The McIntosh County Chapter of the OK Retired Educators Association, OREA, met at 1 p.m. March 8, at the Jim Lucas Library, Checotah.
They enjoyed two topics of interest to retired people. First, Suzanne Faught Howard, Reliant Rehabilitation, talked to the group regarding safety in the home and then covered changes expected in Medicare regulations coming later this year. She stayed for refreshments and answered numerous individual questions from the membership.
They then enjoyed Sara Northcutt, Area director of the Early Settlement Mediation Southeast Program. She encouraged members to volunteer as mediators to help keep people in conflict stay out of the court system by mediating a solution before court becomes necessary. Training is provided free and will begin next week in the McAlester Courthouse. Several members expressed interest and picked up applications from Sara.
Other speakers included Central Director, Theo Crawley. She updated members on happenings at the state legislature and at the state level of OREA. She encouraged members to stay updated on bills rapidly moving through the legislature. Constituents need to contact their Senators and Representatives to express opinions and encourage their vote. Retirees are hopefully seeing HB 2304 by Representative Avery Frix for Cost of Living move through the chambers and pass. Retired Educators haven't seen an increase in 11 years.
Crawley also announced a district meeting at Indian Capital Technology Center, Tahlequah, 10 a.m. April 9. There will be a district director election and updates on state business regarding retirees. If you are interested in attending, contact Nettie Seale, (918) 429-2232.
City Counselor Mike Key gave an update on recent Checotah improvements and told of new businesses coming in. Wilma Hays, McIntosh County Democrat chairman, stopped by to meet our membership. She encouraged all interested members to attend the monthly meetings.
The program was followed by refreshments furnished by Zula Faught, Imogene Duvall and Nettie Seale.
The State Convention will be Nov. 12, in Tulsa at the Embassy Suites.
The next regular meeting will be at 1 p.m. April 12, at the Checotah Library. The “Blue Notes” from Checotah High School, led by Carolyn Hutcherson, will bring the entertainment.
All retired school personnel are encouraged to attend. You do not have to live in McIntosh County. Call President John McClain, (918) 557-5682.