JONESBORO — Retired teachers filled the reception hall eager and energized to begin the new school year as they were decades ago.
The youthful veteran educators heard encouraging words from Georgia Retired Educators Association President Rita Marable, during the Clayton County Retired Educators Association meeting and luncheon Tuesday.
“Are you ready to party?” said Marable. “We’ve got a party going on.”
She opened the meeting, CCREA’s first of the 2013-14 school year, asking the former teachers and administrators to begin the year anew by pledging to increase their local service and charity.
She held up a 16-ounce water bottle filled with $100 in dimes and challenged members to fill their own to use as an offering to local nonprofit programs.
Marable retired in 1998. She taught previously in Clayton County and is a past president of the CCREA.
She said her goals as chief of the state organization are to grow its membership by 1,000 and add another unit to the association. There were roughly 23,000 members last year.
“We’re going to have a rockin’ and rollin’ good time,” said Marable, keeping with this year’s theme, “GREA Rock and Roll for You.”
She lauded the association’s progress in creating the Georgia Retired Educators’ Museum in Gainesville. A groundbreaking ceremony is set for Sept. 29, at the FalconCrest Parkway site.
She encouraged the unit to send representatives for what she called a milestone for the state organization and retired educators throughout Georgia.
CCREA President Eddie White said members are excited about the facility. He said they are purchasing bricks for the structure to honor remarkable educators in the state.
White thanked Marable for speaking to the local unit Tuesday. He also congratulated two of its members for outstanding service.
Couple Jim and Evelyn Carberry were named CCREA’s Spotlight Members of the Month. The award is given for dedicated educational and community service, fellowship and support of the goals and purposes of the association.
White said this year’s state convention will be April 22-24 in Savannah.