The Chatham Retired Educators Association (CREA) held its first regular monthly meetings for the year on Monday, September 12, 2016 at Carey Hilliard’s Restaurant on Abercorn Street. The torch has been passed to our new President, Dr. Connie Cooper, who stands tall on the shoulders of past presidents as CREA embarks upon 45 years of service, celebrating our Unit’s longevity in this community. CREA has spent 44 years building a legacy of service through ventures with our public and private schools, volunteering with non-profit agencies, and advocating and supporting legislation that has impacted the lives of the students and educators of our community and the state.
In 1971, Sarah Miller became the first President of Chatham Retired Educators Association( CREA). Since that time, many have gone on to serve in that position, to include Savannah-Chatham County School Board Past Presidents: Margaret Sadler, Jessie Collier De- Loach, and Hugh Golson. Virginia E. Maynor, former Superintendent, also served in that capacity. Every President has passed on the gavel while being ‘retired but not tired’. The torch has now been passed to Dr. Connie Cooper, the 41st President, who stands tall on the shoulders of past presidents as CREA embarks upon 45 years of service – celebrating our Unit’s longevity in this community. CREA has spent 44 years building a legacy of service through ventures with our public and private schools, volunteering with non-profit agencies, and advocating and supporting legislative issues that have impacted the lives of students and educators of this county and state.
We are excited about this upcoming year as we REACH to higher levels of service through continuous expansion of our network of partnerships and supporters. We express gratitude to Sgt. Samantha Stephens from the Islands Precinct of the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department for her REACH into the lives of our membership. During the programmatic focus of our meeting, Sgt. Stephens provided very important information that addressed issues and concerns regarding senior citizens: elderly home security, including homealone security programs; available safety resources and key contact information, including notice that a Crime Prevention Officer is available in each Precinct. Whistles were given to those present to be used for safety alert and as a deterrent to crime.
The next meeting will be held on Monday, October 10, 2016, in the Banquet Room of Carey Hilliard’s Restaurant on Abercorn, with registration beginning at 10:30 A.M.