At a recent Price County Retired Educators' Association (PCREA) meeting, Amy Hulbert received the PCREA 2018 Outstanding Volunteer Award. Hulbert was presented with an Outstanding Volunteer pin and certificate, along with a letter of commendation from the Wisconsin Retired Educators' Association (WREA). After receiving the award, Hulbert proudly held up several hats that she had made and shared with the group that one of her favorite 2018 volunteer projects was knitting and crocheting approximately 100 hats for newborn babies. At a Park Falls collection point, the hats were gathered and distributed to various hospitals in Wisconsin. The main recipients were hospitals in Woodruff, Ashland, Marshfield, and Rhinelander.
This project, which is still in operation, is in need of more knitted or crocheted hats for newborn babies and also for children with cancer. Anyone interested can obtain more information by contacting Mary Zoesch at St. Anthony's Church in Park Falls.
Hulbert plans on continuing to donate hats to this important cause, along with the many other areas in which she volunteers.
In 2018, PCREA — which is one of about 60 local units of WREA — contributed 4,145 volunteer hours to 92 different local organizations. On the state level, WREA members contributed a total of 261,063 volunteer hours to 2,119 different organizations throughout the state valued at $6,265,506.00.
Promoting volunteerism is just one of several goals of PCREA. Others goals include: staying in tune with the pension system through WREA, working in cooperation with WREA in matters pertaining to the interests of retired educators, providing activities and programs of interest to the group, and taking time to meet with colleagues.
The next PCREA meeting will be held in Butternut on Thursday, Sept. 12 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Butternut Area Historical Museum. Members and guests will have an opportunity to go through the many rooms of this museum, which is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the Butternut area. Some of the unique items at the museum include, a 1920 Model T fire truck with a hand-cranked siren, an 1870 old pumper to put out fires, and a 1901 wedding dress which predates the 1906 fashion of wearing a white wedding dress.
During the museum visit, PCREA member George Faltinosky will delight the group with a musical surprise. Afterwards, the retired educators will walk a short distance down Main Street to visit Fanatical Fish, where artist Kelly Meredith has her art studio and retail art gallery, which features the work of local artists. Paintings, prints, sculptures, jewelry, T-shirts, and much more, are available for purchase in the art gallery. At 11:30 a.m., the retired educators will move a bit further down Main Street for lunch and a business meeting at Ridge Runners Restaurant.
A special invitation goes out to newly retired educators and retired educators new to the area. Membership is open to all retired teachers, administrators, and support staff from public schools, including technical colleges and universities. For more information on PCREA or to RSVP for the September 12 meeting, contact Bev at 715 339-3761, firstname.lastname@example.org or Carol at 715 661-4012, email@example.com.