OTTAWA –LaSalle County Retired Teachers Association held their fall 2018 general meeting at Festivities Unlimited in Ottawa on Sept. 24.

President Jackie Sapienza called the business meeting to order, offered some introductory remarks and announced the newly open position of recording secretary. Retiring recording secretary Wanda Lent was honored after giving 25 years of service.

ROE 35 assistant superintendent Matt Winchester provided useful information regarding current practices relative to retired educators. Norma Hedges, IRTA PAC Region 7 representative spoke about PAC and alerted members to the need for volunteers in the community. JoAnn Nelson IRTA Area 1 representative updated members on new legislation regarding health insurance.

The Bucks for Books schools receiving $100 from LSCRTA for their libraries are: Dimmick Grade School, Serena Grade School, Jefferson School in Ottawa, Lincoln School in LaSalle, Rutland School and Allen Otter Creek School.

Following a brief break, LaSalle County Sheriff Tom Templeton informed members about some of the more common scams that are being used and what you can do to prevent being defrauded.

John Flaherty, IRTA vice president, reviewed the current status of health and pension benefits for the members. He also provided a historical background with dates as to when various features where established.