The Emanuel Retired Educators Association held its October meeting at Emanuel County Institute. ECI Principal Anetria Edenfield provided a warm welcome for the group, and members enjoyed a delicious meal provided by Anna Johnson and her Family and Consumer Science students. Karen Jones with Pruitt Health Hospice spoke to the group and provided valuable information about the different types of hospice care. She provided information for members desiring to become volunteers.
President Jean Schwabe introduced guest speaker, Dr. David Schecter, East Georgia State College President. Dr. Schecter gave an informative presentation regarding the college and shared his vision for the future. Along with the main campus located in Swainsboro, East Georgia State has locations in Augusta and Statesboro. The college is an access institution of the University system of Georgia and boasts of having the lowest tuition rates in the System.
East Georgia State is student-focused and works to meet the individual needs and goals of each student. Dr. Schecter shared the return of the College’s Vision Series, an initiative that brings programs of intellectual and cultural enrichment to the College and the community. The next Vision Series event is scheduled for November 1 with local author Kathy Bradley as the guest speaker.
Members were reminded of the EREA special project to support The Sunshine House Children’s Advocacy House. School supplies and stuffed animals will be collected at the November 16 meeting. In addition, Georgia Retired Educators Day will be celebrated Sunday, November 6, and special ribbons were distributed to members to wear on that day. Also, a signing ceremony will be held October 27 at 10:00 a.m. in the County Commissioners’ Room in the John C. Coleman Hotel to endorse Governor Brian Kemp’s proclamation celebrating retired educators in Georgia. Members are urged to participate in the signing.