I hope you had a Thanksgiving filled with happy memories spent with family and friends. When you receive this newsletter, the candles on the Menorah will have been lit, bringing joy to families. To those anticipating Christmas please pause for a moment to reflect on the meaning of the holiday.
Our December 9, 2021 meeting at Testo’s Restaurant will feature the Trumbull High School Chamber Singers. Details about this special meeting will be found onour meetings page.. We hope you will be able to join us for this joyous occasion.
While we were unable to participate in our traditional Samaritan’s Purse ‘Operation Christmas Child’, please consider donating to a charity in your community or religious organization that will place a smile on the face of a child during holiday time.
Despite the restrictions imposed during the past year, GBRTA held two very successful Zoom general meetings which allowed members at a distance to participate. Unfortunately we do not have the capabilities to continue remotely at Testo’s restaurant. We will continue to explore the feasibility of remotely projecting the business and program portion of these meetings in the future.
Finally looking ahead to spring (where did the winter go?), the Association of Retired Teachers of Connecticut (ARTC), Connecticut Education Association-Retired (CEA-R), and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) are making plans for Lobby Day in March or April. This is an opportunity to meet with your representatives at the Capitol to express the needs of retired teachers. A bus will be available for a nominal fee for those who do not wish to drive to Hartford. The bus trip provides time to socialize with your colleagues. Details will follow in the April newsletter.
I would be remiss if I did not point out our activities are subject to change. We can only hope and pray that Covid will soon be in our rear-view mirror.
I wish you a wonderful Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or whatever this season means to you. Happy New Year where GBRTA members may share some wonderful times together.
Rose Marie D’Aquila