Announcements 2009

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Mar  7    9:30 p.m.     Executive Committee Meeting at Williamson Center


Kathy Baker

Kathy Baker

Mar 19   12:00 p.m.     Luncheon Meeting – Memorial Service

Our March program will be led by Kathy Baker, an author and writer for the Record-Courier, who offers her wit and wisdom through her popular newspaper column. Although Kathy’s background includes more than 20 years of experience in public relations, marketing, and communications, her greatest talents are as a speaker and as a writer. Her first book, Leaving Adversity Plaza, came out several years ago—complete with a highly coveted chickenSoup for the Soul endorsement!

Today Kathy’s well-chosen words inspire and motivate people throughout the United States. “I delight in using words to help people recognize and celebrate their own unique gifts,” says Kathy. “My passion is energizing, encouraging, and engaging with others.” Kathy will be bringing us an inspirational message about teachers. Join us for an afternoon of fun and camaraderie.

Edna Hansen & Ray Troxtell

Edna Hansen & Ray Troxtell

You can meet Edna Hansen, the new ORTA president at our March meeting.  She will join us with greetings from the ORTA office and to let us in on her goals for ORTA in 2009.

Our own Ray Troxtell, the 2008 President of ORTA, will be returning to PCRTA as our new president for two years. Ray previously served PCRTA as our President in 1966-67 and as our ORTA Trustee. Welcome back, Ray!


Dave Gynn

Dave Gynn

Dave Gynn, past president of PCRTA, has been elected as the Eastern Area Regional Vice-President of ORTA, a job which may eventually lead to being the President of ORTA in the future. Ohio is divided into two regions—Eastern and Western.  Dave will be responsible for all the retired teacher chapters in the eastern half of the state this year, as well as serving on our executive committee as past president.


Our community service project for March is to collect disposable diapersfor the County Clothing Center.  They are in desperate need for diapers and pull-ups in all sizes from newborn on. You can bring in a package of “nappies” or donate some money towards the purchase of some.  Thanks in advance.


Mar 12       9:30 p.m.    Executive Committee Meeting at Williamson Center


May 21    12:00 p.m.    Luncheon Meeting                         

2:00 p.m.    NORTHHEAST OHIO SENIOR ADULT SPELLING BEE Bring Your “A” Game to the Bee!Grand Prize Trip to 5th Annual Spelling Bee for Adults 55+

When: Sunday, April 26 @ 2:00 PM

Where: Laurel Lake Retirement Community 200 Laurel Lake Drive, Hudson How: It’s free! Register early by calling 330-678-9210.

Who: Adults 55 or older

Why: Grand Prize: Trip for Two to AARP National Spelling Bee in Cheyenne, WY

Sponsored By The Center for Healthy Aging Optiona.l Practice Sessions to be held at Laurel Lake on February 26 and March 26.  Call 1-866-650-2100 for details.



May  7, 2009       9:30 a.m.   Executive Committee Meeting at Williamson Alumni Center


May 21, 2009    12:00 P.M.    Luncheon Meeting Twin Lakes Country Club  

Father Patella

Father Patella

We are pleased to welcome the Treble Ensemble from Streetsboro High School under the direction of Susan Spurlock, who will provide our luncheon music. Our Annual Memorial Service honoring those members who passed away during the last year will be heldat our May luncheon meeting.

Father Richard Pantello of St. Patrick’s Church of Kent will lead us in remembering and honoring them.  

In Memory Of
Mary Osborne Member since 2001 January 19, 2008
Norma H. Stewart Member since 2001 January 19, 2008
Betty Dickerhoof Member since 1993 April 27, 2008
Lucille Stamm Member since 1993 May 22, 2008
Elizabeth Murray Member since 2006 May 35, 2008
Mabelle Apley Member since 1991 November 30, 2008
Rita Kilchenman Member since 1993 January 17, 2009
Gertrude Crawford  Member since 1991 January 31, 2009
Grace Manfrass Member since 1991 February 22, 2009
Martha Furey Member since 1995 February 28, 2009
William Birkner Member since 2001 March 9, 2009
Emma Louise Savory Member since 1992 March 23, 2009
Donald Scherer Member since 2008 May 25, 2009


Freedom House, a transitional shelter in Kent for 14 single adult males who are veterans and homeless is this month’s community service project. They are in need of:  Toiletry items for Men, Garbage Bags, Laundry Detergent, Coffee, Sugar, Cleaning Products, Paper Towels and Toilet Paper, Over-the-counter Medication, Light Bulbs, Non-Perishable Food Products and Single Bed Sheet Sets. Please bring what you can to share with these veterans on or our May 21st meeting.  FREEDOM HOUSE NEEDS OUR HELP!


June 11, 2009                  GED Graduation at Maplewood Career Center


July    9,  2009       9:30   Executive Committee Meeting at Williamson Alumni Center


July   16, 2009     12:00   Luncheon Meeting at Twin Lakes Country Club

Introduction of Scholarship Winners                                                                              Bring a Book – Take a Book


Sept  10, 2009      9:30    Executive Committee Meeting at Williamson Alumni Center


Sept  10, 2009    10:00   Orientation Session at NEOUCOM for Testing Proctors Call Edie Scott at 330-297-1812 to be put on the list to start proctoring.


Sept  17, 2009    12:00    Luncheon Meeting at Twin Lakes Country Club   

Carrie Starre Lmiecik portrays Dorothy Fuldheim

New Retirees: Make a reservation by completing the bottom half of the next to the last page of the newsletter and sending it in.



September Community Service Project:  School Supplies


Carol Starre-Kmiecek playing Dorothy Fuldheim

Carol Starre-Kmiecek playing Dorothy Fuldheim

Remember Dorothy Fuldheim?  Who could forget her. She was the feisty, outspoken journalist and television broadcaster who worked for The Cleveland Press and WEWS-TV.  She was the first woman in the United States to host her own television show and to anchor a television news broadcast as well.  She has been referred to as “The First Lady of Television News.”

During the ‘20’s, Fuldheim moved to Cleveland where she began her theatrical, lecturing, and broadcasting careers. She began her television career at age 54 when she joined the staff of Channel 5 in Cleveland in 1947.  She traveled widely to cover a variety of news stories, and was regarded as a broadcaster of national importance.

In 1959, she began to formulate her own newscast in response to the new “Eyewitness News” which was the first half-hour newscast in the country.  She centered her newscast around her interviews, a general overview of the news, and her commentaries (during which the very opinionated Fuldheim frequently inserted her own opinions about the stories). Fuldheim, recognizable for her fiery red hair, was well known for her sometimes- controversial opinions.

She was not shy about supporting unpopular causes nor in voicing her opposition if she disagreed with a guest. On May 4, 1970 while live on the air, she made this statement regarding the actions of the Ohio National Guard during the Kent State shootings, “What is wrong with our country? We’re killing our own children.”  Upset that she referred to the shooting of four students as murder, there were many calls from viewers for her to resign.

Fuldheim died in 1989, but she will be brought back to life for the day by Carol Starre-Kmiecik who portrays a number of famous women in her one-woman shows.  She has been performing her characters on stage for over 35 years. Starre-Kmiecek has a Degree in Speech and Theatre Arts from Baldwin-Wallace College and studied Improvisational Theater at  Chicago’s Second City for two years.  Join us as she brings Dorothy Fuldheim to life right in front of our eyes.


Oct   21, 2009         Retirement Workshop Know any one  who is planning to retire this year or within the next few years?  Invite them to attend the free Portage County Retired Teachers Association  Retirement Planning Seminar on October 21. Due to the economic downturn, there are some changes being discussed within STRS that are important to those teachers considering retirement:

  • Reducing the amount given for COLA-cost of living adjustments
  • Extending the age of retirement to 60 or older
  • Reducing the 35-year incentive back to what it was before
  • Reducing the cost of health care to the pension system

WHO:     Anyone considering retirement this year or within the next few years.

WHEN:   October 21, 5:00-7:00

WHERE:  Western Reserve Public Media (Formerly PBS 45/49)

WHY:     Find out about:

1.  Retirement 101: the Basics -STRS

2  Financial and Estate Planning -Bill Hoover from BroadLeaf Partners

3. PCRTA and ORTA-Advocates for retirees Refreshments will be provided before the meeting.

To register, call Les Bennett at 330-673-4115, or E-mail Ria Mastromatteo at


Oct   24, 2009        Make a Difference Day


Nov  5, 2009 9:30  Executive Committee Meeting at Williamson Center


Nov 19, 2009      12:00  Luncheon Meeting at American Legion Post, 1945 Mogadore Road, Kent Cost = $12.00 Officer Election


Love on a Leash

Love on a Leash

Lou Ann Rogers will be bringing Love on a Leash participants from the local chapter our Leash participants from the local chapter our November 19 luncheon meeting.

Liz Palika, an award winning author and dog obedience instructor, introduced the concept of pet-provided therapy to the residents of San Diego County in California.

She saw a need for a larger organization due to the growing number of requests she received from assisted living facilities, memory-care facilities, schools and hospitals.

Ms. Palika created Love on a Leash in 1984. Currently, there are over 900 members in 28 states. The Portage County program has just celebrated its ninth year with twenty teams. Come to the luncheon to meet some of the teams of our local Love on a Leash chapter and learn more about them.

We will vote on next year’s officers—Vice-President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary.  Anyone interested in any of these offices, please contact Jan Fencl at 330-678-1758 or for more information. Our Community Service project for November is to collect non-perishable items for the Center of Hope in Ravenna. You may also donate money to purchase turkeys.


Dec.   17, 2009       12:00  Luncheon Meeting at American Legion Post, 1945 Mogadore Road, Kent    Cost = $12.00

Kent Roosevelt ACES

Kent Roosevelt ACES

Our luncheon on December 17 will be a Christmas Party. We will be entertained by the A.C.E.S. of Kent Roosevelt High School under the direction of Mrs. Donna Crews. What a holiday treat! The A.C.E.S. perform both popular style music with accompanying choreography and advanced repertoire for choral ensembles.

Members are selected by audition from the Roosevelt Choralworks. They sing for civic groups, at school concerts, and in choral competition.

The 2010 PCRTA officers will be installed at the December luncheon. We will play Bingo for marvelous white elephant prizes and home-baked goods. Bring a wrapped prize if you can, something of value but just not to you…or some home-made goodies to be used as Bingo prizes.

Remember to bring hats, gloves, and m