Announcements 2012

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March 15th Meeting at NEOMED

Safer Futures is a program of Family and Community Services, Inc. which has been one of the community programs that PCRTA has supported by collecting needed items for the shelter. Felicia Johnson and Emily Kulow will be the speakers at our March luncheon meeting to tell us about the services of Safer Futures, an organization which provides support, information and advocacy to those affected by domestic violence in Portage County.

The Safer Futures Shelter and Resource Center provides a safe place for women and their children to stay while they take the time to make choices about their futures in a safe environment. They can be with other women who face the same problems. Women’s Advocates work with them to create their own personal case plan, to help determine new options, and to provide support services for family needs during their stay at the center.

WINGGS (Women in Need Getting and Giving Support) is a support group for women and children with topics including healthy relationships, safety planning, and dealing with stress. A children’s group is offered to children 5 and over, and child care is available to children of all ages. Interested in supporting Safer Futures? Volunteer…donate wish list items…purchase gifts for a family at the holidays…make a financial donation…collect used cell phones.

Do you know someone who may be encountering physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional abuse? Direct them to the Safer Futures 24/7 support lines at 330-673-2500 or 330-296-2100 where domestic violence specialists are ready to answer their calls and provide emergency help through information, referrals and safety planning. We see such sad stories on TV every day…you could help prevent a bad situation from becoming worse.

Safer Futures is our Community Service Project for March. Felicia Johnson says they are currently in need of body soaps, deodorants for women, and toothpaste for adults and children. They always need towels and wash cloths, standard pillowcases, and twin and full sheet sets. Other things would be sanitary pads or tampons, hair products/combs/ponytail holders, and toiletries. And of course, money donations are always helpful.



Do you know someone that this might help? AARP Foundation Issues Call to Apply for Women’s Scholarships – Research shows that women are disproportionately at risk of having insufficient funds in the second half of their lives due to lower earnings and different work patterns. AARP Foundation’s Women’s Scholarship Program is helping win back opportunity for low-income 50+ women by funding education, training, and skills upgrades that can lead to better employment and increased financial security for women and their families. To learn more about eligibility requirements or apply online please visit:



PRE-RETIREMENT WORKSHOP  There will be a pre-retirement workshop for educators who will retire in the next ten years on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The workshop will be at the Channels 45/49 Building on 1750 Campus Drive off State Rt. 261. Attorney John Flynn, Financial advisor Chris Perme, and STRS representative John Vuch will be the speakers. Light Refreshments are included. There is no cost to educators and their spouses. Find out about:

  • STRS : pension calculation, insurance, benefits, Q & A
  • Financial Service: professional advice and good planning
  • Legal Information: retirement and aging concerns

Questions and/or Reservations: Richard and Mary Ann or Phone: 330-204-3151 or 330-673-0577


Cookies and Servers Needed! On June 7th the PCRTA will be serving cookies to the GED graduates at the reception after graduation at Maplewood.  If you could bring cookies or help serve, please contact Judy at 614-309-4893 or 330-653-8174. Please bring cookies at 6:00.


May 17, 2012 PCRTA Luncheon 12:00 NEOMED in Rootstown

Regina Brett, author of Be the Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible

Regina Brett, author of Be the Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible

Guest speaker: Regina Brett: Be the Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible

Want to live your dreams-or even surpass them? Want the world to change for the better? Want to see a miracle? What are we waiting for? Why not be the miracle? This is the challenge that New York Times bestselling author, award-winning Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist and radio host Regina Brett sets forth to readers in her new book of inspirational essays, “Be The Miracle.”

PCRTA is excited to have Regina Brett be our speaker for our May luncheon meeting on May 15 at the Ralph Regula Conference Center at NEOMED.

Be the Miracle

Be the Miracle

Regina Brett has been a newspaper columnist for 16 years, 11 of them for Cleveland’s Plain Dealer, where she was a finalist in 2008 and 2009 for the Pulitzer Prize in Commentary. Her last book, God Never Blinks, was a New York Times bestseller and has been published in 18 different countries. Regina hosts a call-in radio show, The Regina Brett Show, on WKSU, the Cleveland NPR affiliate. She is an honoree in the Ravenna Schools Hall of Fame.

Through inspirational essays from “Do Your Best and Forget the Rest” to “Sometimes It’s Enough to Make One Person Happy,” Regina shares lessons that will help people make a difference in the world around them. These stories come from Regina’s life experience and from the lives of others she has met in her years as a journalist. Each lesson can stand alone, but together they form a handbook for seeing the miracle of change everywhere. Regina’s books will be on sale at the meeting at a special reduced rate for our members and guests. Call your friends and invite them to come hear this renowned speaker, and who knows…you might learn how to “be the miracle” too.


County Clothing Center … Our May Community Service Project Our May Community Service Project will be to provide the County Clothing Center with diapers for babies and toddlers of all sizes. The Center also says they need adult Depends as well. These items can be costly, so you could make a donation towards the purchase of these items if you’d prefer. If you cannot attend the luncheon and want to contribute, just send it to the reservation address.


Happy Faces at the Pre-Retirement Workshop Dave’s Diary… by Dave Gynn, President of ORTA and member of our own PCRTA chapter

Pre-Retirement Workshop

Pre-Retirement Workshop

Serving as president of ORTA has been an incredible journey. Pat and I have traveled many miles throughout Ohio and have met hundreds of enthusiastic ORTA members.   One of my first responsibilities was to appoint members to each of the ORTA committees. I am proud that each committee has membership from all areas of the state. The largest and the smallest counties and everything in between are represented on the state committees.

All committees met in Columbus in February. We appreciated the unusually nice February weather. The dedication of the committee chairs and members have planned worthwhile ORTA activities.   Our biannual area meetings were held in four locations in March. There was much planning as the participants in each area were different. The attendees came away with great ideas.

ORTA Cookbook Skit

ORTA Cookbook Skit

Our 65th birthday cookbook project is going well. County chapters are submitting recipes and ordering the cookbook of easy recipes for busy volunteers. Our “Year of the Volunteer” theme has been embraced as chapters plan to increase volunteerism.

Pat and I spent several days at the National Retired Teacher Association leadership conference in Savannah, Georgia. Both the conference and the city were exciting. Unfortunately, we had an auto accident on the way home, so our future travel has been put on hold for now.


September 20, 2012 Luncheon Meeting at noon at Ralph Regula Conference Center at NEOMED

Bring School Supplies for Portage County Children!

Need a Ride? Call Evelyn Park @at 330-274-2171 or Saroj Sutaria at 330-6679045.

Know of anyone who needs a card for illness, sympathy, or congratulations? Call Pat Mazzer at 330-673-3174 or E-mail her and she will send that person a card from PCRTA.



Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness

Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness

There is a fountain of youth. Millions have discovered it-the secret to feeling better and living longer. It’s called staying active. Finding a program that works for you and sticking with it can pay big dividends. Regular exercise can prevent or delay diabetes and heart trouble. It can also reduce arthritis pain, anxiety and depression. And, it can help older people to remain independent.

Our September luncheon speaker will be Deb Tatro, who is the fitness coordinator manager for Assura Med and is also a SilverSneakers’ coordinator. She will present a PowerPoint presentation along with the “how-to’s” for healthy living, strength building, balance, and cardio strength for adult living. Margo Terry, an instructor from the Tallmadge Rec Center, will accompany Deb.

They will demonstrate some moves and stretching activities that you can use at your own home as well as some audience participation for those who can and want to participate. The National Institute on Aging recommends that seniors employ four different kinds of exercises in order to stay healthy and fit:Endurance activities like walking, riding a bike and swimming that increase your heart rate and breathing for an extended period of time. Starting with as little as 5 minutes at a time, you can gradually build up your endurance. Strength exercises which build muscle tissue and increase your metabolism, which help keep your weight and blood sugar in check. Stretching exercises to keep the body limber and flexible. Balance exercises to reduce the chances of falling.

SilverSneakers is a fun, energizing program that helps older adults take greater control of their health by encouraging physical activity. It is a benefit offered to members of many Medicare plans across the U.S. that provides free health club memberships to seniors. Although you may not be old enough to be eligible for this Medicare program, you may pick up some good ideas on how to keep yourself strong and healthy.


Welcome to the Retirement Class of 2012!


AURORA CITY SCHOOLS— Raymond Beese, Natalie Mandle


FIELD SCHOOLS— Pat Bissler, Darcy Gillespie, Joyce Lee, Carlene Lundgren, Ron Swearington, Pam Way


KENT CITY SCHOOLS— Tony Barbuto, Julia Barnett, Ann Conard, Donna Crews, Julie Dietz, Dr. Tim Dortch, Erin Gutowski, Caroline Loomer, Peggy McDaniel, Laura Murphey, Lynne Penix, Heidi Ports, Ernie Rutsky, Michael Sanders, Aurora Stewart, Carol Strobl, Larry Strobl



RAVENNA CITY SCHOOLS— Brenda Bault, John Bault, Darlene Creager, Linda Ferguson, Jill Helman, Pam Nichols, Jane O’Brien, Donna Sell, Mark Stahl, Janet Varner, Pam Thomas, Therese Wakefield

ROOTSTOWN SCHOOLS— Ed Bose, Virginia Kuyon, Debbie Medkeff, Ruth Seton, Sue SchwartzhoffSOUTHEAST SCHOOLS— Nancy Barrett, Sherrie Cicora, Joseph DeNobile, Michelle Faulstick, Marie Leach, Victor Marozzi, Carol Weigand, Rita Wilcox


WATERLOO SCHOOLS— Janice Evanovich, Doris Yerkey


Thank you to the schools who provided the names of the retirees. It is becoming more difficult to have the schools give us the names of their retirees. In several cases, they sent our PCRTA welcoming packets, but we don’t know who they went to. If you know any retirees from these schools, please call and invite them to join us at one of our luncheons. The packet included a ticket for a free luncheon meal-all you have to do is ask them and include them in your reservation or give them the reservation information so they can make their own Reservations.


Portage County RTA Officers Nomination Report


Jan Fencl, Nominating Chairman

Jan Fencl, Nominating Chairman

September 2012 Election of President,Assistant Treasurer, and Corresponding Secretary occur in the even-numbered years. We accept, with regret, the resignation of Ron Snowberger as President as of December 31, 2012, and we commend Ron for his outstanding service.

Our bylaws state that there can be nominations from the floor. If you are interested, please contact Nominations Chair Jan Fencl at : 330-678-1758. Elections will be held at the November luncheon meeting.


Proposed Slate of Officers for 2013/2014


Maria Mastromatteo, Assistant Treasurer

Maria Mastromatteo, Assistant Treasurer

Helena Parry

Helena Parry,
President and Newsletter Editor

Barbara Cribbs, Corresponding Secretary

Barbara Cribbs, Corresponding Secretary









John & Sandy Kerstetter, Social Chairmen

John & Sandy Kerstetter,

Social Chairmen









Social Committee Formed

A social committee has been formed to plan and carry out social activities for PCRTA. The members are: Darlene Fetterhoff, Saroj Sutaria, Nancy and Ken Granville, with Sandy and John Kerstetter serving as co-chairs.

If any member has suggestions for special events for the entire membership please contact Sandy or John at 330-673-0129.


School Time = Dues Time It’s that time of year again! When we see the school buses start to roll for a new year, it’s our reminder to pay our annual dues to ORTA and PCRTA for the next year-2013. Of course if you are a lifetime member, you don’t have to worry-you are all paid up!



Many thanks go out to Judy Kirman, a relatively new PCRTA member who read her newsletter, saw my plea for help, and answered. If anyone else would like to help, call me at 330-678-8423. Pat Gynn, Editor
Honor Fight

PCRTA member, John Lilley, participated in an Honor Flight on May 19, 2012, which just happened to be his wedding anniversary with his wife Kathy. John was accompanied by his son, Ian, as a Guardian who paid his own fare.

They left Akron-Canton Airport around 5 in the morning and got home late the same day.  He was impressed with everything they saw, especially the World War II Memorial.

John enjoyed the many people who stopped to talk to the vets. John served in WW II in the Navy with the Lighter Than Air unit, assembling and repairing blimps.  When he attended Kent State, he joined ROTC and was later commissioned as an Army lieutenant, serving for 27 years.