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Retired teachers begin meeting for school year

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By DELIA M. LONG
Association Reporter
Members of the Levy/Gilchrist Retired Educators Association have been quite busy already this year, beginning with the executive board meeting at the Trenton Library in August.  At this time they mapped out activities for the 2010 school year.
This was followed by the FREA District Four Leadership Conference which met in Gainesvile on Sept. 18 at the Paramount Hotel. Five attendees were Karen Philman, president; Alphonso Johnson, informative and protective services; Rosa Rutledge, literacy chair; Delia Long, reporter; and Betty Ramey, assistant treasurer. They attended various breakout sessions in which they learned about their offices and information on the Florida Retired Educators Foundation, Inc. The unit was presented awards for membership, merit, literacy and community service.
The first general meeting for the year was held at the Levy Quilt Museum in Chiefland. The speaker was Randy Durden, Gilchrist County Commissioner, who spoke on the American Association of Retired Persons volunteering program. Durden said the most positive aspect of volunteering is a rewarding experience and the most negative factor is that there are never enough volunteers.
New members for this year include Susie Rowe, retired buss driver; and Jo Wilson, retired teacher from Levy and Gilchrist counties. Guests included Inetha McQueen, retired nurse; Mrs. Randy Durden.
The next meeting will be at Deke's restaurant in Chiefland on Oct. 18.