Lillards speak at RTA meeting on June 12
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local educators Gerald and Diane Lillard spoke at the June 12 meeting of the Cleveland-Bradley County Retired Teachers’ Association. From left are Mary Charles Blair, RTA vice president, and the Lillards.
local educators Gerald and Diane Lillard spoke at the June 12 meeting of the Cleveland-Bradley County Retired Teachers’ Association. From left are Mary Charles Blair, RTA vice president, and the Lillards.
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Mary Charles Blair, vice president of the Cleveland-Bradley Teachers’ Association, presided at the June 12 luncheon meeting at Westwood Baptist Church. She opened the meeting, welcomed members and noted May and June birthdays.

The devotional and blessing were given by Lois Glass.

After the luncheon, Mary Charles Blair introduced the speakers, Gerald and Diane Lillard. Mr. Lillard is a member of the Cleveland-Bradley Retired Teachers’ Association, president of the East Tennessee Retired Teachers’ Association and a delegate to the 2014 National Education Association. He updated members on legislative actions that currently involve retired teachers’ retirement benefits and gave a report on the state of the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System.

Mrs. Lillard is a current Bradley County educator and serves on the board of directors for the National Education Association and the Tennessee Education Association board. She discussed what active teachers have accomplished as a result of recent legislative victories. She said there were many positive actions and teachers’ voices can be heard so that children can have the best education possible.

The Lillards expressed appreciation to legislators Kevin Brooks and Mike Bell for their help and support.

In the business portion of the meeting, Carolyn Goins, secretary, read the minutes of the last meeting and they were approved. Treasurer Joy Yates presented the treasurer’s report, which was approved. Glass asked members to remember the family of Jack Kidwell and the contribution he made to education.

Richard Shaw, a member of the local association, spoke briefly to ask for support in the August election for the Cleveland Board of Education.

The next scheduled meeting will be Aug. 14 at Westwood Baptist Church. Legislators Brooks and Bell will be guests and address the group and answer questions.

The local association meets bimonthly and membership is open to any retired teacher.