Special to the Reporter

The Honorable Rob Orr, who is serving his third term in the Texas House of Representatives, spoke to the Johnson-Somervell Counties Retired School Employees Association on Sept. 9. He gave an update on what is happening in Texas. According to Rep. Orr, Texas is one of only six states whose budget is in the black, and the state has created twice as many jobs as any other state. He stated that a large portion of the state’s budget is always dedicated to education. The state legislature increased school funding by $1.9 billion. Rep. Orr also stated that while the legislature addressed the needs of both students and teachers, there is still a great deal more to be done.

On a lighter side, Mr. Ben Oefinger, a former teacher and principal, entertained the members and guests with a talk about, “Funny things that happened to him in the old days.” He spoke about the many changes that have taken place in the schoolroom since he began his teaching career in the mid 60s. Many of the retired teachers joined in the fun and shared their own funny stories.

A luncheon was served to 65 members and guests by hosts Cynthia Prater, Diane Strobel, Bonnie Parks, Patsy Helmcamp, Sandra Hobby, Rowena Head, Cleda Wall, Carolyn Cody, Janice Gossett, Gail McCleary, Mary Ann Wheatley, Helen Embry, Earl Wall and John Sockwell.

The next meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 14 at St. Mark United Methodist Church.