From the President’s Podium
A comment on retirement: “The money is no better in retirement but the hours are!” (Author unknown)
Just after Lobby Day, the State Legislative Finance Committee recommended that the tax liability reduction of 50% for retired teacher pay be postponed until 2018 but the 25% reduction scheduled to apply for this year be continued and extended for an additional year. However, this has not been finalized. Check our website, www.gbrta.org for updates.
As I look back on my first year in office, I want to thank the officers and committee chairs who keep the organization running smoothly and efficiently. I especially want to recognize Barbara Chuga, Kathy Feller, and Lois Hoyt, who have handled the lunch reservations and trips in an outstanding manner. We are always looking for new volunteers to serve on the committees. Maybe you and a friend would like to take on a job together. The previous chairs are most willing to help and advise. Finally, I would like to share the following with you as many of our former colleagues begin to consider their own retirement. Some of the references are local to the author’s state of Mississippi, but it is easy to fill in with our own local requirements.
SEEDS YOU’VE SOWN
No bells to alarm, no papers to correct
no parents to charm, nor money to collect,
no mindless repetition, no children left behind,
no scolding admonitions, no young minds to refine,
no discipline forms to fill, no watching out for bullies,
no walking up the hill, no cold morning duties
no uniforms, no calming kindergartners’ fears.
From SPED and I.E.P.s to mainstreamed and Tierswhatever
the “powers that be” contrived –
you put in the hours and somehow survived.
Amidst chasing rabbits, tornado procedures,
correcting bad habits, and calling legislators,
you still found time to give a smile, a nod, a touch,
a cougar buck or high-five, things that meant so much
To a struggling girl or boy. Now you have done your best
time to go out and enjoy, or maybe get some rest!
But this is not the end, bells will continue to ring
and surely you my friend, will be reminded each spring
that the seeds of wisdom you’ve sown will become fruitful trees
and in turn, when full grown, will replant those same seeds.
By Wynne Huddleston Reprinted with permission.