Announcements 2016

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PCRTA DECEMBER 15th LUNCHEON PROGRAM AT THE ELKS FEATURES THE COVENTRY HIGH SCHOOL CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

If you like to listen to Christmas music, you will not want to miss the PCRTA December 15th luncheon at the Elks in Ravenna. The Coventry High School Chamber Ensemble, under the direction of Julie Strebler, will be joining us.

The 24 students became members of the chamber ensemble after auditioning and being selected for the group.

During the year, the students provide a variety of music for various events.  They perform throughout their community, providing holiday concerts, crowd-pleasing spring pops concerts and doing serious choral literature for some events.  They also participate in  OMEA Large Group Adjudicated Event each year and have received superior ratings.

Julie Strebler, a graduate of Southeast High School, has many fond memories of the teachers who influenced her, some of whom are members of PCRTA.  Julie said, “My dear, dear mother is a member of your organization. I have taught at Coventry for 15 years now and truly love it. “

Coventry High School Chamber Ensemble

Coventry High School Chamber Ensemble

December Service Project: County Children’s Center (Children’s, gloves & winter items)

STEPHANIE LAMMLEIN  SPOKE AT

PCRTA NOVEMBER 17th LUNCHEON, 12:00

at Ravenna Elks Club

 

Stephanie Lammlein

Stephanie Lammlein

After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences from Hiram College in Ohio,Stephanie Lammlein pursued a career in teaching.  Taking her first job in Cincinnati, Ohio, at White Oak Middle School, she later transitioned into the high school setting starting at Colerain High School and then Rootstown High School; teaching biology and environmental science, along with other life science elective courses for 16 years.

With a strong desire to elevate her teaching she continued her own education, earning a Masters of Arts in Teaching Biological Sciences from Miami University.  Knowing that maintaining her learning will enhance her teaching, she continues enriching her expertise through graduate course work.  These courses deal with bioinformatics, genomics, evaluation measures, professional learning communities, differentiated instruction, problem and project based learning, Baldrige training and technology.

Deep commitment to her students drives Stephanie to create curricular experiences and projects that push students to strive for a greater understanding of the sciences.  Understanding that the K-12 education system is under a microscope and seeking new innovative approaches to teaching in this global community are two of Stephanie’s driving forces to keep exploring new approaches to instruction in order to achieve maximum retention of knowledge.

Currently, Stephanie is the CAO of the Bio-Med Science STEM Academy.  The Academy, located on NEOMED’s campus in Rootstown, Ohio, opened in August 2012 with a freshman class of 71 students.

November Service Project: Center of Hope (Non-Pershable foods and donations)

See our wonderful 50th Celebration!

Click on the above to see the linked page!

NOMED Students Run Free Clinic

The clinic opens Saturday, September 17, and will be open two Saturdays a month. One Saturday per month will be dedicated to primary care. One Saturday will provide medication management and education.

The location for this clinic is the NEW Center at NEOMED.

The phone number is 330-578-4448.

The email is clinic@outreach.org.

The services offered are:  primary care, chronic disease management, regular routine care, physical exams, basic labs and prescriptions for medications.

The eligibility is: anyone who is unable to afford proper healthcare, as we believe in not limiting our resources to only those without insurance.  Patients will be asked to sign a form disclosing their inability to afford healthcare prior to being seen.

The clinic will provide high quality, non-emergency, no-cost healthcare to the medically underserved residents of Northeast Ohio.  For more information, please contact the number or the email above.

Teachers, if you know of someone who needs this service, please pass this information along to them.

TIME TO RENEW MEMBERSHIP by Dave Gynn

A big yellow school bus is a reminder that you are retired, you won’t go to school today and you need to pay your dues. Now is the time to renew your membership for 2017. Look at the address label on your newsletter. If it says “life” – Thank you for your loyalty and congratulations on being a wise investor. If it says “2016” – Your dues for 2017 are now due. Membership dues are collected between July and December for the following year. If it says “2017” – Your dues are paid for next year. The code S stands for state (ORTA); the code P stands for Portage (PCRTA).

If you receive your newsletter via email, check with the treasurer (330-678-8423) about your membership status. Annual dues are $40 – $30 for ORTA and $10 for PCRTA. Send a check made payable to PCRTA. All dues should be sent to Dave Gynn, 4210 Lancaster Ln, Kent, OH 44240. Your state dues will be forwarded to ORTA. Your annual dues can be converted to a life membership. PCRTA life membership is $150. ORTA is $500 and can be made in payments. Contact ORTA (877-431-7002) for details.

LOOKING FOR ARCHIVES by Pat Gynn

Over the years, there have been a number of people who have kept the Portage County Retired Teachers’ archives.  We have years and years of clippings, pictures, minutes, and other memorabilia from PCRTA’s past.  Norm Parks was our last archivist, and he made arrangements to have our archives stored at the Portage County Historical Society. This was a wonderful idea because some of our earliest archives are not included in the archives.

Because this was our 50th year, when I began as archivist I began going through the materials and getting them organized by year with the newsletters and scholarship records kept separately.  It was then that I realized some of the earliest materials are missing. Can you help me locate any of these materials:

1.Desktop Newsletters from 1991 to 1999                                                                       2.Pictures, newspaper clippings, minutes, or other materials from 1966 to 1981. It would be wonderful if someone has these things stored away in an old file cabinet or closet and would want to donate them to our PCRTA archives.  If you know of any of these early records, please call Pat Gynn at 330-678-8423.

PCRTA – 2016 Planned Social Events

October 28,    KSU  Orchestra Concert 7:30 PM

Cartwright Hall KSU, Terrace Dr. off Route 5 Cost: $10

Dinner prior to the event at Pufferbelly 5:30   (Individual checks for meals)

Contact:  Teresa Schoettler 330-673-3099

316 Woodard Ave., Kent, OH 44240

December 18, Sunday, Western Reserve Band Concert  4:00 PM

Hudson 1st Congregational Church , 47 Aurora St., Hudson

Coordinator:  Ken Granville for concert

Dinner following at Zeppe’s  (Individual checks for meals)

5843 Darrow Road (Rte 91) Hudson 44236

Dinner reservations should be called into Kay Wise at 330-297-1110

VOLUNTEERS FOR HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Ruth Wagner & husband Keith

Ruth Wagner & husband Keith

Our member Ruth Wagner and her husband Keith are regular and loyal volunteers for Habitat for Humanity.  They joined the work crew for many Wednesday work days this summer.

If you can help out, consider contacting Ron Snowberger, PCRTA Habitat Chairperson at 330-678-3268 or call the number below.

Habitat for Humanity of Portage County

6630 Cleveland Road

Ravenna, OH 44266

330.296.2880 Phone

330.296.5263 Fax

www.habitatofportage.org

 

Meet our PCRTA Scholarship Recipients!

It is with great pleasure that PCRTA announces our 2016 Scholarship Recipients!  We wish much success to these very talented and bright scholars. Please come to our July 21, 2016, luncheon meeting to meet them and learn about their many talents and future plans. The theme for the interactive luncheon program with the scholarship winners centers around the Presidential Election. The luncheon reservation form is on page 10.

2016 PCRTA SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

Ken and Nancy Bliss Scholarship

Steven Joseph Farhat    Ravenna High School    Major: education

Ray and Doris Aeschliman Scholarship

Reagan Butler   Kent Roosevelt High School    Major: studio art and education

Merri-Lu Ritz Memorial Scholarship 

Madeline Zupko  Streetsboro High School    Major: secondary education and journalism

Annual PCRTA  Memorial Scholarship in honor of Janet May and Martha Hatcher

Ryan Conroy     Field High School   Major: middle school education

PCRTA Scholarships

Zachary Adair   Kent Roosevelt High School   Major: secondary education and math

EmiLee Hartman   Kent Roosevelt High School   Major: secondary education and math

Coreena Wise   Kent Roosevelt High School   Major: secondary education and math

The following PCRTA members gave out the scholarship certificates at the various honors programs:  Ria Mastromatteo at Field, Sylvia Armstrong at Roosevelt, and Jim Montaquila at Streetsboro.

Scholarship Chair Jim Montaquila reported that the committee met on Friday, April 15 to review the applications for scholarships. The committee members were Jim Montaquila, Jan Fencl, Pat Gynn, Lowell Myers, Darlene Fetterhoff, Ria Mastromatteo and Kay Wise.

There were thirteen applicants from five schools. The committee selected seven students to receive scholarships of $1,500.

PAY IT FORWARD SCHOLARSHIP by Dave Gynn

To celebrate PCRTA’s 50th anniversary, we are beginning a Pay It Forward Scholarship. Pay it forward is an expression for describing the beneficiary of good fortune by repaying it to others.  The phrase may have been coined by Lily Hardy Hammond in her 1916 book In the Garden of Delight.

Our scholarship program began several years ago when we awarded one modest $300 scholarship.  The program has grown, and this year we will award seven $1,500 scholarships. Funds have come from donations, memorials, proctoring and other projects.

Members are now urged to consider their good fortune to have retired from an honorable profession with some means to help future teachers through the PCRTA scholarship program. It is our hope this account will grow so we will always be in a position to continue the scholarship program.

PCRTA Scholarship is a 501c3 organization, and contributions qualify as IRS tax deductions. Contributors to the Pay it Forward Scholarship will be reported to the membership in these classes:  $1-$49, $50-$99, $100-$249, $250-$499, $500-$999, $1,000 and up.  Contributions should be made to PCRTA Scholarship and sent to Darlene Fetterhoff, 2417 Duck Pond Drive, Ravenna, OH 44266.

Bright air balloons          50th Celebration!

Bright air balloons

JIM SCHILLING TO SPEAK AT PCRTA SEPTEMBER LUNCHEON  

12:00 at the Elks Club in Ravenna on Freedom St. inI

A retired school teacher and principal, Jim Schilling joined Hale Farm & Village in fall 2015 as a museum educator. Already, he has some memories that stand out: During the Lantern Tours he played a Western Reserve entrepreneur preparing for Christmas 1865 at the Goldsmith House. He enjoyed teaching visitors about gift giving and decorating then, as well as how families prepared for Christmas while grieving their losses from the Civil War.

Jim can be found serving as the Village store proprietor, in the First Settlement pioneer cabin, talking about architecture in the Goldsmith House and, yes, in the school. A husband, father and grandfather, Jim values the potential for building understanding through sharing hands-on living history with all generations.

Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to spend your teaching career teaching in a one room schoolhouse?   What would it have been like to have students of all ages sitting in one big room with rows of wooden desks and a pot-bellied stove nearby.

If you would like some insight into the past, you will not want to miss hearing our September guest speaker, Jim Schilling, from Hale Farm and Village.   He will take us back in time as he shares with us his role as “Schoolmaster”  Schilling.

PLEASE BRING ITEMS FOR SAFER FUTURE TO THE SEPTEMBER MEETING: hygiene items, toiletries or money.

WE NEED DOOR PRIZES FOR THE SEPTEMBER LUNCHEON- PLEASE CALL RON SNOWBERGER  at 330-678-3268.  Prizes are due to Ron by September 1, 2016. 

SHARE YOUR TEACHING MEMORIES FOR OUR 50TH ANNIVERSARY by Pat Gynn   

Teaching is a Work of HeartTeachers have a wealth of memories from their years of working with their students.  Many people shared wonderful memories for our 40th year Memory Book.  Now we would like to have your memories, funny experiences and poignant experiences from your years in teaching, your growth as a teacher, or anything you think others may be interested in reading.

Please change any names to protect the students. Send your memories to Pat Gynn by email at patgynn@aol.com or mail them to me at 4210 Lancaster Lane, Kent, OH  44240.  Then come to our 50th celebration to see what wonderful memories your fellow teachers had from their years as teachers.

WHERE WERE YOU IN 1966? by Dave Gynn

Were you retired?  Teaching?  In college or high school?

On September 15, 1966 – 50 years ago – retired teachers in Portage County formed PCRTA, a chapter of Ohio Retired Teachers Association. They met to improve pension and insurance benefits. They met for luncheons, had speakers and quickly adopted community service projects.

During the past fifty years, our chapter has been very active

–-demonstrating commitment and dedication to the protection, promotion, and enhancement of educator retirement benefits;

–providing a voice and resource for retired teachers.

–influencing legislation important to education and retirees.

–contributing over two million hours of volunteer service to community organizations.

–providing scholarships to nearly one hundred future teachers of Portage County.

–offering a forum for active legislative involvement.

–offering helpful informative and protective services.

–hosting pre-retirement workshops for active teachers.

Where will you be on September 15, 2016?  We hope you will join in our exciting 50th birthday/anniversary celebration. Whether you attend regularly, occasionally or have never come to

a luncheon, do not miss this special event. Come and bring a friend. Special speakers and guests, door prizes and entertainment await. Make your reservation with Karen Balog 330-296-8467. Use the form for luncheon reservations on page 6.

LOOKING FOR ARCHIVES by Pat Gynn

Over the years, there have been a number of people who have kept the Portage County Retired Teachers’ archives.  We have years and years of clippings, pictures, minutes, and other memorabilia from PCRTA’s past.  Norm Parks was our last archivist, and he made arrangements to have our archives stored at the Portage County Historical Society. This was a wonderful idea because some of our earliest archives are not included in the archives.

Because this was our 50th year, when I began as archivist I began going through the materials and getting them organized by year with the newsletters and scholarship records kept separately.  It was then that I realized some of the earliest materials are missing. Can you help me locate any of these materials:

1.Desktop Newsletters from 1991 to 1999                                                                       2.Pictures, newspaper clippings, minutes, or other materials from 1966 to 1981. It would be wonderful if someone has these things stored away in an old file cabinet or closet and would want to donate them to our PCRTA archives.  If you know of any of these early records, please call Pat Gynn at 330-678-8423.

PCRTA – 2016 Planned Social Events

October 28,    KSU  Orchestra Concert 7:30 PM

Cartwright Hall KSU, Terrace Dr. off Route 5 Cost: $10

Dinner prior to the event at Pufferbelly 5:30   (Individual checks for meals)

Contact:  Teresa Schoettler 330-673-3099

316 Woodard Ave., Kent, OH 44240

December 11, Sunday, Western Reserve Band Concert  4:00 PM

Hudson 1st Congregational Church , 47 Aurora St., Hudson

Coordinator:  Ken Granville for concert

Dinner following at Zeppe’s  (Individual checks for meals)

5843 Darrow Road (Rte 91) Hudson 44236

Dinner reservations should be called into Kay Wise at 330-297-1110

VOLUNTEERS FOR HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Ruth Wagner & husband Keith

Ruth Wagner & husband Keith

Our member Ruth Wagner and her husband Keith are regular and loyal volunteers for Habitat for Humanity.  They joined the work crew for many Wednesday work days this summer.

If you can help out, consider contacting Ron Snowberger, PCRTA Habitat Chairperson at 330-678-3268 or call the number below.

Habitat for Humanity of Portage County

6630 Cleveland Road

Ravenna, OH 44266

330.296.2880 Phone

330.296.5263 Fax

www.habitatofportage.org

 

PORTAGE COUNTY RETIRED TEACHERS RECEIVE COMMUNITY PARTNER AWARD

Judy Morgan with Community Partner Award

Judy Morgan with Community Partner Award

Judy Morgan accepted the Community Partner Award for Portage County Retired Teachers given by the Portage County Literacy Coalition.  Judy was very surprised at the GED ceremony at the Maplewood Career Center on June 9, 2016, when she was called to the stage to receive the award on behalf of PCRTA.

PCRTA members have been providing refreshments for this event for many years.  This year we served over 200 graduates and guests.

Retired ABLE (Adult Basic and Literacy Education) Coordinator at Maplewood Career Center and PCRTA member, Helen Jane Wilson, traveled from the state of Washington to attend the graduation, where she paid tribute to the graduates, the teachers of Maplewood and Doris Schoning, retiring ABLE Coordinator. She also welcomed the new ABLE/GED Coordinator, Laure Gaunter.

The Wilson family scholarships are awarded each year at the GED ceremony to ABLE students.

Those who baked and helped serve refreshments at the GED ceremony are pictured below: Joanne Stykes, Sharon Watts, Judy Morgan, Kathy Latimer, Pat Gynn, Helena Parry and Ruth Weigand

GED Ceremony

GED Ceremony

Judy Hendershot, Georgia Darrah and Phyllis Spangler for also baking for the event

Meet our PCRTA Scholarship Recipients!

It is with great pleasure that PCRTA announces our 2016 Scholarship Recipients!  We wish much success to these very talented and bright scholars. Please come to our July 21, 2016, luncheon meeting to meet them and learn about their many talents and future plans. The theme for the interactive luncheon program with the scholarship winners centers around the Presidential Election. The luncheon reservation form is on page 10.

2016 PCRTA SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

Ken and Nancy Bliss Scholarship

Steven Joseph Farhat    Ravenna High School    Major: education

Ray and Doris Aeschliman Scholarship

Reagan Butler   Kent Roosevelt High School    Major: studio art and education

Merri-Lu Ritz Memorial Scholarship 

Madeline Zupko  Streetsboro High School    Major: secondary education and journalism

Annual PCRTA  Memorial Scholarship in honor of Janet May and Martha Hatcher

Ryan Conroy     Field High School   Major: middle school education

PCRTA Scholarships

Zachary Adair   Kent Roosevelt High School   Major: secondary education and math

EmiLee Hartman   Kent Roosevelt High School   Major: secondary education and math

Coreena Wise   Kent Roosevelt High School   Major: secondary education and math

The following PCRTA members gave out the scholarship certificates at the various honors programs:  Ria Mastromatteo at Field, Sylvia Armstrong at Roosevelt, and Jim Montaquila at Streetsboro.

Scholarship Chair Jim Montaquila reported that the committee met on Friday, April 15 to review the applications for scholarships. The committee members were Jim Montaquila, Jan Fencl, Pat Gynn, Lowell Myers, Darlene Fetterhoff, Ria Mastromatteo and Kay Wise.

There were thirteen applicants from five schools. The committee selected seven students to receive scholarships of $1,500.

2016 Annual Memorial Scholarship by Darlene Fetterhoff

 

Has a colleague or friend passed and you have wanted to remember him or her in a special way as a teacher? By contributing to the PCRTA Scholarship fund in his or her name, this can be easily done.

This year two very strong educators are being honored. Janet May, an English teacher in Streetsboro City Schools, not only excelled in the classroom, but also Janet’s leadership in the 1960’s and 70’s resulted in exceptionally strong teacher contracts. She possessed qualities of intelligence, wisdom and foresight that motivated many of her colleagues.

Martha Hatcher, a music teacher in Southeast Schools, also excelled in the classroom, but her legacy lives far beyond. All who knew her recognized the exceptional musical talent she shared in her community, her church, and with both young and adult music students.

We are honored to recognize these two exceptional teachers in our 2016 Annual Memorial Scholarship.

PAY IT FORWARD SCHOLARSHIP by Dave Gynn.

To celebrate PCRTA’s 50th anniversary, we are beginning a Pay It Forward Scholarship. Pay it forward is an expression for describing the beneficiary of good fortune by repaying it to others.  The phrase may have been coined by Lily Hardy Hammond in her 1916 book In the Garden of Delight.

Our scholarship program began several years ago when we awarded one modest $300 scholarship.  The program has grown, and this year we will award seven $1,500 scholarships. Funds have come from donations, memorials, proctoring and other projects.

Members are now urged to consider their good fortune to have retired from an honorable profession with some means to help future teachers through the PCRTA scholarship program. It is our hope this account will grow so we will always be in a position to continue the scholarship program.

PCRTA Scholarship is a 501c3 organization, and contributions qualify as IRS tax deductions. Contributors to the Pay it Forward Scholarship will be reported to the membership in these classes:  $1-$49, $50-$99, $100-$249, $250-$499, $500-$999, $1,000 and up.  Contributions should be made to PCRTA Scholarship and sent to Darlene Fetterhoff, 2417 Duck Pond Drive, Ravenna, OH 44266.

Smart Driver Course    

The new four-hour smart driver course (formerly driver safety) is open to all licensed drivers age 50 and older. New Concepts are provided to better compensate for age related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. After completing this course, participants may qualify for a lower cost of car insurance. No tests are handed in and there is no actual driving. Trained volunteers conduct the sessions. Course Fee: $15.00 for AARP members or $20.00 for non-members.  AARP Smart Driver Program 2016  Sponsored by the Tallmadge Recreation Department

Please note registration and the classes are held at the: Tallmadge Community Center 80 Community Road Tallmadge, OH 44278  330-633-5610

A total of four (4) hour classes are scheduled for 2016 on Thursdays from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. February 18, May 19, August 18, November 17.   

 Registration is limited and pre-registration is needed. Please complete the pre-registration form and mail or drop off with your payment to the Tallmadge Community Center, 80 Community Road, located next to Tallmadge Library.

Make Check/Money Order payable to AARP. DO NOT SEND CASH!!!!

PLEASE HAVE YOUR VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE WITH YOU AT THE CLASS.

THE KNOWLEDGEABLE MILT MAYHEW (330-633-5128) IS THE INSTRUCTOR. MILT’S BEAUTIFUL BRIDE OF 63 YEARS, LOUANNA, WILL GRACIOUSLY ASSIST HIM.

ARRP Smart Driver

 

        2016 Calendar

  PORTAGE COUNTY     RETIRED TEACHERS

01/25/16 9:30  Organizational Workshop (Kent Library – 2nd floor)
02/01/16  Newsletter Deadline
02/21/16 2:00 The Hudson Players present 1776
03/12/15 9:30  Executive Board Meeting
03/17/16 12:00 Luncheon Meeting – Program –  Habitat for Humanity
Presented by Diana Zuranski
and Memorial Service
Service project: Supply Clothing Center
04/01/15 Newsletter Deadline
04/14/16 10:00 Bingo with Lunch on SR 43 in Brimfield
05/14/15 9:30 Executive Board Meeting
05/19/15 12:00 Luncheon Meeting – Program –History of Portage

County Schools

Presented by Barb Petroski
05/16/16 9:30 Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Weathervane
06/01/16 Newsletter Deadline
06/09/16 GED Graduation- Maplewood Career Center
(refreshments, servers, cards)
07/09/16 9:30 Executive Board Meeting
07/07/16 12:00 Luncheon Meeting – Program –  Scholarship Winners
08/01/16 Newsletter Deadline
08/03/16 Footloose at Porthouse Theater
09/10/16 9:30 Executive Board Meeting
09/15/16 12:00 Luncheon Meeting – Program –  Scholarship Winners
Guest Speaker from Hale Farm
10/01/16  Newsletter Deadline
October Kent State University
11/12/15 9:30 Executive Board Meeting
11/17/16 12:00 Luncheon Meeting
Schools of Today – Biomed Science Academy
Stephanie Lammiein, Chief Administrative Officer
December Western Reserve Band Concert
12/15/16 12:00 Luncheon – Christmas Party – Coventry High School
Director: Julie Strebler
Ravenna Elks 776 N. Freedom St. (Rt 88) Ravenna, OH 44266
 
Luncheons served buffet style
 
Luncheons consist of short business meeting, announcements,
   lunch and program
Reservations to Karen Balog, check to PCRTA.  Please make reservation
   at least  1 week prior to luncheon.

PCRTA – 2016 Planned Social Events

May 24, Tuesday,  Portage County Historical Museum Tour 10:00 AM

Cost:  $5     Location: 6549 N. Chestnut St., Ravenna 44266

Contact:  Phyllis Spangler 330-593-5253,

5870 Horning Rd., Kent, OH 44240

                                               

June 26, Sunday, Monty Python’s Spamalot, 2:00 PM

Weathervane Playhouse, 1301 Weathervane Lane, Akron 44313

Cost: $20 Reservations by June 2

Dinner: Papa Joe’s at intersection of Portage Trail & Akron Pennisula Road

following performance  (Individual checks for meals)

Contact:  Wendy Cooley 330-325-1998

1856 Stepping Stone Trail, Atwater, OH 44201

August 3, Wednesday, Footloose, Porthouse Theater, 8:00 PM

1145 Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223

Cost: $23, if there are 10 reservations or more; $33, less than 10 reservations  by July 1.   Reservations due by July 19th.

Dinner at Sarah’s Vineyard 5:00 PM (Individual checks for meals)

1204 W. Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223

Contact:  Sandy & John Kerstetter 330-673-0129

2012 Rosewood Dr., Kent, OH 44240

PLAY BINGO

Join PCRTA members and friends to play BINGO on Thursday, April 14, at the Field Restaurant meeting room, 4112 Brimfield Plaza, Kent.  Play bingo at 10:00 and stay for lunch.  Watch the Record Courier for discount coupons.  Bring a white elephant for someone else to win.  A white elephant is not a gag gift.  It is something of value that you no longer need.

21st Annual Portage County Senior Celebration

presents

“A Day at the Races”

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Doors open for exhibit viewing at 9:00 a.m.
Doors open for buffet in ballroom at 10:30 a.m.
Event will be held at
The NEW Center
NorthEast Ohio Medical University
4211 State Route 44, Rootstown OH 44272
The cost is $10
Reservations with the Senior Center 330-297-3456

May 19th, 2016 LUNCHEON at 12:00

at Ravenna Elks Club

May Luncheon Program: 

Barabara Petroski from the Historical Society

 

Barb Petroski, Portage county historical Society

Barb Petroski, Portage county historical Society

Petroski, a life resident of Portage County and currently the Executive Secretary and Treasurer of Portage County Historical Society, will join us on May 19th.    Barbara volunteers as the librarian and genealogy researcher for the Portage County Historical Society.  She is involved with the preservation of books, papers and photographs.
Barbara is a past president of the Portage County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society and has been a member for over 20 years.  She is, and continues to be the editor of the chapter newsletters.

Please join us as we greet Barbara and learn more about the educational heritage of Portage County Schools.

JudyMorgan, Community, Service Director

Judy Morgan, Community, Service Director

The PCRTA Community Service Project for May

Please bring gift cards or cash for Big Brothers and Sisters

Please continue to send your volunteer hours to Judy Morgan atGrams4two@hotmail.com. These hours are compiled at ORTA and used to show our value as retired teachers regarding involvement in volunteerism.  OUR CURRENT PENSIONS PROVIDE US ENOUGH SO THAT WE CAN AFFORD TO VOLUNTEER.

PLEASE CHECK OUT THE PORTAGE COUNTY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY WEBSITE TO SEE HOW YOU CAN HELP!http://www.habitatforhumanityofohio.org/affiliates/name/habitat-for-humanity-of-portage-county/ More information will follow in our next issue about our involvement with Habitat for Humanity.

PCRTA Luncheon Meeting March 17, 2016

Carol Reminton,Diana Zuranski, & Scott Craven

Carol Reminton, Diana Zuranski,               & Scott Craven

President Helena Parry thanked greeters Phyllis Spangler and Anita Foote. She announced that Dave Gynn is the new Eastern Area Vice President of ORTA.

Len Suzelis led us in singing “Irish Eyes Are Smiling” and “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.”

President Helena Parry welcomed ORTA President Carol Remington, who spoke about a federal level bill which has been proposed to deal with the WEP (Windfall Elimination Policy). Hearings are now being held. She feels there is a good chance the formula will be reset. She will keep us informed.  She said ORTA is working hard to keep members informed. The ORTA Website has lots of information. She also said that our Webmaster is doing a good job. She encouraged members to attend the Alliance Spring Conference as there will be an update on health insurance.

Community Chair Judy Morgan reported that our project for May is Big Brothers Big Sisters—gift cards or donations. She urged everyone to report volunteer hours since our goal for 2016 is 50,000 hours as it is the 50th anniversary of PCRTA.

The next social event is April 14 at the Field Restaurant in Brimfield: bingo and lunch 10:00 AM.

Jean Nolte read an inspiring poem “Plant Your Spring Garden” for the meditation.

Following lunch, Judy Hendershot and Connie Evans did a memorial service In Memory of Our Beloved Friends. Connie did a power point presentation complete with a musical background. Judy had purchased the book Reflection on Life to give to the families. Those remembered were:  Patricia Balazs, David Mohan, Shirley Taylor, Merrilou Ritz Johnson, Marilyn Alger, Chloe Ann Small and Robert Stanton.

Ron Snowberger won the 50/50 basket, and Mary Ann Brockett won $70.00, which she donated to the PCRTA.

Diana Zuranski, along with Scott Craven, the construction manager, gave a very informative program on Habitat for Humanity

Pat Gynn with Frog Collection

Pat Gynn with Frog Collection

 

 

 

Pat Gynn proudly displayed her frog collection at the March luncheon meeting

 

 

Ron Snowberger With Stamp Collection

Ron Snowberger With Stamp Collection

 

At the March monthly meeting, Dave Gynn, right, looked carefully at the sampling of Ron Snowberger’s stamp collection.

PCRTA /ORTA and HABITAT for HUMANITY

by Ron Snowberger

 

Those of you who were unable to attend the March luncheon missed a super good program.  Diana Zuranski, program manager, and Scott Craven, engineer for Portage County Habitat, presented a power point program and explanation of just what Habitat is, how it functions, what it does, its mission and all the details for providing “a hand up” for local families in need.

As you may remember, in January 2016 ORTA joined forces with Habitat, with all retired teacher organizations participating.  This venture not only lends helping hands to Habitat, but also provides an avenue for PCRTA volunteers to help give a local family “a hand up” as well help us reach the PCRTA goal of 50,000 volunteer hours in 2016.  One purpose of this collaboration is to raise the visibility of ORTA as well as our local chapter, both for attracting new members and for providing a united front to ensure our retirement benefits by keeping the powers that be in Columbus aware of the many contributions and volunteer hours retired teachers give to their communities.

 

Saturday, April 30, through Sunday, May 8, is WOMEN BUILD WEEK.  So on MAY 3, Habitat will be joined by several PCRTA women (men are welcome also) along with Carol Remington, ORTA President to help restore a small home on Lincoln Street in Ravenna.  WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO HELP?  PLEASE SAY YES!  For more details you can contact Diana Zuranski at 330-296-2880 or Ron Snowberger at 330-678-3268.

 

Please visit the PCRTA web site to explore the many ways you can give (from time, to donations, to gifts, to expertise) to Habitat for Humanity.  So many community members have no idea what PCRTA is or does…..help us to change that…..awareness and communication with PCRTA will benefit everyone.

MEDICARE NEWS

Medicare opens new push on hip, knee replacement in an effort to follow patients more closely and head off complications. The idea is to smooth patient’s recovery and head off unwanted complications that increase costs. This took affect April 1, 2016.

 

PCRTA MEMBERSHIP LIST IS SAFE

PCRTA will never share our mailing list with anyone but ORTA. The membership mailing list is available to board members who have access in the secured portion of our website. Board members will use discretion when accessing this site.

Please help us keep the list current. Let us know if you have a change in address, email, phone or cell phone number.  (The cost for the Post Office to let us know of a changed address is $1.55.)  We will notify ORTA of mailing address and email changes.

 

WHAT’S NEW AT ORTA? by Dave Gynn

 

At the ORTA Executive Board retreat last month, I was installed as the Eastern Area Vice President. We are saddened at the death of Jean Slicker, who was elected to this position. I am eager to fill this role this year.

We discussed several actions important to a smooth transaction with our new Executive Director, Dr. John Cavanaugh. President Carol Remington is challenging ORTA by Building Relationships…..Growing

 

ORTA SPRING CONFERENCE In ALLIANCE on April 20, 2016

First Christian Church of Alliance
1141 W. BEECH ST.
Alliance, OH 44601

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)

The morning general session includes Keynote Speaker, Dr. John Cavanaugh, ORTA Executive Director; Habitat for Humanity; and an STRS representative.

Two Breakout Sessions:

1:00 Session:

  • Treasurers’/Secretaries
  • Public Relations/Community Services
  • Chapter Presidents/Vice Presidents

1:50 Session

  • Membership/Pre-Retirement Planning
  • Technology
  • Legislative/Informative and Protective Services

ALL PCRTA MEMBERS ARE INVITED {go to ORTA.org to register}.

 

April 14, Thursday, Bingo and lunch. 10:00 AM

Bring white elephant prize.  For Example: a book, a candle, jewelry, $5 gift certificate, Lottery Ticket, etc .

Location: Field Restaurant in Brimfield Plaza  which can be reached by taking Route 43 south from Kent, turn left down Kelso Dr. to the Plaza

Lunch following at Field Restaurant   (Individual checks for meals)

Contact: Dave Gynn 330-678-8423

PRE-RETIREMENT

Mary Ann and Richard Brockett will again chair this committee.  They have planned a Pre-Retirement Workshop for Thursday, April 19, 2016, which be held at Channel 45-49 Building at 1750 Campus Drive off State Route 261 in Kent.

This meeting is at 5-7 p.m. with light refreshments and free information for Portage County educators and spouses.  An attorney, a representative from STRS and a financial adviser will be the guest speakers.