Retired Teachers Group Installs Officers

October 17, 1991

The Anne Arundel Retired Teachers Association has announced its officers: president, Jean Trott of Galesville; president-elect, Edwin Copeland of Annapolis; recording secretary, Jeanne Jones of Stevensville; treasurer, Everett Pettigrew of Annapolis; assistant treasurer, Sylvia Garrison of Severn; corresponding secretary, Elaine Hollidayoke of Annapolis; and past president, Howard Hall of Millersville.

The chapter was founded in 1940. Its charter members were Mary Cadell, Ethel Cole, Elizabeth Millikin, Lucy Redmond and Magdalene Worthington.

The association became affiliated with the Maryland Retired Teachers Association, helped to organize other retired organizations and worked to improve the pensions of retired teachers.

In the 1970s the membership worked to secure health benefits for retired school employees.

The association affiliated with the National Retired Teachers Association in the 1970s.

In 1972, the group began the restoration and preservation of the Annearundell Tree School. This school is now a living history museum for educational artifacts.

Membership has grown to more than 900. Volunteerism by retired teachers is the major thrust of the association today.

Membership requirements include being a retired employee of the Anne Arundel County Board of Education. Fees are $5 for AARTA and $5 for the Maryland Retired TeachersAssociation.

Meetings are four times a year and begin at 10:30 a.m. with registration and an 11 a.m. business meeting. At noon the group breaks for lunch and has an afternoon program at 1 p.m. Programs are geared to issues and concerns of all retirees in the county, stateand nation.

Upcoming meetings will be in November, at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie; in March, 1992 at the Fort Meade Officers Club and in May 1992 at the Bay Ridge Inn in Annapolis.

Other activities throughout the year include a picnic, bus trips, annual convention, pre-retirement planning workshop for active teachers and employees, quarterly newsletters, AARTA chorus and community services.

Community services include: tutoring children, working in various departments of the Board of Education, projects with the county Office of Aging, libraries, hospitals, hospices, nursing home visitors, recreation and parks activities, serving on boards for governmental agencies, volunteering with Meals on Wheels; guides at the governor's mansion; museums and the Annearundell Tree School and many other charitable organizations.

For more information on the AARTA or to find outwhen the next meeting is, call 255-2964.

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