The Richmond Register

October 22, 2012

EKU Retirees Association collecting canned goods


Special to the Register

RICHMOND — The EKU Retirees Association (EKURA), in conjunction with the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association (KRTA), is collecting canned foods for the “Yes, We Can Feed Kentucky” food drive.  

Just over 13 percent of Kentuckians go hungry with 5.4 percent of those being at- risk senior citizens. Kentucky currently ranks 20th in the nation for at-risk seniors.

The EKURA’s collection of canned foods will be donated to the Richmond Home Meals Delivery program, which is running short of items to prepare the approximately 60 meals delivered on a daily basis. The delivery program will also need donations for the Thanksgiving meal it delivers, expected this year to serve around 300.  

EKURA members who wish to donate canned goods can bring them to the organization’s Oct. 16 meeting at Gillum’s Restaurant, 11:30 a.m., or deliver them to the Baptist Student Union (BSU) building on the EKU campus between 8 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday.

If delivering directly to the BSU, members should indicate the canned foods are part of the EKURA service project.

Membership in the EKURA is open to any retired EKU faculty or staff member.

In addition to it's affiliation with the KRTA, the organization has also voted to join the Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education (AROHE).  

The AROHE is an international network that supports retired college/university faculty and staff in the creation and development of campus-based retiree organizations.  

EKURA meetings are held the third Tuesday of even-numbered months at 11:30 a.m. at Gillum’s Restaurant in the Richmond Mall.

Day trips are scheduled for the third Tuesday of odd-numbered months and will include the Cincinnati Underground Railroad Museum and river boat lunch tour in November, the Frankfort-Salato Wildlife Area and Vietnam Memorial in March 2013, the Corvette Museum and railroad museum in Bowling Green in May 2013 and the Rosemary Clooney Museum and Fleming County covered bridge tour in July 2013.

The traditional Christmas luncheon will be Dec. 18 at the Heritage House Bed and Breakfast.

The EKURA will once again be collecting hats, gloves, and scarves at the Christmas luncheon for donation to the Salvation Army.

Questions and the EKURA can be directed to rongwolfe@bellsouth.net.