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News April 18, 2017  RSS feed

LCRTA hears about domestic violence in Leon County

Submitted by Jane Ann Durbin
LCRTA Reporter

(L) Bobbye Bullock presents gift to speaker, Debra Williams, accompanied by Dorothy Bottoms, March hostess. 
Contributed photo (L) Bobbye Bullock presents gift to speaker, Debra Williams, accompanied by Dorothy Bottoms, March hostess. Contributed photo The Leon County Retired Teachers Association met at Centerville Municipal Building at 12:00 on Wednesday, March 22. Dorothy Bottoms represented the March host and hostesses with Al Campbell and Charlcie Casey unable to attend.

Debra Williams presented the program for Tanya Foster, Executive Director of the Leon County Domestic Violence Advocate Program. The ministry was established in 2000 and strives to be the first source to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault primarily in Leon County. In 2016 the program served 262 cases in Leon County alone. The advocates are available 24/7 to provide aid to victims. They partner with the Leon County Sheriff’s Department and local police officers. When notified by the law enforcement officers, Mrs. Foster is there for the victims in abusive situations. She helps rescue them and take them to the Safe House. The Safe House gives comfort, prayers, and counseling to the victims. All of the services offered are free of charge and the goal is to provide the best possible services to those in need. All of the donations and support provided are greatly appreciated and have made it possible for the program to continue to serve domestic violence victims. Debra Williams has served as an advocate for the program in Leon County for several years. She was presented a gift of appreciation by Bobbye Bullock, LCRTA secretary.

A Show and Tell time was shared where some members brought articles from home that held special memories for them. Members showed and explained the personal importance of each article. Many of the articles shared were tied to their families and many had been gifts from loved ones.

The business meeting was called to order by president, Verdine H. Perry. Minutes were read by secretary, Bobbye Bullock. Beth Jones, treasurer, gave the treasurer’s report.

A March legislative report was prepared by Al Campbell and distributed by Dorothy Bottoms in his absence. Retirement Education Chairman, Lavern Manning, reported that the State Blue Bonnet Award plaque would be presented to Oakwood Elementary during their end of year program. Scholarship Chairman, Virginia Crabb, stated that the committee would meet to review the scholarship applications from 2017 college bound seniors majoring in education. Door prizes were won by Virginia Crabb, Jane Ann Durbin, and Verdine H. Perry.

The LCRTA 2017 Spring Fund Raiser letters will be mailed in April. The monies collected for the only LCRTA yearly fund raiser are used to help provide scholarships from LCRTA to Leon County seniors planning to attend college and major in education. The funds will also allow LCRTA to remain an active participating organization in Leon County.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday, April 26, at the Centerville Municipal Building at 12:00 pm. Hostesses for the meeting will be Virginia Crabb and Lavern Manning.

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