(KARE) held their monthly meeting featuring “Authors Among Us

Shirley Duke, Author of “No Bows”, Marsha Smith, KARE ‘s 2nd Vice President, and Brenda Ritter, Author of “The 11th Hour of the 11th Day”.
Photo: Courtesy of Karen Thornton

On November 13, Katy Area Retired Educators (KARE) held their monthly meeting featuring “Authors Among Us”, highlighting the writing of Shirley Duke and Brenda Ritter. Shirley Duke, a former educator for 25 years, turned author and published her first book, “No Bows”, in 2006. She has written a total of 67 Educational books for Elementary, Junior High Schools and Public Libraries.

Brenda Ritter, a professional journalist worked in the Public Information Office, in Katy ISD. After retiring in 2003, she wrote a novel “The 11th Hour of the 11th Day”, based on a true story, and is currently working on its sequel “Resilience”. Books from Shirley Duke and Brenda Ritter can be found on Amazon.

KARE’s next meeting will be held on December 11 and will feature a performance by Morton Ranch High School’s Show Choir, JaZZ’d,  for KARE’s Christmas Luncheon. All public school employees who retired under the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) are welcome to attend and bring a retired educator, friend or neighbor who is not a current member.  KARE represents anyone who has worked in a school district and retired through the TRS. This includes all employees from custodian to superintendent. Others interested in supporting the goals of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) are welcome to join as associate members.

KARE meetings are held at 11:30 a.m. at the Leonard E. Merrell Center, Room 144, located at the West Entrance. For more information about the Katy Area Retired Educators check out its website at http://www.localunits.org/KARE/ .