Dallas Country Area Retired School Personnel Association (DCARSPA) officers Karen Menz, Karen Einck, Linda Andorf and Sue Leslie were among the 50 members attending the Iowa Retired School Personnel Association (IRSPA) District IV meeting May 9 in Creston.
There they learned about the duties of their respective offices and gathered ideas for programs and membership recruitment for the coming 2019-2020 year.
A highlight of the daylong conference was an informational program on Creston’s Historical Village, which includes structures reflecting the late 1800s and early 1900s. Similar to Living History Farms, the village offers programming to the surrounding area.
Another interesting presentation was on the Personal Energy Transportation (PET) mobile, a hand-cranked cart assembled in Iowa. These are distributed at no cost in developing countries to people disabled by illnesses such as polio, by birth defects or by injuries including those caused by landmines.
The three-wheeled, off-road wheelchairs are operated by hand power and allow the recipients to be more mobile and lead productive lives.
Following lunch, reports were heard on IPERS and insurance benefits available to IRSPA members. DCARSPA will host the District IV meeting next May in Perry.