Announcements 2017

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March Meeting – March 16th, 11:30, at the American Legion in Kent

Chuck Kinkoph, AMBA

Chuck Kinkoph, AMBA

 

If you have heard bits and pieces about the Association Member Benefits Advisors supplemental benefits that are available to all ORTA members, but you really don’t know what they are or how to make use of them……you will definitely want to hear the guest speaker who will be at our March luncheon.

Chuck Kinkoph, District Manager of Ohio for AMBA, will explain ORTA’s Group Benefits and your eligibility.  He will be highlighting areas where Major Medical and Medicare plans fall short, leaving you at risk for catastrophic medical expenses.  In addition, if you have a spouse who is “piggybacking” on your Aetna STRS insurance, you will be interested in another option that ORTA can provide.

The first meeting of the New Year will be in March. The speaker is Chuck Kinkopf, from AMBA. He will tell of the many benefits that are available to you right now, such as dental, vision, long term care insurance, travel, dining discounts, pet insurance, etc.Chuck Kinkoph, District Manager of Ohio for AMBA, will explain ORTA’s Group Benefits and your eligibility.  He will be highlighting areas where Major Medical and Medicare plans fall short, leaving you at risk for catastrophic medical expenses.  In addition, if you have a spouse who is “piggybacking” on your Aetna STRS insurance, you will be interested in another option that ORTA can provide.

There will be a Memorial Service during the March 16, 2017, for those we have not yet memorialized since our March 2016 Service. This includes Martha Hatcher, Joann Newhauser, David Wilson, Betty Parks, Constance Mellott, Garnet Byrne, John Lilley, Flora Carlton, Daryl Bateman and Rhea Merrell. Family members of the deceased are invited to attend. If you want lunch, please make your reservations from the reservation form in this newsletter or call Karen Balog at 330-212-3145 or email her at pcrta.luncheon@gmail.com.

Our service project

Bring to this meeting supplies for operation for the County Clothing Center: Paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, paper plates, paper cups, napkins, plastic ware for food service for the volunteers, plastic and or paper bags, pens, hand lotions, hand wipes, glass cleaner, newspaper to wrap glass ware, liquid hand soap, etc.

See Jesus Christ Superstar!

Please join PCRTA for the performance of “Jesus Christ Superstar” at the Weathervane Theatre;  1301 Weathervane Lane, Akron, OH 44313, on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are $20.00 each.

Dinner will be prior to the show at 5:00 at Papa Joe’s; 1561 Akron Penninsula Road, Akron, OH 44313, at your own cost.

Reservations for the dinner and money for the tickets for the play are due by Saturday, March 18 to Wendy Cooley. Checks are to be made payable to: PCRTA with the number of tickets in the memo. Please contact Wendy at 330-325-1998.  Bring your family and friends!

2016 PAY IT FORWARD DONATIONS FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

by Darleen Fetterhoff

1-49 Dollars: Terri Herbert, Mary Ann North, Karen Balog, Saroj Sutaria, Charlene Blair, Mary Ellen Shabino, Connie Evans, Viola Denham, Evelyn Park, Linda John, Betty McEeachen, Jan and Ron Snowberger, Mark Stahl, Dan McCombs, Patricia Miller, Elenore Snyder, Geraldine Mencer, Richard Ruch, Lowell Myers, Paul and Joyce Naujoks, Paula Macchiarella, Ronald Dilley, Dorothy Rinier, Jean Nolte, John Kerstetter, Gerald and Miriam Ridinger, Kay Wise, Ruth Wagner, Ruth Weigand and Helen Jane Wilson.

50-99 Dollars: Nancy Duquette, George and Jane Rose, Edith Scott and Dreama Smith.

100-249 Dollars: Bill and Adele Fussner, Alan Balog, Georgia Darrah, Dave and Pat Gynn, Virginia Mills and Carole Stokes.

250-499 Dollars:

500 Dollars: Seven/Seventeen Bank.

NEWS FROM CAROL KINSEY, District XI Director:

I attended the Annual STRS Board Planning Retreat January 26 and 27. Dr. Cavanaugh, the ORTA Executive Director, along with the ORTA President and President Elect, was also there. There WILL BE changes in both the pension fund and healthcare, and both of those votes will take place in March.

No decisions have been made at this time, but much discussion took place around several proposals. It is most likely the COLA will be impacted—we just are not sure how yet. Changes will impact both contributing members (actives) and retirees—no one is exempt.

Additional Notes by Carol Kinsey 

I am guessing most of you received the Protect Our Pensions Organization (POP5) letter today. Mine was filed immediately (didn’t even take time to shred it)  and no one is getting $20 or—-such a deal, $100 for a lifetime membership prior to March—-from me!!!!

I am VERY concerned about the timing of this letter and the vulnerability of our members. Many STRS benefit recipients have heard of impending changes, and the letter could be interpreted as being able to have postive impact on those changes. NOT TRUE!!!. For one thing, the current changes will not be made by the Legislature but internally by the STRS Board—-7 elected members and 4 appointees. They have been researching and gathering information since last summer. They are not making snap decisions—they are looking at what is best for ALL STRS members regarding the sustainability of both the pension fund and healthcare.

They are not going to do anything differently because you join some group. You do not have to PAY to have your pension protected! I am so afraid due to the timing some of our members will join quickly before the March vote and end up with nothing more than they would have had not joining. Note: POP5 is not endorsed by ORTA.

Luncheon:  Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 11:30

Pat Rullo

Pat Rullo

Meet Cleveland, Ohio, author and radio host, Pat Rullo, as she shares healthcare and hospital safety tips. Listen every Saturday morning at 9:00 on

WHKW AM1220 or WHKZ AM1440 and Sunday evening at 6:00 on WHK AM1420

 Fun, fast paced and jam-packed with serious information, delivered with humor and wit. 


Book Signing and Presentation

Book is endorsed by the U.S. Army Medical Department

Office of Quality Management

A visit to a hospital is almost inevitable. You may be the patient, or you may tend to a loved one who requires a hospital stay. Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, making the hospital a dangerous place to be. Every year, nearly 2 million hospital-acquired infections claim roughly 100,000 lives.

Why do these things happen? What can you do about them?

Discover where and how the dangers can find you.

Learn how to prevent life-threatening infections.

Avoid hospital hazards and safely navigate your way back home.

Portage County Retired Teachers Association Luncheon

Books will be available at discounted price of $20.  Proceeds will benefit The Sewport Project, sending handmade pillowcases to homeless veteran shelters, women and children’s domestic abuse homes and animal rescue shelters. www.thesewportproject.com

Luncheon:  Thursday, July 20, 2017, at 11:30

The May 20th meeting will feature our 2017 Scholarship Recipients.  They will be  commenting on the songs of Inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  The luncheon is at the American Legion In Kent at 11:30. We hope to see all of you there!

Francisca Bowman

Francisca Bowman

Breanna Host

Breanna Host

Rachael Pelter

Rachael Pelter

Emma Tuel

Emma Tuel

Emma Urbain

Emma Urban

Maxine Stanek

Maxine Stanek

Brandon Westover

Brandon Westover

 Specific Scholarships Given:

 

Francesca Bowman   James A. Garfield

  Joseph Fencl Memorial Scholarship

 

Breanna Host –  Southeast Group Memorial to honor:

  Joanne Newhauser     Gordon Weber

  Marty Hatcher              John Lilley

  Daryl Bateman             Jean Thomas

 

Racheal Pelter – Streetsboro

  Nancy & Ken Bliss Scholarship

 

Maxine Stanek – Streetsboro

  Nancy & Ken Bliss Scholarship

 

Emma Tuel – Field

  Mary & Wendell Stewart Memorial

    Scholarship

 

 Emma Urban – Crestwood

  Gene Newton Memorial Scholarship

 

Landon Westover – Field

  Lowell Myers Memorial Scholarship

Reception at Neomed!

2017 Proctors Attending the May 27th Reception

2017 Proctors Attending the May 27th Reception

Seated:  Edith Scott, Saroj Sutaria, Pat Gynn, David Reith

Row 1:  Wendy Cooley, Mary Reith, Karen Balog, Walking Whale, Adele Fussner, Pat Yountz, Richard Brockett, Suzanne Hricko, Ron Snowberger

Back Row:  Kay Wise, Mary Evelyn Shabino, Denise Craig, Phyllis Spangler, John Gwinn, Dr. Hans Thewissen, Dave Gynn, Kim and Cathy Steman , Bill Conroy, Judy Hendershot, Marge Conroy, Helena Parry

 

NorthEastern Ohio Medical University honored Portage County Retired Teachers who proctor tests for the university at a gathering on May 25. The celebration recognized ten years of collaboration between the university and retired teachers.

Dr. Richard Kasmer, Vice Dean of the School of Pharmacy, informed the group of the school’s progress. The School of Pharmacy is ranked 4th in the nation and is the highest ranked school in Ohio.  He answered many interesting questions from retired teachers.

Featured speaker, Dr.Hans Thewissen, Anatomy Professor, gave a fascinating report on his archeological expeditions and the discovery of early whales that walked. He brought artifacts from his travels and described future expeditions. The university has a replica of the skeleton of the early whale and recently adopted the Walking Whale as the university mascot.

Suzanne Hricko, chief proctor administrator, and Edith Scott, retired teacher scheduler, praised and thanked the proctors. This year 317 people proctored 116 tests volunteering over 900 hours. Ron Snowberger proctored 89.75 hours, and Denise Craig volunteered 80.75. They were awarded hanging flower baskets. Richard Brockett and Wendy Cooley won copies of Dr. Thewissen’s book, The Walking Whales. Joann McEwen and Kathy Stemen won gift cards.

NEOMED contributes significantly to the PCRTA Future Teachers Scholarship Fund. This year seven Portage high school graduates who intend to major in education will each receive a $1,500 scholarship. Retired teachers or community members interested in participating in this important project should call Edith Scott at 330-297-1812

Ain’t Misbehavin’

 

Ain't misbehavin'

Ain’t misbehavin’

Please join PCRTA for a night of dinner, theatre, and fun on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.We will be having dinner at 5:15 at Sarah’s Vineyard (directly across from Blossom Music Center grounds), followed by the play “Ain’t Misbehavin’ ” at Porthouse Theatre.  This musical revue is set in 1929,with songs like “Honeysuckle Rose” and Feet’s Too Big”.  The cost of dinner is your own, and the theatre tickets are $24 each.

Please send your reservation with your check for tickets made out to “PCRTA” no later than Friday,June 2 to John and Sandy Kerstetter, 2012 Rosewood Drive, Kent, Ohio   44240.

 

 

 

September 21 Luncheon at the Kent American Legion Hall at

Hope Short, Member Educational Specialist

1:00  

Guest speaker for our September luncheon is STRS Member Education Specialist, Hope Short.  Hope, who has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Healthcare Management and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, has worked with STRS Ohio for seven years.

JudyMorgan, Community, Service Director

JudyMorgan, Community, Service Director

Community Service: Please bring to the September luncheon gifts for seniors or give cash donations or gift cards. Suggestions include personal care items such as lotions, tooth paste, tooth brushes, mouthwash, soaps, combs, brushes, wash cloths, towels, nail polish, nail files, polish remover, lens cleaner, greeting cards, stamps, notepads, pens, room fresheners, small  decorations for a room, a deck of cards, or other stocking stuffers.

 

Scholarship Winners

Emmas Tuel, not pictured, was in a 4-H competition of the same day.

Scholarship Winners with Jim Montaquila

Scholarship Winners with Jim Montaquila

Congratulations to all the winners!

NEOMED contributes significantly to the PCRTA Future Teachers Scholarship Fund. This year seven Portage high school graduates who intend to major in education will each receive a $1,500 scholarship. Retired teachers or community members interested in participating in this important project should call Edith Scott at 330-297-1812

NEW PCRTA MEMBERS

Welcome to Sandy Halem of Kent, who is currently the Enrichment Coordinator for Family and Community Services in Ravenna.  She is asking for volunteers to read to kids. Call Sandy at 330-620-2756. PCRTA also welcomes Bonnie Oliver from Garrettsville, who retired from Maplewood in 2009.

November 16th Luncheon at the Kent American Legion Hall at 11:30 

Lynn Poulton to Offer Decluttering Hints

Are you overwhelmed by stuff in your house?  Is it time to right size your home?  Would

Lynne Poulton of Whooly Organized LLC

Lynne Poulton of Whooly Organized LLC

you prefer to make decisions about your possessions rather than leaving it to your kids to decide?

Get your questions answered about who will buy or accept your no longer wanted/needed items.  Get the 10 tips for staying organized, the three steps to getting started and leave with the most useful questions to ask yourself when making decisions.

Our guest speaker in November is Lynne Poulton, a Certified Professional Organizer and owner of Wholly Organized!® LLC.  She assists people of all ages to de-clutter, downsize, set up systems and maintain organization.

Lynne is a Licensed Social Worker and, prior to starting her business in 2012, she spent 14 years working for a non-profit social service agency.  This is a meeting you do will not want to miss.

JudyMorgan, Community, Service Director

JudyMorgan, Community, Service Director

 

 

Community Service: Please bring to the November luncheon non-perishable items and paper products for the Center of hope