As the outgoing president, Shriver opened the program with the devotion and thanked the group for the opportunity to serve in his position for the past two years.
After the luncheon, Deborah Flower, program chairman, introduced Marcia Kling as the guest speaker. Kling is a longtime local personality at WTVC NewsChannel 9 in Chattanooga widely known as “Miss Marcia.” She was host for “Romper Room” in 1962 and the next year developed “Fun Time,” her own educational program for preschoolers that ran from 1963-1978.
In 1978, “Nifty-Nine was created for children 6-12 years which she produced. Since 1982, in the role of the TV station’s director of community affairs, she focused her work on the lives of people over 50 as a “Life Watch” reporter. More recently she has made regular appearances on “This N That,” a weekly talk and features show.
Mrs. Kling’s topic for the retired teacher group was “Aging Without Growing Older.” Coming from a family of educators, she thanked the group for the “tremendous impact on many lives over the years.”
She said no one can stay young forever because we all age, however, we can stay youthful in our outlook. Positivity, she stated, can make a glow on our faces. She then proceeded to present several ways to help create a positive outlook. Do not give age any headroom, she stated. Age is just a number. It doesn’t represent your mental or physical condition. Having young friends helps us understand contemporary life. They can help us welcome new ideas which, in turn, helps us stay young. Change is what life is all about — we can change without compromising our standards. Another important suggestion is to remember there should never be a time in our lives when we stop caring about others. Also, she stated, find joy in living every day because it is that joy that keeps us youthful. Joy, she stated, can arise out of gratitude; therefore, find one thing every day to be joyful and/or grateful for.
In closing, Kling said “We can’t do anything about advancing age but we can do something about our attitude.”
During the business portion of the meeting the minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. Copies of the treasurer’s report prepared by Joy Yates, treasurer, were presented to each member and approved. Lois Glass asked all to remember the families of Corrine Hyberger, Elizabeth Simpson and Les Cox and the contribution each had made to education. She asked members to remember Wilma Cross in the loss of her husband, Jim Cross.
In the legislative report, Schriver announced that legislation has finally been passed to allow children of retirees attending a state supported college/university will receive a tuition discount as do children of teachers currently employed. President Schriver announced that the Cleveland Bradley County Retired Teachers’ scholarship winner will be presented at the August meeting. The slate of officers for 2013-15 was presented to the group and accepted by verbal vote. They included Deborah Flower, president; Mary Charles Blair, vice president/program chairman; Carolyn Goins, secretary; and Joy Yates, treasurer. Deborah Flower conducted the installation service.
The next scheduled meeting will be Aug. 6 at 11:30 at Westwood Baptist Church. The local association meets bimonthly and membership is open to any retired teacher.