Retired School Personnel holds potluck luncheon

The Marshall County Retired School Personnel Association met May 8 at the Marshalltown public library. A potluck luncheon was enjoyed by all members. There were 21 members and one guest present.

Sarah Rosenblum, director of the library, presented the program telling about “What’s Going on at the Library.” She told about an upcoming book discussion by author Paul Nix at 6:30 p.m. on June 8. The fine-free library is open seven days a week. The newest project of the library is “MOBI,” a new book-mobile that will be visible in the community this summer. It hopes to be stopping at childcare places as well as assisted living, farmers’ market, schools and other stops. They will be needing volunteers to help with MOBI; if people are interested in helping, call the library. This year is 125th anniversary of the Marshalltown Public Library, and there will be some celebration, so watch for news about that.

The meeting was called to order by President Carole Permar. Minutes of the April meeting were read by Rita Smith. Otto Welfring gave the treasurer’s report. Welfring stated that dues are still $23 and are being accepted now for the coming year. Notices will be sent early this summer.

Members were reminded to keep track of volunteer hours. They need to be reported by early August.

Under new business, the Sept. 18 meeting will be moved to Hope United Methodist Church as the library is unavailable in September. Sandy Bennett will make arrangements.

Phil Tetzloff reported that he is resigning his legislative chair position with IPERS. A new person will be chosen in August. Those like to work with numbers, and are interested in this opportunity, contact Tetzloff for details. He also reported that IPERS is about 85% solvent and has been increasing over the past few years. If it gets to 100% funded, it may be looking at paying dividends in the future.

Public Service announcements: Maria Hazen told about a TTT golf tournament fundraiser on June 24. The money raised helps send two fourth grade girls to camp in the summer. Diane Oleson mentioned that it would be a good idea for MCRSPA to give $125 to the library in honor of the 125th anniversary when they have a celebration for use the facility.

Permar offered free rhubarb to anyone who wants it. She also has some garden space available. Contact her if interested. Bennett gave a follow-up on the meals that were packed by the high school students. They met the goal of 50,000 meals + recipes for Marshall County residents in need. Churches that have food pantries, received several boxes of the meals.

Several members discussed summer plans. It was mentioned that some of those people who have special travel plans might be good programs for meetings. Bennett said that her goal is to complete visiting all of the state parks this summer.

The social committee of Diane and Keith Oleson was thanked. The next meeting will be Sept. 19 at Hope United Methodist Church and will be a potluck. The executive board will be the social committee.


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