Executive Board Meetings
Meetings take place on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.
Luncheons with General Meeting
Luncheons take place on Mondays beginning at 11:45 a.m. ending at 1:30
Walla Walla-Columbia School Retirees Association – Services
Retirement Seminar – Service Project
Retirement Planning Seminar for public school employees in the local area is a virtual event by the State Association.
If a school employee is considering retirement, even if it is a few years away, this seminar is a good place to start learning about the retirement process. Most people attend several times before their actual retirement because there is a good deal of information to learn. Each time one attends seminar she/he understands more about the retirement procedure.
Teddy Bear Tea – Fund Raising Activity
Teddy Bear Tea – History
In 2005 Jackie Ormsby suggested to the executive board of the Walla Walla-Columbia School Retirees Association that the unit attempt a new way to fund scholarships – by holding a Teddy Bear Tea. The board agreed and put her in charge of it.
The first Teddy Bear Tea was held in 2007. Jackie became the first chairperson of the tea, assisted by Harriet Michael. Jackie went on to be the lead person for the following ten years. In addition to her leadership, Jackie is also an expert seamstress and bear maker. And for years her basement has been used as a storage area for bear-a-phernalia.
As the years passed, we found we needed additional members to step-up and become involved. In our newsletter and also a special mailing to both our retirees and active members, we surveyed our membership to generate interest. Many months passed and only 3 managerial positions out of 12 were filled.
Because a reasonable goal wasn’t met,
the board decided that we will not be able to continue with the tea.
Thank you to all who participated in the past Teas.
At this time the board is researching other areas for fundraising.
For more information contact: email@example.com
Scholarships – Service Project
The Walla Walla-Columbia School Retirees Association established a memorial scholarship fund in 1982. During that time the association has helped sixty-five prospective teachers by providing scholarship funds during their student-teaching assignments.
Two scholarships are given to students who have graduated from high school in Walla Walla County or Columbia County and are ready to student-teach or do an internship in a school-related program.
The applications are available each year in January through the Blue Mountain Community Foundation. Recipients are honored at the Walla Walla-Columbia School Retirees Association May luncheon.
Each year WWCSRA provides thirty-two $200 “Mini-Grants” to Active Members of the the Association throughout our region. In the fall and in the spring active members in the outlying school districts of Dayton, Dixie, Columbia Burbank, Prescott, Touchet and Waitsburg and in the city districts of College Place and Walla Walla are invited to submit project applications for the Mini-Grant drawings. Projects are intended to benefit students in a variety of ways (books for classrooms, special field trips, funds for sport activities, etc). Eight names from each of the two districts (outlying district and city district) are drawn at the retired member luncheons in November and again, in February. The recipients are presented with a check for $200. At the April luncheon a presentation is given to retirees to inform them of how active members have used the mini-grant dollars.
Mini-Grant Application Form for Fall 2023
Home Phone: School Phone:
Grade or Department: _______________________________________
Description of project use of the Mini-Grant: ( Just a few words)
Submit an application for a Mini-Grant project for the Fall 2023. Anyone who submitted an application for the Fall 2023 drawing and was not selected, will be entered automatically in the Spring 2024 drawing.
All applications must be received not later than October 10, 2023 to either:
Walla Walla – Columbia School Retirees Association
364 S. Park
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Walla Walla-Columbia School Retirees Association will provide 32 – $200.00 mini-grants for the school year 2022-2023 to active employee members of the Association.
Questions: Rebecca Wilson – 509-386-7911 – email@example.com
Goody Bags-Service Project
Goody bags are assembled twice each year by current school retirees. and distributed to active members (those members who are actively employed and are members of Walla Walla-Columbia School Retirees Association. The bags, containing cookies, candy and a application for one of the $200 mini-grants for the betterment of kids, are delivered to nineteen different locations in Unit 31.