Executive Committee Minutes
PCRTA Luncheon December 14, 2017
President Helena Parry welcomed everyone and thanked greeters Ken and Nancy Granville. She also gave each board member a poinsettia in appreciation for their work over the year.
Len Suzelis led us in singing Silver Bells.
Proctoring Chair Edith Scott thanked all the proctors and announced that the new schedule is out. She has copies with her if anyone needs one.
Membership Chair Judy Hendershot thanked members who have renewed their memberships; however, she said that 81 members still have not renewed their memberships for 2018.
Community Service Chair Judy Morgan expressed her thanks for such a wonderful year.
Legislative Chair Dan McCombs said he appreciated our support in contacting legislators about the budget.
Ken Granville reminded us about the Western Reserve Band Concert and dinner at Zeppe’s in Hudson.
Joyce Naujoks won the 50/50 again – lucky lady.
For the meditation Chris DeMarco treated us to a humorous, politically correct “Night Before Christmas”.
Following lunch, the “Tuba Fours” presented a lively, entertaining program.
PCRTA Luncheon Meeting November 16, 2017
President Helena Parry welcomed everyone and thanked the greeters Patty Miller and Phyllis Spangler.
Len Suzelis led us in singing “We Gather Together”.
Proctoring Chair Edith Scott announced that she needs more proctors for December. There is one period that 36 proctors are needed.
Membership Chair Judy Hendershot introduced two new members: Mary McCulley and Darlene Krieger.
Judy Morgan reminded us that the December project is children’s hats, gloves, or outerwear for the County Clothing Center.
Legislative Chair Dan McCombs said we should be worried about what is going on with the proposed new tax bill. Carol Kinsey from ORTA added that she is concerned about the elimination of the teacher deduction.
Ken Granville reminded us that the Western Reserve Christmas Band Concert and Dinner at Zepppe’s is December 17.
Helena Parry recognized Georgia Darrah, the outgoing Vice-President, for her excellent work.
Kelley Neal from AARP presented Dave Gynn with the AARP Award of Excellence in Uniting Generations.
Saroj Sutaria offered the slate of officers and invited any other nominations. Judy Hendershot made a motion to approve the candidates. It was seconded by Len Suzelis. The motion carried.
Carol Kinsey installed the new officers: Vice President Chris DeMarco, Treasurer David Gynn, and Recording Secretary Carole Stokes.
Joyce Naujoks won the 50/50.
For the meditation Georgia Darrah read a humorous piece titled “The Twelve Days of Thanksgiving”.
The speaker was Lynne Poulton, a Professional Organizer and owner of Wholly Organized! LLC She shared lots of tips on how to make decisions and organize.
PCRTA Executive Committee Meeting November 9, 2017
Members present: Helena Parry, Darlene Fetterhoff, Jim Montaquila, Carole Stokes, Denise Craig, Dave Gynn, Georgia Darrah, Chris De Marco, Pat Gynn, Judy Morgan, Dan McCombs, Edith Scott, Jan Fencl, Saroj Sutaria, Kay Wise, Karen Balog, John Kerstetter, Connie Evans
President Helena Parry called the 501c3 meeting to order.
Treasurer Darlene Fetterhoff gave the Scholarship Treasury Report September 5 –November 7, 2017
Checking Account Balance $5,828.18
Savings Account Balance $15,672.33
Stifel Balance $60,745.85
Note: See website for the full report.
Darlene Fetterhoff made a motion to adjourn the 501c3 meeting, and Denise Craig seconded it. The motion passed.
President Helena Parry called the 501c4 meeting to order.
Kay Wise made a motion to accept the minutes, and Georgia Darrah seconded it. The motion passed.
Treasurer Dave Gynn gave the PCRTA Treasury Report August 31 – October 31, 2017
Checking Account Balance $3,535.45
Savings Account Badlance $906.17
Stifel Balance $32,254.64
Note: See website for the full report.
Vice President Georgia Darrah reported that the guest for our November luncheon is Lynn Poulton, a certified professional organizer and owner of Wholly Organized! For our December Christmas program we will have a musical group called the “Tuba Fours”.
Helena Parry gave the ORTA Trustee Report from the meeting on October 27, 2017. Dr. Robin Rayfield, the new Excutive Director, presented some of his major goals:
Goal 1: ORTA will work improving financial conditions for STRS recipients.
Goal 2: ORTA will work towards the continuation of affordable and functional health care programs available to STRS beneficiaries.
Goal 3: ORTA will work to increase membership across the state.
The year- long work of the Strategic Planning Committee Co-Chaired by Dave Gynn and Bea Lehner resulted in changes to the structural and governance of the organization. There will be five geographical regions in Ohio: N.E., N.W., Central, S.E., and S.W. Within each area there will be 3 liaisons, one of which will serve on the ORTA Executive Committee along with the ORTA officers. There will no longer be Trustees.
Nominations Co-Chair Jan Fencl presented the committee’s nominations:
Vice President: Chris DeMarco
Treasurer: David Gynn
Recording Secretary: Carole Stokes
Community Services Chair Judy Morgan reminded us that the project for November is non-perishable foods for the Center of Hope. For December the project is children’s hats, gloves, scarves or outer wear for the County Clothing Center. She also asked for suggestions for future projects.
Legislative Chair Dan McCombs stated that he had not yet heard from Carol Kinsey. He also reported on concerns about charter school funding.
Proctoring Chair Edith Scott stated that she still needs lots of volunteers for December. She also said that the new schedules will be out soon.
The newsletter was sent via mail to everyone. Dave Gynn reported that he received lots of positive comments on the survey.
Protective Services Chair Kay Wise reported on three possible venues for our luncheons next year. In addition, she announced that she requested 30 copies of the pamphlet “Signs of a Scam” from the Portage County Sheriff’s office.
Public Relations Chair Georgia Darrah reported “As always, Laura Nethken does a wonderful job of making sure the articles I email to her are published in the Record Courier. I always send her an announcement of our upcoming meetings and then a picture and article after each meeting.”
Reservations Chair Karen Balog reported that she has 76 reservations for the November luncheon and 38 so far for the December luncheon.
Social Chair John Kersetter said that the attendance for the chocolate tour was very low. The next event will be the Western Reserve Christmas Band Concert on December 17, 2017 at
4:00 PM at the 1st Congregational Church in Hudson, 47 Aurora Road. Dinner follows at Zeppe’s. There is no cost, and reservations are not needed.
Webmaster Connie Evans reported that she has been receiving messages stating that anything www. without the http: is not safe. After some discussion, it was agreed that she should take steps to secure the website. The cost for three years is $95.00. Karen Balog moved to get a SSL Certificate to make the web safer. Darlene Fetterhoff seconded it.
Helena Parry adjourned the meeting.
PCRTA Executive Committee Meeting September 14, 2017
Members present: Georgia Darrah, Darlene Fetterhoff, Jim Montaquila, Carole Stokes, Denise Craig, Dave Gynn, Pat Gynn, Dan McCombs, Edith Scott, Kay Wise, Karen Balog, John Kerstetter, Connie Evans, Chris DeMarco
Vice President Georgia Darrah opened the 501c3 meeting. Kay Wise made a motion to accept the scholarship minutes which was seconded by Denise Craig. The motion passed.
Treasurer Darlene Fetterhoff presented:
Scholarship Treasury Report July 5 – September 5, 2017
Checking Account Balance $ 7,339.52
Savings Account Balance $ 15,663.38
Stifel Balance unavailable
Note: See the website for the full report.
Karen Balog made a motion to accept the scholarship treasury report. It was seconded by John Kerstetter. The motion carried.
Scholarship Chair Jim Montaquila asked the Executive Committee for ideas for the theme for next year’s scholarship luncheon.
Dan McCombs made a motion to adjourn the 501c3 meeting. It was seconded by Connie Evans. The motion passed.
Vice President Georgia Darrah opened the 501c4 meeting. Kay Wise made a motion to accept the minutes, and Denise Craig seconded it. The motion passed.
Corresponding Secretary Denise Craig read a thank you note from Edie Scott.
Treasurer Dave Gynn presented:
PCRTA Treasury Report July 1 – August 31, 2017
Checking Account Balance $ 3,019.44
Savings Account Balance $ 906.17
Stifel Balance $34,370.23
Note: See the website for the full report.
Georgia reported that Hope Short, STRS Member Education Specialist, will be our luncheon speaker. She also reminded us that our service project for September is small gifts for seniors, gift cards, or cash.
Dave Gynn gave the ORTA report for Helena. He stated that Robin Rayfield is our new Executive Director which is now a part-time position. ORTA is also doing away with trustees which will result in savings.
Legislative Chair Dan McCombs reported that ORTA’s mission is to protect our pensions. He also said that Carol Kinsey will be back to work on legislation. Dan shared the email from ORTA regarding POP 5.
NEOMED`Proctor Scheduling Chair Edie Scott announced that there will be an orientation next week. She also said that Sue Hricko will be having a hip replacement.
Protective Services Chair Kay Wise reported that she and her husband Ralph attended ORTA’s 70th anniversary. They received a “Goody Bag”, watched a movie about the building of the canal, toured the village, and enjoyed a canal boat ride.
Public Relations Chair Georgia Darrah reported that the pictures she submitted to the Record Courier of the scholarship luncheon were published, but the article she submitted about the luncheon meeting has not been published yet.
Reservations Chair Karen Balog reported that she has 36 reservations for the luncheon. After some discussion, Karen made a motion to accept into membership teachers who are not beneficiaries of STRS. Darlene Fetterhoff seconded it. The motion passed.
Social Chair John Kerstetter announced that the next event is the Kent State University Orchestra Concert on November 5 at 3:00PM in Cartwright Hall. The cost is $10, and the coordinator is Terry Schoettler, 316 Woodard Avenue, Kent, OH 44240 330-673-3099. Dinner follows at Bricco’s.
On November 8 there is a tour of Harry London Candy Factory. There is no cost, but reservations are needed. Coordinators are Chris DeMarco 330-730-7204 and Phyllis Spangler 330-593-5253. Meet at University Plaza for carpools at 10:00 AM. Lunch follows at Samatha’s.
Webmaster Connie Evans reported that the cost for the web is over $600. The reasons for this are because she signed up for three years to get a better price plus fees to cover domain protection and domain privacy. Our web has had 19,349 hits so far.
Kay Wise made a motion to adjourn the 501c4 meeting. It was seconded by Darlene Fetterhoff. The motion passed.
Executive Committee Meeting July 13, 2017
Members present: Helena Parry, Jim Montaquila, Carole Stokes, Denise Craig, Dave Gynn, Ron Snowberger, Pat Gynn, Dan McCombs, Judy Hendershot, Edith Scott, Jan Fencl, Kay Wise, Karen Balog, Connie Evans, Chris DeMarco.
President Helena Parry opened the 501c3 meeting.
Dave Gynn gave the Scholarship Treasury Report for Darlene Fetterhoff May – June 2017.
Checking Account Balance $11,194.52
Savings Account Balance $15,665.17
Stifel Balance 4-30-17 $58,112.90
Note: See the website for the full report.
Scholarship Chair Jim Montaquila reported that we will be honoring seven graduating seniors at our scholarship luncheon. Emma Tuel of Field will not be able to attend since she is competing in a 4-H sewing competition that day. Jim read a thank you note from Emma Urban. This year’s theme is the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. The committee has taken the songs of seven of the inductees and developed questions for each of the scholarship winners. Below are the songs and artists they selected.
Bobby Darin Call Me Irresponsible
Elvis Presley My Way
Gladys Knight and the Pips I Heard It Through the Grapevine
The Beatles Yesterday
The Jackson 5 The Man in The Mirror
Crosby, Stills, & Nash Teach Your Children
Bob Dylan & Joan Baez Forever Young
President Helena Parry adjourned the 501c3 meeting and opened the 501c4 meeting.
Kay Wise made a motion to accept the previous minutes. It was seconded by Jan Fencl. The motion carried.
Treasurer Dave Gynn gave the PCRTA Treasury Report May – June 2017.
Checking Balance $3,497.01
Savings Balance $ 906.17
Stifel Balance 4-30-17 $33,812.18
Note: See the website for the full report.
President Helena Parry read a thank you note from Pat Bateman for the planter we sent her congratulating her on her new position as the new Interim Executive Director of ORTA. Helena also read an announcement from Carol Kinsey, XI District Director of ORTA, that stated ORTA is seeking a part-time Executive Director.
Archival Chair Pat Gynn reported that she is completing a notebook of students who have received the scholarships through the years.
Legislative Chair Dan McCombs continued to emphasize that our biggest concern is being watchdogs over our pensions. He shared ideas from the California Retired Teachers Association on why membership matters and suggested that perhaps we could use some of them.
Membership and Sunshine Chair Judy Hendershot stated that letters were sent to17 retirees—many fewer than in the past. Twenty members were dropped because of non renewal, and one member, Paul Kitchen, just passed away at the age of 98. Judy sent cards to Paul’s family as well as several other cards. There were a few renewals due to the recent phone calls by board members.
Denise Craig said that she sent 23 letters to members who haven’t renewed.
There was discussion on whether we really need to have a pre-retirement program. It was put on hold until September.
Helena read Georgia Darrah’s report that the Record Courier published the picture and information about the program at NEOMED honoring members who proctor. Our July meeting reminder was also published.
Reservations Chair Karen Balog reported that she has 57 reservations for the July luncheon. She has collected $560.00 for the luncheon and $100.00 for the scholarship fund.
Webmaster Connie Evans reported that there were 18,921 hits on the website.
President Helena Parry adjourned the meeting.
PCRTA Scholarship Luncheon Meeting July 20, 2017 by Carol Stokes
President Helena Parry thanked greeters Bill and Adele Fussner. She welcomed everyone, especially the scholarship winners and their families. Additionally, Helena welcomed Suzanne Hricko and Mary Starbuck from Academic Affairs of NEOMED. Helena introduced Sandy Halem, a former teacher and the new Enrichment Coordinator of Family and Community Services. Helena announced that the Executive Director of ORTA will be a part time position. Helena also announced that the Coshocton County Retired Teachers will be hosting a celebration of ORTA’s 70th Anniversary on Wednesday, August 16, 10:00 – 4:00 at Roscoe Village Visitors’ Center. People are to meet at the picnic shelter behind the Center to get a packet of coupons and then move though-out the village for the events.
Membership Chair Judy Hendershot stated that she received the names of 17 retirees and is working on securing the names of retired teachers who didn’t teach in Portage County but live here. She is also working on Facebook.
Community Service Chair Judy Morgan announced that the Community Service project for September will be small gifts for seniors or cash.
Dave Gynn is the Eastern Vice President of ORTA again since the current Vice President resigned.
Suzanne Hricko thanked and recognized all of the proctors and announced that there will probably be an orientation session in September.
Pat Gynn brought the book of all of the scholarship winners and invited everyone to look at it.
Ron Snowberger gave the meditation. He read three thought provoking pieces: Touch of the Master’s Hand, Success and a note he received in a graduation card.
Judy Hendershot won the 50/50.
Following lunch, Scholarship Chair Jim Montaquila introduced the scholarship winners, who said a few words about themselves, and introduced the family members who accompanied them. Jim then began the program by explaining that the committee chose the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as this year’s theme. The committee selected the songs of seven inductees and developed questions for each of the scholarship winners. The songs were played with the aid of Connie Evans on the video, and each student responded to his/her song.
Executive Committee Meeting May 11, 2017
Treasurer Darlene Fetterhoff gave the Scholarship Treasury Report March 9 – May 10, 2017.
Checking Account Balance: $8,914.32
Savings Account Balance: $15,664.47
Stifel Balance: $56,729.75 Note: See the website for the full report.
Scholarship Chair Jim Montaquila reported that the committee met and selected the scholarship recipients. There were 18 applicants from seven different Portage County high schools. Seven applicants were chosen for scholarships of $1500 each. Kay Wise made a motion to adjourn the 501c3 meeting. It was seconded by Connie Evans.
Karen Balog made a motion to approve the previous minutes. It was seconded by Edith Scott. The motion carried.
Corresponding Secretary Denise Craig read a thank you note from the County Clothing Center for the supplies and donations collected at the March luncheon.
Treasurer Dave Gynn gave the PCRTA Treasury Report March 1 – April 30, 2017.
Checking Account Balance $3,696.79
Savings Account Balance $905.95
Stifel Balance $33,080.22
Alan Balog, CPA, submitted the report of the annual audit and filing of tax report. Note: See the website for the full report.
Helena Parry gave the ORTA Trustee Report. The meeting was held at the Columbus Zoo to celebrate the 70th anniversary of ORTA. A letter written by President Randy Overbeck was read giving reasons why the past Executive Director Dr. John Cavenaugh’s tenure ended with ORTA on May 1, 2017. Pat Bateman was introduced as the new interim Executive Director. Bob Stein, President and Retiree Trustee on the STRS Board, spoke on the changes coming to both the pension and health care plans. He said the cash flow deficit was 4.4 billion in 2016. Membership Chair Bruce Hodges spoke about the need to increase ORTA membership. He said there are 21,000 members out of a possible 130,000 retirees in Ohio. There was also a presentation and discussion on the recommendations of the Strategic Planning Committee.
Community Service Chair Judy Morgan stated that in May art supplies and donations will be given to the Coleman Center. She informed us that there will be a signup sheet at the May luncheon for the GED graduation. In July there will be two collections: school supplies and also gift cards and donations to Big Brothers – Big Sisters of Portage County. Judy reported that so far in 2017 there are 690 volunteer hours.
Dave Gynn gave Dan’s legislative report. Dan urged us to be aware of legislation at the state level that will affect our pensions.
Dave also reported that Membership Chair Judy Hendershot has contacted various schools for names of new retirees. Kay Wise contributed to that effort by calling the Ravenna Board of Education. Judy has also been calling members who have not renewed their memberships. Dave passed around the remaining list and asked board members to choose three names and call them to remind them to renew.
Webmaster Connie Evans reported that the site went down due to two reasons. It ran out of space and a plug didn’t work. She said the company, Host Centric, has always responded to all problems.
Ron Snowberger made a motion to send a planter to Pat Bateman not to exceed $50.00. It was seconded by Pat Gynn. The motion passed.
PCRTA LUNCHEON MEETING MAY 18, 2017
President Helena Parry thanked the greeters Judy Morgan and Terry Schoettler. She welcomed members, the speakers and Carol Kinsey, District XI Director of ORTA.
Carol Kinsey spoke about the COLA. She explained that the COLA has been reduced to 0% indefinitely to be reviewed in five years. She said that Mike Nehf said the investment returns will be reviewed every September, but they need to reach a certain average to reinstate COLA. There are 75 people who receive benefits in the STRS system who are over 100 years old. Due to the termination of Dr. John Cavenaugh, Pat Bateman has been appointed the new interim Executive Director of ORTA. STRS will also be looking at health care.
Edith Scott, Proctoring Chair, encouraged proctors to attend the Proctor Appreciation Program on May 25 at 10:00 a.m. She is planning an orientation this summer.
Membership Chair Judy Hendershot announced that there are 31 members who have not renewed their memberships. If you would like to help call, see her. She is in the process of securing names of new retirees, but the list is small.
Community Service Chair Judy Morgan thanked everyone for donations to the Coleman Center. She reminded us that in July there will be two collections: school supplies and also gift cards and donations to Big Brothers – Big Sisters of Portage County. Judy announced that June 8 is the GED graduation at Maplewood. Members can contribute a dessert and/or help.
50/50: Jim Montaquila chose the cash and donated it to the scholarship fund. Ken Bliss won the basket full of baking supplies.
Georgia Darrah read a lovely poem about spring for the meditation. She followed with a prayer.
Author and radio host Pat Rullo presented the program, “Speak Up and Stay Alive.” The focus was how to stay safe during a hospital stay. As a result of her observations during her mother’s hospital experiences, Pat felt compelled to write a book also entitled, “Speak Up and Stay Alive.” Her mother was in intensive care in the hospital for four months. She has also incorporated extensive research on problems encountered in hospitals. Her radio show is on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. on WHKW AM 1220.
Highlights of the March 1017 Executive PCRTA Luncehon
President Helena Parry welcomed everyone and thanked greeters Kay Wise and Saroj Sutaria. In addition, she welcomed guest Kathy Lilley and speaker Alan Kearns of AMBA (Association Member Benefits Advisors). Helena thanked Judy Hendershot, Connie Evans and Karen Balog for planning the tribute to members who passed away within the last year.
Proctoring Chair Edith Scott thanked all the proctors and recognized them with a show of hands. She said she needs more proctors so there will be a new orientation soon. She announced that on May 25 there will be a Proctor Appreciation program to celebrate the 10th year of PCRTA proctoring.
Following a delicious luncheon, Judy introduced the memorial by reading a reflection about life. Connie narrated the outstanding tribute. The following members were remembered:
Garnet Byrnes, Constance Mellott, Daryl Bateman, Flora Carlton (98), Martha Hatcher, John Lilley, Betty Parks, David Wilson, Joanne Newhauser, Lowell Myers and Rhea Merrell (108). Following the memorial, Judy presented Kathy Lilley with a memorial book.
Georgia Darrah introduced the speaker, Alan Kearns, Regional Vice President of AMBA. Although membership in ORTA is required, there is no cost to be a part of AMBA. Alan stressed that the benefits available to members are a result of heavily negotiated group rates. In addition to all of the health and financial benefits, there are restaurant discounts available at the ORTA website. Sandy Stefanik won the 50/50.
PCRTA Executive Committee Meeting March 9, 2017
Members present: Helena Parry, Georgia Darrah, Dave Gynn, Pat Gynn, Carole Stokes, Denise Craig, Judy Morgan, Judy Hendershot, Edith Scott, Saroj Sutaria, Kay Wise, Karen Balog, Sandy Kerstetter, Connie Evans
President Helena Parry called the 501c3 meeting to order. She read Scholarship Chair
Jim Montaquila’s report, which stated that applications for the 2017 PCRTA scholarships were hand delivered to all of the Portage County high schools. Kay, Ria, and Darlene helped Jim deliver them to all of the guidance counselors and principals. Last Friday he sent postcards to all of the guidance counselors reminding them that the due date for the applications is Friday, April 7. After that the committee will meet to make the selections.
501c3 Scholarship Treasury Report January 1 – February 28, 2017
Prepared by Darlene Fetterhoff; given by Dave Gynn.
Checking Account Balance $ 7,059.32
Savings Account Balance $15,660.61
Stifel Balance (end of 2016) $54,470.91
Note: See the website for the full report.
Kay Wise made a motion to adjourn the 501c3 meeting. It was seconded by Denise Craig. The motion passed.
President Helena Parry called the 501c4 meeting to order.
Recording Secretary Carole Stokes corrected the January 17, 2017, minutes to read as follows: There are 208 life members of both ORTA and PCRTA. There are 15 life members in PCRTA with an annual membership in ORTA and 11 life members in ORTA with an annual membership in PCRTA. Edie Scott made a motion to approve the minutes. It was seconded by Karen Balog. The motion passed.
Corresponding Secretary Denise Craig reported that she wrote an apology note to Rudy Bachna. In addition, she contacted Dick Ruch about helping on the Pre-Retirement Workshop Committee. He wants to do “hands on” activities. She also sent “notify now” to all members about POP 5. She said that the cost should be about $23.33.
PCRTA Treasury Report January 1 – February 28, 2017, by Treaurer Dave Gynn
Checking Balance $3,486.84
Savings Balance $905.95
Stifel Balance $32,161.94
Note: See the PCRTA website for the full report.
Vice President Georgia Darrah reported that all of the programs for this year have been set up and placed on our calendar. The speaker for the March program has been changed to Alan Kearns.
Dave Gynn reported on the Five Year Strategic Planning Proposal. He said the Restructuring
Committee researched the organization in other states, which resulted in 14 suggestions to make it more convenient and efficient. The committee feels the need to replace the current by-laws.
Helena Parry gave the ORTA Trustee Report in which she stated that John Cavanaugh’s focus is to use electronics to communicate. She reported that over 217 newsletters were mailed, and in March over 200 were emailed. She announced that May 9 is the ORTA 70th anniversary at the Columbus zoo.
Community Service Chair Judy Morgan announced that the project for May is the Coleman Center with donations of craft items: markers, coloring books, colored paper, paints, colored pencils, etc.
Membership Chair Judy Hendershot stated that she has nearly completed phone calls to all 40 members who had not renewed their memberships. Five have paid their dues, and one life member of PCRTA inquired about being a life member of ORTA.
Sunshine/Memorial Chair Judy Hendershot said that “Connie Evans and Karen Balog have created an outstanding Power Point program featuring (11) eleven members who have passed away since last year. To date two family members have responded that they will attend: Pat Bateman and Kathy Lilley. Letters inviting family members of those to be honored were mailed in early February. There were five deceased members who had no local contacts.” Judy also said that Patty Miller has volunteered to assume some responsibilities for the Sunshine Committee.
NEOMED Proctoring Chair Edie Scott stated that she needs a few more people in the near future.
Protective Services Chair Kay Wise reported that she and her husband Ralph participated in the AARP Driver Safety Program in Tallmadge and saved $77.00 on their car insurance. She also announced that St. Patrick’s Day weekend will be the Reed Memorial Library book sale.
Public Relations Chair Georgia Darrah reported that the news release about the March luncheon was published last week. Also the news release alerting high school seniors that they can apply for a PCRTA scholarship if they are planning to go into education should be in the newspaper soon.
Social/Travel Chair Sandy Kerstetter reported that so far 18 have signed up for the play “Jesus Christ Superstar” on April 1.
Webmaster Connie Evans said that she has added a plugin to make the site more convenient.
Kay Wise made a motion to adjourn. It was seconded by Denise Craig. The motion carried.
PCRTA Executive Committee Meeting January 12, 2017
Members present: Georgia Darrah, Helena Parry, Kay Wise, Judy Hendershot, Jim Montaquila, Denise Craig, Ron Snowberger, Pat Gynn, David Gynn, Darlene Federhoff, Judy Morgan, Karen Balog, Connie Evans, Saroj Sutaria, John Kerstetter, Edie Scott, Dan McCombs
Members absent: Carole Stokes
President Helena Parry called the 501c3 Meeting to order at 9:38, welcoming Saroj Sutaria to the board as Nominating Committee co-chair with Janet Fencl.
Assistant Treasurer, Darlene Federhoff went over her report that included Nov. through Dec. 2016, the year’s summary and the budget for 2017. The Mary and Wendell Stewart Memorial and the Gene Newton Memorial scholarships will no longer exist after the 2017 scholarship year is up. One of the 2016 scholarship recipients declined the scholarship since she is no longer majoring in education. Darlene is currently preparing for the audit.
Scholarship Chairperson, Jim Montaquila, is ready for January’s hand delivery of the 2017 scholarship applications to the county high school principals. Jim may wish to reiterate Streetsboro’s example of putting the application information on their school website.
President Helena Parry closed the 501c3 Meeting and opened the 501c4 meeting at 9:50. A motion was made by Edie Scott and seconded by Kay Wise to approve the November 2016 minutes as presented. The motion was approved.
Corresponding Secretary, Denise Craig, wrote a congratulations/thank you note to the Cochocton RTA, and contacted TMZ Business Services Inc. who runs our “robo calls” to the membership. Calls are still $.15/30 second message/member. We only pay when we use the service.
Treasurer, Dave Gynn presented the Nov. – Dec. 2016 Treasurer’s report. We are doing well, but if membership drops, we will need to be careful to not spend as we have been. The report will be filed for audit. The budget for 2017 shows the hope that spending will be cut back by $200.00. Donations were higher than anticipated in 2016, but can’t be reflected in the budget. The line item for programs now includes speaker, decorations, etc. The website budget is higher than last year, and will be explained in the website committee report. No funds are set for Pre-retirement workshop, as it only occurs every other year. A motion was made by Dan McCombs and seconded by Judy Hendershot to approve the budget as presented. The motion was approved.
Vice President, Georgia Darrah, has been setting up the six programs for the 2017 year. All programs are in place at this time except September, which is still to be announced. Possible venues for our future meetings were discussed. The info gathered needs to be written, preferably in a grid form so all places and their info can be seen together. The consensus was to do the best we can and find a place that is handicap accessible, affordable, centrally located, and has audio/visual capabilities.
ORTA Trustee, Helena Parry said if you are not getting the quarterly newsletter by email, contact ORTA.
Dave Gynn reported on the 5 year strategic plan with ORTA. There was lots of brainstorming of changes, with an ultimate decision coming by their October 2017 meeting.
President’s Report: Helena Parry filed the annual chapter report online.
*Archival: The newsletters that Pat Gynn had reported missing have been located. All newsletters from 1991 – 1999 are in the archives. More clippings and pictures were received from Winona Vannoy, PCRTA president in 1993, ‘94, and ’95, and District 11 Director from 1995-1996. The scrapbook for the 50th anniversary luncheon is completed. After Pat goes through the last 4 old scrapbooks and miscellaneous clippings and pages, the finished materials will go to the Portage County Historical Society when they reopen at the end of January.
*Community Services: Judy Morgan is still talking to organizations to determine what their needs are. In March, we will collect cleaning supplies, hand sanitizers, and paper products for the Portage County Clothing Center.
*Legislative: Dan McCombs reported that HB 520, which contains many items requested by the five retirement systems, is now awaiting Governor Kasich’s signature. It is important that we get involved with this year’s presidential secretary appointments. Dan recommended, with the board’s approval, that we, as individuals, not as PCRTA, become active and take a stand. We need to contact Lamar Alexander to protest and vote no for Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, by going to the website for US Senate. Click on state of Tennessee. Go to senate. Click on Lamar Alexander and leave a message. Again, not as PCRTA, we should text or email our senators Sherrod Brown and Ron Portman.
*Membership: Judy Hendershot said we have 395 members in both PCRTA and ORTA. Three hundred eight are life members. Judy would like to set up a closed Facebook page for members so more communication can occur. She would like to do a survey of how many members use Facebook.
*Memorial/Sunshine: Judy Hendershot needs all names of those who passed away in 2016 and Connie Evans will do a power point presentation for the March Luncheon meeting.
*Proctoring: Edie Scott reported good news: Six people will be trained on January 25 to become proctors. The bad news: testing schedules came out, but response has been slow.
*Newsletter info is due by February 1, 2017.
*Nominations: The President needs to be replaced ASAP. The Vice President and the Recording Secretary are the positions to be replaced for 2018.
*Pre-Retirement Workshop will be held in 2018. A committee is needed and Denise Craig will ask Dick Ruch if he would like to attend some board meetings to learn more about how the board works and to see if he would be interested in helping to set up this committee.
*Protective Services: Kay Wise reported that the first AARP Smart Driver Program is February 16, 2017. Call 330-633-5610 to make a reservation, and Kay Wise at 330-297-1110 for questions.
*Public Relations: Georgia Darrah reported that all items submitted to the Record Courier in 2016 were published in the paper. Georgia also sent some items to ORTA, which were published in the quarterly newsletter.
*Reservations: Karen Balog is waiting for the info: where, when, and cost of March’s Luncheon meeting.
*Social/Travel: John Kerstetter reported very low attendance at all events, with usually about half being committee members. His committee has tried surveys, newsletter and verbal announcements, fliers, and is unsure what to do next. The committee will meet on February 2 at 12:00 at Panera Bread in Stow. Suggestions include sending emails, doing a bus trip.
*Telephone/Communications: chair resigned; committee is no longer necessary.
*Webmaster: Connie Evans gave evidence as to why her budgeted allowance is going from $200 in 2016 to $650 in 2017. The costs for 2017 include Sitelock Fix – $103.99 (for 2016, but paid this January), The One Plan – $466.20 (36 months), Domain Privacy $13.99 (for 2017), Sitelock Fix – $103.99 (for 2017), and Domain Name – $35.98 (for 2 years).
*Habitat for Humanity: Ron Snowberger said that due to lack of interest, it will not be done this year.
The meeting adjourned at 11:41.
Respectfully submitted by Denise Craig for Carole Stokes.
PCRTA Luncheon Meeting: December 15, 2016
Greetings: President Helena Parry opened the meeting and led the group in the pledge to the flag. She thanked Kay Wise and Pat Gynn for acting as greeters.
Music: Len Suzelis played his guitar and led the group in singing “Silver Bells” accompanied by a video presentation of pictures and lyrics.
Thank you Letter: President Helena read a Christmas card from Matt Leedom, who prints our newsletter, thanking us for our years of printing with him. Matt also brought some cookies as a treat for attendees.
Thank you for Board Members and Chairs: President Helena Parry asked the Board Members and Chair of the PCRTA Committees to come forward to be recognized and presented them with gift bags thanking them for their service to the group.
Proctoring: Edith Scott thanked the people who had served as NEOMED Proctors this year. She announced that there will be a training class on January 25 or February 22 at 10 am for new proctors. She asked people who wished to become proctors to sign up with her and tell which date was best for them.
Legislative Update: Dan McCombs said that Carol Kinsey, our District Director, requested that we circulate a petition for Rita J. Walters from Powhatan who is running for the STRS board. Each person who is running needs to acquire signatures from different parts of the state to be put on the ballot.
Community Services: Judy Morgan thanked members for bringing hats, gloves and scarves to be donated to the County Clothing Center. She circulated a paper for people to report their volunteer hours. She also asked for suggestions for any new groups that may need our help in 2017.
Membership: Dave Gynn reported for Judy Hendershot that everyone at the luncheon had renewed their membership for 2017, but there are still 60 members who have not renewed. He asked for volunteers to call the people on this list to ask them to renew.
Social Committee: John Kerstetter reported that a group of members was going to attend the Western Reserve Holiday Band Concert at the Congregational Church in Hudson on Sunday, December 18th at 4:00 pm, and then meet for dinner at Zeppe’s on Darrow Road following the concert.
Meditation: Georgia Darrah presented the Meditation about a writing task a professor asked of his class to tell about a paper that had a black dot in the center of the page. Each student wrote about the dot. The professor pointed out that they had focused on the dot, which was a small part of the page and they ignored the white area. We should focus on the big picture in life rather than focusing on the occasional dark spots.
50-50 Drawing: Dan McCombs drew Dave Gynn’s name as the winner of half of the $134 50-50 drawing. Karen Balog won a gift basket, and several numbers were drawn for the poinsettias which decorated the luncheon tables.
Luncheon: President Helena thanked Guido’s for the Italian Feast they had prepared.
Program Entertainment: The Coventry High School Chamber Ensemble sang an outstanding program of Christmas music under the direction of Julie Strebler, who is the daughter of PCRTA member Marlene Strebler. They received a standing ovation for their wonderful presentation.
Minutes by Pat Gynn, standing in for Secretary Carole Stokes
PCRTA Executive Committee Meeting September 8, 2016
Members present: Helena Parry, Jim Montaquila, Carole Stokes, Dave Gynn, Georgia Darrah, Ron Snowberger, Pat Gynn, Dan McCombs, Edith Scott, Jan Fencl, Kay Wise, Karen Balog, Evelyn Park, Connie Evans, Denise Craig, Ria Mastromatteo
President Helena Parry called the 501c3 meeting to order.
Dave Gynn gave the 501c3 Scholarship Treasury Report July 1 – August 31 for Darlene Fetterhoff.
Checking Account Balance $4,830.85
Savings Account Balance $14,003.33
Stifel Balance 7-31-16 $52,507.13
NOTE: See the website for the full report.
Scholarship Chair Jim Montaquila wanted to know if they could be reimbursed for a device that enables the user to switch back and forth between a video and power point. The cost is approximately $20.00. Dan McCombs donated the money for the device. Jim read a thank you note from Steven Joseph Farhat, a scholarship recipient. He also discussed the revisions to the scholarship application. The committee revised the application and added an Intent Statement to be signed by the student and his or her parents.
Georgia Darrah made a motion to adjourn the 501c3 meeting. Kay Wise seconded it. The motion passed.
President Helena Parry called the 501c4 meeting to order. She asked if there were any additions or corrections to the previous minutes. John Kerstetter made a motion to accept the minutes. Jan Fencl seconded it. The motion passed.
Denise Craig reported for Corresponding Secretary Barbara Cribbs. Denise reported that she has been writing thank you notes for the door prizes.
Financial Chair Dave Gynn showed a giant check which represents PCRTA volunteer hours that will be presented to the County Commissioners. He then gave the PCRTA Treasury Report
July 1 – August 31, 2016.
Checking Account Balance $4,281.02
Savings Account Balance $755.52
Stifel Balance 7-31-16 $30,664.07
NOTE: See the website for the full report.
Vice President Georgia Darrah reported that the guest speaker for the September luncheon and the celebration of our 50th Anniversary will be Jim Schilling from Hale Farm and Village. He will portray a “schoolmaster”.
Ria Mastromatteo constructed the program for the luncheon.
Archival Chair Pat Gynn reported that she has completed several notebooks of archives with items dating from 1982 to 2016. Included in these archives are PCRTA newsletters, clippings, meeting minutes, scholarship recipients, PCRTA 40th Anniversary scrapbook, PCRTA Memory book, ORTA Quarterlies, ORTA Chapter Handbook, ORTA engraved gavel and block and CDs of PCRTA 40th birthday party and the PCRTA membership from 2000 – 2004. She stated that she still has meetings, pictures, clippings, and undated articles to add. She would appreciate any additional items that members have plus help identifying dates on items.
Legislative Chair Dan McCombs announced that there would not be any government pension offset legislation considered.
NEOMED Proctor Scheduling Chair reported that she only needs one person for September.
Nominations Chair Jan Fencl announced that elections for president, corresponding secretary, and assistant treasurer occur in even-numbered years for PCRTA. These elections are held at the annual meeting in November. The committee’s nominations for 2016 include:
President Helena Parry who has graciously agreed to continue as president pro tempore until the committee finds a replacement.
Assistant Treasurer Darlene Fetterhoff
Corresponding Secretary Denise Craig
Protective Services Chair Kay Wise announced that the last AARP Smart Driver Program for 2016 is November 17. She explained the NEOMED College of Pharmacy Community Educator Program and said if anyone is interested to contact:
Patti J. Pfeifer
Public Relations Chair Georgia Darrah reported that pictures and information from the July Scholarship Luncheon have been submitted to the Record Courier but have not yet been published. The news release about our meeting on September 15th was submitted to the paper and was recently published.
Reservations Chair Karen Balog stated that she has received 91 reservations for the luncheon and $70.00 for the scholarship fund.
The Elks cook Dave has resigned; therefore, Guidos will be catering our luncheons. The menus will remain basically the same except in December when Sam Guido would like to do an Italian Feast.
Social/Travel Chair John Kerstetter announced the upcoming events:
Friday, October 28 – KSU Orchestra Concert
Time: Dinner at Pufferbelly (individual checks) 5:00 PM
Cost $10 – Reservations due by October 15 payable to PCRTA
Coordinator: Terry Schoettler – 330-673-3099
316 Woodard Ave.
Kent, OH 44240
Sunday, December 18 Western Reserve Holiday Band Concert
Time 4:00PM at 1st Congregational Church
47 Aurora St.
No cost for the concert.
Dinner at Zeppe’s following the concert (individual checks)
5843 Darrow Rd. (Rt. 91)
Coordinators: Ken Granville for concert
Kay Wise for dinner reservation: 330-297-1110
Webmaster Connie Evans reported that she had had some difficulty since the website went down. She was asked if it was used much to which she replied that there have been at least 10,000 hits.
Dave Gynn thanked everyone who has worked on the 50th Anniversary celebration. He expressed concern that the Record Courier would not be able to publish a supplement highlighting the anniversary. He also read a note from Winona Vannoy, the first district president.
Ron Snowberger said that the Hometown Bank gave a flag and a cookie to put at each place setting. He stated that he has 88 items for door prizes with 8 more coming.
Helena Parry, Marge Conroy, and Judy Hendershot are creating floral centerpieces for the luncheon tables. Some will be fresh others silk.
Kay Wise made a motion to adjourn the meeting. John Kerstetter seconded it. The motion passed.