Professional auctioneer Randall McDaniel conducted his fourth annual PCRTA auction of items donated by members on April 1. Several paddle wars transpired for popular items. Additionally, members participated in a silent auction, a first for the group. A total of $1,400 from the auction was contributed to the PCRTA’s operating fund. McDaniel is a 1986 graduate of Weatherford High School. The auction was sponsored by the Community Service Committee, chaired by Barbara Rothrock.
A special guest, Jo Ann Smith, President of District XI Retired Teachers, spoke to the group, commenting on the number of members present. PCRTA is one of the largest groups of retired teachers in North Texas. President Smith urged members to contact public officials often about major issues facing Texas teachers.
Marie Welsh, chairperson of the Information, Health, and Protective Services Committee, announced a program, ‘Walk across Texas,’ sponsored by the Extension Office. The program promotes healthy living through walking, swimming, biking, dancing and other exercise. Welsh also announced a fun walk for members on Wednesday, April 23, at 8:45 a.m., at Holland Lake Park. Welsh was recently appointed to serve on the Board of the Parker County Hospital District for Precinct 2.
Members concluded their two-month canned food drive for the food pantry at the Senior Service Center. Also serving the community on April 17 were members Debbie Pipes, Reta Kinyon and Kathryn Jordan, who sang Easter songs at Sterling House for the residents’ Easter bonnet parade. Other members have been busy, volunteering their services at Weatherford Regional Health Center. Wanda Brian was recently recognized for her 30 years of service at the hospital. Many members provide other kinds of service to their community and to their families. PCRTA members have performed over 20,000 hours of service this year, which is proof that retirement can lead to new ways to influence the lives of others.
PCRTA will conclude the year May 6 at Central Christian Church Cuppett Hall, with the installation of officers by Jan Bruton, retired WISD English teacher who also served as department head at both Hall and Tison Middle Schools. An 11:30 a.m. lunch for $8 will be specialty sandwiches from the Pizza Place. To make a reservation or to get more information, call Kathryn Jordan at 817-594-5748.