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Community Service

Jan Kraft, Chairman


Community service is a familiar activity for retired teachers.  Having given many years of service to the community during their professional lives, teachers have made a practice of extending this spirit of "giving" into their retirement years.  The Evansville Retired Teachers Association (ERTA), jointly with the Indiana Retired Teachers Association, provides opportunities for retired teachers to continue their interest and involvement in the community.  Traditionally, ERTA retired teachers annually donate in excess of 35,000 documented hours’ to their community!

Listed below are some of the ways volunteer hours may be accumulated.

Youth Hours

  • Church: preparation, teaching, youth groups, VBS
  • Community Service: scouts, 4-H, coaching, CASA, Special Olympics
  • Education: classroom, libraries, speech meets, Read Across America 


Other Hours

  • Church: boards, committees, teaching, mission, calling committees, choir practice, choir, food preparation
  • Community Service: Kiwanis, VFW, Lions, rotary, Meals on Wheels, Frog Follies, ERTA, Food Pantry, AARP, ETFCU, Ronald McDonald House
  • Health Care: hospital visits, nursing home visits’/programs, fundraising for charities, chauffeuring others to appointments, Red Cross 


The following guidelines should be keep in mind:

  • Hours cannot be for pay or for family.
  • Can include travel time to and from activity.
  • Can include calling for groups.
  • Keep track of hours ongoing (calendar/notebook).
  • The volunteer form will be included in the October issue of the ERTA Schools Out Gazette.
  • Completed forms are due on or before the December luncheon/meeting. 

Questions: contact Jan Kraft at 812-760-8561 or email at

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June 27, 2016

Indiana Retired Teachers Association held their annual Representative Assembly on June 15, 2016.  The Assembly held an awards program where Vanderburgh County resident and retired teacher, Lino Wiseman, was presented with the Clock Award, which is the top Community Service award for the county he taught in, Vanderburgh, and Area 9, as determined by the Indiana Retired Teachers Association.  The following information describes the work that Mr. Wiseman was awarded a winning clock for:

Lino Wiseman is a multi-talented, energetic volunteer in the Vanderburgh County area. A master gardener, Lino works with fourth graders during Ag Days and serves in several capacities for this event. He also helps Habitat for Humanity and has landscaped six homes.

Lino is active in numerous capacities with his church. He is the Financial Posting Secretary and keeps track of each member’s pledges and giving. He is Co-Chair of the Bereavement Committee, works in the Nursery with preschoolers and serves as Secretary of his Sunday School Class. He helps with the fund raising events such as the Cookie Walk, Apple Pie making and Ice Cream Social.

Lino volunteers as an usher captain at Broadway Kids benefiting students from the tristate area, delivers meals on wheels each Monday and is secretary of the Evansville RTA.

Lino is instrumental in the success of Hangers, an IRTA Group Project winner. He does something for Hangers almost daily such as acting as a handy man and handing out the clothes. Lino and his wife, Pam, went to Walmart on a Thanksgiving evening getting over $12,000.00 worth of clothing for Hangers and then arranged the clothing for presentation. He spends hours going to garage sales then laundering and preparing the clothing for the recipients to wear proudly.