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The Davis County chapters of AARP and Retired School Person- nel donated 21 books to the Davis County Elementary School. Working with Angie Birkne , local consultant for Usborne Books, members of the two organizations purchased enough books to generate $155 worth of free books from the company. Each book purchased contributed to the amount for free books. Usborne Books has been in the business of promoting literacy for 30 years, and Angie is part of an effort to place quality literature in the hands of children and families through home shows, book fairs, and fund-raisers for schools and community groups. Marilyn Pipe , elementary school li- brarian, chose the books from a selection of 15,000 titles. The local chapter of AARP selected the fund-raiser for its National Day of Service project, and the local chapter of Retired School Personnel joined the effort.

Left to Right: Children Seated: Glenn Goodson, son of Spencer and Kristi Goodson and Isabella Tranquilino, daughter of Paul and Lorri Tranquilino; Second row, seated: Carol McKee and Beverly Guinn; Standing Angie Brinkner, elementary school librarian Marilyn Piper, and Lynn Urban.

DISTRICT FOUR Dallas County Unit

The Dallas County Unit held their first meeting of the year on Sep- tember 2 at Spring Valley Retirement Community at 11:00 AM. This meet- ing was for all people who retired from and worked in a school situation. This unit meets six times a year on September 2, October 7, November 4, March 3, April 7, and May 5.

The Dallas County Unit listed several reasons to belong to IRSPA and local unit: (1) You are represented on the Benefits Advisory Committee (BAC) and headed

by Walt Galvin that meets to discuss and recommend changes and improvements to the IPERS. (2) You have influence on the legislation being passed concerning IP- ERS through our lobbyist, Bill Wimmer. (3) You have ac- cess to Delta Dental Insurance with competitive rates. (4) You have access to a number of insurance options and other programs offered by AMBA, the most impor- tant is Long Term Care and many other benefits. (5) You have access to the IRSPA Newsletter that you will re- ceive four times a year. (6) You have access to laughter and good feelings, either from your companions or from speakers. We know that laughter is essential for good mental health.


Anyone who may not have paid their IRSPA state dues for this year (dues were due October 1) will likely lose their Delta Dental Insurance within a month or two. Please contact Alice Gratias, IRSPA Treasurer, at 641-424-0255 or aagratias@netconx.net to confirm that your 2011 IRSPA dues are paid.

War Does not determine who is right only who is left!

DISTRICT FOUR Harrison County Unit of IRSPA

The Harrison County Unit of IRSPA met on September 17 in Persia for a luncheon meeting held at the Com- munity of Christ Church. Co-Presidents John and Beverly McCartney were our guests and speakers. Installation of officers took place with 17 members in attendance, Shirley Plambeck, Persia Unit

State President John McCarthy , State Co-President Beverly McCarthy; Installing Officer, Arlene Youmans; New Secretar , Audrey Cohrs; New Vice President, Rozella Baker; New Trea- surer, Ruth Heim; New President, Kathyrn Randall.

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