Weatherford Democrat

February 26, 2014

PCRTA gives back to community


Weatherford Democrat

— Parker County Retired Teachers love to give back to the community.

As members of the Parker County Retired Teachers streamed into Central Christian Church Cuppett Hall on Feb. 4, they brought dozens of valentines ready to share with residents of local health care centers.

Continuing the theme of sharing with the community, President Louretta Evans announced a canned food drive through April.

Members responded to the book project fund drive by adding more than $400 at this meeting.  Funds will be used to purchase 500 books for Community Education to give to young readers. These projects are in addition to more than 20,000 hours of volunteer service performed by the group this year.

Evans led the officers in serving each member a cup of valentine sweets. She inspired the group with, “Let your smile change the world. But don’t let the world change your smile.”

Sponsored by the budget and scholarship committees, Wally Wallace, from Wallace Insurance Agency, spoke on money-saving tips when purchasing insurance and documentation strategies to use when filing claims. He encouraged members to read their policies carefully to know their benefits and also to compare policies to make sure they have the best coverage at the best price.

Recognizing February as heart month, the Information, Health and Protective Services Committee provided tips on heart health. 

Members are looking forward to the annual auction on April 1. This year, a silent auction is being added to the traditional bidding auction. Items range from books to household items to jewelry to delicious baked goods to the unexpected. 

Winning a prized photograph of the Capitol, taken by retired teacher Jon Vandagriff, Cleo Bourland was especially pleased since one of her favorite teaching assignments was American History.

The speaker at the March meeting will be Linsey Schofield, physical therapist from Weatherford Regional Medical Center. Lunch will be catered by Pulido’s Mexican Restaurant for $8. For more information or to make a reservation, call Kathryn Jordan at 817-594-5748.