Weatherford Democrat

September 19, 2013

Parker County Retired Teachers launch another year

Weatherford Democrat

— A total of 119 retired teachers streamed into Cuppett Hall at Central Christian Church on Tuesday, Sept. 3, to enjoy this year’s first meeting of the Parker County Retired Teachers.

President Louretta Evans presided, as 10 new members joined the unit to enjoy lunch and fellowship, followed by an informative presentation by David Orcutt, CEO of Weatherford Regional Medical Center.

Important were the details of how WRMC is providing increasingly better health care for this community while striving for the highest level of excellence in serving patients. Orcutt highlighted steps in determining heart attacks for both men and women. He also explained the Senior Circle, where members can participate in a variety of activities, including exercise, games, and travel. Emily Lewis was introduced as the new director of marketing for WRMC.

Each year, Parker County Retired Teachers collect children’s books to donate to Community Ed. The drive has begun once again as enthusiastic members, giving more than $125 in donations and books, responded to the challenge of transforming children’s lives through reading.

Wanda Edwards, popcorn chairman, recruited valuable workers to Friday popcorn at First National Bank, 220 Palo Pinto St. Gratitude goes to the bank for the funds they provide that allow Parker County Retired Teachers to award scholarships to students who will attend Weatherford College to prepare for the teaching profession. In May six scholarships were awarded for 2012-13.

Members signed over-sized thank you scrolls that will go to State Rep. Phil King and State Sen. Craig Estes for their support of a pay increase, the first since 2001, through Senate Bill 1458 for retirees who retired through 2004.

Parker County Judge Mark Riley, featured speaker at the upcoming Oct. 1 meeting, will update our members on the many decisions that must be made in Parker County to keep up with growth and traffic concerns.

Lunch for $8 will be catered by Yesterday’s beginning at 11:30 a.m. with program and business meeting to follow at noon. The location is Central Christian Church Cuppett Hall, 1601 S. Main St. For reservations and information call Kathryn Jordan at 817-594-5748.