Duval County Retired Teachers Celebrate their Legacy

Shown are Duval County Retired Educators Association members presenting an award to Gaile Lanier for assisting them to stay cohesive after years of educating local students
by Lynn Jones – Gaile Lanier has been employed with the City of Jacksonville for 33 years and is now a certified retiree!
For the past ten years, she has held the position of Recreation Specialist at Bethesda Park located on Jacksonville’s Northside.
“I do what I do and I do what I love,” says Lanier.  In appreciation for Lanier’s dedicated service to them and others, The Duval County Retied Education Association (DCREA) members presented an appreciation of service plaque to the retiree. With social distancing guidelines in place, DCREA members met at the lodge entrance  to present the plaque. “Ms. Lanier loves her job; we appreciate her assistance and support. As seniors we also wanted to let her know that retirement is just the beginning of living life,” said DCREA Member and retiree Reverend Bettye Pittman.
The Duval County Retired Educators Association was organized in 1950.  In 1955, the Retired Teachers Association of Duval County was formed. The two groups merged in 1970 under presidents Beulah Covington and Harry Orders who served jointly. The new organization was officially named the Duval County Retired Educators Association.
The DCREA continues to increase its membership and select a school in the community to help teach and/or assist students.   Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month. Current committees to work with include the Sunshine Committee, Technology Committee, Volunteering Service, Legislative and the Newsletter Committee. You do not need to be a retired educator to participate, just have the desire to assist.
For more information, email Iva Smith at gene1143@bellsouth.net

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