Anne Arundel Retired School Personnel Association

2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, Maryland 21401

(410) 222-5000

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Barry Fader, President AARSPA

AARSPA can be proud of the participation of its members as well as the honors received during the 75th anniversary year. AARSPA from the Heart, an initiative of the Community Service Committee, co-chaired by Phyllis Cherry and Karlie Everett, collected a variety of items at the General Membership Meetings: school supplies for AACPS students, clothing for health rooms at Van Bokkelen and Park Elementary Schools, non-perishable food for the Harvest for the Hungry, books for the Stanton Center in Annapolis, toiletries for local charities, and money for a needy family at Christmas. AARSPA members participated in the 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer's by walking and/or making donations, and five AARSPA members were inducted into the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame for their volunteer efforts. At the Maryland Retired School Personnel Association's Annual Meeting in May, AARSPA received the Community Service Award for Outstanding Local Association. The members of the Board of Education of Anne Arundel County Schools honored AARSPA at their March meeting with a beautiful plaque and a letter recognizing our 75 years of service to the students, parents, and employees.

Throughout the year, other standing committees were active.Tony Anzalone's Educator/Employee of the Month Committee worked with a member of the BOE to help identify individuals for recognition each month. The Legislative Committee, under the direction of Virginia Crespo, arranged for a luncheon for the Anne Arundel Delegation to the State Legislature. Karlie Everett and her docents provided tours of the Free School Museum, and Bob Kanach, along with quite a few members, kept the building and grounds clean. Lou Kamm and the Travel Committee planned trips for members. Once again, AARSPA was able to provide three $4000 scholarships to recent graduates of the school system through the efforts of the Scholarship Committee, under the leadership of Tillie Barckley. John Salwach's Pre-Retirement Committee organized two pre-retirement events. Five issues of the AARSPA Informer were produced by Editor Carla Duls while Annette Smith and Bev Paul continued to update the AARSPA website. The AARSPA chorus, Voices in Melody, performed at Senior Centers and other locations.

Over the summer , the Executive Board put a lot of effort into planning for this coming year. Although ARSPA has over 1800 members, fewer than thirty are doing the majority of the work for the association. AARSPA is still in need of an Assistant Recording Secretary, a Constitution/Bylaws Committee Chair, a Parliamentarian, a United Seniors of Maryland representative, and most importantly, a President Elect for 2016-2017. AARSPA's membership is declining due to deaths as well as a lack of new members. We all need to focus on acquiring new members. The current size of our membership has enabled dues to remain at $15 a year. However, the cost of operating is increasing. We would like to maintain all of our activities and services for our members. Please join us in our efforts to keep AARSPA one of the best organizations!




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