Retired teachers get glimpse of Hoosier past

Members of the Jackson County Retired Teachers Association recently received a glimpse of life in Vallonia in the years before 1816 when Indiana was added to the Union.

Bicentennial-commissioned storyteller Sharon Kirk Clifton entertained the teachers during their annual meeting by assuming the character of Rebecca Todd Ford Rodgers and recounting her story of life on the edge of Indian territory in the years before statehood.

President Jim McCormick led the teachers in remembering deceased member Marguerite Scott and Gene Speaker, husband of member Roberta Speaker.

Volunteer hours chairwoman Billie Wintin announced the local chapter had accumulated more than 25,000 hours in 2015 in service to youth and community organizations. Member Donna Sullivan was recognized for leading the way.

Members confirmed the nomination of Jeff Richey as second vice president.

In other business, it was announced that Joe Goodman will assume responsibility for the association directory from Ann Mahan. McCormick recognized Mahan for her work on behalf of the local association.

The association’s next meeting will be May 19.