Announcements 2010

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Jan. 14, 2010 Re-Organization Meeting for Officers and Committee Chairmen

United Methodist Chuch in Kent  9:30

New Dining Digs! PCRTA luncheons this year will be in Pierson Hall at the United Methodist Church of Kent, 1435 East Main Street, Kent.  A new location was needed when the Twin Lakes Country Club discontinued business. Luncheons will feature the delicious meals which  are served weekly to the Rotary and Lions service organizations.  The Lions, who also meet on Thursdays, will eat in another room.

Drive to the back of the church and enter through the dining room doors.  This is a handicapped entrance.  Arrive any time after 11:00, enjoy a  beverage, and visit with friends.  Our meeting will start promptly at noon, and lunch will be at 12:15. The cost of the meals   this year will be $10.

The church donates the profits from our meals to mission projects locally and throughout the world.  Use the form on Page 11 to make your reservations now.  Call a retired teacher and bring a new attendee – you will both be glad.

03/11/10   9:30  Executive Committee Meeting – United Methodist Church of Kent

03/10/10  12:00  Luncheon Meeting – United Methodist Church of Kent

March Project: Safer Futures  is a resource center shelter for women and children seeking freedom from domestic violence.  The center provides shelter, advocacy, moral support, education concerning domestic violence, and access to relevant community resources. Please bring toiletries and hygiene items for Safer Futures to the March luncheon meeting.

Program:  Growing Season – The Life of the Migrant Community

Growing Season

Growing Season

When photographer Gary Harwood first stepped onto the K. W. Zellers family farm in Hartville to take pictures of Mexican migrant workers, he did not expect to find such a strong, tightly knit community.  Over the next five years he used his camera to study the lives and work of these migrants in their Northeastern Ohio home.  His artful photography captures the migrants’ portraits and movingly conveys their great pride in work and family, their struggles and joys.

In photos and stories, the book Growing Season celebrates the work and play and religious, medical, familial, and communal experiences of these workers—young, old, male, female—and offers readers a success story. A part of our Ohio landscape, these people and the dedicated, caring group of volunteers who support them teach all of us about dignity and humanity.

You will meet Gary Harwood at our March luncheon and will be captivated by his experiences in Hartville.  His photographs and his life-altering experience will provide unforgettable observations of the migrant workers. Gary Harwood has been a photographer for Kent State University for nearly 25 years and chief photographer since 1987.

He has won four national Circle of Excellence awards from The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. He was named the 2001 University Photographers Association of America’s Growing Season—The Life of a Migrant Community. Over the next five years he used his camera to study the lives and work of these migrants in their Northeastern Ohio home.  His artful photography captures the migrants’ portraits and movingly conveys their great pride in work and family, their struggles and joys.

Accompanying the vibrant photographs are revealing first-person narratives written by David Hassler, the program and outreach director for the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University. The voices of the migrant workers will speak to us through Gary Harwood.

The ORTA spring conference for our area will be Wednesday, April 14, at the McKinley Grand Hotel in Canton. It is open to all ORTA members, and you are encouraged to attend. Bob Stein and Jim McGreevy, the retired teacher members on the STRS board, will be the keynote speakers. Attendees will vote on the proposed restatement of the ORTA bylaws.

Afternoon break-out sessions will provide leadership training, information, and opportunity for input to the many areas of concern which ORTA is involved. Registration cost is $20 and includes lunch. Advance registration is required. Call Dave Gynn (330-678-8423) for more information and to register. Let’s have a large delegation from Portage County.

PCRTA Members Attend ORTA Area Meeting in Canton Eleven PCRTA

PCRTA Members at the Canton Meeting

PCRTA Members at the Canton Meeting

Members attended the ORTA Area Meeting for the north-eastern region in Canton at the McKinley Grand Hotel on Wednesday, April 14, 2010. They heard speakers from the STRS Board, Bob Stein and Jim McGreavy, who talked about the status of teacher pensions and healthcare.

They also voted on  the changes in the ORTA by-laws.  After lunch, they attended several informational sessions.  

05/20/2010             12:00  Dinner Meeting  Kent United Methodist Church REV. REBECCA HELLER TO LEAD MEMORIAL SERVICE

Rev. Heller

Rev. Heller

Our memorial service will be led by Rev. Rebecca M. Heller, who has served as Minister ofthe First Christian Church in Kent since June 2003.  She was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Rev. Heller received a BA in Religion form Hamelin University in St. Paul and a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University Divinity School in Nashville, Tennessee. She met her husband, Mike Lekan, here in Ohio.  They now have a beautiful  daughter, Elena Ruth Lekan, and Oscar their cat.  In  addition to family and church, Rebecca enjoys  playing the flute, reading, cooking, movies, traveling, gardening, photography, and walking.  She serves on the Kent Social Services Advisory Board. In Memory Of

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Doris T. Wise July 1, 2009 Ravenna City Schools
Clinton Howard Hobbs October 26, 2009 Kent State University
Eric May November 27, 2009 Kent State University
Irene George December 14, 2009 Field Schools
Dorothy Lenore Franks December 17, 2009 Garfield Schools
Raymond L Troxtell January 14, 2010 Twinsburg/Newton Falls
Mildred Pearl Price February 3, 2010 Ravenna City Schools
Dorothy Ann Turk February 10, 2010 Chagrin Falls Schools
Mary E. Baker February 10, 2010 Field Schools
James Caniglia March 16, 2010 Garfield Schools

 

Who’s Ready for Some Trips? Mark your calendars for one or two fun days where you can sit back and not worry about the drive, see something new, and enjoy old and new friends.

1. Friday, July 9, 2010 the Tall Ships come to Cleveland.  We will leave at 10:00 from Kent and head to the decks of the Goodtime III and enjoy a buffet lunch while we cruise past the ships and along the Cuyahoga River. After the cruise, we will stop for a little shopping at the West Side Market and return to Kent by 5:00 pm.  The cost is $59.  The final registration date is May 28.

2. On August 4, 2010, the “Phantom of the Opera” returns to the Palace Theater in Cleveland.  The details and cost of this trip are still being determined, but Paskey Tours are now taking reservations.  Call and get your name on the list now!  They’ll get the details to you later.

3.The PCRTA fundraiser trip is still to be determined and will be held sometime in the fall.The motto of Paskey Tours is “Bringing Friends  Together,” and that is what we also hope will happen for PCRTA. For reservations for the Tall Ships and/or Phantom of the Opera call Paskey Tours at 888-678-8248.If you have any other questions or suggestions for trips, call John and Sandy Kerstetter at 330-678-0129. They are our new PCRTA travel coordinators.

 

Roger Dipaola

Roger Dipaola

Newly retired teachers will be guests of PCRTA at our September 16 luncheon.  The speaker will be Roger J. DiPaolo, editor of the Record Courier. DiPaolo says he is proud to be rooted in Portage County, where his Italian immigrant grandparents were welcomed when they settled here as teen-aged newlyweds nearly a century ago.

A graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School, he earned his degree in journalism at Kent State University. He has been employed at the Record Courier for 33 years.  He began with a KSU internship as a reporter, was named assistant city editor in 1981, promoted to city editor in 1982 and was named editor of the Record Courier in 1991.

Roger has earned writing awards from UPI for feature writing, editorial writing and headlines.  In 1997, he was honored by the KSU School of Journalism as one of its 60 outstanding graduates.

He calls himself an amateur historian and is the author of “Portage Pathways,” a column in the Sunday Record Courier that is the source of stories featured in his new book.

 

OUR SEPTEMBER SERVICE PROJECT:  BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Back to school time brings back many nostalgic memories of our years of teaching and our annual shopping trek to get supplies for our rooms while they were on sale.  You can relive those days by shopping for school supplies for needy children.  The school supplies we collect will be donated to Portage County schools to be distributed as needed.

WHAT DID YOU SAY…FREE HEARING CHECKUPS?? Rick Conley from Miracle-Ear will be available at the luncheon meeting to do free hearing screenings.  This is made possible through the R.E.A.C.H. (Reach, Educate and Communicate Hearing) program.  Screenings will begin at 11:00 and will take five to ten minutes. A pamphlet titled “What is Your Hearing Quotient?” will be available to help you to decided whether or not you may need the screening.

10/19/10 5:00 Pre-Retirement Program United Methodist Church in Kent on Rt 59
Speaker:  Attorney John Flynn With Light Supper
Also, speakers from STRS and Met Life
10/23/10 Make a Difference Day
11/11/10 9:30 Executive Commmittee Mtg.  United Methodist Church in Kent on Rt 59
11/18/10 12:00 Luncheon Mtg. United Methodist Church in Kenton Rt 59
Election of Officers Bring Non-Perishable items
Guest Speaker:  Kris Baughman
10/19/10 5:00 Pre-Retirement Program United Methodist Church in Kent on Rt 59
Speaker:  Attorney John Flynn With Light Supper
Also, speakers from STRS and Met Life
10/23/10 Make a Difference Day
11/11/10 9:30 Executive Commmittee Mtg.  United Methodist Church in Kent on Rt 59
11/18/10 12:00 Luncheon Mtg. United Methodist Church in Kent on Rt 59
Election of Officers Bring Non-Perishable items
Guest Speaker:  Kris Baughman

Beckwith Orchard

Trolley ride through the orchard with a narrated history of the farm and orchard on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14,1:30 p.m.  The cost is $2.00 a person.  This includes a slice of apple pie and coffee or cider, and a chance to shop .

To make a reservation, call John and Sandy Kerstetter  at 330-673-0129, or email them jkerstet@kent.edu before October 12.

Kris Baughman

Kris Baughman

Our next luncheon meeting on Thursday, November 18, will feature Kris Baughman, President of the local Tree City Toastmasters, a chapter of Toastmasters International. The purpose of the Toastmasters club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment where members have the opportunity to develop communications skills which help to increase confidence and develop leadership skills.

Our members will have the opportunity to take part in an interactive activity as well.

We will vote for next year’s officers-President, Corresponding Secretary, and Assistant Treasurer.  Janet Fencl, Nominations Chair, has presented the following slate of officers for 2011-20131: President, Ron Snowberger;  Corresponding Secretary, Barbara Cribbs;  and Assistant Treasurer Maria Mastromatteo.  Nominations may be made from the floor with prior consent of nominee.

Our Community Service project for November is to collect some nonperishable items for the Center of Hope in Ravenna.  You may also donate money to purchase turkeys.  Open your hearts and help another family have something to be thankful for as they celebrate their Thanksgiving dinner together.

Dr. Stacey R. Schneider has agreed to do an Achilles Test for osteoporosis at 11:00 at the November 18 luncheon.  It is very simple and as the name implies all you need is a bare heel.  Nancy Granville requested that blood pressures also be taken.  Dr. Schneider agreed to honor this request.

12/16/10           12:00    Luncheon Mtg.    United Methodist Church in Kent on Rt 59

 Christmas Party

Installation of the Officers 

Speaker:  Laura Eckler of STRS, and Bingo.

Donations:  Please bring, hats, gloves, or mittens.