Retired Employees Association News

The following updates were written and provided R.E.A. President Tom Kearney and Secretary Paula Slifer.


August 2016 Board Meeting Minutes

As the students went back to school, the OPS/REA board began its year at its monthly board meeting. We have a lot of events planned for the upcoming year and hope you can participate in all of them.

Our theme for this year is “A New Frontier.” It’s a way of looking at retirement – after a long and rewarding career, we all have set out on a new journey in life. Much like the frontiers represented in the various historical transportation sites in this area, we are able to explore!

After approval of the board minutes from May 25 (thanks to Secretary Paula Slifer) and the treasurer’s report (we have $3,705.59, according to Treasurer John Kieffer), the board heard committee reports. Mary Cochran reported for the Care and Concern committee, Texanna Ollenberger reported for the Social committee, and Judy Rapp reported 11 new members from the Membership committee. Doug Cox, chair of the Volunteer committee, reflected on over 10,000 hours of volunteering by OPS/REA members last year and looks forward to even more. Paula Slifer will be the OPS/REA representative to the Olathe Public Schools Foundation and participate in monthly “Surprise Squad” activities in the district. The Scholarship committee, co-chaired by Stephanie Royer and Raleen Cox, is ready for another year. Legislative co-chairs Ernie Claudel and Ron Gardner reported on the results of the August primaries and encouraged members to exercise their right to vote in November.

Marsha Stoker and Terri Jarboe, co-chairs of the Fundraising committee, announced the events for 2016-17:

  • Sept. 21 – “Hit the Trail” event at NLSC, 10:00 a.m.-noon; renew  acquaintances and win door prizes
  • Oct. 11 – Bunco fundraiser at NLSC, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Nov. 3 – “Earl of Sandwich” event with Bob Courtney, Olathe Historical Society, NLSC, 11:30 a.m.
  • March 10 – “Cooking with Christina,” making scones with Christina Robson, NLSC, 9:30 a.m.
  • April 3 – Texas Roadhouse fundraiser, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • April 26 – “End of the Trail” lavender farming presentation, NLSC, 10:00 a.m.-noon

Although not a fundraiser, the annual fall trip will be to Fort Scott, Kan., and Nevada, Mo. A new museum for the unsung hero has just opened in Fort Scott and has received many positive reviews. Don Everhart will present information about the trip at the “Hit the Trail” event.

In old business, President Tom Kearney renewed his request for nominees to serve as OPS/REA president for 2017-18. The committee will meet and discuss prospective candidates. The proposal for the new scholarship for district classified employees will be approved by the OPSF and submitted for membership approval at the Sept. 21 meeting.

In new business, the board discussed activities for the opening event which will include a presentation of the theme, remarks by OPS/REA member (and current interim superintendent) Dr. Pat All, games, and door prizes. The board will seek input from membership concerning a possible spring tour of Kansas City.