Clubs Retired teachers learn of Vermillion's history

The Southeast Area Retired Teachers met at the Silver Dollar at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 12 with 28 members and guests present. Mary Johnson gave the table prayer. Lunch and conversation was enjoyed by all.

Vice-president Brenda Martens introduced Judge Art Rusch who spoke and showed a number of pictures of Vermillion before the flood. Judge Rusch is very well-informed about the early history of Vermillion. His enthusiasm and fluent speech indicated that he has done much research.

President Mary Johnson presided at the business meeting. Johnson gave information about events that have taken place on this date in history.

The Sibley Guide to Birds, written and illustrated by David Allen Sibley, was presented. This book was given to the Retired Teachers by Douglas Schmulbach to be donated to the Vermillion Public Library in memory of his father James Schmulbach. The memorial book project has been a project of the Retired Teachers for a number of years. Memorial books for Larry Monfore, Ray DeVilbiss, and Usher Abell will also be chosen.

Thank-you notes from Carmen Howard and Mike O'Connor and holiday greetings from AARP were read.

President Johnson announced that the scholarship fund would accept memorial donations. Eleanor Offerdahl won the 50/50 drawing. She donated the $11 to the scholarship fund. The silent auction netted $76 which was added to the scholarship fund.

The next meeting will be held March 12 at 11:30 a.m. at the Silver Dollar. All retired teachers are invited to attend. Vermillion High School Jazz will entertain.

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