Educators honor those retiring


AUBURN – The Auburn Education Association held its annual retirement tea on May 3 at the Park Avenue Methodist Church. Gladys Chapman (an AEA retiree) catered the affair. She was assisted by Pam MacDonald. The church dining room was decorated in a May theme and spring roses. Members held a social time before the program.

Tim Wegmann, AEA president, began the formal part of the program by reminding those present that after all the buildings are closed, it is the people that the children ask about, the people who have affected their lives. The retiring AEA members are those people who have influenced those lives.

Wegmann turned over the program to the speakers honoring the retirees. Brad Edwards spoke for Mike Murphy and, in turn, Murphy spoke for Edwards. Jan Elie spoke for Mary Knauer, Carol Mashaw and Pam MacDonald for Idella Harter, Linda Small for Carol Mashaw, and Shelly Mogul for Tina Vanasse. The speeches included personal reminisces, teaching anecdotes and humorous accounts.

All retirees were given engraved clocks as tokens of appreciation for their years of service to Auburn. Two retirees who were unable to attend, Beth Shea and Doris Hall, will be presented their clocks at a later date by Bill Reilly, outgoing AEA co-president. The retirees have given many years of service to Auburn, ranging from 25 to 37 years each for a total of 262.