Did you miss a luncheon in 2017?  Are you looking for a special photo from one of the meetings?  Would you just like to look back over 2017 to see what events went on in the VCRTA?

Images throughout 2017 are presented on this page.  Check out the other six archive pages for photos from 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2019.

VCRTA 2017 Outreach

The Vigo County Retired Teachers Association is preparing a 2017 membership blitz that will span over the year.  To reach potential new Regular Members and Associate Members, VCRTA has printed bookmarks with our website address, Facebook page, and Twitter handle that were distributed during the annual spring Retirement Planning Workshop.

VCRTA is also planning to either create teams of volunteers with special t-shirts emblazoned with the association logo that will attend school faculty meetings to explain the benefits of membership in IRTA as well as VCRTA or will work with ISTA building representatives and provide membership information packets to be delivered during school faculty meetings.

A sample of the VCRTA bookmarks and t-shirts is shown below.


February 2017 Luncheon – Valentine Bingo

VCRTA members enjoyed a wonderful lunch along with great conversation before having several short presentations.  The Legislative Affairs chairperson discussed opportunities for upcoming legislative crackerbarrel sessions where people could speak with their local state legislators.  The Community Service chairperson reminded everyone of the upcoming spring service project (collecting individually wrapped nutritional food items for the Catholic Charities Backpack Program) during the April luncheon.  Vice President Millie V. encouraged members to sign up to support the “Battle of the Books” program with the Vigo County School Corporation.

Lastly, members enjoyed the traditional February Valentine’s Bingo fun with “don’t clear your board” bingo games.  Winners were slow to start but winning picked up quickly and everyone had fun.


March 2017 Retirement Planning Workshop

VCRTA hosted its annual retirement planning workshop for Vigo County School Corporation teachers, administrators, and staff who are considering retirement.  Joe Coffman, a representative of the Coffman Financial Group and Indiana Retired Teachers Association (IRTA), provided general retirement information, calculation procedures, potential pension options/choices, and general social security information.

All Vigo County School Corporation employees are encouraged to attend the retirement planning workshop either immediately before considering retirement or years in advance to better plan for the ultimate retirement date.

The 2017 VCRTA Retirement Planning Workshop had 67 participants, 1 IRTA representative, and VCRTA members Jennie L., Millie V., Brenda W., and Nina C.

For privacy, the faces of participants have been blurred.


April 2017 Luncheon – Spring Service Project and Wellness for Life

The Vigo County Retired Teachers Association members had an enjoyable luncheon, participated in the association’s spring service project, and joined an informative presentation on healthy living.

VCRTA participated in their first Spring Service Project.  In an effort to help combat child food insecurity in Vigo County and the wider Wabash Valley, VCRTA members collected individually wrapped nutritional food items for the Backpack Program.

Jennifer Buell, from the Catholic Charities Backpack Program, explained the purpose of the project and provided some key facts to consider and related a few heart grabbing stories.  VCRTA members learned that there are over 13,000 people that are food insecure and that 1,000 backpacks are sent out every Friday during the school year to help address the overwhelming need.

VCRTA members collected five extra large boxes, or approximately 50 pounds, of nutritional individually wrapped food items and collected more than $160 in monetary donations to support the Backpack Program.

Following the spring service project, VCRTA members were treated to an informative presentation by Brian Garcia, Stacy Brownbridge, and L.T. Thompson on “Wellness for Life”.  The presentation included a great discussion on ways to eat healthy, staying physically active, and remaining mentally stimulated.

Vice President Millie Vaughn announced that the 2017 Excellence In Education Award for a Retired Teacher was being awarded to Jenny LaRoche.  All VCRTA members are encouraged to make reservations and attend the Excellence In Education Awards Dinner on April 11, 2017 at Saint Mary of the Woods College.


May 2017 Executive Board Meeting

The VCRTA Executive Committee meets regularly to conduct the business of the association.  Minutes from the prior meeting are reviewed, the financial status of the association is analyzed, and reports from each officer and committee chairperson are provided.  The Executive Committee addresses any new regular business and any upcoming IRTA opportunities that impact the association.

The schedule and any meeting details for upcoming Executive Committee meetings can be found on the Calendar page.


VCRTA 05/11/17 Excellence in Education

VCRTA member Jenny LaRoche was awarded the Vigo County 2017 Excellence in Education award by the Vigo County Education Foundation for her work as a life long educator, volunteer, and mentor.


VCRTA 05/16/17 Receives Salvation Army Recognition

The Vigo County Retired Teachers Association received a “Bell Ringer Award” in recognition for the association’s service to the community through the Salvation Army Christmas Effort.  VCRTA was also recognized for collecting the greatest amount in donations among all non-profit organizations during the 2016 Bell Ringing campaign.  VCRTA will retain the traveling trophy bell until the 2018 awards program.


VCRTA 06/14/17 Receives IRTA Recognition

The Vigo County Retired Teachers Association has been selected by the IRTA Public Relations Committee as a winner for the Publicity (Outstanding), Community Service (Outstanding – Lorraine B.), Community Service (Honorable Mention – Sharon J., Suzanne J., and John G.), and Website (Outstanding) awards.


June 2017 Luncheon – Terre Haute North Vigo High School Heritage Cultural Arts Murals

Special guest speakers Diane Songer (VCRTA member) and Thomas Edward Holloman provided a wonderful overview of the multi-year effort by the Terre Haute North Vigo High School “Patriot Painters” to create cultural art murals on the hallways outside of the foreign language rooms.  Murals were created for Latin, Spanish, French, and German languages as well as a Heritage mural and a Peace mural.

Following the cultural arts mural presentation, the new 2017-2019 VCRTA officers and committee chairpersons were inducted by former VCRTA President Guy Dillard.

The Community Service chairperson, JoAnn B.,  reported to the association that the Salvation Army recognized VCRTA with The Salvation Army 1st Place for Service Clubs/Non Profits trophy.  VCRTA will hold this traveling trophy until the 2017 Red Kettle Bell Ringing season ends.  This is the first year VCRTA has earned this award from the Salvation Army.  JoAnn B. urged everyone to join the 2017 Bell Ringing winter service project.


August 2017 Luncheon – Vigo County History Center & Autumn Service Project

Opening Thoughts (poem provided by Reba Hadley):  The temple the teacher built will last while the ages roll, for that beautiful unseen temple was a child’s immortal soul

VCRTA members enjoyed their August 2017 luncheon of food and fellowship with one another before a wonderful presentation by Marylee Hagen of the Vigo County Historical Center.  The program included an update on the progress of the new History Center that is expected to open in 2018 as part of the Vigo County Bicentennial celebration.

VCRTA members participated in their autumn service project, the annual School Supplies drive.  The supplies collected this year were donated to Hoosier Prairie Elementary School.  Sharon Manley, Principal Designee for Hoosier Prairie Elementary School, gratefully received the donated school supplies from Vice-President Brenda W.  Additionally, VCRTA members donated over $180 for the Salvation Army School Supplies fund.

Reminders for paying annual dues and for the upcoming winter service project were given.  VCRTA awards from the Representative Assembly meeting were presented.  Congratulations to Bernard R for winning the first VCRTA 50/50 drawing.  VCRTA wants to welcome Karen L., Pattie C., and Linda A.



VCRTA 08/14/17 Annual School Supplies Drive

The Vigo County Retired Teachers Association collected school supplies as part of the autumn service project.  The supplies were in turn donated to Hoosier Prairie Elementary School.  Sharon Manley, Hoosier Prairie Elementary School Principal Designee, gratefully accepts the VCRTA donation from Vice President Brenda W.

In addition to the school supplies, VCRTA members donated $180 to the Salvation Army School Supplies fund.



VCRTA 09/25/17 Faculty Meeting IRTA Membership Invitation

Vigo County Retired Teachers Association members visited twenty-eight schools in the Vigo County School Corporation to follow up on information previously distributed to faculty and staff and to provide an overview of IRTA benefits.  VCRTA members invited everyone to consider joining as an IRTA Associate member and to consider joining VCRTA upon retirement.

VCRTA members participating in the membership blitz include Pat A., Ann B., Joanne B., Sandy B., Julia B., Patty C., Jim C., Mel G., John G., Jackie L., Sharon M., Saundra N., Jan S., Bertie S., Millie V., and Brenda W.


VCRTA 10/02/2017 IRTA 2017 Area 4&5 Fall Leadership Workshop

VCRTA officers Millie V. and Brenda W. along with Community Service Chairperson JoAnn B. (center) attended the Indiana Retired Teachers Association 2017 Area 4/Area 5 Fall Leadership Workshop.  The workshop provided an opportunity to gain additional skills/recommendations to help the local VCRTA chapter thrive in the coming years.


October 2017 Luncheon – Vigo County Public Library Outreach Services

Opening Thoughts (James Whitcomb Riley):  Fall paints a picture that no painter has the colorin’ to mock, when the frost is on the punkin’ and the fodder’s in the shock.

Special guest speaker Jeanette Bouchie, Vigo County Public Library Outreach Services, addressed the VCRTA with a very informative presentation on many of the outreach services offered by the Vigo County Public Library.  The services ranged from opportunities within the library as well as “in-home” services to residents of Vigo County.

Ms. Bouchie discussed opportunities for technology training including computer classes, one on one time with a librarian,  and even how to use the 3-D printers; entertainment including popcorn and movie nights; and genealogy and other database access research options.  Homebound or “in-home” services included the ability to sign up for home delivery of library materials to anywhere in Vigo County.

The VCRTA Community Service chairperson reminded all members to begin recording each persons yearly volunteer hours.  The 2017 Volunteer Hours forms will be distributed and collected during the December General Meeting.  Please note, VCRTA members as well as Associate members should record their volunteer time which includes the time you leave your home until you return.





October 2017 Goodwill Service Project – Conner Center

After changing the organization logo in 2016 and with well over 50 ceramic coffee mugs with the old logo, VCRTA had a challenge.  Instead of discarding the outdated coffee mugs, the Vigo County Retired Teachers Association decided to donate the coffee mugs to the Light House Mission Conner Center.

It is our hope that the Conner Center can use the mugs in their effort to assist those in the Wabash Valley.  The Conner Center is a location where all men, women, and children are welcome.  The center has been providing safe, secure housing for all with services that include:  lodging, food, education, counseling, and general needs.


November 2017 Winter Service Project – Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign Bell Ringing

Members of the Vigo County Retired Teachers Association volunteered to ring the bell as part of the association’s winter service project to support the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign.  Volunteers rang the bell over five days at the Terre Haute Kroger South location.  VCRTA volunteers were ringing 1 of the approximately 25,000 bells at the same time across the country.

This year the VCRTA happily volunteered over 80 hours and collected $2,340.80, a 28% increase over last year’s collected donations, to help the Salvation Army reach the 2017 Red Kettle campaign goal of $250,000.  The Salvation Army noted that just two hours of ringing a bell at a red kettle can raise enough money to feed a family of four for a week.

The volunteers this year include:  Patricia C., Jim C., Brenda W., David W., Joyce K., Marilyn K., Julia B., Millie V., Ruth I., Pat A., Judy M., Dorothy S., Kathie D., Myrna E., Susan R., Susie J., Jennie L., Saundra N., Jackie L., Ann D., JoAnn B., Ann B., Trannie G., Bertie S., Jan S., Glenda H., Vicki C., Diane S., Karen P-K., John G., Sandy B., Mary H., Carol C., Dave L., and Le Anna L.


December 2017 Luncheon – Holiday Music Celebration

Opening Thoughts:

It’s not the things we do at Christmas, it’s the Christmas things we do all year long.

Members of VCRTA were given a special presentation of holiday music by the “Vigo County Vocal Chords” directed by Anne Callaway Hewner.

VCRTA members whom had passed away during 2017 were recognized during the Necrology ceremony.  Volunteer hours for 2017 were collected and will be reported to the Indiana Retired Teachers Association and to the association during the February luncheon.

The VCRTA winter service project (Salvation Army Bell Ringing) collected $2,340.80 to support ongoing effort of the Salvation Army, a 28% increase over last year’s collected donations.