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Robin Rayfield, Executive Director of ORTA

Robin Rayfield, Executive Director of ORTA

The March 15th meeting in 2018 will feature Dr. Robin Rayfield  speaking about what is going on at ORTA (changes associated with the strategic plan) and an update on STRS matters.  The luncheon is at the American Legion In Kent at 11:30.

Dr. Rayfield, the new Executive Director of ORTA, retired from the superintendent’s position at Pike Delta York Local in 2012 after 31 years as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, university professor and superintendent, mostly in northwest Ohio.

After retirement he worked at two universities, Findlay and Ohio University. Dr. Rayfield, who has been married to his wife, Stephanie, for 30 years, has three children: Ryan, Reid and Ross. He is a member of the Ohio Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. 

Community Service for March

The Clothing Center wants foam cups, plates and soup bowls, paper towels, toilet paper, femine hygiene products, copy paper, 8”x11.5”, pot holders, bathroom cleaning products, Dawn dish soap for sink washing and other kitchen cleaning products. Please bring these items to the meeting!

Dave Gynn Receives an ARRP Award!
Dave with Kelly Neal, Volunteer Engagement Specialist

Dave with Kelly Neal, Volunteer Engagement Specialist

Dave Gynn received the Excellence in Uniting Generations award from AARP. At the request of NEOMED, Dave started the proctoring with PCRTA members, who have given over 5.000 hours of service to NEOMED.  Because PCRTA receives a stipend for proctoring, we have been able to award a scholarship each year to several area high school students interested in majoring in education, who are selected by our scholarship team.

Other donations to our scholarship fund are greatly appreciated as well!


Carol Kinsey, District Director from ORTA, installed the three officers for PCRTA. The remaining officers have another year to serve on their two year term.

Presenting Officers in 2018: Carol Kinsey, ORTA; Dave Gynn, Treasurer; Carole Stokes, Secretary; Chris DeMarco, V.P.

Presenting Officers in 2018: Carol Kinsey, ORTA; Dave Gynn, Treasurer; Carole Stokes, Secretary; Chris DeMarco, V.P.

The PCRTA board would greatly appreciate if you would download the information from the link below, complete and return to us.


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. You may use a blank sheet of paper to add comments.

Make an Early Reservation: 

Broadway in America: THE JERSEY BOYS 

May 1, 2018 – 7:30 pm 


Limited quantity – order Now!




Tickets x $10 = _______________  Make checks payable to PCRTA


Phone _______________________ Mail to Dave Gynn 4210 Lancaster Ln., Kent, OH 44240.




Thursday, April 5, 2018 National First Ladies Museum

Cost: $6.00 Reservations payment to Dave Gynn checks to PCRTA by March 15

Meet at University Plaza at 12:45 PM and leave for Museum at 1:00 PM


Spring Band Concert at Hudson Middle School Patriotic & Presidential Theme

April 21, 2018 at 7:30 PM       Free
77 N. Oviatt St. Hudson OH 44236

Tuesday, May 1, 2018             Jersey Boys                 7:30 PM

At E J Thomas, 198 Hill Street, Akron, OH44325

Time: 7:30 PM                 Cost $10.00 per ticket

Reservations by April 1, 2018 with checks to PCRTA and mailed to

Phyllis Spangler 330-673-593-5253

5870 Horning Rd. Kent,44240

Wednesday, August 1, 2018              Oklahoma          8:00 PM

At Porthouse Theater, 3143 O’Neil Road, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223

Dinner at 5:00 PM at Sarah’s Vineyard 1204 W Steels Corners Rd.,

Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223

Cost: $25.00 per ticket

Reservations by May 1, 2018. with checks to PCRTA and mailed to

Sandy and John Kerstetter. 330-673-0129

2012 Rosewood Dr., Kent, OH 44240


Sunday, October 14, 2018   Hunchback of Notre Dame 2:30 PM

At Weathervane Playhouse 1301 Weathervane Ln, Akron, OH 44313

Dinner following at Papa Joes


Sunday, December 16, 2018 Western Reserve Christmas Band Concert

At Hudson Congregational Church, 47 Aurora St. Hudson 44236

Time: 4:00 PM No Cost

Dinner following at Zeppe’s 5843 Darrow Rd., Hudson, OH 44236


Other Western Reserve Band Concerts you may be interested in attending on your own:

Spring Concert:  Saturday April 21, 2018, at Hudson Middle School  7:30-9:00 p.m.;

Ice Cream Social: Friday, June 15, 2018, at Hudson on the Green, 7:00 p.m.;

Outdoor Concert: Sunday, August 19, 2018, 6:00 p.m.


                Calendar of Meetings

February 1                         Newsletter Deadline

March 8 — 9:30                 Executive Board Meeting

March 15 — 11:30              Luncheon Meeting & Memorial Service

Program : Robin Rayfield, ORTA Executive Director

April 1                                Newsletter Deadline

May 10 — 9:30                   Executive Board Meeting

May 17 — 11:30                 Luncheon Meeting Program : Jill Gruenwald, Motivation                                                     Speaker, Author: “Running With a Police Escort

June 1                                Newsletter Deadline

July 12 — 9:30                    Executive Board Meeting

July 19 — 11:30                  Luncheon Meeting

Program : Scholarship Winners

August 1                             Newsletter Deadline

September 13 — 9:30          Executive Board Meeting

September 20 — 11:30        Luncheon Meeting

Program: Samantha Sathre, Alzheimer’s Association: “Know                                            the “10 Warning Signs.”

October 1                            Newsletter Deadline

November 8 — 9:30             Executive Board Meeting

November 165 — 11:30        Luncheon Meeting & Installation of Officers Program: Ted                                                 Dudra, Teddy Roosevelt Portrayal

December 13 — 11:30          Luncheon – Christmas Party

Program: Heavy Metal: A Low Brass Trio