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The Morgan-Scott Retired Teachers’ Association met at Rudi’s Grill on October 6th.

Susan Hardin from Governor Duncan Mansion was our guest speaker. The mansion is 189 years old and has been on the Jacksonville Historic Tour for more than 30 years. Members of the Rev. James Caldwell Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution are constantly restoring, not repairing, the mansion. They take care of the interior of the villa. The Governor Duncan Association was formed to restore and preserve the exterior and grounds. The villa can be rented out for a reasonable fee. Some of the events held there were weddings, wedding receptions, family reunions, baby or bridal showers, bridal photos, teas, card parties, birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, renewal ceremonies, receptions and celebrations of life or visits. They are open for tours from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The DAR is selling a cookbook for a fundraiser.

President Arlene Nortrup called the assembly to order and led us to the Pledge of Allegiance. Bonnie Glover said the prayer. We were present with 26 members.

Charlotte Hubbard moved and Marty Reid supported the May Minutes being approved as printed. The request was carried.

Toi Nicolet, Treasurer, gave the Treasurer’s report. Mary Jo Barker moved and Amy Turpin supported the report being approved as printed. The request was carried. We currently have 82 members.

A thank you note was read by Alpha Phi – Raise a Reader for our donation.

Legislative — Legal battle regarding TRIP/TRAIL funding is ongoing.

Applications for grants to support current class teachers are available on the IRTA website.

IRTA has more than 40,000 members nationwide. The Members Portal in the members only section of the IRTA website has been reviewed. IRTA members’ username is their email address and they must create a new password.

TRS hosts both hybrid and in-person seminars for new retirees.

Guest speakers at the November 3 meeting will be Steve and Cammie Symons of Prairieland United Way. Members should bring donations for the food drive and the pet food drive. Toi Nicolet moved and Bonnie Glover helped us have a grocery and pet food drive for the Food Bank and PAWS. The request was carried. Marty Reid has moved and Mary Jo Barker has supported us having a collection in the Jacksonville Public Library parking lot on November 5th from 10am to 1pm. The request was carried.

There was a suggestion that we should meet from six times a year to four times a year. (October, November, March and April instead of September, October, November, March, April and May as before). We will discuss this at our next meeting.

Bob Nicolet will try to find a date and place for the ringing of the Salvation Army bells.

IRTA Board — Health insurance changes on January 1st. TRAIL will now only be Aetna PPO. There will be no HMO guidelines. Our maximum deductible will increase. We are still awaiting further information.

The annual Jacksonville Promise event will be held on November 10th at Hamilton’s in Jacksonville.

Bob Pinkerton will ask IRTA to come to our November meeting for a question and answer session.

The meeting adjourned at 10:10 am. The door awards were won by Mary Jo Barker, Ross Myers and Becky Dimmick.

— Submitted by Becky Dimmick

Jacksonville Noon Rotary Club

President Lisa Kluge called to schedule the October 21 noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Jacksonville at Hamilton’s.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “America” ​​sung.

Volunteers were thanked including Ginny Fanning, Linda Grojean and Joe Kauffman, greeters and 50-50; Madison Rever, Sergeant; Cathy Jo Littleton Wahl, Reflection; Lisa Kluge, twists; Secretary Anne Jackson; song leaders Dan Lepper and Lynn Sheaff; pianist Sharon Zuiderveld; tech guru Dan Lepper; and Alberta Robinson, food delivery.


• The Polio Plus glasses are on the tables!

• Clipboards are circulated. Please help where you can!

• Kelly Pool announced that starting November 1st we will have heavier fare at meetings and the price will go up.

• Interact paints purple pinkies.

• We could use a few more people to help with the technology

• Jan Ryan encouraged people to sign up for the Battle of the Bells. Let’s win this thing!

Upcoming Events:

• Oct 20: South School Family Night, 6-8pm

• Oct 27: Safe Halloween at the Prairie Land Heritage Museum, 3-6pm

• Oct. 31: Squeal at the Wheel

• 4th-5th Nov: District Conference in Collinsville

• Nov 5: Remove seats from wheel for winter, 9am

• 7 Nov: Membership Committee meeting, noon in the Chamber

• Nov 7: First Monday Social at Bahan, 5pm

• Nov. 7: Community Service Committee meets

• 9 Nov: Board meeting, noon in Chamber

• Nov. 12: Salvation Army Battle of the Bells, 8am-7pm at County Market

Anna was in the house! Cathy Jo Littleton Wahl introduced Kaylin Jones and Hannah Mae. Jenna Tucker was joined by Joseph Hughes

Lynn Sheaff gave an interesting program on her trip to India in 2016 in honor of National Immunization Day.

Sharon Zuiderveld unsuccessfully drew for the 50-50 draw.

The four-way test was recited and the session adjourned at 12:45 p.m

— Submitted by Anne Jackson

Jacksonville Sunrise Rotary Club

On a cool, rainy Tuesday morning, 11 Rotarians and three guests gathered in the meeting room at the Holiday Inn Express in South Jacksonville.

In the ongoing saga of a hotel common room, this dark, dreary morning found the meeting room clean and tidy, with tables and chairs at the ready, with only a group of vacuum cleaners standing guard in a corner. Jay demonstrated “service to self” and provided all the arrivals with (leftover) chocolate chip cookies. The boost was greatly appreciated.

In attendance were President Linda Meece, Don Pigg, Sonie Smith, Cindy Boehlke, Jane Becker, Ella Scaggs, Pat Pennell, Jay Jamison, Sarah Robinson, Gordon Jumper and Sarah Edmiston, accompanied by three representatives from the Morgan County Soil and Water Conservation District. With Rotary’s battery-powered clock hidden behind the dry-erase board, President Linda relied on her body clock to ring the October 25 meeting at 6:59 am to set things straight. Gordon led the Pledge of Allegiance, Jane led the recitation of the Four-Way Test, and Pat Pennell gave a related invocation. Rotations were made by Jane, Cindy, Jay and Sarah Edmiston. Sarah Robinson gave all Rotarians in attendance a reason to donate to the Scholarship Fund with Recognitions.

Next up was last Saturday’s Lasagna Love service project review. Sarah Robinson passed around a collage of photos taken during the event, reminding members of the delivery process and that she will receive an email on Mondays with a list of those in need of a delicious meal. No lasagnes have been requested yet. Sarah Edmiston reminded members that they are invited to attend the Squeal at the Wheel event at the Ferris Wheel at the Jacksonville Rotary Club on Halloween night. bring sweets. Sonie reminded members that the Salvation Army bell will ring on November 19 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at County Market. She will soon bring a registration form with her. Check your schedules.

Morgan County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Cameron Ruyle was awake. He took the podium and described how the organization got its start during the Dust Bowl and which federal and state organizations it is working with to help farmers who have land in the flooded areas to develop a conservation plan. Information sheets were distributed. Another district representative who works with the federal government reviewed the federal programs. He and Cameron answered numerous questions on a variety of farmland-related topics from their captive, albeit small, audience. After appreciative applause, the men (who obviously enjoy getting up early) were invited to join in.

Linda ended the meeting at 7:52 am

Our next meeting will be at the Spirit of Faith Soup Kitchen on November 1st.

— Submitted by Sarah Edmiston

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