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Retired school personnel hear excerpt from ‘Sister Act’

The Marshall County Retired School Personnel Association held its Nov. 18 meeting at the Fisher Community Center. The members enjoyed a program of six East Marshall students, directed by Deidra Moore, who presented an excerpt from the musical “Sister Act.”

The business meeting was called to order by President Carole Permar. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and Paul Thompson led the group singing “God Bless America.” There were 25 members present. Minutes of the last meeting were read by Barb Vana. Otto Welfring gave the treasurer’s report and reported that the MCRSPA now has 88 members. No bills were presented, but the group gave a $50 donation to the East Marshall School music program.

It has been reported that the bylaws need to be updated and this action is pending until after the holidays. Memorial books for Bert Permar and Elizabeth Siemers will be purchased at the library by Vana, Rita Smith and Carole Permar. It was reported that UnityPoint is in need of volunteers and the Salvation Army is also looking for volunteer bell ringers. It was suggested that MCRAPA members contact these organizations if interested in volunteering. There was no updated report about IPERS.

The social committee of Bev Sloppy, Jean Whitmore, Mary Dixon, Jack Smith and Lyle Niemeyer was thanked.

The next meeting will be Dec. 16 and the program will be a presenter giving a program about “The Big House,” a tutoring location for elementary students from K-4th grade. MCRSPA is asking its members to bring a new or gently used books, games, art supplies or puzzles to donate to the “Big House.” The social committee will be Randy and Kathy Baker, Bev Risius, Steve Kennedy and Thompson.