After the luncheon, Flower introduced the program guests: Maurine Olin and Judy Baker from the Cleveland Storytelling Guild.
Olin, who is trained in the theater of performing arts and who is also a former teacher, said she loves interacting with people during her storytelling sessions.
She painted a vivid picture with words as she told a humorous personal account titled “The First Sunday.” As a new bride from a large city married to a young preacher serving as pastor in several country churches in Tennessee, her expectations of meeting his congregations met with some entertaining anecdotes.
Baker, who also studied theater and speech, added that she loves the old Appalachian traditional stories. She also amused the group with a personal story of “The Perfect Coat.” Again, as did Olin, Baker painted colorful pictures with expressions and speech as she told the story of buying a coat for her young son. Many in the group identified with her frustrating experience of finding “that perfect coat” as they remembered outfitting their own children.
In closing, Olin and Baker encouraged all to attend “Tellabration! a Worldwide Evening of Storytelling” Nov. 9, 7 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church fellowship hall. The free event features local storytellers.
During the business portion of the meeting, Carolyn Goins, secretary, read the minutes of the last meeting. Joy Yates, treasurer, gave the treasurer’s and membership report. Lois Glass asked all to remember the families of Pat Dean and Charlie Bates.
Flower announced that she, Joan Brown and Gerald Lillard attended the East Tennessee State Retired Teacher’s meeting in Knoxville. Tennessee has received a plaque for the highest percentage increase in membership. Because of this accomplishment, the state has been asked to complete a self assessment to help other local associations improve. Cathy Elkins, Linda Smith, Carolyn Earnest, Marsha Goodwin, Gerald Lillard, Deborah Flower and Duane Shriver will serve on the assessment team.
In a report from the legislative area, Gerald Lillard announced the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement board currently has no representation from the retired teacher group and encouraged all present to contact the appropriate individual.
The next scheduled meeting will be Dec. 13 at 11:30 a.m. at Westwood Baptist Church with the Walker Valley choir performing Christmas music. The local association meets bimonthly and membership is open to any retired teacher.