Retirement is an important milestone in life. Make your members feel special by honoring them for all the time they have invested in your school and students!
Most locals report success in holding end of the year retirement dinners for members. The retiring members are offered a ticket to attend the dinner; most locals extend a ticket to a guest of the retiree also. Some locals give gifts to their retired members, including jewelry (bracelets, watches, etc), gift cards, Lennox pieces (vases or frames), clocks, etc. One local purchases a glass apple with a gold stand for their retiring members, and a message of farewell is etched on the apple. (It is important to note that members’ dues dollars should not be used to purchase gift cards.)
At these celebrations, a few locals also honor any members who have achieved tenure in the past year and/or those members who have accumulated ten or twenty five years of service.
Some locals pay all costs of the event; others split costs with the board of education. Most invite administrators to their events. Catering halls or local restaurants serve as the venues for most retirement celebrations. Some locals hire a DJ.
Feel free to reply with a description of your local’s retirement celebration.