Sunday, April 29, 2018

News from the April Meeting

We awarded scholarships to three students at the April meeting.
Kaitlynn Wells is a junior at Central College majoring in elementary education with special education and reading endorsements.  One of Kaitlynn's goals is to work with students who have behavior issues.
Konnor Gifford (left) is an Iowa State University student.  He is interested in teaching secondary social studies.  Konnor is not a quitter.  He applied for a DMARSPA scholarship last year but received the "I'm sorrry" letter from the committee.  That didn't stop him! Konnor is ahead of the game because he realizes that the role of teachers requires hard work, patience, persistence and zeal.
Sam Duffy (right) is majoring in physical education at Grand View University.  He originally thought he would pursue a history major but felt a strong calling for P.E. After working during a summer with K-5th grade students, he knew he wanted a future working with low income students and to be a positive male role model.
Many thanks to the scholarship committee members who selected these fine recipients: Dee Fleischacker (chair), Liz Benjamin, Marilyn Reese, Erika Brown, Sharon Cooley, Mary Hammer and Janet Linn.

Thank You. Thank You. Thank You.  Members donated $419 to the Food Bank of Central Iowa.

On May 1, the program committee will meet at Noah's Ark to plan the programs for next year.  If you have any ideas, call Justine at 515-255-2894.

New retirees who attend the June meeting will receive a free lunch. Call Dee at 515-221-2759 for a reservation. Spread the word to all of the new retirees you know.

Your 2018-2019 dues of $18 must be paid by June 30 for your name to appear in the next membership book.

Thank you for volunteering! Our treasurer for 2018-19 will be Sandra Petree.  We still need volunteers to serve as Vice President and Head Cashier.

April 2018 Photos

Sunday, April 8, 2018

IRSPA District 5 Spring Meeting

IRSPA District 5 Spring Meeting
Oskaloosa, Iowa
A meeting for all”

Dear Presidents of Local Units of District Five,
Please find enclosed information concerning the IRSPA District 5 Spring meeting which will be hosted by the Mahaska County Retired School Personnel Unit May 16th. The meeting will be held at the St. Mary's Parish Center located at 301 High Avenue East. We hope that your unit will be represented by several of your members. This meeting is for ALL RETIRED SCHOOL PERSONNEL MEMBERS to attend. Yes, two of the focus groups that meet in the morning are directed to officers, but anyone can attend those sessions. Everyone will select one of the four focus groups to attend. Two of the other focus groups will center around recruiting and retaining members and ideas for local programs. As you are driving to Oskaloosa you might decide who will attend which focus groups.

For the purpose of lunch reservations I will need to know the number of people attending from your unit by Friday, May 4th. There is no charge for the lunch because the state organization pays for that out of your state dues. However, if someone from your unit does not attend that day, your unit is expected to reimburse the state for that meal.
As usual, all of your state officers will be present that day for you to get to know them to some degree. They are working for you and want to know what your concerns for the organization might be. During lunch they will be sitting at various tables. Also, the state allows for two cars for mileage to and back home, so your driver will get some help with gas money. That mileage is reimbursed that day.

Directions to St. Mary's Parish Center in Oskaloosa, IA

from the west: Stay on Hwy 92 (A Ave W.) to the center of the city where 92 & 63 meet (Methodist Church on your left). Go straight on 92 (A Ave W) two more blocks, and turn right onto N. Second St. Go 1 block to High Ave E. Turn left onto High Ave E. St. Mary's Parish Center is immediately on your left, and a public parking lot is on your right.

from the east: Stay on Hwy 92 (A Ave E) to the stoplight at N. 3rd St. Turn left onto N. 3rd St. Go 1 block to High Ave E. Turn right onto High Ave E. A public parking lot is on your left (south), and St. Mary's Parish Center is at the end of the block on your right.

from the south: Take the Hwy 63 exit into Oskaloosa. Come into the center of the city on 63 which is S Market St., and at the north end of the city square, turn right onto High Ave E.    Go three blocks on High Ave E. On your left is St. Mary's Parish Center, and to the right there is a public parking lot.

from the north: Hwy 63 is N. Market St. Come to the center of the city where 63 & 92 meet. (Methodist Church on your right). Turn left onto 92 which is also A Ave E. Go two blocks to S. Second. Turn right and go 1 block to High Ave .E Turn left onto High Ave E. St. Mary's Parish Center is immediately on your left, and a public parking lot is on your right.

As we have done the past couple of years, we will all attend the same interest session together and then the presenter will switch and we will hear the other one. The agenda names the interest sessions.

We will close our meeting with door prizes and send you on your way in a timely fashion, getting you home by late afternoon.

I believe that most of you are aware that I am teaching ½ to fulltime at Davis County Schools this year and that has taken up much of my traveling and visiting unit time. If you have a noon meeting and you are not too far away I can maybe make the trip to visit your club and encourage members to attend the district meeting. Otherwise, please encourage your members to attend.
You may send me your meal reservations either by e-mail or call me, but please, let me know by May 4th at the latest.


Lyle Stirling
District 5 Coordinator

District 5 Spring Meeting
St. Mary's Parish Center
Thursday, May 16, 2016

9:00-Welcome-Lyle Stirling & Suzanne Smith and the Pledge of Allegiance led by George Holland
Welcome-Chris Campidilli, State President
Focus Groups-Led by State Officers-Everyone chooses one to attend.
*President and Presidents
     Facilitators: Chris Campidilli & George Holland
*Secretaries and Treasurers
     Facilitators: Bob Swanson, Recorder-Mary Jo O'Connell
*Recruiting and Retaining members
     Facilitator-Shirley & Jerry Barth
     Facilitator ?
Reports from Focus Groups
Interest Sessions
1. Sherry Vavra,Executive Director of the Mahaska Community Recreation Foundation, will present information related to the guided tours available featuring the Recreation Trail which circles the city of Oskaloosa and a new feature to Oskaloosa downtown square which is The Alley. 
2. Ann Smith, Executive Director of Oskaloosa Area Chamber of Commerce and Development Group will present information related to Oskaloosa's Public Art Project, Art on the Square, the lighted Christmas parade and other events of interest to visitors in the area.
Health Topic-Mental Health-Teresa Bomhoff
IRSPA Newsletter
AARP-Phil Tetzloff
AMBA-Paul Strid
IPERS-Phil Tezloff
Questions for state officers from the membership?
Wrap and Go Home (2:15)

Thursday, August 31, 2017

2017-2018 Meetings

2017-18 Meetings
Monthly luncheons and programs are held at the Forte' Banquet and Conference Center, 615-3rd Street, Des Moines, on the fourth Thursday of each month.  There is no meeting in November and the December meeting is on the second Thursday.  The meal is catered by Baratta's and the cost is $13. For reservations and cancellations call Dee Fleischacker at 515-221-2759 or  Cancellations must be made by 10:00 pm on Monday of the week of a meeting or a charge will be mandatory.
Program is at 10:30 am.
Lunch is at 11:30 a.m.
Business Meeting is at 12:00 pm.      
If classes for the Des Moines Public Schools are cancelled for weather conditions on the day of a DMARSPA meeting, we will not meet.

September 28, 2017           Iowa Dept. of Cultural Affairs 
                                                          Jessica Runlett

October 4-5, 2017               IRSPA State Conference and Annual Meeting
Waterloo/Cedar Falls

October 26, 2017                Fall Prevention/Senior Health
Brianne Sanchez, Des Moines University
Pay IRSPA Dues

November – No Meeting

December 14, 2017            Harmony Central Sweet Adeline Chorus
                                                Gift Exchange
                                                Book donations to Storybook Project

January 25, 2018                The Honeybee Queen
                                                Carly Ray Vannoy

February 22, 2018              WACs and the Black Soldiers in the Military
                                                Jack Lufkin, Fort Des Moines Museum

March 22, 2018                    AARP Stay Fit: Preparing Your Home for Your Needs

April 26, 2018                      Cinco De Mayo
                                                Gary Thelen
                                                Food Bank of Iowa cash donations                    

May 24, 2018                        Highlights of the Des Moines Symphony
                                                Maestro Joseph Giunta
                                                DMARSPA dues are due

June 28, 2018                      What it takes to be an Author
                                                Kimberly Stuart
                                                Newly Retired School Personnel Recognition
                                                DMARSPA dues are due

July 26, 2018                       Des Moines Zoo                                                    
                                                 Turn in Volunteer Hours
August 23, 2018                  Living History Farms: Past, Present and Future
                                                Jennie Deerr, VP of Marketing
                                                Officer Installation

Volunteer Hours Update

Here are the total volunteer hours reported by DMARSPA members for August 2016- August 2017:
Community- 2,868.5     Youth- 1,467.2     Unknown 132

Thank you for supporting your communities.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Volunteer Hours

IRSPA has reported the volunteer hours totals for 2015-2016.  The 5919 IRSPA members that volunteered reported a total of 413,291 hours for 2015-2016. At a national rate of $23.56 per hour this equals $9,737,135.30 in value, up by $515,104.40 from a year ago.   DMARSPA reported 917 hours for youth, 5,657 hours for community totaling 6,574 hours valued at $154,883.44. Remember to record meetings, social get-togethers and phone calls in addition to unpaid care-giving for children and adults. Let's try to increase those totals for next year.