Announcements 2013

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KSU Fashion Museum Guided Tour Thursday, April 11, 2013

Guided Tour at 10:00 a.m., $4.00 for tour and Lunch at Lazizi’s, following tour around 11:30 a.m on individual checks.  For more information, contact John and Sandy Kerstetter at 330-673-0129 or E-mail them at


Director of Proctors at NEOMED

Director of Proctors at NEOMED


New Proctor Orientation Meeting

New Proctor Orientation is from 9:30 to 11:30 Wednesday, August 22, 2012,at the Office of Academic Affairs.

Please call Edith Scott to register 330-297-1812




PCRTA Legislative Chair Dan McCombs has scheduled a MEET THE CANDIDATES meeting for PCRTA members and other interested people on Monday, October 22, at 11:00 a.m at the Kent Free Library.


Say Hello to Our Newest Members


Linda Foster retired in 1999 from Field Local Schools

Erhman Armstrong retired in 2009 from KSU

Debra Medkeff retired in 2012 from Rootstown Schools

Mark Stahl retired in 2012 from Ravenna Schools


July 19, 2012 Luncheon Meeting at Ralph Regula Conference Center at NEOMED

Introduction of our 2012 Scholarship Winners:

Six future teachers, 2012 Portage County high school graduates, will be introduced at our July 19 luncheon meeting. Our scholarship committee thoroughly reviewed applications from Aurora, Crestwood, Field, Garfield, Kent Roosevelt, Ravenna, Streetsboro, and Waterloo high school students. The committee considered tests and grades, leadership and activities, community service, goals, and teacher recommendations.

Plan to meet these fine young people and encourage them as they prepare for careers in education. See more information about our winners on the left under Scholarships, Scholarship Winners 2012!


Bring Books to Trade! We will have our annual book exchange at our July luncheon meeting. Bring a few books you have recently enjoyed, and take home a few that look good to you. Please leave your old college texts, older books, and your old encyclopedias at home. Leftover books will be donated to the Reed Memorial Library book sale.


Our Last two Meetings in 2012

Our next luncheon meeting on Thursday, November 15, will feature our speaker, Deborah Easton.

As a Communication Skills Consultant and Trainer for 30 years, Deborah provides audiences with practical and effective advice for communicating with other people. Her topic will be “Combating Negativity in Today’s Society.”

Deborah’s techniques for one-to-one interactions will provide us with some practical strategies for handling difficult interactions, delivered in her own humorous style. Hmmm, maybe our presidential candidates could stop by for this presentation.


Come early for free blood pressure checks by NEOMED students. We will vote for next year’s officers-President, Corresponding Secretary, and Assistant Treasurer.



The new officers will be installed and will start their 2-year term in January.


Our Community Service project for November is to collect nonperishable items for the Center of Hope in Ravenna. You may also donate money to purchase turkeys. Open your hearts and help some less fortunate families to have a happier Thanksgiving.


The December Christmas Party luncheon will be held on Thursday, December 13 (note that this is the second Thursday rather than our usual third Thursday date).
Forever Harmony Chorus

Our PCRTA members will be joyfully entertained by Forever Harmony Chorus, a women’s acapella barbershop group from the Akron area under the direction of Millie Miles.

The chorus is a chapter of Harmony Inc., which is an international group of singers very similar to the Sweet Adelines.



A presentation of “Christmas at Rock-Away Rest” will be especially perrformed for you by the soon-to-be-formed PCRTA Players- a treat you surely won’t want to miss!


Remember to bring hats, gloves, mittens, or scarves to be donated to the County Clothing Center to keep the little ones warm this winter. This luncheon will be held at the Ralph Regula Conference Center at NEOMED, the Northeast Ohio Medical College in Rootstown, located at 4209 State Route 44.



Holiday Christmas Concert, Sunday, December 16, 2013 Western Reserve Band Concert, 4:00-5:30 P.M. 1st Congregational Church, 47 Aurora St., Hudson Followed by dinner and fellowship at Zeppes, 5843 Darrow Rd., Hudson, with individual checks


Bowling and Lunch, Thursday, February 7, 2013 Kent Lanes, 11th Frame 10:00 AM 1524 S. Water St., Kent $13.00 including all bowling fees, shoes, and lunch


03-21-2013 Luncheon Meeting: Honor Flight of Cleveland.  Please bring clothing for the County Clothing Center.


World War II Veterans

World War II Veterans

Honor Flight Cleveland, a volunteer organization that funds trips for veterans to the WorldWar II Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be the featured topic at the PCRTA luncheon meeting at noon on Thursday, March 21, in the Ralph Regula Conference Center at NEOMED in Rootstown.

Our speaker will be Janet Merrick, Board Secretary and Director of Human Services for Honor Flight Cleveland. In May 2004 when President Bush dedicated the World War II Memorial to honor “The Greatest Generation,” every veteran who had fought in that war was already a senior citizen. Few had the monetary or physical resources to complete the trip on their own via car, bus or plane.

Enter: Honor Flight Cleveland. Funded entirely by contributions from individuals, as well as fraternal organizations like the American Legion, VFW and Am Vets, Honor Flight Cleveland provides an all-expense-paid trip to the memorial for 25 veterans nine or ten times each year. From 2007 to 2012, more than 2,300 U.S. veterans have participated in these excursions that depart from Cleveland-Hopkins Airport.

In addition to the WWII Memorial, highlights of the trip include the Korean and Viet Nam War memorials, the Lincoln Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery. Veterans tour Washington, D.C. in climate-controlled motor coaches, accompanied by Guardians, board members and volunteers. It is volunteers who make these trips possible, contributing more than 53,000 hours since the program’s inception.

Veterans are flown on a first-come, first-served basis. Top priority is currently given to WWII veterans and all other veterans with a terminal illness. Second priority is Korean War veterans and then Viet Nam War veterans. At Cleveland Hopkins Airport, each veteran is provided a wheelchair for use throughout the trip. For information, applications or to make a donation, visit their website


02-01-2013 ORTA TRUSTEE REPORT By Ron Snowberger Portage County is one of only ten counties to have an ORTA trustee. We have had a trustee, based on our membership, since the trustee form of administration was adopted by ORTA. We must continue to increase membership to continue to have a trustee. I am pleased to be serving the second year of my term. This year I will be on the legislative and public relations committees and will attend the Board of Directors meetings. ORTA President Linda Beaver has determined Membership will be our theme for the year. I urge you to keep informed of ORTA activities through the website – I commend our members for volunteering over 10,000 hours last year and urge you to repeat or improve that number this year. Contact me if your need information or have ideas. I am here to serve you.   Results of STRS Member Survey:  Go to


Christmas Rock-Away-Rest Review by Helena Parry

Rock-Away-Rest HomeWe had a very humorous presentation by the newly formed “Drama Club of PCRTA.” The performance was called “Christmas at Rock Away Rest”. Everyone was laughing minute after minute due to the unusual acting out of this crew.

Ask Dave Gynn what he was flashing to the crew members.

Ask Dottie Emerick why she kept trying to escape from the group or ask Tom Emerick if he could remember a joke.

Ask Adele Fussner why she was in a wheel chair and could not remember where she was. Ask Darlene Fetterhoff why she kept blowing a horn.

Ask Sandy Kerstetter and Sue Dyett how hard it is to be a nurse or ask Pat Gynn about being an activity director.

Ask John Kerstetter to lead us all in a chorus of “Oh, we’re gold and gray, we ain’t what we used to be.” It was a real hoot. I can’t wait to see what this what the new drama club will do next year.


05-23-13 Luncheon Meeting 12:00  Guest: DR. RANDY OVERBECK- TEACHER HEROES’ STORIES

Dr. Randy Overbeck

Dr. Randy Overbeck

Dr. Randy Overbeck will be the featured speaker at the PCRTA  luncheon meeting at noon onThursday, May 16, in the Ralph Regula Conference Center at NEOMED in Rootstown.

Dr. Overbeck is a  veteran educator who has devoted more than three decades to the service of children as a teacher, college professor and administrator. He has worked with thousands of teachers, custodians, secretaries and administrators in schools, large and small, rural and suburban.  He knows schools, and his writing has vividly captured the drama of the world of education.

Dr. Overbeck writes for Heroic Teacher Press, which began in 2009 as a publisher of adult fiction with a mission to change perceptions about teachers.  The focus of the company is to call attention to the altruistic accomplishments of teachers, both the mundane, unselfish efforts undertaken everyday by teachers on behalf of children, as well as the  life-altering, life-saving actions of educators that go largely unnoticed by society at large.

Leave No Child Behind, Dr. Overbeck’s recent novel, tells the story of Dee Dee Sterber, who just wants to teach, to make a difference in the lives of her students. With missionary zeal, she returns to teach in her hometown determined to open her students’ minds to the ideas of the world’s greatest writers. Instead she finds out she has to act to save them from one of the world’s greatest threats.

Terrorists take over the school and use the students as leverage to have one of their Al Quaida brothers released from a nearby prison.  They threaten that no child will be left alive if their demands are not met. In addition to his fictional story, you will hear and see stories from Dr. Overbeck about real-life teachers who have been actual heroes.  Teachers have been getting a lot of bad press lately as being overpaid and under-worked.

You will leave the luncheon being confirmed in our chosen profession and proud to have been an educator. For twenty years, thousands of educators, parents and politicians have been educated, informed and entertained by Dr. Overbeck on such varied topics as politics and education, maximizing student achievement and teachers-the real American heroes. He is currently at work on his next novel, Dangerous Lessons, a mystery about a rogue drug that kills students in a middle school. Dr. Overbeck will have copies of his thriller, Leave No Child Behind, so you can purchase an autographed copy.

Don’t miss this powerful multi-media presentation.  Invite a friend to attend with you.  This would be a wonderful time to invite a new retiree for a great shot of esteem as being a part of an honored profession.



Portage County APL

Portage County APL

Our community service project for the May meeting is to collect needed items for the Portage Animal Protective League at 8122 Infirmary Road, Ravenna. The Portage APL is a private, nonprofit organization, which means all of their operating funds come from community donors like us. They receive no money from taxes or government agencies.

The Portage APL is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, which appreciates donations of cash, time and items to help the shelter operate. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Neither the shelter nor its programs would exist without the generous donations from the community. All funds received are used to pay for utilities, food and medicine, veterinary costs, vaccinations and to shelter and care for the animals.

Here are some items from the Shelter’s Wish List:  Purina ONE or Pedigree Dog or Puppy Food,  Purina ONE Indoor or Sensitive Cat or Kitten Food,   Milk Bone Biscuits (minis), Tidy Cat Non-clumping /Scoop Litter, Mr. Clean or Spic and Span Cleaners, Clorox Bleach,  Paper, Towels *Heavy Duty Trash Bags *Tall Kitchen Trash Bags *Dog & Cat Toys *Dog & Cat Treats *Dog Beds *Old Towels and Blankets, Rubber-backed Rugs (bathroom type), or Cash Donations.

Please open your hearts to this worthwhile agency!


06-18-13 Luncheon Meeting 12:00  Presenting our 2013 Scholarships!

The future of our classrooms is secure.PCRTA will award future teacher scholarships to six high school graduates at our July 18 luncheon. Sixteen students from eight school districts applied for the scholarship this year. The applications for the $1,000 awards were exceptional. With outstanding grades and test scores, enthusiastic teacher recommendations, and their amazing leadership and service activities, these students are the best of the best.

Plan to attend the luncheon and be prepared to be impressed.

Click here to see the scholarship winners!

Bring to the meeting school supplies for the County Clothing.  Blood Pressures will be taken at NEOMED.


GED Graduation – June 16, 2013


GED 2013

GED 2013

For a number of years, PCRTA has been helping at the GED Graduation Ceremony atMaplewood by bringing cookies and serving cake and punch provided by the GED Department. This service provides the GED and ABLE staff time to spend with the new graduates and their families. This year Pat GynnKathy LatimerGeorgia Darrah, and Judy Morgan (chair of the Community Services Committee) served at the refreshment table.

Why not join us next year?  It is always a wonderful evening to see the graduates and their proud families. We tell the students that we represent their former teachers who would have been so proud to know that they had finally made this wonderful achievement.    



 2 Neomed Staff Members with PCRTA Volunteers

2 Neomed Staff Members with PCRTA Volunteers

NEOMED and PCRTA members have had a wonderful working relationship over the past 6-7 years. NEOMED needed proctors for the medical students’ tests, and PCRTA was looking for a way to earn money for our annual future teacher scholarships. It was a perfect match. NEOMED’s Suzanne Hricko and PCRTA’S Edith Scott have worked together seamlessly.

MEOMED Officials and Edith Scott

MEOMED Officials and Edith Scott

Suzanne gives Edith the schedule of tests, and Edith calls to match proctors to the schedule. NEOMED has given money to our scholarship fund commensurate with the number of hours proctored. Starting out with 500 hours for the first two years, then growing to 750 hours with the addition of the School of Pharmacy, and now up to 900 hours as the University has grown. In general, proctoring funds six $1000 scholarships each year.




On May 16, NEOMED held it’s First Annual Proctor Appreciation Reception. Many of the 40+ proctors attended the reception. Stephanie Lammlein, Director of the BIO-MED Academy gave an enthusiastic presentation and answered the many questions the proctors had for her. What a wonderful opportunity for students interested in the medical field to be able to use the boundless, diverse resources available to them at NEOMED.

Light refreshments were served and the proctors received blue bags with the logo of the new mascot for NEOMED-“Nate, the Walking Whale,” who was just introduced on May 8, 2013. Mary Evelyn Shabino and Kay Wise had their names drawn and received gas cards as a thank you.




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


Need a ride to the luncheon? Call Evelyn Park at 330-274-2171 and she will see you get there!


How to read your newsletter mailing label for dues payment information: S=State (ORTA)   P=Portage (PCRTA) Life memberships are indicated by (life). Annual memberships are indicated by (ann).  Example: S (life) P (ann) 2012 means you are a lifetime member of the state, and that your local dues are paid through 2012 and would be due at this time.

09-19-13 Luncheon Meeting 12:00  
  Giving Dolls Find Their to Children Who Need a Hug

Welcome to Retirement, Class of 2013

Judy, Georgia, and Jan, with dolls

Judy, Georgia, and Jan, with dolls

PCRTA members…..this a program you will not want to miss! The creator and founder of the non-profit “Giving Dolls”, Jan Householder, will be the guest speaker at our next PCRTA luncheon meeting at noon on Thursday, September 19, in the Ralph Regula Conference Center at NEOMED in Rootstown.

In 2006, Jan decided to make a wide-eyed happy doll as an act of kindness for the daughter of a close friend. The little girl was headed to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital to undergo treatment as part of a research program. Little did Jan know that this was the beginning of a wonderful program that would eventually touch the lives of children throughout the United States and internationally in 45 countries.

You will be amazed at some of the stories Jan will be sharing with us. Recently, PCRTA members Judy Morgan and Georgia Darrah made a visit to the “Giving Dolls” Headquarters in Wadsworth and came back quite excited about all they had seen and heard during their visit. This is a program that is guaranteed to touch your heart.



OUR SEPTEMBER SERVICE PROJECT-GIVING DOLLS’ MATERIALS: The most-needed items to make the Giving Dolls are: Gift Cards from JoAnn Fabric, Michaels, Wal-Mart, and VISA Craft Items: Hair-colored yarn, woven cotton and cotton blend fabric, thread, trims, lace, and elastic (3/8 and 1/4″ wide). They buy the stuffing in bulk. Tax Deductible Cash Donations.


2013 PCRTA Social Committee

The social committee met and reviewed the interest survey. After discussion it was decided that we would plan three events for next year- a museum or park event for fall, the Christmas Band Concert in Hudson followed by dinner at Zeppe’s, and a spring theater production.


Fall Ride on the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Scenic Railroad

October 10, 2013      10:10 to 2:20     

  • Only $15 — September 25 deadline     
  • Narrated Tour  —
  • Handicap Accessible Leaves from Akron North Station   27 Ridge Street, Akron    Goes to Cleveland Station & back 
  • Send check made out to PCRTA  to Darlene Fetterhoff,  2417 Duck Pond Drive, Ravenna 44266

Questions?      Call Darlene Fetterhoff       330-673-8164


OUR LAST TWO MEETINGS IN 2013 Our next luncheon meeting on Thursday, November 21 at noonwill feature PCRTA’s Past President and current ORTA Trustee, Ron Snowberger, as our speaker talking about his fantastic cultural experiences in China.


Ron Snowberger, ORTA Trustee

Ron Snowberger, ORTA Trustee

Ron has a short but beautiful power point presentation taking us from Beijing to the GreatWall; the Olympic Stadium; a jade factory; the Temple of Heaven; The Forbidden City; the 8000 terra-cotta soldiers; a tea village; a Chinese high school; and on to Shanghai.

Thanks go to Connie Evans for helping Ron create the power point.

Since this is a trip for educators, Ron will also relate his experiences teaching 3rd and 4th-graders at Rise, an English School. He says, “Zai-Jian.” Two of our members, Saroj Sutaria and Ruth Weigand have also gone on this trip. Ron expects the couple who lead the every-two-years- trip will be in attendance.


We will vote for next year’s officers-Vice-President, Recording Secretary, and Treasurer. The new officers will be installed and will start their 2-year terms in January. Our Community Service project for November is to collect nonperishable items for the Center of Hope in Ravenna. You may also donate money to purchase turkeys. Open your hearts and help some less fortunate families to have a happier Thanksgiving this year.

Come early for free blood pressure checks by NEOMED students. We will vote for next year’s officers-President, Corresponding Secretary, and Assistant Treasurer. The new officers will be installed and will start their 2-year term in January.

Our Community Service project for November is to collect nonperishable items for the Center of Hope in Ravenna. You may also donate money to purchase turkeys. Open your hearts and help some less fortunate families to have a happier Thanksgiving.


ORTA Trustee’s Report – Ron Snowberger I will be attending the fall conference on October 23 and 24 at ORTA.  Please contact me with any concerns or questions you would like addressed at the conference or any time:  330-678-32688, E-mail:


Also, keep up to date by reading our local and state websites. As always, the Social Security coverage keeps emerging.  Read up on HRC 19.  Support for this bill has been submitted by ORTA.  There are only 12 states where large numbers of public employees remain outside of the Social Security program. Information is available on the website at

Best always and I hope to see you at the luncheon meetings.



Election of Vice-President, Treasurer, and Recording Secretary occur in the odd-numbered years.  We accept with regret the resignation of Darlene Fetterhoff as Treasurer as of December 31, 2013,  and we commend Darlene for her outstanding over-the-top service.

Our bylaws state that there can be nominations from the floor. If you are interested, please contact Nominations Chair, Jan Fencl at330-678-1758   Elections and installation will be held at the November luncheon meeting.


Jan Fencl, Nominating Chairman

Jan Fencl, Nominating Chairman


Proposed State of Officers 2014/2015:

Dave Gynn, Treaurer

Georgia Darrah, Vice President

Ruth Weigand, Secretary




It’s Time to Renew Your ORTA-PCRTA Membership 

November-December 2013

When you see the school busses roll down the streets, it is a good reminder that you are retired and don’t need to go to school today. Seeing the busses should also jog your memory – It is time to renew your membership in the professional organization that speaks up for retired teachers. Although the school year starts in August, the membership year in PCRTA/ORTA begins in January.

If you pay your dues annually, remit your 2014 dues by December. You can send your payment of $40 ($30 ORTA and $10 PCRTA) to our Treasurer Darlene Fetterhoff now or give it to her at the luncheon. If you are a life member, thank you for your continuing support.

If you joined only PCRTA as a life member, your ORTA annual dues of $30 are due now. Please check your membership status on the newsletter label. If you receive your newsletter via email, you can contact Darlene by phone (330-673-8164) or email ( to check your status.

How to read your newsletter mailing label for dues payment information:

S=State (ORTA)

P=Portage (PCRTA) Life memberships are indicated by (life).

Annual memberships are indicated by (ann).

Example: S (life) P (ann) 2012 means you are a lifetime member of the state, and that your local dues are paid through 2012 and would be due at this time.


   December Band Concert in Hudson followed by dinner at Zeppe’s Time and place TBA


George Sleigh to Speak at NEOMED at the March 20 Luncheon


George Sleigh Coming Out of World Trade Center

George Sleigh Coming Out of World Trade Center

Gorge Sleigh, Surviving from the 91st Floor

Gorge Sleigh, Surviving from the 91st Floor

On September 11, George Sleigh (on the left) arrived at his office on the 91st floor of the North Tower by 7:30 a.m. He began his day as usual, checking his phone messages and emails.

At 8:45, while talking to a colleague on the phone, George looked out the window and saw an American Airlines plane headed straight for his building. The plane crashed into the building not more than 50 feet above his head. Thus begins the incredible story that George will be sharing with us of his descent down the stairs of the building.

You will not want to miss hearing his firsthand experience of surviving this unbelievable tragedy that stunned our entire nation.

Also at the March Luncheon Meeting Dee Smith and Pat Mazzer will conduct a short memorial service for our members who have passed away in 2013.