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Members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association Huajilla Unit held their regular meeting on March 28 at Neal’s Restaurant in Concan.
The meeting was called to order by President Jim Rigby and the opening prayer was led by Sam Dubberly, and the group was led by Irene Dubberly in singing “Texas, our Texas.”
Approximately 44 members and guests were in attendance.
New members were introduced and included Mike Coffee, Claire Coffee, and Stephanie Keller Perkins.
The treasurer’s report noted a beginning balance of $14,184.88 and ending balance of $14,084.88 for the month. Geri Bridges Stamps also donated $2,000 to the scholarship fund.
In old business, Dubberly reported that member George Riddell had a heart attack recently, and Darlene Wiemers is in a nursing home.
June is the membership year in TRA, but renewal begins in March.
Members were also reminded that volunteer hours should keep up with through the year so that unit totals can be turned in to the state. These hours reflect the groups’ strength and importance in local communities.
Members were also reminded about collecting children’s books, new and lightly used, for distribution in December as part of the Book Project. Donations can be made at any time,
Two scholarship applications have also been received by the committee. Committee members include Charles Carlson, Esther Johnson, Irene Dubberly and Kay Schultz.
Community callers, who reach out to members who do not have email about meetings, were recognized. New callers are also needed for the Hondo area.
The state convention was discussed and it was noted that an associate member was defined as anyone who retired from Texas schools. A total of five Huajilla members will be attending the state convention in April.
Dubberly then reminded members that the $448 received by members in March was for those who have TRS Care.
The group also elected to support victims of fires in Medina County by donating $400.
Louis Stroud was the guest speaker and his program described his many years of experience at officiating sporting events in Texas schools. Stroud has the distinction of being the only sports official in the state to have officiated at both a state championship football game and a state championship basketball game. He noted the need for game officials to be both physically and mentally strong because of the many adversarial situations that can arise, especially in high school sports. Stroud, who has been nominated for the Texas Basketball Hall of Fame, said that in years past, officials were paid as little as $15 for a high school game, $10 for a junior high game, and at one time receiving $2 per game for eight games.
Football officials are now often paid based on gate receipts. He said that he is especially proud to have helped former players get into professional officiating, thereby bringing a new generation into a field that he has truly enjoyed for many years.
Door prizes were awarded, including a Charles Carlson photograph, similar to the ones that will be featured at the new wing of the Uvalde Memorial Hospital.
Members then enjoyed a meal served by Neal’s.
The group’s next meeting is April 25 in D’Hanis at 10 a.m.