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Retired school personnel display artwork in rhyme

Retired school personnel display artwork in rhyme
Artists (from left) Yvonne Harrison, Dottie Bowden, Maria Herrera, and Shirley Lyssy display the fruits of their labor.

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March 20, 2013
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By Bonnie Rice

The Wilson County Retired School Personnel (WCRSP) met March 5 in the Floresville Independent School District Administration Building. President Bill Gleeson led the opening ceremonies and welcomed Valerie Steele as a first-time visitor to WCRSP.

The program, Art for All Seasons, was presented by member Dottie Bowden and three of her art students, Yvonne Harrison, Maria Herrera, and Shirley Lyssy, also all retired school personnel. Dottie was profiled in Priscilla Kincaid’s “Fellow Texans: Meet Talented Artist, Dottie Bowden” column in the Wilson County News Dec. 12, 2012. Each artist explained in rhyme her path to accomplishment. Early paintings and current artworks were displayed. Each artist painted the same scene of a cabin in the woods with Shirley’s spring, Maria’s summer, Yvonne’s autumn, and Dottie’s winter representation. In fact, Dottie demonstrated the intricacies of light by painting snow in several hues -- gold, blue, and pink, as well as winter white.

The artists collaborated on a “puzzle painting” in which each painted several sections of one picture. The final product was donated as a door prize, which was won by Gail Danforth. The artists combined the first letters of each of their first names to sign the masterpiece.

Gleeson continued the meeting with committee reports and reminders about the Texas Retired Teachers Association Rally in Austin on Wednesday, March 20. More than 1,000 retired educators have made plans to visit the capitol and speak with local and state legislators. Retired educators have not received any cost of living increase in 12 years, their retirement system is under attack by outside interests, and current educators are in danger of losing the defined benefit plan. This year’s legislators seem to be listening and several have introduced bills favorable to the Teacher Retirement System. Texas Retired Teachers Association members hope to thank those who have been supportive and educate those who are misinformed.

Next month’s meeting is Tuesday, April 2, in the administration building at 10 a.m. The program, hosted by Lydia Martinez, will be a presentation by the Wilson County Historical Society.

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