JCRTA to present Wheirda Bentley Health Fair


The Jefferson County Retired Teachers Association will host the 2013 Wheirda Bentley Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 21 at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Building, 211 W. Third Ave.

Wheirda Bentley was a community leader, educator and teacher of home economics for 36 years in the Pine Bluff schools, retiring in 1981. After retirement she was actively involved for 22 years in JCRTA. Under her leadership, a community health fair was established in March and has continued each year after.

JCRTA voted after her death in 2005 to name the fair, “The JCRTA Weirda Bentley Health Fair” in honor of her courageous and enthusiastic efforts in confronting lifelong good health.

The present JCRTA Health Committee under the leadership of Gerald Andrews, chairman, and Kar Lynn Roberts, co-chairman, have finalized the planning of the free 2013 community health fair, the largest and most comprehensive yet offered.

“Future Well-Being Through Public Health Education and Information” is this year’s theme. The public, as well as the retired teachers and administrators, will be welcomed by the JCRTA president, Randy Crowder, in the Reynolds Center’s meeting room at 10 a.m.

Etoyle Mouser will lead the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the invocation by Piccola Washington, and the introduction of the health fair forum by Andrews.

Box lunches will be provided for $6 by reservation. Non-members should make reservations by calling 870-247-1853. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Professional consulting booths, screenings, exhibits, displays, Power Point presentations, exercise and skin care will be available throughout the halls and designated areas of the Reynolds Center.

JCRTA members of the Health Care Committee who will be acting as hostesses/docents include Andrews, Roberts, Juanita Currie, Diley Glien, Betty Coles, Fred Whitted, Mouser, Sadie Harris, Jewellyne Walker, Anthonette Akins, Washington, Ezra Scoggins and Lena Scoggins.

The public is invited to attend.