The Fulton County Retired Teachers' Association meeting May 15 was called to order by President Irene Hauser. The Pledge of Allegiance was said and the invocation was given by Don Williams. A moment of silence was observed for the deceased members.
The reports of the secretary and treasurer were read by the members. Treasurer Linda Sammons updated the amount available for the scholarship from $362.19 to $594.19 due to contributions by the members.
Jean LaPorta, county director, is working with Donna Gendron, who received praise from the Eastern Zone committee for the personal contact when recruiting new members. Gendron urged members to give to the Robert R. DeCormier Fund, which helps retirees in need of financial assistance. Gendron noted members need to belong to the New York State Retired Teachers Association to be eligible for grants.
Trish DeWeese gave the health report.
Jack DeWeese gave the legislative report.
Hauser noted the need for a historian and asked interested members to contact her.
In old business, the scholarship winner was Anna Wing from Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School and Hauser read a thank-you note from Wing. Hauser noted that a chairman was needed for the scholarship committee. Hauser also read thank-you notes from the local food pantries and the James Brennan Humane Society for the support of the members.
In new business, the fall Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty Walk, the Mohawk Valley Chorus concert and the NYSRTA fall convention returning to the Turning Stone Casino were mentioned. The Friendly Service collected $130 at the meeting. Nancy Quackenbush won the 50-50 raffle and donated her winnings back to the DeCormier Fund, making $139 the total amount donated to the DeCormier Fund. Hauser requested that in the future all entrees offered at the meeting be one price and the extra funds go to needed expenses or funds. The meeting adjourned.
After lunch, retired Army Col. Judith Gisondi spoke about the experiences of being called into active duty with the Army after retiring from Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services.