On January 6, Parker County Retired Teachers met at Central Christian Church Cuppett Hall for their first meeting of 2015. Chris Crawford, Commander of the Professional Standards Committee of the Weatherford Police Department, gave the group information and statistics about crime in the community. He credited the law enforcement community’s good working relationships with the City Council and citizens for keeping the crime rate low. He stated that theft and burglary make up 93 percent of the crimes committed. Responsible for the informative program were the Scrapbook and Awards Committees. Catering a lasagna lunch was PCRTA’s Roger Grizzard, owner of The Pizza Place.
PCRTA will be serving the community through two special projects. At the February meeting, members will be donating Valentine’s to be given to health care centers. The group will also conduct a food drive for the Senior Service Center during March and April.
Members at the February meeting will have the opportunity to buy tickets to win a special Valentine’s basket filled with a variety of items. This fundraiser is sponsored by the Book Project Committee to collect money to purchase children’s books to be given to Community Education in May.
The April meeting which focuses on the annual auction and is scheduled for April 14, the second Tuesday of the month, since a number of members will be attending the Association’s convention in Austin the week before.
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President Louretta Evans reminded members that the Texas Legislature convened in regular session beginning Jan. 13 and encouraged everyone to write, e-mail and phone legislators with concerns about the needed funding for TRS Care.
Members are looking forward to hearing humorist Dr. Don Newbury at the February meeting. Newberry, a regular columnist for the Weatherford Democrat, is a well-known speaker in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex and author. Lunch for $8 will be catered by Pulidos, a local Mexican restaurant.
All retired school personnel are invited to the monthly meetings scheduled for the first Tuesday of the month except for April. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by program and business meeting. Call Kathryn Jordan at 817-594-5748 for reservations and info.