Members of the Barry County Retired Teachers and school personnel met at the Scott Regional Technical Center in Monett to hear Mark Hargens, president of the Missouri Retired Teachers Association. Hargens spoke on pension funds and memberships. Kay Johnson, local president, received the Unit of Excellence Award for the Barry County Retired Teachers Association. The award is presented by the Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation, represented by Ruby Vincent, of the Foundation board. The Scott Regional Technical Center culinary arts class, under the direction of Vicki Fuller, prepared and served the meal. Pictured above, from left, are: Mike Dawson, assistant superintendent of Monett R-1 School District; Mark Hargens, MRTA state president; Kay Johnson, local RTA president; Vicki Orr, MRTA Region 9 vice president; Ruby Vincent, MRTF Foundation Board; and Russ Moreland, director of the Scott Regional Technical Center.