McCulloch County Retired Teachers met at Barbara’s Pantry at 11a.m. March 13. President Gloria Weatherman opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance, and Lamonte Wells led the group in the singing of “God Bless America.” The minutes of the February meeting were read and approved, as well as the treasurer’s report. The program followed with guest speaker Wilma Neal from Texas Master Gardeners. She related the course of study and activities of Texas Master Gardeners. The group is sponsored by Texas A&M and the Extension Service and follows an example set by the state of Oregon. A Texas Master Gardener calendar was given away by Mrs. Neal, with Margaret Powell being the recipient. Marilyn Powell reported on the delivery of cookies and retirement materials to the Brady ISD campuses and central office in honor of those planning to retire this year. She and other RTA members living in the Lohn and Rochelle areas will deliver cookies and materials to those schools this week. Mrs. Powell announced the need for children’s books to be given to each kindergarten student in the area. There are 92 kindergarten students with only 60 books collected thus far. Books may be brought to the April 10 meeting or to Mrs. Powell’s home. If needed, Mrs. Powell has offered to collect money and make the purchases herself. Legislative chairman Eloise Ficke gave a report on the possibility of a raise for TRS members this year. She said, perhaps, it will be in the form of a “13th month check” or a COLA raise. She outlined the advantages of each. Mildred Weatherman gave the group information on identity theft and how to protect against it. Jessalu Lorck and Eloise Ficke will be delegates to the state convention. Mary Bates made a motion that McCulloch County RTA pay the $20 registration fee for the convention. The motion was seconded by Ruth Carson and later approved. President Weatherman announced that the district convention will be held May 9 in Brownwood. Marilyn Powell, Mildred Weatherman and myself will attend. Helen Bitters invited everyone to her 90th birthday party to be held in April. Ivie Spiller announced that the City of Eden will celebrate its 125th birthday in May. Everyone is invited to the dedication of a memorial sign for Earl Rudder May 10. Mrs. Bates and I were appointed to determine how to proceed in choosing a recipient for the scholarship for a 2007 graduating senior since there is no longer a “Future Teachers of America” group at Brady High School. I made a motion that a $500 scholarship be given to and sent to the recipient’s chosen school. The motion was seconded by Dolores Barton and the vote carried. Attending the meeting were: Gloria Weatherman, Lamone Wells, Mabel Jones, Glenda Middleton, Ivie Spiller, Kay Holloway, Eileen Kitchens, Dolores Barton, Marilyn Powell, Helen Bitters, Winifred Rhea Burk, Margaret Powell, Ruth Carson, Mary Bates, Frances Huntington, Criselda Ynostroza and James Bates.