Marshfield Area Retired Educators Association met recently, with President Mary Denk presiding. Two guests, Rick and Carol Koenig, were introduced.
Ruby Pinter reported more than $500 in the scholarship fund to meet obligations. Local school applications were due March 25. Grace Dietel-Ensign was the winner of the Community Action drawing chaired by Shari Stangl. It was announced that member Barry Brubaker had accepted a position as Legislative Committee for District 3. Denk read a letter from Executive Director Dave Bennett concerning a pending dues increase.
In other business, a reminder was given to register for the State WREA Convention to be held May 7 and 8 in Stevens Point. March food pantry donations, delivered by Dorothy Dietche, go to King's Pantry in Spencer. April donations will go to Circle of Joy in Edgar, and the delivery person will be Barb Sinz. April program speakers will be foreign exchange students attending Colby High School from Sweden and Norway.
Program speaker was Attorney Alan Hougum, an Edgar High School and University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate who holds a legal degree from University of Minnesota Law.
Altrusa of Marshfield met March 21.
Dennis Tauscher spoke on the TRIFECTA Literacy Program that his son, Mark, formed as a foundation. It stands for Tauscher's Reading Initiative For Every Child To Achieve. Our club donated $25 to the nonprofit program.
The 2013-14 slate of officers approved were: Kacey DeWitt, president; Diane Krcma, vice president; Pam Johnson, secretary; Kim Hartley, treasurer; Freddie Scott, two-year director; and Deb Dietel, first-year director.
Members were reminded of the 2013 District 7 conference in Red Oak, Iowa, on May 3 and 4. Members have until the next meeting, April 4, to indicate whether they will attend. Also discussed were the delegates, alternates, service projects and auction items needed for the conference. Members can bring Wisconsin-themed items such as cranberry products, cheese or wine for the international auction basket that Marshfield will donate. Auction proceeds will support Altrusa International projects. For the District Conference service projects, the club can donate school supplies for The Backpack Project, and paper and personal hygiene items (paper towels, napkins, soap, shampoo, laundry soap, toothpaste, diapers) for the Branching Out-Touching Lives service project for local food pantries in the Red Oak area. Members should bring their items to the next meeting, or at the latest, to the 30th anniversary party for conference attendees to take to Red Oak.
Jennifer Lurvey gave an update from the Social Committee on the 30th anniversary party set for April 18 at West 14th Restaurant. There will be no regular meeting that day. The Altrusa Scrabble team played well for the Wood County Literacy Project. Nancy Jo Patterson has taken more supplies to the Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners warehouse in Stevens Point.
There will be a Social Committee meeting at 5 p.m. April 2 at Scottie's Pizza for committee members and anyone who wants to help with planning for the 30th anniversary party. The next regular Altrusa meeting will be at 12:30 p.m. April 4 at Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center.
The next board meeting will be at 12:30 p.m. April 9 in the back room at Gondolier Restaurant for current and future board members, or anyone else interested in setting up the 2013-14 budget.