The MCRTA: an affiliate of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association,
 representing retired administrators and teachers in Monroe and Owen counties, including the
Monroe County Community School Corporation,
                                                                                                                                                                Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation,
 and Spencer-Owen Community Schools. 
  Indiana Retired Teachers Association:  http://www.retiredteachers.org      





Dear MCRTA Members:

I hope that everyone had an enjoyable Holiday season.   We had one of the mildest late December seasons in many years; however, the weather changed quickly.

A number of our members will be attending the Indiana Legislative luncheon hosted by the Indiana Retired Teachers Association on February 23 at the Indiana State House in order to meet legislators to keep them aware of our many concerns.  Linda Woods, our legislature chairperson, has sent out requests to you to contact our legislators concerning the 13th check and Cola.

Dianna Johnson is still accepting information on your volunteer hours which always show what an awesome group we have who give much back to the community.  Please contact her ASAP at 812 876 9273 to register your hours for the year if you have not already done so. E-Mail dianna4273@sbcglobal.net  Volunteers from our group collected $102.87 for the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Drive held in the College Mall during the holidays.

We have finally been able to put finishing touches on the rest of the programs for the year.


MCRTA Upcoming Activities

MARCH 8.  Harp Program 2 p.m. in Garton Hall at St. Mark's Methodist Church, 100 North State Road 46.

APRIL 12. Bus trip to Kokomo to visit Opalescent Glass Factory, Kokomo Automotive Museum, and lunch at Cook McDoogal's Irish Pub, leaving  KMart WEST at 7:30 a.m. SHARP.

JUNE 9. MCRTA annual picnic at 5 p.m., Karst Park Farm, Shelter House #1

AUGUST 13. MCRTA will host a Lion's Club pancake breakfast for scholarships from 8 a.m. till 11 a.m. at the American Legion Post 1800 West Third Street.

PROGRAM DETAILS FOLLOW:  On March 8 at 2 p.m at St. Mark's Methodist Church in Garton Hall we will be entertained by an outstanding musical program.   Erin Brook-Miller, program coordinator, USA International Harp Competition has confirmed that Melanie Mashner will present a harp program for us to enjoy.  We will have a short meeting to discuss our trip to Kokomo, seeking candidates for officer positions for the coming year, and our responsibilities for the pancake breakfast.

April12.  We will be taking a bus trip (Go Express Travel) to the Opalescent Glass Factory. The bus will be stationed at KMART WEST at 7:15 a.m. and will leave at 7:30 a.m. SHARP!

 Our tour of the glass factory should begin about 9:45 a.m. until 11:15 a.m.  Next, we will be in the show room approximately 30 minutes.

The Opalescent Glass Factory is America's oldest glass factory in the United States as it still manufactures art glass the same way that it was made more than a century ago.  We will view glass blowers at work creating many fascinating works of art.  After the factory tour we will view the glass creations for sale in the glass shop.  

NO open toe or open heel shoes are allowed.  Wheelchairs are available upon request and anyone who is on a walker will be required to use a wheelchair.  Let me know if a wheelchair will be needed so that I can make a request.

 Approximately 11:45 a.m. we will head to Cook McDoogal's Irish Pub and be there by 12 noon. To expedite our orders they are requesting that we make a selection from the following entrees. After your selection mark whether you want a side of chips or French fries.  Water and/or soft drinks are included.

 After lunch we will have a tour of the Kokomo Automotive Museum where 100 antique cars are housed.  Much of the area you may wish to view yourself; however, if you like, someone will be available to help you with answers to your questions.  We plan to spend an hour in the museum, and hopefully arriving back at KMART West before 5 p.m.

Please fill out you name, main entree and whether you wish to have chips or French fries.

Choose ONE entree per person from the following:

Caesar Salad

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Corned Beef on Rye

McDoogal's Tenderloin

Chicken Pita

Steak Pita

Veggie Pita

Mama McDoogal's Burger

Half Fish and Chips

HalfY's Guys Shepard's Pie

The Reuben


NAME (s)__________________________________________


Phone number____________________   E-Mail______________________

Entree selection________________________________________

French fries or chips. (circle choice)

The cost is $38.00 for EACH person.   The cost includes transportation, lunch, and entrance to both facilities.   Please mail this form with your check made payable to MCRTA to Shirley Pugh, 3707 Chaudion Ct., Bloomington, IN 47401.

Reservations will be on a first paid basis so you should mail your reservations today.


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June 9.   MCRTA will have our annual picnic at Karst Park Farm, Shelter #1 on Thursday, June 9 at 5 p.m.  Meat and drinks will be provided.  Please bring a dish to share and your table service; however, paper products will be available.  Our business meeting will consist of electing officers and discussing our responsibilities with the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast that we are hosting on Saturday, August 13.  The Lions Club will prepare the food, and we will serve it and help clean up.  Everyone needs to help, as they hope that we can sell 200 tickets to earn money for (4) $500 scholarships for selected graduating students who have overcome adverse circumstances. This function is a cooperative fund raising effort among the Bloomington Lions Club, the Monroe County Schools Foundation, and our group.


August 13.  MCRTA Pancake Breakfast held from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. at the American Legion, 1800 West Third Street.  Tickets cost $8 for a delicious breakfast.

 I hope to see you at the harp program on March 8 at 2 p.m.  REFRESHMENTS will be served after the program.     


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October 17, 2013
"A hands on experience with an I-Pad"  
Time: 10:00 am -- Thursday
Location: Abel Building, S. Henderson, just north of the

April 2014 --  Tour of the Toyota Plant, Princeton, IN

June 12, 2014 5 p.m.
Picnic at Karst Park Farms, Shelter House #1

June 26, 2014, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Bell Trace
Come hear AMY WARDLOW, "Protect yourself:
Stop Scams and Identity Theft" Make a reservation by calling
332-2355 by Friday, June 20.

August 29, 2013
Dr. Gary Ingersoll, Education in Middle East
St. Marks UMC, 
100 North St. Road 46
Speaker:  Dr. Gary Ingersoll, 
Professor Emeritus in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology and also Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics in the IU School of Medicine. 
He most recently served as Dean of Education at the United Arab Emeritus University and he focused his presentation on the educational system in the area of the Middle East. 
Along with his presentation, the United Methodist Women of St. Mark's Methodist Church prepared an excellent Chicken-rice casserole and Vegetarian substitute, Chopped vegetable salad with vinaigrette dressing, Sliced bread with butter, Eclair dessert, and Water, iced tea or coffee.