The Tri-County Retired Educators' Association met for its monthly meeting at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in the Georgia Room at White Columns Inn with 35 members and one visitor present.
The meeting was called to order by Valerie Marshall, president. She called on Jan McTier to bring the devotional.
Barbara Wilcher introduced the speaker, Dr. John Upchurch, the president of Georgia Retired Educators' Association.
Dr. Upchurch brought greetings from fellow state officers. Office facilities in Gainesville had become cramped so they have now moved into a larger facility about two blocks away. Plans are to purchase property in Gainesville on which to build a GREA museum.
Dr. Upchurch and his wife have spent several summers teaching English in schools in China.
He has chosen as the humanitarian project this year to collect books and CDs to be used in China and he will deliver them in the fall of 2010.
Minutes of the Oct. 1 meeting were read and approved as well as the treasurer's report.
Geraldine Reid agreed to serve as president-elect of the unit.
Valerie Marshall reminded the group that Nov. 8-13 was American Education Week.
Answers to the icebreaker given out as members arrived were revealed. Door prizes were awarded and then meeting was adjourned.
The association does not meet in December and January. The next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 4.