For local retired educators, retirement did not mean non-activity. The Tri-County Retired Educators Association met Thursday at White Columns Inn with approximately 34 in attendance. The association is made up of retired educators from Glascock, McDuffie and Warren Counties.
"One thing I like about you educators is there is always something new going on with you," said Mike Martz, Employee Benefit Services representative and broker, who came to speak to the group about investments and insurance.
Retired educators Sonny Poss (from left), Nettie Roberson, Mary Frances Gibson and Bruce Blasingame look on as McDuffie County Commission Chairman Charlie Newton signs the Retired Educators Day proclimation earlier this month.
After giving the group information on insurance benefits, Mr. Martz compared mutual funds and Master Dex 10 annuities, bringing a question from the audience.
"We're not interested in saving for our old age. We're already there. We are interested in getting more monthly income, and getting it tax-free," said Sonny Poss, who taught school for 30 years.
Mr. Martz then spoke to the group about rolling over their IRA's. Also speaking to the group Thursday was Deputy Barry Whitfield of the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department. Deputy Whitfield spoke to the group about crime prevention and how to avoid being victims of identity theft. Deputy Whitfield also passed out personal property records and Combat Auto Theft stickers.
"Thank you for sharing with us, Deputy Whitfield," said Jan McTier, president of the association. "Those of us who have had personal experience with your expertise are forever grateful."
After voting to include bus drivers and maintenance staff in those who receive certificates for 25 or more years of service to public schools in Georgia, the group discussed promoting Retired Educators Day.
The governor of Georgia proclaimed Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005 as Retired Educators Day, and calls upon citizens to observe that day recognizing the lasting contributions of Georgia's retired educators to the betterment of lives of citizens and welfare of the state.
There are more than 60,000 retired educators in Georgia, 15,000 of whom are members of the Georgia Retired Educators Association. According to the proclamation, retired educators of Georgia donate thousands of hours of volunteer service and many continue to serve in religious, civic, and political organizations.