. We discuss the recently released report from Ball State University about the optimal district size for school testing. Our guests are Dr. Jeff Butts from Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township, Dr. Colleen Moran from North Montgomery Community School Corporation near Crawfordsville, and Mr. Ralph Shrader Metropolitan School District of Warren County.

Listen to the 38 minute episode here.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

President's Letter, October 2017

Dear Allen County Retired Educators,

Our second of four annual meetings will be held on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, at

UMI Fort Wayne
2912 Getz Rd (near the corner of Getz and W. Jefferson)

There is an elevator inside the main entrance to take you down to the banquet room and adjacent restrooms. We will begin our meeting promptly at 11:00 a.m. Please arrive by 10:45 a.m. to check in and pay for your lunch.

Please make your reservations with MARY JO PURVIS at: 260-492-6992 or mpurvis1@frontier.com by OCTOBER 12th. We will be enjoying a delicious family style luncheon with appetizers and three main courses. Your lunch will cost $15.00 payable when you arrive (cash or check only please). If you are a 2017 retired teacher or administrator, and you are a first time attendee, your meal is FREE. Members who bring a nonmember retiree, attending the first time, will get a TWO-FOR-ONE deal for lunch. Let Mary Jo know this when you make your reservation.

The program for the meeting is a Legislative Panel, arranged and moderated by our Vice-President Mike Caywood. At the time of this printing the following legislators will be attending: Senators Liz Brown and Dennis Kruse and Representatives Martin Carbaugh and Phil GiaQuinta. AREA members will be able to submit questions on a notecard available at the registration table. The notecards will be collected and the questions will be presented to the legislative panel for discussion by the moderator, after each legislator has an opportunity to make a brief introductory statement. In order to get the most questions answered, discussion will be limited to questions on the notecards. Come prepared to get your education, retiree related, and general legislative questions answered!

Our new 2017-2018 Membership Directory will be available at this meeting. It is free to all paid members, or it can be sent to you for an additional $2.00 mailing fee. On pages 3 and 4 of the directory is the annual information for submitting VOLUNTEER HOURS FOR 2017. This information is important to present to our legislators to show our community worth and lobby for COLA. Send your total hours collated by "youth" and "adult" to Judy Nancarrow by December 1 at 1842 Alabama Ave., Fort Wayne, 46805 or to judy.nancarrow@hotmail.com. Let's be the top volunteer chapter in Indiana!

If you have not yet paid your 2017-18 AREA DUES OF $15.00, contact Pam George at: 471-5952, pamgeorgeph@comcast.net or 6316 Tree Top Trail, Fort Wayne, 46845. She also has IRTA information. Please consider joining IRTA through automatic dues deduction from your TRF pension. Support is greatly needed to impact change.

Remaining meetings:

Monday, April 16, 2018 – Biaggi's RistorantΓ© – Program: Dan Wire – Fort Wayne Rivers
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 – Pine Valley Country Club – Program: Cynthia Thies – Lesser Known First Ladies 1865-1892

Kathy Lepper, President

Thursday, August 17, 2017

President's Letter, August 2017

Dear Allen County Retired Educators,

Our first of four yearly meetings will be WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017 at

The LODGE at COYOTE CREEK (formerly Elks Club)
4935 Hillegas Road
Fort Wayne,  IN 46818

We will begin our meeting at 11:00 a.m. Please come at 10:45 a.m. to check in and pay your lunch and dues.

Please make your reservation with MARY JO PURVIS at: 260-492-6992 or mpurvis1@frontier.com. Please contact her by August 21st. If you have special dietary needs, please talk to the wait staff that day. The luncheon will be a delicious buffet. The meal cost will be $15.00 payable when you arrive (cash or check only please). If you are a 2017 retired teacher or administrator, and you are a first time attendee, your meal is FREE. Members bringing a nonmember retiree will get a TWO-FOR-ONE deal for lunch. Let Mary Jo know when you make your reservation. Let’s try to get our new retirees there!

The program for our August 30th meeting will be a presentation by Dr. Jeanne Zehr, Director and Founder of the MindCAP Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the only training center and clinic delivering services of Feuerstein Programs in North America. The MindCAP Center provides services to children and adults who wish to improve their cognitive functioning. Conditions may be brain fog from chemotherapy, brain injury, stroke, autism, learning disabilities, drug addiction, attachment disorder, or any other condition that interferes with clearly focused thinking and learning.

Our meeting will conclude with our annual Necrology Service.

Mark your calendars NOW for the remaining 3 AREA meetings: (Save these dates.)

Thursday, October 26, 2017—Umi Fort Wayne—2912 Getz Rd

Monday, April 16, 2018—Biaggi’s Ristorante—4010 W. Jefferson Blvd

Tuesday, June 19, 2018—Pine Valley Country Club—10900 Pine Mills Rd

Every effort has been made to reserve fine food at a venue that can hold all our members comfortably. Also, we have scheduled each meeting on a different day of the week!

MEMBERSHIP: Please note: Our AREA dues are $15.00 for 2017-2018 and can be paid by cash or check at the August 30th meeting. Each member will receive a 2017-2018 DIRECTORY at the October 26th meeting, or it can be mailed to you by adding $2.00 to your membership dues of $15.00. Please note on this form if any information is a change. Checks should be payable to AREA. Pay at the August 30th meeting or mail to: Pam George, 6316 Tree Top Trail, Fort Wayne, IN 46845.

Click HERE to download a membership form.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Indiana EdCast Episode #16

Welcome and thanks for listening to Episode #16 of IRTA's podcast, Indiana EdCast!

In this special episode, Tom Mellish is a guest on Indiana Education Insight. He talks to Dr. J. T. Coopman, executive director of Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents (IAPSS), about protecting teacher retirement.

Listen to the 26 minute episode here.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

President's Letter, May 2017

Dear Allen County Retired Educators,

The last of four annual meetings is soon to be held as we close this school year. It will be on Tuesday, June 6th at Pine Valley Country Club, 10900 Pine Mills Road. We will begin our meeting promptly at 11:00 AM, so come at 10:45 AM to check in and pay for your lunch.

RESERVATIONS: Please make your reservation with Mary Jo Purvis at: 492-6992 or mpurvis1@frontier.com. It would be a great help if you would contact her by June 1st. You will have a choice of several menu items for our lunch. If you need special dietary changes, please talk to the wait staff that day.

The meal cost will be $15.00 payable when you arrive. If you are a 2016 or 2017 retired teacher or administrator, and you are a first time attendee, your meal is FREE. Members who bring a nonmember retiree, will get a TWO-FOR-ONE deal for lunch. Please let Mary Jo know when you make your reservation.

PROGRAM: Todd Pelfrey, executive director, the Fort Wayne History Museum will be presenting an Indiana bicentennial program for us, complete with artifacts! Our regional director, Judy Hostetler, will one again be with us and update any IRTA news.

EYEGLASSES: Bring your "old" eyeglasses for Ed DeLong to collect for the Lion's Club.

ARCHIVES: Any AREA documents you feel should be saved, bring to Bruce Oliver that day.

The IRTA Representative Assembly will be held on Wednesday, June 14th at Primo South in Indianapolis. We are eligible for 21 delegates for this very informative day, so mark the date on your calendar and join us. We will have carpools organized to attend, and there is NO cost, as AREA will pay for your lunch and continental breakfast. If you are able to represent Allen County that day, please let Barb Kanning know by May 26th to get you registered as a delegate. Call 432-5228 or e-mail at kanning4@frontier.com. You must be a member of IRTA to be a voting delegate, but you can also attend as a guest if you are not.

IRTA MEMBERSHIP: Have you joined? The Indiana Retired Teachers Assoc. needs your support as we begin plans for the 2018 IN legislative year. COLA anyone? Join by contacting Pam George - 471-5952 or pamgeorgeph@comcast.net.

SEE YOU ON JUNE 6th at PINE VALLY COUNTRY CLUB!


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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Indiana EdCast Episode #15

Welcome and thanks for listening to Episode #15 of IRTA's podcast, Indiana EdCast!

In this episode, Tom Mellish speaks with Legislative Lobbyist, Steve Beebe. They discuss 13th Check going through with no increase, PMOC meetings, and more.

Listen to the 24 minute episode here.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Indiana EdCast Episode #14

Welcome and thanks for listening to Episode #14 of IRTA's podcast, Indiana EdCast!

Today, Tom Mellish is joined by Steve Beebe of Beebe and Scherer. They discuss HB 1463 "DC Option" Conference Committee, the Legislative Brunch, HB1005, HB1003 "ILEARN", and Pre-K expansion.

Listen to the 23 minute episode here.

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