Announcements 2015

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SERVICE PROJECT FOR MARCH: Helping our Animal Friends at the Animal Protective League Shelter.

ITEMS TO BRING TO THE MARCH MEETING:

Purina ONE Smart Blends or Pedigree dog/puppy food; Purina ONE Sensitive or Purina ONE indoor cat/kitten food; Milk Bone Biscuits (minis); canned Friskies turkey and giblet pate and turkey or chicken bits, shreds and fillets; canned Pedigree chunks in gravy; Tidy Cat non-clumping/scoop litter; Yesterday’s News litter; Mr. Clean or Spic and Span cleaners; Clorox bleach; paper towels, heavy duty trash bags, tall kitchen trash bags; paper serving boats; small (2 oz.) serving cups without lids; newspapers, cardboard or paper to be recycled for money.

 

Portage County Social Committee

Activities for 2015-2016

06/07/15    2:30 PM   Oklahoma at Weathervane Theater
               
07/23/15   7:05 PM   Rubber  Ducks vs. Altoona  
        Rubber Ducks Baseball Stadium in Akron
               
               
08/02/15   2:00 PM   Hairspray at Porhouse Theater  
        Dinner following at Sarah’s Vineyard
               
08/22/15   8:00 AM   D-Day at Conneaut, OH  
    til 8:00 PM Includes visit to covered bridges
        and dinner at a vineyard  
               
October   3:00 PM   KSU Orchestra    
        Dinner at Pufferbelly  
               
November ?   KSU Fashion Museum Tour  
        Meal following at Bricco  
               
December ?   Western Reserve Band Concert
        Hudson Congregational Church
        Dinner following at Zeppe’s in Hudson
               
01/01/16       Lunch with KSU chef  

Reservation Link for Oklahoma

 LUNCHEON SPEAKER:  Stephanie Crawford         

Unfortunately, in today’s society, we keep hearing more and more cases of attempts beingFRaud Watch made to scam or fraud unsuspecting individuals.  Our May PCRTA luncheon on May 21 will feature guest speaker, Stephanie Crawford, who will be presenting “The Fraud Watch.” 

Stephanie, the Outreach Coordinator Intern for AARP Ohio, will include information on how individuals can inform and protect themselves and their family members from the growing danger and prevalence of scams.  We will learn about the top scams in Ohio, as well as fraud trends and behavior.  You will not want to miss this valuable presentation on how best to defend yourself from these attempts.

Update Your Mail by Helena Parry

Thanks to those of you who sent a response to my email requesting that you send me  your name and email address to switch to a newsletter via email. There were 30 emails from the current roster which were undeliverable.

If you have not updated your email lately or do not already get the newsletter via email and wish to do so, please email me at hmparry@att.net . Remember, the newsletter via email helps our operating budget leaving more for money for scholarship and other projects.  You get an email from Judy Kirman with a link that the newsletter is ready.  You can also get the newsletter at our web site www.pcrta.net

03-19-15  The Underground Railroad

Frank & Michael Barrett

Last month’s speaker speaker, Frank Barrett, spoke about the Underground Railroad and the Haines House in Alliance, Ohio. He stated that the Quakers encouraged the freedom of all people.

Both Frank and his wife, Michael, are members of the Alliance Area Preservation Society, which owns and maintains the Haines House.

  PCRTA MAY LUNCHEON MEETING

Dave Gynn, main speaker Jim Cain, AMBA representative, Carol Kinsey, DistrictXI Director, and Helena Parry, President

Dave Gynn was the main speaker.  Dave was trained by AARP to become an official spokesperson for Fraud Watch Program. He gave many helpful hints about how to lessen our chances of becoming a fraud or theft victim.

Some of the suggestions included: get a credit report, contact Do Not Call 1-888-382-1222, use safe passwords for your internet accounts, change passwords frequently and do not carry them with you.

Make copies of both the front and back of your credit cards, shred your documents and beware of persuasion tactics which include claims of unlimited wealth and scarcity.

Shop on secure websites which begin https and cut down on junk mail by contacting Direct Marketing Association at dmachoice.org. Verify charities atcharitywatch.org or charity navigator.org. Check out aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork. Stop pre-approved credit card applications at Optoutprescreen.com or call 888-5-OPT OUT.

Never make a decision in a heightened emotional state, ask questions and read about a product before buying.  Call Dave for more help about fraud watch.

July 16, 2015 LUNCHEON 12:00

 

Ravenna Elks Club

 

The PCRTA Luncheon will be at The Ravenna Elks Club,  776 N. Freedom St., Ravenna, Ohio

Cost is now $14.00

To attend go to Luncheon Reservations.

 

JULY LUNCHEON PROGRAM: 2015 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS HONORED

Please join us July 16 at noon at the Ravenna Elks Club, 776 N. Freedom Street, Ravenna, Ohio, to meet our 2015 scholarship winners. (Luncheon form is on page 6.)  BRING SCHOOL SUPPLIES.

                                                                                                                                            

Brooke Collins

 

 

Brooke Collins is a graduate of Waterloo High School, where her peers voted her “most respected” and “most likely to succeed.”

She has a long list of school activities, clubs and sports and is usually the first to volunteer for a project.

A teacher praises her work ethic and states that she is focused, diligent, conscientious and respectful.

 

 

 

Elaine Britt

 

A graduate of Roosevelt High School, Elaine Brittparticipated in the Teaching Professions Career Tech Program.

She will major in middle childhood education at Bowling Green State University, and she hopes to teach math and science.

One of her mentor teachers described her as enthusiastic, helpful, a quick learner and a risk taker with a positive attitude. She earned the Rotary Student of the Month award twice and received a Reach Your Full Potential award.

 

Erica Taylor

 

Erica Taylor has been on the Teaching Professions Career Tech program at Roosevelt High School and served as the ambassador to other schools.

She will major in inclusive early childhood education at Bowling Green State University and plans to receive a master’s degree in school counseling.

She has been involved in band and drama and impresses her teachers with her commitment.

 

 

 

Graduating first in her class at Southeast High School,Clarissa Santoro will attend Ohio University to study early childhood education.

She was a scholar athlete and class officer and participated in numerous school and community service projects.

Her school counselor states that she is one of the most outstanding and caring students and praises her leadership in the student mentoring program. (No photo)

 

Megan Wemyss

 

Megan Wemyss, the daughter of a teacher, is a graduate of Field High School.

She is continuing at Kent State University, where she has been in the post-secondary option program. She plans to major in early childhood education and will continue to work at a daycare center.

Her teacher calls her academically gifted and cites her ability to prioritize effectively and manage her time for academic success despite her busy schedule.

 

 

 

THE BLISS FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

The Bliss Family Scholarship was created by Ken and Nancy Bliss to recognize students from Streetsboro or Ravenna schools.  We are pleased to recognize two Streetsboro students this year:

 

Lillian James leaves a very impressive legacy due to her superior involvement in school, church, community and charitable activities, which are too numerous to mention in detail.

She created her own “Challenge for Charity,” with the support of her superintendent, for students and staff at Streetsboro High School. Lillian conducted this year-long activity, which not only raised the level of awareness for certain charities, but also increased student support for those charities. This unique program will continue in the future. A teacher praised Lillian as, “a kind, caring individual who reaches out to help many.”

Arizona State University will welcome her as a future educator or a non-profit organization manager.

 

Taylor Tuma, who ranked in the top five percent of her class, is recognized for her strong academic achievements, which resulted in many academic awards.

She has also been recognized for her leadership, which included being class president both junior and senior years and Portage County Teen of the Month.

An ambitious student, she participated in numerous sports, student council, Buckeye Girls’ State, numerous community projects and charitable activities.  Also, she was able to hold a part-time job. A teacher’s comment, “Taylor is more than a grade….a fantastic well-rounded individual.”

Taylor plans to attend Cleveland State University to become an occupational therapist, hoping to work with children.

PCRTA Scholarship, a 501(c) 3 organization, can accept contributions that will have a lasting influence on graduates while leaving a legacy to donors. Contact Darlene Fetterhoff, 330-673-8164 to discuss your situation.

The PCRTA Scholarship Committee is pictured below:

PCRTA would like to thank this team for the work involved in screening the applicants and selecting the students who each become the winner of a $1500 scholarship.

Lowell Myers

Jim MontaquilaKay Wise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darlene FetteroffDave GynnJan Fencil

 

 

 

 

A great article about the “Joy of Volunteering” by Kay Wise on the Community Service Page.

 

PCTRA SOCIAL/TRAVEL COMMITTEE SUMMER PLANS

TIME TO PUT IT ON YOUR CALENDAR AND CONTACT US!!!

DEADLINE JULY 1, 2015

 

RUBBER DUCKS VS ALTOONA,  FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2015 (Note change from Thursday to Friday)

It’s Ohio State night at Rubber Ducks Stadium in Akron with fireworks

following the game.

Game Time: 7:05 PM at Canal Park, 300 S. Main Street, Akron 44308

Tickets:  Seniors:  $8.00     Adults: $9.00   Youth:  $8.00

Contact: John or Sandy Kerstetter 330-673-0129 to sign up

Send payment to Dave Gynn, 4210 Lancaster Lane, Kent, OH 44240

Note: Rubber Ducks and number of tickets on memo line of check.

 

HAIRSPRAY AT PORTHOUSE, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5TH (Note change from Sunday to Wednesday)

            Dinner at Sarah’s Vineyard  Beforehand;

Play starts at 8:00 PM

Theater Tickets: $35

            Contact : John or Sandy Kerstetter at 330-673-0129

Send payment to Dave Gynn, 4210 Lancaster Lane, Kent, OH 44240

Note: Hairspray and number of tickets on Memo line of check

 

BUS TRIP TO ASHTABULA COUNTY ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 22.

            We will leave Kent at 8:00 AM and travel to Conneaut, stopping at a covered bridge along the way.  The harbor at Conneaut resembles the beach at Normandy and   serves   annually as the site for the D-Day Reenactment.  We will dine at one of the       country’s fine wineries on the way home.  The cost is $40.00 and includes lunch.           The trip is open to PCRTA members and guests.  Reservations will close as soon as          the bus is filled.

Contact: Dave Gynn, 4210 Lancaster Lane, Kent, OH 44240

Make check payable to PCRTA and note number of persons.

            Note: Ashtabula and number of persons on Memo line of check.

Portage County Social Committee

Activities for 2015-2016

06/07/15    2:30 PM   Oklahoma at Weathervane Theater
               
07/23/15   7:05 PM   Rubber  Ducks vs. Altoona  
        Rubber Ducks Baseball Stadium in Akron
         Cost is $8.00.      
               
08/02/15   2:00 PM   Hairspray at Porthouse Theater, Cost = $35  
        Dinner following at Sarah’s Vineyard
               
08/22/15   8:00 AM   D-Day at Conneaut, OH  
    til 8:00 PM Includes visit to covered bridges
        and dinner at a vineyard  
               
October   3:00 PM   KSU Orchestra    
        Dinner at Pufferbelly  
               
November ?   KSU Fashion Museum Tour  
        Meal following at Bricco  
               
December ?   Western Reserve Band Concert
        Hudson Congregational Church
        Dinner following at Zeppe’s in Hudson
               
01/01/16       Lunch with KSU chef  

Call Jon or Sandy Kerstetter for details on the social events at 330-673-0129.

ORTA Spring Conference

PCRTA members who attended the ORTA Spring Conference in Columbus on April 23, 2015.  Front row: Helena Parry and Pat Gynn. Back row: Georgia Darah, Dan McCombs, Dave Gynn, Ron Snowberger and Connie Evans.

ORTA Spring Conference 2015

The conference helped members gain more training in various aspects of chapter responsibilities. Break-out sessions were held in the afternoon after lunch.

PCRTA MEMBERS HELP ROBINSON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

 

Robinson Scholarship Committee

 

RMH asked for a volunteer team from PCRTA to judge the scholarships given by Dr. Peter F.M. Chen, Delbert and Marcella Shilling and Dr. Steve and Patti Dean. These scholarships are awarded to children of RMH employees.

The judging team for 2015 pictured at left is Helena Parry, Jim Montaquila, Ron Snowberger, Pat Gynn and Dave Gynn

                                                 

Update Your Mail by Helena Parry

Thanks to those of you who sent a response to my email requesting that you send me  your name and email address to switch to a newsletter via email. There were 30 emails from the current roster which were undeliverable.

If you have not updated your email lately or do not already get the newsletter via email and wish to do so, please email me at hmparry@att.net . Remember, the newsletter via email helps our operating budget leaving more for money for scholarship and other projects.  You get an email from Judy Kirman with a link that the newsletter is ready.  You can also get the newsletter at our web site www.pcrta.net

PLEASE HELP RECRUIT NEW PCRTA MEMBERS. ASK FOLKS YOU KNOW TO JOIN IF THEY ARE NOT CURRENTLY MEMBERS.  WE NEED MORE MEMBERS TO KEEP OUR TRUSTEE POSITION.

 

BUS TRIP TO ASHTABULA COUNTY ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 22

D-Day at Conneaut

D-Day at Conneaut

We will leave Kent at 8:00 AM and travel to Conneaut, stopping at a covered bridge along the way.  The harbor at Conneaut resembles the beach at Normandy and  serves   annually as the site for the D-Day Reenactment.  We will dine at one of the country’s fine wineries on the way home.  The cost is $40.00 and includes lunch.

The trip is open to PCRTA members and guests.  Reservations will close as soon as the bus is filled.

Contact: Dave Gynn, 4210 Lancaster Lane, Kent, OH 44240

Make check payable to PCRTA and note number of persons.

Note: Ashtabula and number of persons on Memo line of check. Call Dave Gynn if you are still interested in the Bus Trip to Conneaut “D-Day” on Aug. 22, 2015.

September 15, 2015, LUNCHEON at 12:00

at Ravenna Elks Club

SEPTEMBER LUNCHEON PROGRAM: Brenda Nixon will present a

Brenda Nixon

Brenda Nixon

program on the Amish.

“Entertaining and knowledgeable,” “Standing room only,” are some of the remarks made about the guest speaker for our September luncheon.

Brenda Nixon, speaker on the Amish and former Amish and author of Beyond Buggies and Bonnets, will share her knowledge of what it is like….. “Inside the Amish Schoolhouse.”

Brenda will also relate many of her extraordinary experiences while being a “mom to ex-Amish” (one of whom eventually became her son-in-law) from the very strict Swartzentruber.

The PCRTA Social Function for October

KSU Orchestra

KSU Orchestra

The first Kent State Orchestra concert of the 2015-2016 season is on October 4th, Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. in Cartwright Hall on the KSU campus. We will attend and follow with dinner afterward at the Pufferbelly in downtown Kent. Please plan to sign up at our September meeting.

Terry Schoettler will be in charge of taking your cash or check, which you can make out to the Kent State University Orchestra. Cost for the concert is only $10 per person if we have at least ten people going. You can meet Terry at the lobby before the concert to get your ticket.

Charles Latshaw, director of the orchestra, volunteered to speak briefly at our September meeting about the concert. I hope many of us will decide to attend. It should be a fine afternoon.

Checks may be mailed to Terry Schoettler 316 Woodward Ave., Kent, Ohio 44240. Or call John and Sandy Kerstetter at 330-673-0129.

PCRTA SOCIAL/TRAVEL COMMITTEE PLANS

TIME TO PUT IT ON YOUR CALENDAR AND CONTACT US!!!

               
10/04/15   3:00 p.m.   KSU Orchestra    
        Dinner at Pufferbelly  
               
10/05-15 10:00 a.m.   KSU Fashion Museum Tour  
        Meal following at Bricco  
               
10-13-15 4:00 p.m.   Western Reserve Band Concert
        Hudson Congregational Church
        Dinner following at Zeppe’s in Hudson
               
January       Kent Historical Society, Lunch following  

Call Jon or Sandy Kerstetter for details on the social events at 330-673-0129.

Oklahoma!

PCRTA Members at "Oklahoma"

PCRTA Members at “Oklahoma”

 

PCRTA members are waiting for the show “Oklahoma” at the Weathervane Theatre in Akron. The Social/Travel Committee teamed up to arrange this outing for PCRTA June 7, 2015. Dinner followed at Papa Joe’s.

PCRTA PROCTORS VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION PROGRAM AT NORTHEAST OHIO MEDICAL UNIVERSITY (NEOMED):

Altaf Dasrvesh, Ph D

Altaf Dasrvesh, Ph D

On June 18, 2015, NEOMED provided a breakfast reception for the PCRTA Proctors. Altaf Darvesh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, was the main speaker.

His topics included, “Herbal Products and Nutraceuticals: Current Trends.” He gave many suggestions about herbal supplements which could benefit ones health but warned against taking them without your physician knowing since some could interfere with the purpose of prescription drugs.

Those in attendance appreciated his unique sense of humor and knowledge and enjoyed the morning.

2014-2015 Proctors

2014-2015 Proctors

 

Thanks to all of the proctors pictured and to those who were not in attendance for the breakfast reception at NEOMED. We are pleased to announce that the stipend for PCRTA has increased $125 more per quarter for the work of the proctors. This money all goes to our Scholarship Fund. Thanks to Edith Scott for arranging the schedules of the volunteers and chairing this important activity.

Sue Hricko announced the top five people who did the most volunteer hours. They were Pat and Dave Gynn, Ron Snowberger, Denise Craig and Saroj Sutaria, who received a $25.00 gift certificate for volunteering the most hours. It was also announced that the volunteers collectively proctored 108 tests, needing 207 proctors, which equaled 750.5 hours of service.

Portage County Retired Teachers’ Association Nomination Report

September 2015

ORTA: Election for Trustee takes place in September. The Trustee serves for two years beginning January 2016. Our nominee for Trustee: Helena Parry.

Respectfully submitted:

Jan Fencl

SOCIAL/TRAVEL COMMITTEE FUN In August 2015

by Pat and Dave Gynn

History came alive right before our eyes when 50 people attended the PCRTA D-Day trip to Conneaut on August 22, 2015, for the reenactment of the landing on Omaha Beach.  Landing vehicles dropped off loads of soldiers, who made their way across the beach using smoke bombs while being shot at by men in bunkers, jets flying overhead and large bombers swooping in from above.  The re-enactors were dressed in authentic uniforms, using period motorcycles and guns.

Men Who Re-ennacted the Battle at Conneaut

Men Who Re-ennacted the Battle at Conneaut

Pat & Dave Gynn- Sandy & John Kerstetter

Pat & Dave Gynn- Sandy & John Kerstetter

The group The group stopped at the Smolen Gulf covered bridge for lunch, the longest and highest one of the many covered bridges in Ashtabula County. Pat and Dave Gynn planned the trip, which ended with dinner at Ferrante Winery.

PCRTA SEPTEMBER 2015 LUNCHEON

Brenda Nixon at September Meeting

Brenda Nixon at September Meeting

Brenda Nixon, author, mother, wife, speaker, educator and mentor to ex-Amish, gave a very moving and interesting presentation  at our September 2015 luncheon.  She spoke mostly about the customs of the Swartzentruber and Old Order Amish.  Her son-in-law, who is an ex-Amish,  gave her a pair of small pants to display, as well as a small baby outfit that both boys and girls wear until they are potty trained.

In one of Brenda’s most recent books, Beyond Buggies and Bonnets,  author Cathy Messecar stated  that the book, “provides a close look at everyday life in the Swartzentruber and conservative Old Order Amish. Nixon’s research and authentic experiences provide little known facts. With careful attention to the personal needs of ex-Amish, Nixon and her family have befriended many and helped them find their way into the foreign world of the “English.”  A striking and significant work!”  For more information  go to Brenda’s blog site at www.BrendaNixonOnAmish.Blogspot.com.

 

November 19th, 2015, LUNCHEON at 12:00

at Ravenna Elks Club

 

NOVEMBER LUNCHEON PROGRAM:  

WRITER, HUMORIST CAROLYN RAE IS FEATURED SPEAKER PCRTA AT THE NOVEMBER MEETING

by Georgia Darrah


Carolynn Rae, Writer & Humourist

If you you like to have fun and enjoy some laughter along the way, you will not want to miss PCRTA’s November 19th   luncheon.  Guest speaker Carolynn Rae, humorist and well- known writer and newspaper columnist, will tickle our funny bones as she presents, “Out of My Mature Mind.”

Carolynn will help us see the humorous side of such things as age spots and creaking joints.   You will quickly discover her passion for encouraging others to live life to the fullest.

SERVICE PROJECT: Please bring non-perishable items for the Center of Hope.

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December 17th, 2015, LUNCHEON at 12:00

at Ravenna Elks Club

DECEMBER LUNCHEON PROGRAM:  THE SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS: FAMILIAR AND NOVEL WITH  LEN SUZELIS AND  MARTY HATCHER

 

Marty Hatcher, Former Southeast Elementary Music Teacher

Marty Hatcher, Former Southeast Elementary Music Teacher

Len Suzelis, Former Southeast Marching Band Instructorand Middle School Choir Director

Len Suzelis, Former Southeast Marching Band Instructor and Middle School Choir Director

Our December 17th luncheon will feature PCRTA members Leonard (Len) Suzelis and Martha (Marty) Hatcher presenting, “The Sounds of Christmas Carols and Songs.”  Both retired from Southeast Local School as music teachers, with Marty’s area of expertise in elementary general music, while Len assisted with the high school marching band and taught middle school general music and middle school choirs.  Marty served as the accompanist for most of Len’s concerts.

Marty has a home piano studio where she has taught many students.  She has been an organist at Edinburgh United Church for 25 years and has been an adjunct professor for the Salem Campus of Kent State University. She and her husband Richard were working members of the former McConnell Fruit Farm of Edinburg.

Len has also been a church musician, singing, playing folk guitar and keyboard since he was a teenager. His musical experiences have taken him from a top 40s group, to a gospel group, to singing sacred oratorios and even a professional opera. He musically leads worship along with his wife Kay, whom he met while studying voice at YSU and with whom he has collaborated on composing/arranging numerous original pieces for church use.

SERVICE PROJECT: Please bring items for children such as hats, gloves mittens and scarves.

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ORTA Spring Area Conference is April 20, 2016 at Alliance First Christian Church 1141 W. Beech St. Alliance, Ohio 44601.  All members are welcome not just ORTA Board members!

Dave Gynn

Dave Gynn

Helena Parry

Helena Parry

Georgia Darrah

Georgia Darrah

Carole Stokes

Carole Stokes

              NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPORT by Jan Fencl, Chairperson of Nominations

2016  Nominations include: Vice President:  Georgia Darrah; Treasurer: Dave Gynn;  Recording Secretary:  Carole Stokes; Trustee:  Helena Parry. They will take office in January 2016 for two years.  The election and installation of officers will take place at the Nov.19, 2015, Luncheon Meeting at the Elks Club.

Jan made the motion to accept the nominations, seconded by Connie Evans. Motion passed.

Georgia Darrah

SOCIAL/TRAVEL COMMITTEE

Mark your calendar to join us!

Flapper Fashion - KSU

Flapper Fashion  K.S.U.

November 5, 2015 – 10 a.m. tour in the Fashion Museum at Kent State University at 515 Hilltop Drive off Main St. in Kent with lunch following at Bricco’s at 210 S. Depeyster St. in Kent, OH 44240. “The Bricco Kent menu features favorites from the flagship Akron location, unique entrees and appetizers you can only find here and the best pastry chef in town!”  Contact Denise Craig 330-931-0510.

The Kent State University Museum will present its new exhibit, “Flapper Style: Fashions of the 1920s,” in the museum’s Broadbent Gallery.

December 20 (Note change of date!)  4 p.m. Western Reserve Band Concert at Hudson Congregational Church at 47 Aurora St., Hudson off N. Main St. (91) with dinner following the concert at Zeppe’s in Hudson at 5843 Darrow Rd., Hudson, OH 44236.  Contact Kay Wise at 330-297-1110 or Ken Grandville at 330-626-2154.

TWO PCRTA/ORTA MEMBERS INDUCTED INTO THE RAVENNA RAVENS HALL OF FAME:

CONGRATULATIONS TO AMY ADAMS AND JOANNE STIKES

The Ravenna Ravens Hall of Fame was established in 1989 by Dr. Thomas King, superintendent of Ravenna schools at that time. There are five categories in which nominees may be nominated, and four of the five must be graduates of Ravenna High School. Plaques are presented to each of the inductees with a biography of their achievements and their portrait, sketched by artist Sheila Liston, past Hall of Fame inductee and graduate of Ravenna High School. A second plaque is then hung in the Hall of Fame showcase at Ravenna High School.

Amy Adams
Amy Adams, Director of Ravenna 21st Century Learning Center

Amy Adams, Director of Ravenna 21st Century Learning Center

Amy Adams currently serves as the director and grant coordinator of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers after-school programs at Brown Middle School and Ravenna High School. She is now an employee of the Community Action Council of Portage County.

Prior to this involvement with the CAC of Portage County, Amy taught for 30 years in the Ravenna School District. She was awarded  National Board Teacher Certification in 1994.

During her teaching career she served as chairperson of the Ravenna Local Professional Development Committee, staff development leader, a university adjunct professor, a grade level chairperson and a mentor of pre-service teachers.

Joann Stykes

Jo Ann Stykes, Citizen of the Year Ravenna

Jo Ann Stikes, Citizen of the Year Ravenna

Jo Ann Stikes worked in city and federal government, at the YMCA, at Fort Hayes army base daycare and taught fifth grade at Ravenna School District, where she also had a Junior Master Gardener Classroom.

She was a Sunday school teacher, received a Teacher of the Year Award given by Ohio State University and was Citizen of the Year in the City of Ravenna.  Jo Ann was involved in the Skeels Summer Computer Class Enrichment Project.  First year teachers were mentored By Jo Ann, and she served as a leader of a textbook selection committee.

She was a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar and a liaison for the Skeels Community Center, as well as a member of Skeels Senior Club. She is a member of the Akron Urban league, NAACP, Portage County Historical Society, and she is in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers

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RUTH WEIGAND TO RETIRE HER PEN

RuthWiegand, PCRTA Retiring Secretary

RuthWiegand, PCRTA Retiring Secretary

PCRTA would like to thank Ruth Weigand for all of her dedicated years as the recording secretary for the PCRTA Executive Committee. Ruth served us with very detailed minutes of not only the Ex. Bd. meetings, but minutes of the PCRTA luncheons as well.  Ruth likes to travel and is involved in her church.

She enjoys luncheons with her many sisters on “Sister Day,” movies, reading, eating out, line dancing, visiting her friends, and she especially enjoys visiting her son in N. Carolina and her daughter in Florida.

We will miss Ruth’s attention to detail, but we expect to see her at our luncheons enjoying her freedom.  THANKS, RUTH.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR MEMBER, SAROJ SUTARIA

Kent State University Distinguished Service to Education, Health and Human Services Award: Saroj Sutaria, Ph.D.

Born in Nagpur, India, Saroj Sutaria arrived in the U.S. in 1962 to study and obtain her doctorate in education. She had already earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in India, and she went on to receive another master’s degree and Ph.D. in special education at Syracuse University.

Upon graduating, she came to Kent State in 1967 to begin her teaching career, and she has remained in Kent ever since. From 1967-92, Sutaria was a full-time faculty member in the Department of Teacher Development and Curriculum Studies, specializing in the field of specific learning disabilities. She has remained very active with Kent State, as well as the Kent community.

TIME TO RENEW MEMBERSHIP by Dave Gynn, Nov.-Dec. 2015

Dave Gynn , Treasurer

Dave Gynn , Treasurer

Now is the time to renew your membership for 2016. 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 “2015” – Your dues for 2016 are now due. Membership dues are collected between July and     December for the following year.

If it says “2016” – 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.

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.

March 17th, 2015, LUNCHEON at 12:00

             at Ravenna Elks Club

           March Luncheon Program: 

Diana Zuranski from Habitat for Humanity

 

Diana Zuranski, Program Manager Habitat for Humanity

Diana Zuranski,

Program Manager Habitat for Humanity

ORTA and Habitat for Humanity Join Hands

Habitat for Humanity is a global, nonprofit housing organization dedicated to building, renovating and repairing homes so every man, woman and child has the opportunity to live in a simple, durable and safe environment and community.
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This year, ORTA and Habitat for Humanity are joining hands to work together on Habitat projects throughout the state.  In order for PCRTA to know more about Habitat, Diana Zuranski, Program Manager for Habitat of Humanity Portage County, will be the guest speaker at our March luncheon.
Diana oversees all of the volunteers and staff involved at building sites and at the Restore located in Kent.  She also assists with organizing and planning any special events.  Diana and her husband Mark live in Kent and are the parents of two grown daughters.
 PCRTA is looking forward to meeting Diana and learning how we can become involved and give support to Habitat for Humanity of Portage County.

JudyMorgan, Community, Service Director

Judy Morgan, Community, Service Director

The PCRTA Community Service Project for March

We are suppling the County Clothing Center with paper goods such as paper towels, toilet paper, table napkins and cleaning supplies to be used by the volunteers and workers who clean the center once a month.  On Fri. Jan. 29, 2016, eight PCRTA members volunteered at the Clothing Center. Thanks, Judy Hendershot, Jo Ann Stikes, Ruth Weigand, Ron Snowberger, Anita Foote, Ruth Seton, Phyllis Spangler and Helena Parry.

Also, we want to thank those of you who continue to proctor on a regular basis.  Thanks to Edith Scott for coordinating this effort. NEOMED will sponsor a ‘thank you party’ for proctors on May 26, 2016. (more details to come)

 Please continue to send your volunteer hours to Judy Morgan at Grams4two@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.

TWO PCRTA/ORTA MEMBERS INDUCTED INTO THE RAVENNA RAVENS HALL OF FAME:

CONGRATULATIONS TO AMY ADAMS AND JOANNE STIKES

The Ravenna Ravens Hall of Fame was established in 1989 by Dr. Thomas King, superintendent of Ravenna schools at that time. There are five categories in which nominees may be nominated, and four of the five must be graduates of Ravenna High School. Plaques are presented to each of the inductees with a biography of their achievements and their portrait, sketched by artist Sheila Liston, past Hall of Fame inductee and graduate of Ravenna High School. A second plaque is then hung in the Hall of Fame showcase at Ravenna High School.

Amy Adams
Amy Adams, Director of Ravenna 21st Century Learning Center

Amy Adams, Director of Ravenna 21st Century Learning Center

Amy Adams currently serves as the director and grant coordinator of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers after-school programs at Brown Middle School and Ravenna High School. She is now an employee of the Community Action Council of Portage County.

Prior to this involvement with the CAC of Portage County, Amy taught for 30 years in the Ravenna School District. She was awarded  National Board Teacher Certification in 1994.

During her teaching career she served as chairperson of the Ravenna Local Professional Development Committee, staff development leader, a university adjunct professor, a grade level chairperson and a mentor of pre-service teachers.

Joann Stykes

Jo Ann Stykes, Citizen of the Year Ravenna

Jo Ann Stikes, Citizen of the Year Ravenna

Jo Ann Stikes worked in city and federal government, at the YMCA, at Fort Hayes army base daycare and taught fifth grade at Ravenna School District, where she also had a Junior Master Gardener Classroom.

She was a Sunday school teacher, received a Teacher of the Year Award given by Ohio State University and was Citizen of the Year in the City of Ravenna.  Jo Ann was involved in the Skeels Summer Computer Class Enrichment Project.  First year teachers were mentored By Jo Ann, and she served as a leader of a textbook selection committee.

She was a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar and a liaison for the Skeels Community Center, as well as a member of Skeels Senior Club. She is a member of the Akron Urban league, NAACP, Portage County Historical Society, and she is in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers

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RUTH WEIGAND TO RETIRE HER PEN

RuthWiegand, PCRTA Retiring Secretary

RuthWiegand, PCRTA Retiring Secretary

PCRTA would like to thank Ruth Weigand for all of her dedicated years as the recording secretary for the PCRTA Executive Committee. Ruth served us with very detailed minutes of not only the Ex. Bd. meetings, but minutes of the PCRTA luncheons as well.  Ruth likes to travel and is involved in her church.

She enjoys luncheons with her many sisters on “Sister Day,” movies, reading, eating out, line dancing, visiting her friends, and she especially enjoys visiting her son in N. Carolina and her daughter in Florida.

We will miss Ruth’s attention to detail, but we expect to see her at our luncheons enjoying her freedom.  THANKS, RUTH.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR MEMBER, SAROJ SUTARIA

Kent State University Distinguished Service to Education, Health and Human Services Award: Saroj Sutaria, Ph.D.

Born in Nagpur, India, Saroj Sutaria arrived in the U.S. in 1962 to study and obtain her doctorate in education. She had already earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in India, and she went on to receive another master’s degree and Ph.D. in special education at Syracuse University.

Upon graduating, she came to Kent State in 1967 to begin her teaching career, and she has remained in Kent ever since. From 1967-92, Sutaria was a full-time faculty member in the Department of Teacher Development and Curriculum Studies, specializing in the field of specific learning disabilities. She has remained very active with Kent State, as well as the Kent community.

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