St. Tammany Retired School Employees Association ® , Covington, LA
The St. Tammany Retired School Employees Association (STRSEA) meets regularly throughout the year to provide opportunities for retirees from the school system to hear about the latest local and state retirement issues and to enjoy fun and fellowship with new and former friends.
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In 2002 Bryan Gowland retired
from our school system as a
Louisiana history teacher at Fontainebleau Jr. High. He taught for 33 years. The first twenty seven of those were at Abita Springs Junior High where he taught Social Studies and coached football and basketball.
He was honored as Middle School Humanities State Teacher of the Year by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities in 2002. Twelve of those years he also served the town of Abita Springs as its Mayor. He was also a former Abita Town Talk columnist for the Times-Picayune.
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For a once-only fee of $45, the STRSEA offers a life-time membership that entitles members to vote on association matters, furnishes an identification card that allows St. Tammany members free admission to all home games at school system athletic events and provides a St. Tammany Advantage Rewards (STAR) card for discounts at participating local businesses and restaurants.
The STRSEA is looking forward to a great year. For more information, call President Roxanne Lagarde at 985-966-6166. If present members have a new email address, please send the update to email@example.com. Retirees may join the STRSEA at any regularly scheduled meeting or may send a check for $45 payable to STRSEA in care of STRSEA at Post Office Box 2992; Covington, Louisiana 70434.
Members may want to get on the LRTA Email Club membership list that offers members timely information important to retirees, by contacting LRTA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Officers For 2016-2017 Elected and Inducted
The St. Tammany Retired School Employees Association met Thursday, March 31, and elected officers for the next year. The meeting was held at the School Board Central Office in Covington with about 25 persons attending. They were inducted into office at the Abita Springs Town Hall on May 12. From left to right are President Roxanne Lagarde, Secretary Renee Arsenault, Second Vice President Carolyn Brugmann, First Vice President Lyn Monteleone and Treasurer Ronald Caruso. Jack Loup, not pictured, was elected President Elect.
He has chosen to lead a fulfilling second half of his life through various positions that he holds in the town of Abita Springs.
Bryan is the Music Producer and MC of the Abita Springs Opry. He lines up the music presented at the Opry and outside events in Abita. He sponsors a music series at the French Market in the month of August named “Opry at the Market.”
He also created what is becoming a very important music event named the Abita Springs “Busker” Festival. That event, held during the month of April features “buskers,” a name for street musicians from New Orleans. That festival is co-sponsored by the Abita Springs Opry and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Foundation. It is also videoed and streamed live by WWOZ Radio.
He is a member of the Museum Committee for the town of Abita and was instrumental in the placement and resurrection of the building that houses it. Bryan is also on the Abita Historic Committee that oversees the design of homes to be built in the town to make sure they comply with the traditional architectural style.
Jazz Fest is an annual gig for Bryan where he demonstrates how to cook a traditional chicken & andouille sausage gumbo! He is a self-taught musician that enjoys playing guitar informally with his friends. Bryan built his first guitar and proudly plays it in the above photograph.
A typical day for Bryan starts with him enjoying a cup of coffee on his front porch watching the sunrise. Then he drives to the Abita Café to visit with friends over breakfast. He exercises 3 days a week, mostly through therapeutic swimming.
He enjoys visiting with the Mayor of Abita, playing music with friends, communicating with musicians to book shows, writing press releases/advertising for the Abita Opry (3 performances in the spring and 3 in the fall), and visiting with family members. All of his days give him purpose and fulfillment in life.
When asked if there was a talent he wished he had Bryan responded with “I wish I had the artistic vision and ability to see something and reproduce it on paper.” I got to view some of his artwork, and I was impressed.
A favorite item in his wardrobe would have to be his khaki shorts and a T-shirt!
His favorite song is “In My Life” by the Beatles. This was his wife’s favorite song and whenever it was played, as Bryan says it, “she looked at me lovingly with her expressive hazel green eyes and sang it to me while we danced.” Bryan’s wife, Pat, passed away three years ago, but he is very grateful for the forty five years they had together.
Bryan feels his greatest accomplishment in life is having been a successful husband and father. He is very proud of his children who have chosen to follow in his footsteps as educators. Michael is a Science teacher and Head Basketball Coach at Fontainebleau High and his daughter Jennifer serves as an English teacher at Bonnabel High in Kenner. He also enjoys seeing his grandchildren Bryan Hannah and Faith.
Association To Meet Sept. 8 To Hear
Supt. Folse On School Year Launch
The St. Tammany Retired School Employees Association will meet at ten a.m. on Thursday, September 8, 2016, at the David C. Treen Instructional Technology Center in Mandeville.
Superintendent W. L. "Trey" Folse is slated to speak to members about the recent launch of the new School Year and the School System's goals. All St. Tammany Public School retirees are invited to attend.
“We hope our retirees will join both the LRTA and our local STRSEA, and we look forward to working collectively to continue to increase our St. Tammany associate and retiree memberships this year,” said President Roxanne Lagarde. “We encourage all public school system retirees to come and join in our association. We hope to see you on September 8th.” Members arriving early at 9:30 a.m. will enjoy a social get-together time to catch up with friends over the summer months.
The agenda includes a business meeting for the latest reports from the president, the vice president, secretary and treasurer, as well as this year's legislative concerns and educational scholarship status.
Retirees are asked to bring to the meeting school supplies for school children. While strictly voluntary, Operation Book Bag provides school supplies and book bags to local STPSB students in need. Supplies can be notebooks, loose leaf paper, pencils, colors, notebooks, construction paper, glue, and children's scissors. At 11:00 a.m. a Health Fair organized especially for STRSEA member will offer a wide variety of information from participants such as St. Tammany Parish Hospital, Ochsner Hospital, Silver Sneakers (with a demo) and Humana. There will be flyers, snacks, door prizes and other giveaways. The Treen Technology Center is located at 2024 Livingston Street in Mandeville. The STRSEA meets regularly throughout the year to provide opportunities for retirees from the school system to hear about the important issues impacting local and state retirees and to enjoy fun and fellowship with new and former colleagues. Meetings are generally on the second Thursday of September, November, December, March and May, including an annual Christmas party and spring luncheon.