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Retired educators host annual district meeting

If you ever wondered what educators do after they leave the classroom, look no farther than the North Carolina Retired School Personnel (NCRSP) where retired educators are working hard to make a difference on a statewide level.
   
The local chapter hosted this year’s annual NCRSP District VI meeting recently at Wingate University. “Our primary concern is to lobby for retired school personnel with the State Legislature to make sure our retirement stays safe,” said Carolyn Lowder, who shares the presidency in Union County with Ann Thomas. “The Legislature controls the retirement system, so it’s important to keep up with what’s going on there.”
   
District officers were installed during the meeting, and various members were recognized for such things as volunteer hours in the community and their contribution to NCRSP over the year. The counties represented by NCRSP District VI are Union County, Concord/Cabarrus, Kannapolis, Charlotte/Mecklenburg and Stanly.
   
A brief memorial service was conducted by Lowder and Thomas to remember those members throughout the district who had died.
   
The May 18, 2009, program offered a variety of entertainment, orchestrated by retired art teacher Carole Williams. Those in attendance were treated to the award-winning melodic voices of the Marvin Ridge High School Choral Arts, directed by Deborah Lutz, performing arrangements of classical numbers as well as show tunes.
   
There was an African photography exhibit by photographer/Wingate University professor Lex Youngman at the Douglas Helms Art Gallery; while local jewelry artisan Debbie Winchester displayed her handcrafted earth elements jewelry.
   
The meeting culminated with a viewing of the Vinegar Bible located at the Ethel K. Smith Library, donated to the college by Drs, John and Wesley Vick.
   
The Union Chapter meets four times a year at Wingate University. “We have lunch and a brief program,” Lowder said. “This is more of a social event, with people coming to see and enjoy each other; but we are also there to hear the news about anything that concerns retired people.”
   
The programs include issues such as health insurance, any issue that involves aging. The Union County chapter also partners with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and the State Employees’ Association Retiree.
   
Lowder said a large part of NCRSP is promoting volunteerism. “It keeps you active in the community and in contact with each other,” she said. “It’s healthy in that regard.
   
For information, contact Lowder at (704) 233-4547 or Ann Thomas at (704) 233-5144.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, Publications Coordinator
Posted: May 22, 2009 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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