Members of the Franklin County Retired School Employees Association met Monday, October 14, in Ozark. After the business meeting we were regaled by a former County Line High School graduate, Blake Lasater, about his experience as a world traveler. As a Chaplain in the Navy, Reverend. Lasater developed a love of world travel. He encouraged Marines and Sailors to experience the country where they were stationed, to learn new customs and experience local foods. At one deployment he took high ranking officers to an orphanage where they simply played with the children, developing empathy for those less fortunate. He discovered that older Navy personnel tended to go to cultural activities, while younger personnel were mostly only interested in clubs and social settings.

Before his first wife died he had pledged to take their daughter on an international trip yearly. He has held to that promise, taking her to many different countries, giving her opportunities to experience local food, learning to communicate with those speaking different languages, and learning to love art by going to museums. He appreciates the fact that her school makes it easier for him to offer such opportunities. He stated, “Good teachers inspire you to want to learn more”. He also noted that two of his high school teachers, Mrs. Mahl and Mrs. Adams, provided such inspiration.

The next meeting of FCRSEA will be November 11 at the Guy Fenter Education Service Cooperative at 10:00 AM. This will be a joint meeting with Franklin-Logan County retirees. Lunch will be catered with the cost at $10.00. Lexie Harris of Ozark National Forest will present a program on ‘DAR Partnership with the Ozark National Forest and the Penny Pines Plantation in the 1940’s’. State Senator Gary Stubblefield, Curtis Varnell, and Jim Reynolds will be our guest.

The Franklin County Retired School Employees met on Monday, October 14 in Ozark. The guest speaker was Blake Lasater, a graduate of County Line School. H