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PCRTA Luncheon Meeting:  December 15, 2016

Carole Stokes, Secretary

Carol Stokes, Secretary

Greetings:  President Helena Parry opened the meeting and led the group in the pledge to the flag.  She thanked Kay Wise and Pat Gynn for acting as greeters.

Music Len Suzelis played his guitar and led the group in singing “Silver Bells” accompanied by a video presentation of pictures and lyrics.

Thank you Letter:  President Helena read a Christmas card from Matt Leedom, who prints our newsletter, thanking us for our years of printing with him.  Matt also brought some cookies as a treat for attendees.

Thank you for Board Members and Chairs:  President Helena Parry asked the Board Members and Chair of the PCRTA Committees to come forward to be recognized and presented them with gift bags thanking them for their service to the group.

Committee Reports:

Proctoring:  Edith Scott thanked the people who had served as NEOMED Proctors this year.  She announced that there will be a training class on January 25 or February 22 at 10 am for new proctors.  She asked people who wished to become proctors to sign up with her and tell which date was best for them.

Legislative Update:  Dan McCombs said that Carol Kinsey, our District Director, requested that we circulate a petition for Rita J. Walters from Powhatan who is running for the STRS board.  Each person who is running needs to acquire signatures from different parts of the state to be put on the ballot.

Community Services Judy Morgan thanked members for bringing hats, gloves and scarves to be donated to the County Clothing Center.  She circulated a paper for people to report their volunteer hours.  She also asked for suggestions for any new groups that may need our help in 2017.

Membership:  Dave Gynn reported for Judy Hendershot that everyone at the luncheon had renewed their membership for 2017, but there are still 60 members who have not renewed.  He asked for volunteers to call the people on this list to ask them to renew.

Social Committee:  John Kerstetter reported that a group of members was going to attend the Western Reserve Holiday Band Concert at the Congregational Church in Hudson on Sunday, December 18th at 4:00 pm, and then meet for dinner at Zeppe’s on Darrow Road following the concert.

Meditation Georgia Darrah presented the Meditation about a writing task a professor asked of his class to tell about a paper that had a black dot in the center of the page.  Each student wrote about the dot.  The professor pointed out that they had focused on the dot, which was a small part of the page and they ignored the white area.  We should focus on the big picture in life rather than focusing on the occasional dark spots.

50-50 Drawing:  Dan McCombs drew Dave Gynn’s name as the winner of half of the $134 50-50 drawing.  Karen Balog won a gift basket, and several numbers were drawn for the poinsettias which decorated the luncheon tables.

Luncheon President Helena thanked Guido’s for the Italian Feast they had prepared.

Program Entertainment The Coventry High School Chamber Ensemble sang an outstanding program of Christmas music under the direction of Julie Strebler, who is the daughter of PCRTA member Marlene Strebler. They received a standing ovation for their wonderful presentation.

Minutes by Pat Gynn, standing in for Secretary Carole Stokes

 

PCRTA  Executive Committee Meeting September 8, 2016

 

Members present:  Helena Parry, Jim Montaquila, Carole Stokes, Dave Gynn, Georgia Darrah, Ron Snowberger, Pat Gynn, Dan McCombs, Edith Scott, Jan Fencl, Kay Wise, Karen Balog, Evelyn Park, Connie Evans, Denise Craig, Ria Mastromatteo

President Helena Parry called the 501c3 meeting to order.

Dave Gynn gave the 501c3 Scholarship Treasury Report July 1 – August 31 for Darlene Fetterhoff.

 

Checking Account Balance        $4,830.85

Savings Account Balance        $14,003.33

Stifel Balance 7-31-16            $52,507.13

NOTE:  See the website for the full report.

Scholarship Chair Jim Montaquila wanted to know if they could be reimbursed for a device that enables the user to switch back and forth between a video and power point. The cost is approximately $20.00. Dan McCombs donated the money for the device. Jim read a thank you note from Steven Joseph Farhat, a scholarship recipient. He also discussed the revisions to the scholarship application. The committee revised the application and added an Intent Statement to be signed by the student and his or her parents.

Georgia Darrah made a motion to adjourn the 501c3 meeting. Kay Wise seconded it. The motion passed.

President Helena Parry called the 501c4 meeting to order. She asked if there were any additions or corrections to the previous minutes. John Kerstetter made a motion to accept the minutes. Jan Fencl seconded it. The motion passed.

Denise Craig reported for Corresponding Secretary Barbara Cribbs. Denise reported that she has been writing thank you notes for the door prizes.

Financial Chair Dave Gynn showed a giant check which represents PCRTA volunteer hours that will be presented to the County Commissioners. He then gave the PCRTA Treasury Report

July 1 – August 31, 2016.

 

Checking Account Balance           $4,281.02

Savings Account Balance                $755.52

Stifel Balance    7-31-16            $30,664.07

 

NOTE:  See the website for the full report.

 

Vice President Georgia Darrah reported that the guest speaker for the September luncheon and the celebration of our 50th Anniversary will be Jim Schilling from Hale Farm and Village. He will portray a “schoolmaster”.

Ria  Mastromatteo constructed the program for the luncheon.

Archival Chair Pat Gynn reported that she has completed several notebooks of archives with items dating from 1982 to 2016. Included in these archives are PCRTA newsletters, clippings, meeting minutes, scholarship recipients, PCRTA 40th Anniversary scrapbook, PCRTA Memory book, ORTA Quarterlies, ORTA Chapter Handbook, ORTA engraved gavel and block  and CDs of PCRTA 40thbirthday party and the PCRTA membership from 2000 – 2004. She stated that she still has meetings, pictures, clippings, and undated articles to add. She would appreciate any additional items that members have plus help identifying dates on items.

Legislative Chair Dan McCombs announced that there would not be any government pension offset legislation considered.

NEOMED Proctor Scheduling Chair reported that she only needs one person for September.

Nominations Chair Jan Fencl announced that elections for president, corresponding secretary, and assistant treasurer occur in even-numbered years for PCRTA. These elections are held at the annual meeting in November. The committee’s nominations for 2016 include:

President    Helena Parry who has graciously agreed to continue as president pro tempore until the committee finds a replacement.

Assistant Treasurer   Darlene Fetterhoff

Corresponding Secretary   Denise Craig

Protective Services Chair Kay Wise announced that the last AARP Smart Driver Program for 2016 is November 17.  She explained the NEOMED College of Pharmacy Community Educator Program and said if anyone is interested to contact:

Patti J. Pfeifer

phone  330-325-6390

e-mail   ppfeifer@neomed.edu

 

Public Relations Chair Georgia Darrah reported that pictures and information from the July Scholarship Luncheon have been submitted to the Record Courier but have not yet been published. The news release about our meeting on September 15th was submitted to the paper and was recently published.

Reservations Chair Karen Balog stated that she has received 91 reservations for the luncheon and $70.00 for the scholarship fund.

The Elks cook Dave has resigned; therefore, Guidos will be catering our luncheons. The menus will remain basically the same except in December when Sam Guido would like to do an Italian Feast.

Social/Travel Chair John Kerstetter announced the upcoming events:

 

Friday, October 28 – KSU Orchestra Concert

Time: Dinner at Pufferbelly (individual checks) 5:00 PM

Cost $10 – Reservations due by October 15 payable to PCRTA

Coordinator: Terry Schoettler – 330-673-3099

316 Woodard Ave.

Kent, OH 44240

 

Sunday, December 18 Western Reserve Holiday Band Concert

Time 4:00PM at 1st Congregational Church

47 Aurora St.

Hudson, OH

No cost for the concert.

Dinner at Zeppe’s following the concert (individual checks)

5843 Darrow Rd. (Rt. 91)

Hudson, OH

Coordinators: Ken Granville for concert

Kay Wise for dinner reservation:  330-297-1110

Webmaster Connie Evans reported that she had had some difficulty since the website went down. She was asked if it was used much to which she replied that there have been at least 10,000 hits.

Dave Gynn thanked everyone who has worked on the 50th Anniversary celebration. He expressed concern that the Record Courier would not be able to publish a supplement highlighting the anniversary. He also read a note from Winona Vannoy, the first district president.

Ron Snowberger said that the Hometown Bank gave a flag and a cookie to put at each place setting. He stated that he has 88 items for door prizes with 8 more coming.

Helena Parry, Marge Conroy, and Judy Hendershot are creating floral centerpieces for the luncheon tables. Some will be fresh others silk.

Kay Wise made a motion to adjourn the meeting. John Kerstetter seconded it. The motion passed.

 

PCRTA Luncheon Meeting July 21, 2016

President Helena Parry thanked greeters Judy Hendershot and Saroj Sutaria. She welcomed the scholarship recipients and their families as well as PCRTA members and guests.Len Suzelis led us in singing America the Beautiful.Kay Wise introduced Mayor Frank Seman who read a proclamation honoring PCRTA’s 50 years of service and more than 2 million volunteer hours. He proclaimed this PCRTA Day. He then presented the proclamation to Kay Wise.

Membership Chair Judy Hendershot announced that she had just received a “gift”. ORTA sent a list of all teachers who retired this year—something she had been unable to acquire from other sources.

Edith Scott thanked all who proctor and announced that there will be an orientation meeting on August 11, 2016 at !0:00 a.m. She introduced guests Sue Hricko and Mary Starbuck from  NEOMED.

Community Chair Judy Morgan urged members to please send in their volunteer hours. She also thanked everyone who helped at the GED graduation.

Dave Gynn announced that the September 15 luncheon meeting will be the 50th anniversary celebration. Members can participate by donating a door prize, placing an ad in a special Record Courier supplement, contributing to the scholarship fund, and attending the luncheon. The door prizes do not need to be wrapped and should be taken to Ron Snowberger.

Georgia Darrah read a thoughtful piece on education followed by a prayer.

Following lunch Dan McCombs presided over the 50/50 and won the cash prize which he donated to PCRTA. The names of Sally Hershiser, Georgia Darrah, and Bill Conroy were drawn, and each chose three books as part of the 50/50.

Two very interesting collections were displayed. Evelyn Park displayed her husband Norm’s collection of arrow heads, and Jim Montaquila displayed his collection of presidential campaign buttons.

Miranda Titko, a previous scholarship winner, spoke, She is now a Field High School teacher. She thanked PCRTA and gave the scholarship recipients tips based on her experiences.

Jim Montaquila began the program by thanking the program committee and the scholarship committee. The committee presented a program with very entertaining presidential campaign songs and quotations from selected Presidents which he asked the scholarship recipients to respond to. Each student also gave some personal background information and introduced the persons who accompanied them to the luncheon.

PCRTA Executive Committee Meeting July 14, 2016

Members present: Helena Parry, Jim Montiquila, Darlene Fetterhoff, Carole Stokes, Barbara Cribbs, Dave Gynn, Georgia Darrah, Judy Morgan, Dan McCombs, Judy Hendershot, Edith Scott, Jan Fencl, Kay Wise, Karen Balog, Evelyn Park, Connie Evans, Ria Mastromatteo, Denise Craig.

Vice President Georgia Darrah distributed pens to everyone to celebrate PCRTA’s 50th anniversary. These will be distributed at the luncheon meeting.

President Helena Parry called the 501c3 meeting to order.

Assistant Treasurer Darlene Fetterhoff gave the 501c3 Scholarship Treasury Report May 6-July 14

Checking Account Balance       8,995.83

Savings Account Balance       14,003.33

Stifel Balance                       50,932.51

NOTE: See the website for the full report.

Scholarship Chair Jim Montaquila reported that the committee has been working hard to put together the program for the Scholarship Luncheon. They have made contact with all seven winners and expect that they and their families will attend. He sent out reminder post cards to each. In May Georgia and Jim met at Connie’s house to develop the program. They will have a power point slide show depicting the seven scholarship winners. Because this is a Presidential election year, the theme this year revolves around different Presidents and Presidential candidates. He will be asking each of the scholarship recipients to explain how a quote of one of the Presidents/Presidential candidates can relate to their seeking to become a teacher.

Jim has been a collector of Presidential campaign buttons for almost fifty years. He will bring them for display. Also the committee has developed a Presidential trivia quiz that will be put on the tables for our guests.

Jim also reported that he was alerted by members of the scholarship committee that the Record Courier reported that Steven Joseph Farhat, one of our scholarship recipients, anticipated attending college to become a lawyer. Jim pursued the matter by calling the recipient and Ken and Nancy Bliss, the donors of that scholarship. Steven Joseph said that his intention is to go to Kent State and seek a double major in Pre-Law and Political Science. His goal is to become a Political Science instructor at the college level. Ken and Nancy said they were fine with this. However, Jim thinks the committee should address how to tighten up our application process so that problems could be eliminated in the future. He asked the committee to stay for a short meeting.

President Helena Parry asked for a motion to adjourn the 501c3 meeting. Dan McCombs made a motion to adjourn the meeting. It was seconded by Kay Wise. The motion passed.

President Helena Parry called the 501c4 meeting to order.

Recording Secretary Carole Stokes made two corrections to May’s minutes. The first was that Dave Gynn was on the scholarship selection committee instead of Pat Gynn. The second was that the anonymous donor of $500.00 was on the staff of 7/17 Credit Union instead of NEOMED.   Jan Fencl made a motion to accept the minutes. It was seconded by Georgia Darrah. The motion passed.

President Helena Parry reported that she and her sister prepared the food for Habitat for Humanity. She thanked everyone for their cash donations to purchase the food.

Treasurer Dave Gynn gave the Treasury Report May 1 – June 30, 2016

Checking Balance     $4,742.23

Savings Balance             755.52

Stifel Balance             29,764.43

NOTE; See the website for the full report.

Vice President Georgia Darrah reported that she has been busy verifying what is going on with the guest speakers.

Archival Chair report was given by Dave Gynn for Pat Gynn. He reported that she has every newsletter that we have ever published. She has put them into notebooks which she will display.

Community Services Chair Judy Morgan said she received a thank you note from Maplewood for providing donated items and serving the GED graduation. She was also presented with a plaque to PCRTA recognizing their services during the GED graduation. The award is the Portage County Literacy Coalition Community Partner Award for 2016. She reported 3,081 community service hours so far this year which is low. She said our project for September is hygiene items, toiletries, or financial support for Safer Futures.

Legislative Chair Dan McCombs didn’t have anything to report since the legislature is on a recess at present. He read ORTA President Carol Remington’s message “You can be assured that the ORTA team is daily doing all we can to continue to assure that the Ohio retired teachers pension plan is secured and to help supply other benefits to our retired teachers.” The ORTA 70th anniversary is in 2017.

Membership Chair Judy Hendershot stated that she has had no contacts yet from this year’s retirees. She said letters are being mailed to previously retired teachers who have not yet joined PCRTA to encourage them to consider membership. So far I have gone back two years. We are attempting to recruit 50 members this year, and only 27 names of current retirees have been given to us. We are considering a letter to each local teacher’s association president reminding them of our existence and encouraging them to become familiar with ORTA and PCRTA. We will send brochures and website addresses. Darlene Fetterhoff suggested sending representatives to local teacher excutive meetings which are after school. Edith Scott suggested candy dishes in each lounge with a sign compliments of PCRTA.

Memorial/Sunshine Chair Judy Hendershot said she sent several cards including a 50th anniversary card since the last board meeting.

NEOMED Proctor Scheduling Chair Edith Scott said she invited Sue Hricko and Lisa Moore from NEOMED Academic Services to our scholarship luncheon. She also said there will be an orientation meeting soon.

Nominating Chair Jan Fencl said they are still looking for someone to take over the newsletter. Since this is an even year, nominations will be needed for the President and Assistant Treasurer.

Protective Services Chair Kay Wise stated the last two dates for the AARP driver program are August 18, 2016 and November 17, 2016.

She mailed the dates July 21 and September 15 to Pete Shipley for Representative Clyde but has not received a reply. Mayor Frank Seman will attend the November luncheon.

Public Relations Chair Georgia Darrah sent the article about Judy Morgan receiving the plaque to the Record Courier.

Reservations Chair Karen Balog reported that she has 74 reservations and three new members:  Vicki and Ken Guessford and Richard Ruch.

Webmaster Connie Evans reported that she has organized the announcements and minutes by the year.

Dave Gynn reported on the 50th anniversary progress. 50th anniversary calls are being made. Adele Fussner agreed to send letters to anyone out of state. Dave has contacted the Record Courier, and they will do an insert on September 13 if PCRTA can get $3,000 worth of ads.

The committee would appreciate it if you have any possible ad contacts. They will have door prizeswhich they are asking members to donate. They will need 100, and all of them need to be given to Ron Snowberger by September 1. There will be floral arrangements for centerpieces. Ria Mastromatteo will do programs. They are beginning a Pay It Forward Scholarship fund.

Edie Scott made the motion to adjourn, and Kay Wise seconded it. The motion passed.

PCRTA  Executive  Committee Meeting May 12, 2016

 

Members present: Jim Montaquila, Georgia Darrah, Carole Stokes, Kay Wise, Edith Scott, Judy Morgan, Mary Ann Brockett,  Richard Brockett, Karen Balog, Ron Snowberger,Connie Evans, John Kerstetter, Dan McCombs, Darlene Fetterhoff

Vice President Georgia Darrah called the 501c3 meeting to order.

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. They are:Zachary Adair from Roosevelt, Reagan Butler from Roosevelt, Ryan Conroy from Field, Steve Joseph Farhat.from Ravenna, Emi Lee Hartman from Roosevelt, Coreena Wise from Roosevelt, and Madeline Zupho from Streetsboro. Letters were sent to the winners and the principals and guidance counselors as well as those not selected. The following members will give out the certificates at the various honors programs:  Ria Mastromatteo at Field, Sylvia Armstrong at Roosevelt, and Jim Montaquila at Streetsboro.

Vice President Georgia Darrah said we needed to adjourn the 501c3 meeting until later. Kay Wise made the motion to adjourn, and John Kerstetter seconded it. The motion passed.

Georgia called the 501c4 meeting to order. She asked if there were any corrections or additions to the minutes. Kay Wise made a motion to approve the minutes.  It was seconded by Dan McCombs. The motion passed.

Vice President Georgia Darrah reported that the May luncheon speaker will be Barbara Petroski from the Portage County Historical Society. She will be speaking on the educational heritage of schools in Portage County to go along with the celebration of PCRTA’s 50th anniversary. She also reported that the Record Courier published the article she submitted of our donation from the March luncheon of items for the County Clothing Center. They also published the news release of our upcoming May luncheon. However, they have not yet published the picture and information from the March luncheon which she submitted.

Community Chair Judy Morgan announced that PCRTA’s Community Service Project for May is gift cards or donations for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Portage County. She urged everyone to turn in their volunteer hours. She announced that the GED graduation will be June 9, and she will need help. She said that she along with other members worked at the Women Build with Habitat for Humanity restoring a house. She said Carol Remington from ORTA worked all day.

Legislative Chair Dan McCombs reported that Carol Kinsey ORTA Legislative Chair has resigned and said that she has been very good about keeping us informed. At the state legislative meeting it was emphasized that ORTA and PCRTA  must remain objective politically. However, it is critical that we  are  aware of the candidates for the STRS board because they deal with our pensions, and legislation can change internal structures. Jim McGreevy and Bob Stein are good candidates. ORTA  DAY at the statehouse will address budget concerns. ORTA suggests that we maintain contact with our legislators ALL THE TIME.

NEOMED Proctor Scheduling Chair Edith Scott reported that by the end of June we will have proctored 120 exams with 327 proctors donating 895 hours.

Pre Retirement Co Chairs Richard and Mary Ann Brockett reported on the Pre Reitrement Workshop which was held on April 16, 2016.  The program included Judy Hendershot who spoke on behalf of PCRTA, Lawyer Michelle Keith who spoke on legal necessities for retirement, Investment Counselor Ray Kline who spoke about maximizing income before retirement, and STRS Counselor John Buch who discussed retirement income and health care issues. The program was well received by the audience. Twelve teachers attended. With spouses, friends, speakers and PCRTA members there were thirty in attendance.

Protective Services  Chair Kay Wise reported that the PCRTA members who participated in Women Build with Habitat for Humanity were Karen Balog, Judy Morgan, Phyllis Spangler, and Kay Wise. Carol Remington joined us and worked very hard. We did everything from putting vinyl siding on to tearing off the old back deck. ( pictures on ORTA web site.) For our efforts we received lunch, a shirt, a builder’s apron and a pink water bottle. In the afternoon a young man who carried the 80 pound bags of cement joined us. We learned that it is going to be his and his mother’s home.

Commissioners Kathleen Chandler, Maureen Frederick, and Vicki Kline stated that they would be able to attend the May 19 luncheon but would not be able to stay for the meal. Kathleen Clyde and Ann Benjamin Wormer will also join us.

Reservations Chair Karen Balog stated that she has 45 reservations for the luncheon so far. She has a new email address specifically for PCRTA.    pcrta.luncheon@gmail.com

Social Chair John Kerstetter distributed information on the upcoming social events. He will also distribute these at the luncheon. On Tuesday, May 24 a tour at the Portage County Historical Museumat 6549 N. Chestnut St, Ravenna is scheduled at 10:00 am. The cost is $5. On Sunday, June 26 Monty Python’s Spamalot will be at the Weathervane Playhouse at 1301 Weathervane Lane, Akron at 2:00pm. Dinner at Papa Joe’s will follow.the performance.

Webmaster Connie Evans stated that for privacy reasons information about the scholarship winners has been removed from the web. She has been working to divide the minutes and the announcements into years. As it was, the pages were getting so long that she could not save the information, and therefore, could not make corrections or additions.

Assistant Treasurer Darlene Fetterhoff gave the 501c3 Scholarship Treasury Report January , 2016 – May 6, 2016.

 

Checking Account Balance            $8,981.48

Saving Account Balance              $11,900.08

Stifel  Balance 4-30-16               $50,059.59

She said a donor from 7/17 Credit union donated $500.00.

NOTE: See the website for the full report.

Connie Evans made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report.  It was seconded by Mary Ann Brockett. The motion passed.

 

PCRTA Treasury Report March 1 – April 30, 2016

Prepared by Treasurer Dave Gynn given by Darlene Fetterhoff.

 

Checking Account Balance          $5,170.05

Saving account Balance                $755.33

Stifel Balance 4-30-16             $29,196.66

 

Darlene Fetterhoff also presented the PCRTA  audit prepared by Alan Balog, CPA on May 5, 2016.  Dan McCombs made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report. Mary Ann Brockett seconded it. The motion passed.

Ron Snowberger gave the Trustee’s report. He said the STRS program at Alliance was outstanding, but there were not many people there. STRS made it clear that our health benefits are not guaranteed—never were. The ORTA Board Conference is in the fall. It would be wise for people to attend. ORTA  membership is critical in order to have influence on the legislature.

Dan McCombs made a motion to adjourn. John Kerstetter seconded it. The motion passed.

 

PCRTA   Luncheon Meeting May 19, 2016

President Helena Parry welcomed Portage County Commissioners Kathleen Chandler, Maureen Frederick and Vicki Kline. Maureen Frederick paid tribute to Doris Wise who was with the Ravenna school system during the time of the strike. She related that Doris was willing to go to jail for the cause of teachers –which she did. She concluded by thanking all teachers for their service and preparation of students.

Kathleen Chandler, Maureen Frederick, and Vicki Kline read a proclamation honoring PCRTA and recognizing PCRTA for the volunteer hours and scholarships given over the years. They thanked us for our commitment and presented Helena with a certificate.   Helena then introduced Ann Womer Benjamin, Mayor of Aurora, Ohio. She stated that “Teachers are near and dear to my heart.” Her father was a lawyer who represented teachers. She presented a proclamation to all teachers and concluded by thanking everyone for our many years of service. Representative Kathleen Clyde had planned to come but was unable to.

President Helena Parry declared Kay Wise Keeper of Proclamations.

President Helena Parry thanked greeters Bill and Adele Fussner. Additionally, she thanked Judy Hendershot for displaying some of her husband’s beautiful wood turnings. Helena said she was asked to provide food for Habitat for Humanity workers. The basket was passed for any donations.

Ron Snowberger reported that ORTA needs more members in order to influence legislators. We need to encourage current teachers to become members.

Registration Chair Karen Balog distributed sheets so that members could register now for July and September luncheons.

Len Suzelis led us in singing “School Days”.

Dave Gynn reported on the Spring conference.

Edith Scott gave a proctoring update. She needs 2-3 more proctors. She encouraged proctors to attend the Volunteer Recognition Program at NEOMED next Thursday. She also announced that there will be an orientation this summer.

Membership Chair Judy Hendershot reported that the committee has been contacting people who have not renewed their memberships. She reported that not many teachers are retiring this year, and we need 50 new members.

Community Service Chair Judy Morgan urged members to turn in volunteer hours. She announced that the GED program will be June 9, and she will need help.

Phyliss Spangler and John Kerstetter distributed information on the future social events Phyllis stated that the Historical Society Tour includes seven buildings and to wear comfortable shoes. The next event will be Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Weathervane Playhouse on June 26.

Pat Farley won the 50/50 basket of maple treats, and Earl Kilchemann won $58.00 which he donated to PCRTA.

Ruth Weigand gave a thought provoking meditation.

Len Suzelis said a few words in memory of Marty Hatcher who recently passed away.

Following lunch Helena introduced Barbara Petroski who spoke on The Educational Heritage of Portage County Schools. It was an interesting program which included many pictures of early classes in the county schools.

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PCRTA Executive Committee Meeting March 10, 2016

 

Members present: Helena Parry, Jim Montaquila, Dave Gynn, Georgia Darrah, Carole Stokes,

Ron Snowberger, Dan Mccombs, Judy Hendershot, Edith Scott, Kay Wise, Richard Brockett, Pat Farley, Karen Balog, John Kerstetter, Connie Evans

President Helena Parry called the 501c3 meeting to order.

501c3 Scholarship Treasury Report January 1 – February 29, 2016

Prepared by Assistant Treasurer Darlene Fetterhoff given by Dave Gynn

 

Checking Account Balance     $ 8,544.14

Savings Account Balance       $11,897.11

Stifel Balance                       $46,408.17

NOTE: See the website for the full report.

Scholarship ChairJim Montaquila reported that in January scholarship applications were sent to all of the schools. On March 9 he sent reminders to get the applications in. They are due on March 25. Public Relations Chair Georgia Darrah.sent an article about the scholarships to the Record Courier and that all applications are due.

President Helena Parry adjourned the 501c3 meeting.

President Helena Parry called the 501c4 meeting to order.

Past President Ron Snowberger gave a report from ORTA. ORTA’s goal is to increase membership by 2,000 new members. Our chapter needs 27 new members for our share. He suggested we consider small grants to current teachers as some groups are already doing. This publicity might help us get new members. He mentioned that the Portage County chapter is respected at meetings in Columbus.

President Helena Parry asked if there were any additions or corrections to the previous minutes.

Kay Wise made a motion to accept the minutes. It was seconded by Pat Farley. The motion passed.

Treasurer Dave Gynn gave the PCRTA Treasury Report for January 1 – February 29, 2016.

Checking Balance         $ 5,591.70

Savings Balance           $    755.14

Stifel Balance               $27,072.98

NOTE: See the website for the full report.

Dave also reported that 29 members have not renewed their membership for 2016. He has been trying to contact all of them. There is an incentive program where PCRTA receives a $3.00 rebate for each new member. This ends in June.

Dave is the new Vice President for the eastern region of ORTA.

Vice President Georgia Darrah reported that all of the programs for 2016 have been planned, and a copy is listed on our website. A news release was sent to the Record Courier and was published about our upcoming March luncheon. Our March luncheon speaker is Diana Zuranski who will be speaking to us about Habitat for Humanity. This year PCRTA and ORTA are joining hands with Habitat to be of assistance to them.

ORTA Trustee Helena Parry reported that ORTA needs to update the email addresses of members. Judy Hendershot volunteered to call people to update the email addresses.

Dave Gynn said that Pat will organize the 50th anniversary book by years. If anyone has any information to contribute, please contact Pat Gynn.

NEOMED Proctor Scheduling Chair Edith Scott donated to PCRTA the bell she received when she became a life member of ORTA.

PCRTA’s Community Service Project for March is cleaning supplies for the County Clothing Center. The project for May is gift cards or donations for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Portage County.

Legislative Chair Dan McCombs passed along information from STRS Ohio Legislative News.

STRS Ohio learned that legislation aimed at providing assistance to Puerto Rico also contains unrelated provisions related to pensions….alerted STRS Ohio that the pension provisions are effectively the Safe Annuities for Employees (SAFE) Act and the Public Employees Pension Transparency Act (PEPTA). Neither of these bills has been

introduced during this Congress nor have the underlying premises been the subject of public discussion before any Congressional bodies. The SAFE Act would allow state and local governments to provide for yearly annuities for their employees. The    concern is that these annuities would be seen as viable alternatives to the state systems.

Michael J. Nehf, Executive Director of STRS, sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader.Mitch McConnell protesting these provisions.

Dan also reported that Carol Kinsey wrote that our pension system and health care are among ORTA top Legislative priorities. STRS is looking very seriously at what needs to be done to maintan quality health care as long as they can. These decisions will be made internally.

Membership Chair Judy Hendershot will send out letters to local associations on April.  She purchased Reflections on Life gift books to give to family members at the memorial service. Her granddaughter made nameplates to put in them.

NEOMED Proctor Scheduling Chair Edith Scott stated that she will arrange another orientation when 3 or 4 people are interested.

Pre-Retirement Chair Richard Brockett delivered fliers to each County Superintendent on March 4. The Pre-Retirement Workshop will be on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at Channels 45/49 at 5:00 – 7:00pm.

Protective Services Chair Kay Wise noted a correction for the AARP Smart Driver Program. The correct date is May 26, 2016.

She stated that the 50th Anniversary Celebration May guests would be

Ann Wormer Benjamin

Kathleen Clyde

Kathleen Chandler

Vicki Kline

Perhaps Maureen Frederick

The Virginia Hamilton Conference is April 7 & 8, 2016.

Social/Travel Chair John Kerstetter passed out sheets with the planned events. On April 14, Thursday, 10:00: Bingo with lunch at the Field Restaurant in Brimfield Plaza. In May there will be a Portage County Museum Tour date TBA.

Webmaster Connie Evans has added 50th Anniversary to the top of the web page.

President Helena Parry adjourned the meeting.

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Copyright 2016 by PCRA. All rights reserved. Connie Evans, Webmaster

PCRTA MEMBERS WORK ON HOME ON LINCOLN STREET IN RAVENNA ON MAY 3, 2016

Protective Services Chair Kay Wise reported that the PCRTA members who participated in Women Build with Habitat for Humanity were Karen Balog, Judy Morgan, Phyllis Spangler and Kay Wise. Carol Remington, ORTA President, joined them and worked very hard. They did everything from putting vinyl siding on to tearing off the old back deck.  For their efforts they received lunch, a shirt, a builder’s apron and a pink water bottle. Other people working on the Habitat 4 Humanity site on May 3 included a young man who will, after the project is completed, live in the house with his mother.

work on Home

                          Carol Remington, Kay Wise, Judy Morgan

On May 25, 2016, PCRTA also provided a lunch on- site at the home behind the Re- Store in Kent for Habit for Humanity workers. Marge Conroy and Helena Parry prepared all the food for 20 workers.  PCRTA members gave monetary donations at the May meeting for the food.  The money bought bananas, apples, cheeses, crackers, vegetables and sour cream and two cases of water. Helena also made her signature cheese ball for the event as well as did she make an onion, dill and sour cream dip for the vegetables.

NEOMED HOSTS RECEPTION FOR PCRTA PROCTORS

On Thursday May 26, 2016, NEOMED hosted a reception for those from PCRTA who proctor.

The program included Jaclyn Boyle who talked about  “The Changing Role of the Pharmacist:  How NEOMED Is Supporting This Effort,”  Douglas Gugel-Bryant and Suzanne Hrico.

NEOMED Reception for PCRTA Proctors

NEOMED Reception for PCRTA Proctors

Left to right: David Reith, Suzanne Hrico, Speaker Jaclyn Boyle (Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Innovations Pharmacist), Douglas Gugel-Bryant (NEOMED student who delivered thanks), Pat Youtz, Wendy Cooley, Millie Keller, Ron Snowberger, Fran Pruchinski , Denise Craig, Mary Reith, Edie Scott,

Saroj Sutaria, John Kerstetter, Phyllis Spangler, Sandy Kerstetter, Carol Stokes, Ruth Weigand, Mary Evelyn Shabino, Joanne Stikes, Dave Gynn

 

Portage Medical Center Foundation: The Dr. Steve and Patti Dean Scholarship Fund for Kent State University students. The Peter F. Chen, M.D. Medical Staff Scholarship Fund for high school seniors

 

The PCRTA members pictured above who formed a team to select scholarships winners for high school seniors of employees at the University Hospital Medical Center were:

Left to right: Judy Hendershot, Dave Gynn, Ruth Weigand, Ron Snowberger and Helena Parry.

The team worked to select 5 out of 10 applicants from various area high schools. Each one received a $1000. 00 scholarship to the college of their choice.  The team also recommended that two out of two Kent State University students who were also from employees’ families at University Hospital should each received a scholarship.  The scholarships were provided by Dr. Peter Chen and Dr. Steve and Patti Dean.

HIGHLIGHTS of the MAY 2016 PCRTA LUNCHEON MEETING

Forty-nine members and guests attended the May luncheon.

Portage County Commissioners with Helena Parry

Portage County Commissioners with Helena Parry

              Helena Parry, Vickie Kline, Kathleen Chandler, Maureen Frederick

President Helena Parry welcomed Portage County Commissioners Kathleen Chandler, Maureen Frederick and Vicki Kline. Maureen Frederick paid tribute to Doris Wise, who was with the Ravenna school system during the time of the strike. She related that Doris was willing to go to jail for the cause of teachers –which she did. She concluded by thanking all teachers for their service and preparation of students. Kathleen Chandler and Vicki Kline read a proclamation honoring PCRTA and recognizing PCRTA for the volunteer hours and scholarships given over the years. They thanked us for our commitment and presented Helena with a certificate.  Helena then introduced Ann Womer Benjamin, Mayor of Aurora, Ohio. Who stated that “Teachers are near and dear to my heart.” Her father was a lawyer who represented teachers. She presented a proclamation to all teachers and concluded by thanking everyone for our many years of service. Representative Kathleen Clyde had planned to come but was unable to.

Kay Wiae and Ann Womer Benjamin

Kay Wiae and Ann Womer Benjamin

Much interest was shown in the wooden items turned by the late Richard Hendershot, husband of membership chair, Judy Hendershot. Rich ordered wood from all over the world and sold thousands of pieces over the years.  Thanks to Judy for displaying his outstanding work.

Judy Hendershot With Her Husband's Wood Carvings

Judy Hendershot With Her Husband’s Wood Carvings

Pat Farley choose a basket of maple sugar items as the 1st drawing of the 50/50, while Earl Kitchemann won the cash, which he donated back to PCRTA. The maple sugar items were donated by Virginia Goodell of Goodell Farms in Manuta.

The main speaker for the event was Barbara Petroski from the Portage County Historical Society. To go along with the celebration of PCRTA’s 50th anniversary, Barb spoke on the educational heritage of schools in Portage County.  To enhance her talk, she had a Power Point presentation of pictures of school students, some examples of old reports cards and teachers’ records. Barb told us she is soon retiring from her volunteer position as historian, librarian and treasurer at PCHS.

Barb Petroski

Barb Petroski

Outing at Portage County History Museum

Outing at Portage County History Museum

PCRTA SOCIAL OUTING TO PORTAGE COUNTY

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

 

On May 24, 2016, PCRTA members visited Portage County Historical Society on Chestnut St. in Ravenna, OH.

Those who joined in the fun were left to right: Dick Ruch (new member), tour guide, Jackie Jones, John and Patricia Eichler, Mary Evelyn Shabino, Soroj Sutaria, Phyllis Spangler, Kay Wise , John and Sandy Kerstetter. Not pictured is Pat Gynn.

The Social Committee is planning an outing on Sunday, June 26, 2016, to the Weathervane Playhouse at 1301 Weathervane Lane, Akron, Oh.at 2:00p.m.to see “Monty Python’s Spamalot.”  Dinner will follow the performance at Papa’s Joe’s. To make reservations call Wendy Cooley at 330-525 1998.  For the Aug. 3, 2016, outing to Porthouse Theater call John & Sandy

Our 50th Anniversary Planning!

We have come a long way in 50 years, and we plan to celebrate our anniversary all year.  Our programs will focus on the history of education in Portage County, and we will look forward to the future in education.  There will be many opportunities for members to engage in the celebration – watch for details in the Desktop newsletter or on our website (www.pcrta.net).

50/50 DRAWINGS TO INCREASE by Dave Gynn

Now you have more reason to participate in the luncheon 50/50 drawings.  We are adding a special gift basket to each drawing.  The first ticket drawn can select the cash or the basket, and the next ticket gets what is left.

The March luncheon will feature a “Cabin Fever” basket – jigsaw puzzles, game, wine, chocolate and a gift certificate.  Increase your chances to win with multiple tickets – one for $1; six for $5; fifteen for $10.  The increase in income for PCRTA will help to pay the additional costs for our 50th anniversary!

DISPLAY MEMBER INTERESTS

To help celebrate our 50th anniversary, we are adding a new feature to our luncheons – member interest displays.  Come to the meetings early to view the collections, art work, travel souvenirs and interests of our members.

Ron Snowberger and Pat Gynn will display their collections at the March luncheon.  Ron has been collecting postage stamps for years.  He will display special commemorative postage stamps and first-day issues, as well as reference materials.  He has several HUGE bins but will display only a small portion.

Pat Gynn will display her fifty favorite frogs. With a classroom theme of “Hop into First Grade,” students, parents and fellow teachers inundated her with many unusual frogs.  She will show off a small part of her collection of stuffed animals, ceramic pieces, books, games and other interesting frogs.

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News from the ORTA OFFICE 

In compliance with the ACA (affordable Care Act), STRS benefit recipients will begin receiving 1095-B forms next year for the tax year 2015.  The 1095-B form reports each month during the year that minimum essential health care coverage has been provided.   All STRS Ohio plans provided minimal essential coverage, which protects members from having to pay a penalty tax for not having qualified HC coverage.

STRS Ohio’s fully insured plans (Aetna, AultCare, Healthspan & Paramount) are responsible for issuing 1095s for all non-Medicare benefit recipient enrollees.   Medicare benefit recipients enrolled in these plans will receive 1095-B forms from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of their plan administrators.    Ann W. Hanning

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.