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Feb 27, 2017

Women's Club Garden Department

Fairfield Women’s Club’s Garden Department will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday at the McElhinny House.

The club’s Craft Department will serve coffee and rolls, followed by a program.


Retired School Personnel

Teacher of the Year Scott Slechta was the guest speaker at the Wednesday meeting of the Jefferson County Retired School Personnel.

Slechta was a language arts teacher for 31 years at Fairfield High School and received the largest number of student letters of recommendation for the award ever. His talk covered some of his experiences, educational workshops, and training as the 2016 Teacher of the Year. His job in this position is to promote students and teachers, so he has talked to a lot of pre-service teachers as well as donated time for teacher development.

Slechta recommends that teachers set high goals that students can reach. A student should have learning experiences where sometimes he could say, “Some days I amaze myself!”

The next meeting of the Jefferson County Retired School Personnel will be March 22 at SunnyBrook. Mark Shafer will be the guest speaker and will provide some information and updates on the Carnegie Historical Museum.


The Arc

The Board of Directors of The Arc of Jefferson & Nearby Counties met recently at the Fairfield Tenco office.

Lynn Kane, Kerri Erue and Sandy Stever are coordinating a spaghetti supper, sponsored by Fairfield Elks and The Arc, being held March 7 at the Elks Lodge. Proceeds from the supper will support camperships for local individuals attending Camp Courageous. Arc members can volunteer and/or bring a dessert.

A donation of $500 was received from the family of Charlotte Forsythe of Bloomfield; Forsythe’s mother, Nina Forsythe, was an active member of the former Chapter of The Arc of Davis County.

A $1,000 donation was received from the William M & Donna J Hoaglin Foundation; the money has been sent to Camp Courageous specifying to be shared equally between students with special needs attending the camp from Harmony and Van Buren community school districts.

A class-made thank you card was shared from Jay Pike and Jennifer Christensen of Washington Elementary School for the Christmas check, from which the class enjoyed a pizza party.

Barb Withrow agreed to complete paperwork necessary to serve as Registered Agent for biennual reporting to the Secretary of State of Iowa, and Lynn Kane will do future pre- and post-meeting releases for The Arc; both responsibilities have been held by Darlene Vorhies.

The group approved $300 to fund an educational outing at a restaurant for the middle school class taught by Jean Kinder, which will include teacher, associates and bus driver. Also approved were donations in memory of Bill Hunerdosse and Donna Story, and cards to be sent to families of Tom Calhoun and Ernie Hinkle.

Darlene Vorhies shared a report from Doug Cunningham, executive director of The Arc of Iowa, with updated information on the success of vending machines in several cities in Iowa to raise funds for The Arc of Iowa. The local Arc hopes to get one or more placed in Fairfield, with Tenco staff and consumers being responsible for supply maintenance. Further discussion will take place at the March 23 board meeting.

Vorhies reported that Sharon Coffin has applied for a grant from Alliant Energy for The Arc, and also spent much time preparing a Tax Exempt Certification letter from The Arc of Iowa, using current terminology, and signed by Doug Cunningham for use in applying for grants. Coffin also prepared a blank one which can be used for other Arc’s in need. Coffin also prepares The Arc newsletter for printing, and both she husband, Jim, spend nearly seven hours preparing the newsletter for mailing, then mail it.

Sandy Stever expressed concern that a sizable reduction was made on her mental health budget by the Board of Supervisors, which she is afraid will have a negative effect on needed services for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

For information about this meeting or The Arc, call Lynn Kane during evening hours at 472-5441.

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