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Tubas Fours

Tubas Fours

You will not want to miss our December Christmas Luncheon.  We are going to enjoy a musical group called the Tuba Fours.   They are a group of low brass players who could not get enough of Tuba Christmas.  In fact, two of the members perform five or six concerts each season in various states.

Since they all play together in the Metro Parks Ensemble (Summit County), they have turned four-part Tuba music into a year- round “obsession.” The highlight of this year was taking fourth prize in the Portage Lakes 4th of July boat parade.  Four of the members were public school or college-level educators.

Community Service: Please bring to the December luncheon children’s hats, gloves, scarves or outerwear for the winter.

 Download the form PCRTA Membership Update


You will find a membership update above.  All members should complete this short form and return it as soon as possible. Members change addresses, phone numbers and email addresses often. We need to know your current status. We also value your opinion about our newsletter, luncheons meetings, web site, social activities and legislative activities.

Membership October – December 2017 by Judy Hendershot

We welcome new members Linda Roberts and MaryAnn Beman-Nething. They joined us at our September luncheon and were introduced to our members in attendance.

Linda has taught in several states during her career and retired under the California system.

MaryAnn retired from Warren City Schools in 2017.  Both Linda and MaryAnn bring a new energy to our association.

We will be setting up our PCRTA closed Face Book group site this month. If you have a working email address and use Facebook as well, we will be contacting you with an invitation to join our group. We will use our secure Facebook group site to disseminate information and to help all members to stay connected between meetings and activities.

Additionally, this site will be a way to advertise PCRTA and ORTA and hopefully encourage other retired teachers who are not members to join.

Your continued membership gives us a strong voice. Thank you.

Time to Renew Membership!  by Dave Gynn
Dave Gynn

Dave Gynn

When you see the big yellow school bus it 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 2018.

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 “2017” – Your dues for 2018 are now due. Membership dues are collected between July and December for the following year. If the label says “2018” – 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.


Welcome to Sandy Halem of Kent, who is currently the Enrichment Coordinator for Family and Community Services in Ravenna.  She is asking for volunteers to read to kids. Call Sandy at 330-620-2756. PCRTA also welcomes Bonnie Oliver from Garrettsville, who retired from Maplewood in 2009.


They’re at it again. POP5 is again soliciting members from the five state retirement systems in Ohio. Don’t be confused or misled by their letters, emails or website. Their communications contain inaccurate information. Their organization is not endorsed by any of the five retirement systems or their related retiree groups (retired teachers, school employees, public employees, highway patrol, police and fire retirees).

ORTA has been and will continue to be the voice of retired educators. ORTA continually works with STRS and with the legislature to protect and preserve the pensions of all retired educators. The defined benefit pension system is critical to a secure retirement, and all educators should value the program. Do not let POP5, a rogue organization, speak for you.

Scholarship Winners

Emmas Tuel, not pictured, was in a 4-H competition of the same day.

Scholarship Winners with Jim Montaquila

Scholarship Winners with Jim Montaquila

Congratulations to all the winners!

NEOMED contributes significantly to the PCRTA Future Teachers Scholarship Fund. This year seven Portage high school graduates who intend to major in education will each receive a $1,500 scholarship. Retired teachers or community members interested in participating in this important project should call Edith Scott at 330-297-1812


Questions? Contact person(s) in charge of event.

 Sunday, November 5, 2017:  Kent State Orchestra Concert and Dinner

Carol Cartwright Hall  (3:00 to 4:30)

650 Hilltop Drive (KSU campus)

Cost $10.00 See Contact for Terry Schoeffler below.


Briccos Restaurant

210 South Depeyster Street

Kent, Ohio  44240


Contact:  Terry Schoettler   316 Woodward Avenue, Kent, Ohio   44240   330-673-3099


Wednesday, November 8, 2017:  Harry London Chocolate Tour and Lunch at Samantha’s Restaurant

No cost. Meet at University plaza for carpools at 10:00

Harry London Chocolates

5353 Lauby Road

Portage Street NW

N. Canton, Ohio 44720


 Samantha’s Restaurant after

4954 Portage Street N

 N. Canton, Ohio   44720


Reservation due date  Oct. 6, 2017


Sunday, December 17, 2017: Western Reserve Christmas Band Concert and Dinner

First Congregational Church at 4:00

47 Aurora Street

Hudson, Ohio  44236


Zeppe’s Bistro & Pizzaria

5843 Darrow Road

Hudson, Ohio  44236



  • Ken Granville  P.O. Box 2526  Streetsboro, Ohio   44241  330-626-2154
  • Kay Wise  5350 Rootstown Road, Ravenna, Ohio  44266  330-297-1110



2017 Calendar

Portage County Retired Teachers

01/12/17 9:30 Organizational Workshop (Kent Library – 2nd floor)
02/01/17  Newsletter Deadline
03/09/17 9:30  Executive Board Meeting
03/16/17 11:30 Luncheon Meeting – Program – Memorial Service
AMBA presentation by Alan Kearns
Service project: Supply Clothing Center
04/01/17 Newsletter Deadline
04/01/17 Jesus Christ Superstar at Weathervane Playhousse
Order tickets by Mar 18
05/11/17 9:30 Executive Board Meeting
05/18/17 11:30 Luncheon Meeting – Program – Healthcare Safety
Presented by Pat Rullio
06/01/17 Newsletter Deadline
GED Graduation- Maplewood Career Center
(refreshments, servers, cards)
07/06/17 Ain’t Misbehaven, at Porthouse Theater
Dinner before at Sarah’s Vineyard
07/13/17 9:30 Executive Board Meeting
07/20/17 11:30 Luncheon Meeting – Program –  Scholarship Winners
08/01/17 Newsletter Deadline
09/14/17 9:30 Executive Board Meeting
09/21/17 11:30 Luncheon Meeting – Program:
STRS Speaker:  Hope Short
10/01/17  Newsletter Deadline
October Kent State University Concert
11/08/17 10:00 Tour of Harry London
Lunch at Samantha’s
11/09/17 9:30 Executive Board Meeting
11/17/17 11:30 Luncheon Meeting
Whooly Organized, by Lynne Poulton
11/17/47 4:00 Western Reserve Band Concert 
at First Congregational Church in Hudson
Lunch at Zeppe’s folloeing concert
12/17/17 11:30 Luncheon – Christmas Party – Program:  Four Tubas
American Legion Hall, 1945 Mogadore Rd. Kent, Oh 44240
Luncheons are served buffet style
Luncheons consist of short business meeting, announcements,
 lunch and program
Reservations to Karen Balog at least 1 week prior to luncheon.
Make out the check to PCRTA.
 See reservation page.