Archive of Minutes 2018

PCRTA Luncheon Meeting November 15, 2018

President Helena Parry welcomed everyone and thanked the greeters Denise Craig and Wendy Cooley.

Proctoring Chair Jeane Nolte announced that the new schedules will be out on December1 and will be distributed during the December luncheon meeting. She also thanked the current proctors.

Membership Chair Judy Hendershot announced that the membership dues for 2019 are due now.

Social Chair John Kerstetter reminded everyone that The Sound of Music is on December 1 at 7:30 at EJ Thomas Theater. Contact Phyllis Spangler 339-593-5253.

Ken Granville spoke about the Western Reserve Christmas Band Concert at the Hudson Congregational Church on December 14 at 4:00 with dinner following at Zeppe’s,

Dan McCombs presented the Nominating Committee’s slate of officers and invited any other nominations for each office. There were none. He then stressed that a Vice President is still needed. Dan stated that the position will be easier since there is a new Program Committee. He called for nominations or volunteers for the position. There were none. The membership approved the slate as presented. Helena installed the new officers in a solemn ceremony: President Chris DeMarco, Corresponding Secretary Denise Craig, and Assistant Treasurer Darlene Fetterhoff.

Len Suzelis led us in the song Count Your Blessings by Irving Berlin.

Len Suzelis won the 50/50 and donated it to PCRTA.

Community Service Chair Judy Morgan reminded us to sign the Community Service hours sheet. She also asked if anyone had a project in mind for next year, please tell her. 

Connie Evans gave the meditation, a thought – provoking piece entitled “The Art of Thanksgiving is Thanksliving.”

 

PCRTA EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING NOVEMBER 8, 2018

 

Members present Helena Parry, Darlene Fetterhoff, Jim Montaquila, Carole Stokes, Denise Craig, Chris DeMarco, Judy Morgan, Dan McCombs, Jeane Nolte, Rosemary Hostler, Kay Wise, Georgia Darrah, Karen Balog, John Kerstetter, Connie Evans

Treasurer Darlene Fetterhoff gave the Scholarship Treasury Report August 29 – October 31, 2018.

Checking Account Balance    $3,764.26

Savings Account Balance      $15,688.01

Note: See the website for the full report.

Scholarship Chair Jim Montaquila read a thank you note from Grace Gretz,  a scholarship recipient. He announced that the committee is looking for ideas for a theme for next year’s scholarship program. Jim also proposed increasing the amount of the scholarships to $2,000.00 each beginning in 2019. Discussion followed.

Connie Evans made a motion that we increase the scholarships to $2,000.00

It was seconded by Karen Balog

.The motion passed.

Dan McCombs made a motion to adjourn the 501c3 meeting. It was seconded by Darlene Fetterhoff. The motion carried.

Helena opened the 501c4 meeting.

Corresponding Secretary Denise Craig reported that she wrote congratulatory notes to Elaine Aultz, Viola Duham, and Grace Ehresman for receiving Life Memberships to PCRTA from PCRTA. These members have a Life Membership in ORTA. Denise also wrote a thank you note to the Portage County branch of the NAACP for the Advocacy for Education Excellence Award they presented to PCRTA. Denise read a letter of resignation from Saroj Sutaria resigning from the nominating committee.

Darlene Fetterhoff gave the PCRTA Treasury Report for Dave Gynn.

Checking Account Balance    $2,478.98

Savings Account Balance       $1,157.87

Note: See the website for the full report.

Vice President Chris DeMarco distributed the PCRTA calendar for 2019. He reminded us that our luncheon program will be a Teddy Roosevelt Portrayal by Ted Dudra.  Kay Wise made a motion to accept the calendar. It was seconded by Denise Craig. The motion passed.

Community Service Chair Judy Morgan stated that she and JoAnn Stikes received the award for PCRTA from the NAACP. JoAnn also received a Community Building Award for her many volunteer services in Portage County. Judy announced that the total number of Community Service hours is 5,179 and reminded us to remember to report all Community Service hours. She stated that November’s project is collecting non-perishable food items for the Center of Hope. In December PCRTA will collect winter outer wear for children. Judy asked that if anyone has a Community Service Project they would like for PCRTA to do in 2019, to give it to her.

Proctoring Chairs Jeane Nolte and Rosemary Hostler reported that everything is going great so far and that new schedules will be out December 1.

Helena Parry announced that the Nominating Committee is still looking for a Vice President for 2019.

Public Relations Chair Georgia Darrah reported that she submitted pictures from the last luncheon and an announcement for the November luncheon to the Record Courier, both of which have been published. She also submitted information to ORTA.

Reservations Chair Karen Balog reported that attendance for the September luncheon was 74. She stated that she has 63 reservations for November and 32 so far for December.

Social Chair John Kerstetter distributed information about the social events. The next one is SOUND OF MUSIC at EJ. Thomas in Akron on December 4. And, on December 16 is the Western Reserve Community Band Christmas Concert with pizza at Zeppe’s.

Technology Chair Connie Evans would like pictures of members. She does have the new computer, and she said if we have something we want downloaded, to send it to her.

Chris DeMarco thanked Helena for all her time and hard work as President. A round of applause followed.

Darlene Fetterhoff made a motion to adjourn the 501c4 meeting. Kay Wise seconded it. The motion passed.

 

Luncheon Meeting September 20, 2018

President Helena Parry welcomed everyone and thanked the greeters JoAnn Stikes and Kay Wise.

Proctoring Chair Jean Nolte thanked everyone for signing up and announced that she has only about three spots left that she needs volunteers.

Membership Chair Judy Hendershot introduced new member Jim Donovan.

Pat Gynn had not arrived yet so Dave took over for her. He announced that the members need to approve the proposed revisions to the Bylaws. He briefly explained the revisions and then made a motion to adopt the proposed revised Bylaws for 501c4. It was seconded by Earl Kilchenman. The motion passed. Dave then explained the proposed revisions to the 501c3 Scholarship Bylaws, and then he made a motion to adopt the proposed revised Bylaws for 501c3. It was seconded by Judy Hendershot. The motion passed.

Prior to Community Service Chair Judy Morgan’s report, Dave Gynn spoke about the importance of volunteer hours. He said the hours are sent in to ORTA. They are then combined with volunteer hours from all over the state and converted to a dollar amount which is presented to the Legislature.

Community Service Chair Judy Morgan urged everyone to turn in their volunteer hours. She thanked everyone for the contributions to Be a Santa to a Senior and reminded us that the November project is non-perishable food items.

Dan McCombs gave the Legislative Report. He said there is a call to action from ORTA since PEPTA is another attempt to do away with our defined benefits. Members should contact Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman and inform them that we feel that the Ohio Public Retirement Systems are prudently managed. Dan stated that he feels that the most important thing we do as an organization is to protect our pensions.

Wendy Cooley reminded us that she is collecting the money for tickets to Hunchback of Notre Dame at the Weathervane Theater. The deadline is October 1, 2018. Phyllis Spangler reminded us that she is collecting the money for tickets to Sound of Music at E.J. Thomas Theater. The deadline is November 1, 2018.

Kay Wise won the 50/50 which she is donating to the scholarship fund.

Denise Craig gave the meditation. The focus was “We are what we are” which she illustrated by citing the characteristics of lizards.

The program 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease was presented by Samantha Sathre, an Educational Coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater East Ohio Chapter. The Alzheimer’s Association helpline is available all day, every day at 1-800-272-3900.

 

PCRTA EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING SEPTEMBER 13, 2018

 

Members present Helena Parry, Darlene Fetterhoff, Carole Stokes, Denise Craig, Dave Gynn, Chris DeMarco, Ron Snowberger, Pat Gynn, Judy Morgan, Judy Hendershot, Jean Nolte, Jan Fencl, Saroj Sutaria, Kay Wise, Karen Balog, John Kerstetter, Connie Evans

President Helena Parry opened the 501c3 meeting.,

Treasurer Darlene Fetterhoff gave the Scholarship Treasury Report Jan. 1 – August 31, 2018.

 

Checking Account Balance    $5,019.26

Savings Account Balance     $15,684.06

Stifel Balance                           $68,376.34

 

Since Jim Montaquilla was unable to attend, Helena reported on his suggestion for changing the scholarship distributions. Since the cost of education continues to increase, Jim would like the Board to consider raising the amount of each scholarship to $2,000. Discussion followed.

Connie Evans made a motion to adjourn the 501c3 meeting. It was seconded by Karen Balog. The motion passed.

Helena Parry opened the 501c4 meeting.

Recording Secretary Carole Stokes asked for corrections or additions to the July minutes. None were given. Kay Wise made a motion to accept the minutes. It was seconded by Ron Snowberger. The motion carried.

Corresponding Secretary Denise Craig reported that she had received three thank you notes which she read: one from the Center of Hope, one from the County Clothing Center, and one from Grace Klein, a scholarship recipient.

 

Treasurer Dave Gynn gave the PCRTA Treasury report Jan. 1 – August 31, 2018

 

Checking Account Balance     $1,715.98

Savings Account Balance        $1,197.58

Stifel Balance                        $39,034.93

Note: See the website for the full report.

 

Dave also explained that he will hold the money to ORTA for dues until the end of the year in order for members to be paid up for the whole year of 2019. (ORTA’s new policy is that each member pay dues the following year on the month they were paid.) Dave recommended that PCRTA pay for a Life Membership to PCRTA for the following members: Elaine Aultz, Viola Denham, and Grace Ehersman. These members have a Life Membership in ORTA. Denise Craig made a motion that we grant Life Membership to these members. It was seconded by Kay Wise. The motion passed.

Vice President Chris DeMarco announced that the speaker for the luncheon is Samantha Sathre, an Educational Coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association. She will address the warning signs of Alzheimer’s and how to tell the difference between Alzheimer’s and typical aging.

President Helena Parry gave the president’s report. She said that Carol Kinsley will be having a meeting for  the presidents. She also announced that PCRTA has been given the Advocacy for Education in Excellence Award.

Jan Fencl gave the PCRTA Nomination report. The nominations for 2018 are:

President:  Christopher DeMarco

Assistant Treasurer:  Darlene Fetterhoff

Corresponding Secretary:  Denise Craig

 

Dave Gynn made a motion to approve the nominations. It was seconded by Jean Nolte. The motion passed.

Archival Chair Pat Gynn reported that the PCRTA archival records stored at the Portage County Historical Society include minutes, meetings, clippings, financial records, newsletters, and the 40th and 50th Anniversary Books plus several other items.

 

Community Service Chair Judy Morgan reminded us to bring items for Be a Santa to a Senior. She also reminded us that non-perishable food items will be collected for November’s Community Service Project.  She announced that 4,195 Community Service hours have been reported.

Membership Chair Judy Hendershot discussed the merits of a closed Facebook account. She feels it is the best way to reach members.

NEOMED Proctoring Chair Jean Nolte said that several spots were still open. She also said that two new proctors would be attending orientation.

Kay Wise, a member of the Social Committee, reported that the Social Committee met at her house. The guest speaker was Andy Selesnik from group sales for Playhouse Square. Social Chair John Kerstetter reminded us that the next event is Hunchback of Notre Dame October 14 at 2:30 PM at Weathervane Playhouse. Dinner follows at Papa Joes, The deadline for purchasing a ticket is Oct. 1. The next event is The Sound of Music on December 4 at 7:30 PM at E.J. Thomas Theater The deadline for purchasing a

ticket is Nov. 1. The tickets are $10 for the upper balcony and $17.50 for the grand tier. The contact person is Phyllis Spangler 330-593-5253.

Helena Parry gave the Public Relations Report for Georgia Darrah. Georgia’s report is as follows: The Record Courier did a beautiful write up of our July luncheon with the 2018 scholarship winners. All of the pictures I submitted were published in the full page article. I also submitted a picture and information about the scholarship winners to ORTA which was published in the last newsletter. The information about our upcoming September luncheon was published a few days ago.

Reservations Chair Karen Balog reported 63 reservations for the luncheon.

Technology Chair Connie Evans stated that she used her own antivirus program. She may need to buy another one in December.

The 501c4 meeting was adjourned.

 

PCRTA Luncheon Meeting July 19, 2018

President Helena Parry thanked the greeters Lisa DeMarco and Janet Snowberger. She welcomed members, guests and the scholarship winners and their guests.

Following the pledge and announcements, Proctoring Chair Edith Scott introduced our guests from NEOMED: Suzanne Hricko (who just retired from Academic Affairs), Sara Adair (who will be taking her place), and Tami Staab. Edith stated that although scholarships have been awarded since 1995 or 1996 in the amount of one for $100 funded by donations, fund raisers, and raffles, it was in 2007 that a partnership to proctor exams developed with NEOUCOM, now NEOMED. In eleven years 1,158 tests have been proctored by 2,969 proctors. This enables PCRTA to now award seven $1500 scholarships. To continue with this rewarding endeavor we need lots of proctors. Assuming the duty of proctor coordinators will be Jeane Nolte and Rosemary Hostler.

Membership Chair Judy Hendershot reported that the final letter was sent to nine people who have not renewed their memberships.

Community Service Chair Judy Morgan thanked everyone for donations to the Portage Animal Protective League at the last meeting and for school supplies and gift cards to Big Brothers and Big Sisters this meeting. The project for the September meeting will be: Be A Santa to Seniors.

Darlene Fetterhoff won the 50/50. She said she would purchase school supplies with her winnings.

 

 PCRTA EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING JULY 12, 2018 

President Helena Parry opened the 501c3 meeting and welcomed Linda Roberts, Jeane Nolte and Rosemary Hostler.

Assistant Treasurer Darlene Fetterhoff gave the Scholarship Treasury Report May 25 – July 12, 2018.

Checking Account Balance      $9,422.95                          July 31      $9,009.26

Savings Account Balance       $15,684.06                          July 31     /same

Stifel Balance –Scholarship- June 20, 2018 $64,946.96      Note: See the website for the full report.

Scholarship Chair Jim Montaquila reported that he met with Connie Evans and Georgia Darrah to put the program together. This year they are trying to contrast the upcoming scholarship teachers with our own lives and careers. Seven $1500 scholarships will be given, but only five of the award winners will be with us at our luncheon. They are Rory Franks from Bio Med, Grace Gretz from Bio Med, Elizabeth Noland from Southeast, Kelsey Titko from Roosevelt and Hannah Welling from Ravenna. Jim also reported that he sent postcards to those five to remind them of the luncheon. He announced that he went to Southeast to present certificates to Elizabeth Noland and Grace Klein at their Senior Awards program.

Dan McCombs made a motion to adjourn the 501c3 meeting. It was seconded by Kay Wise. The motion passed.

Helena Parry opened the 501c4 meeting.

Recording Secretary Carole Stokes reported that there were two corrections for the minutes of the May meeting. Kay Wise made a motion to approve the minutes. It was seconded by Jan Fencl. The motion carried.

Corresponding Secretary Denise Craig reported that she sent letters to nine people who have not renewed their memberships.

Darlene Fetterhoff gave the PCRTA Treasury Report January 1 – June 30, 2018 for Dave Gynn.

Checking Account Balance     $2,736.89            July 31 $1,903.50

Savings Account Balance       $1,157.27             July 31  $1,197.58

Stifel Balance PCRTA     June 30, 2018    $37,052,90    Note: See the website for the full report.

Vice President Chris DeMarco announced that Dr. William Gruegold, our speaker in May, provided all of the scholarship winners with autographed copies of his book, The History of Olympic Music.

Denise Craig filled in for Judy Morgan and reminded us of the projects for July: school supplies, gift cards for Big Brothers and Big Sisters and books for the Ravenna Library sale.

Legislative Chair Dan McCombs reported that things are slow in Columbus right now. He has not received any updates from ORTA.

Sunshine Chair Linda Roberts said that she sent a card to Grace Ehersman, a member who is 100 years old.

Edith Scott suggested that PCRTA should present Grace Ehersman with a certificate recognizing her 100th birthday.

NEOMED Proctoring Coordinator Edith Scott reported that another successful school year has been completed. She is in the process of making the transition for Jeane Nolte and Rosemary Hostler to assume the duties of Proctor Coordinator. Jeane will be the main contact for NEOMED and proctors. Edith has contacted all the proctors and is trying to obtain current information to pass on. New test schedules should be available in late August. Edith thanked all the people who contributed to the retirement gift for Suzanne Hricko. Gift cards from both Petitis Garden Center and Lowes were presented to Suzanne. Edith also said she was overwhelmed by the generous gift to her from the proctors.

Nominations Chair Jan Fencl reported that Chris DeMarco agreed to assume the Presidency next year, and that Denise Craig and Darlene Fetterhoff will stay on in their present positions. She thanked Pat Gynn for chairing the Bylaws Committee.

Public Relations Chair Georgia Darrah said that she submitted the pictures from the last luncheon and an announcement for the July luncheon to the Record Courier.

Social Chair John Kerstetter announced August 19 at 7:00 is a Band Concert on the Hudson Green. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is on October 14 at 2:30 PM at Weathervane Playhouse with dinner following at Papa Joes.

Technology Chair Connie Evans (due to duties involved the name was changed from Webmaster) reported that she was able to purchase a laptop for 55% off. She still needs a cart, office software and anti-virus. Ron Snowberger made a motion that Connie purchase these items. The motion was seconded by Georgia Darrah. The motion passed.

There was a discussion on the revisions and corrections of the PCRTA Bylaws led by Pat Gynn and Chris DeMarco. Following the discussion Pat Gynn, Bylaws Committee Chair, stated that she would type the proposed revisions and submit them to the newsletter in order to present them to the membership for approval. Linda Roberts made a motion that the proposed revised bylaws be printed in the newsletter and presented to the membership for approval. It was seconded by Denise Craig. The motion carried.

John Kerstetter made a motion to adjourn the 501c4 meeting. It was seconded by Dan McCombs. The motion passed.

The ByLaws committee is proposing the following amendments. They considered all suggestions and recommendations. These amendments have been reviewed and approved by the Executive Board. The current bylaws can be found on the PCRTA website. Proposed deleted language is indicated by a line through the words to be omitted. Proposed additions are printed in bold. There are two sets of ByLaws – PCRTA is a 501(c)4 organization, and PCRTA Scholarship is a 501(c)3 organization.

The proposed amendments are printed in the newsletter for members’ review. They will be voted on at the September 20 meeting. Editorial changes – spelling, punctuation and renumbering- will be performed in the final revised format.

PCRTA Executive Committee Meeting May 10, 2018

Vice President Chris DeMarco opened the 501c3 meeting.

Treasurer Darlene Fetterhoff reported that the audit and 990 were completed by Alan Balog, CPA, and filed electronically. The cost was $260 ($100 donation returned by Alan). The Ohio fees to the Ohio Attorney General were $50. She also gave the Scholarship Treasury Report.

Jan. 1 – May 7, 2018.

Checking Account Balance $8,970.95

Savings Account Balance $15,680.15 Note: See website for the full report.

Scholarship Chair Jim Montaquila reported that the PCRTA Scholarship Committee met on Thursday, April 19 to select the 2018 winners for the $1500 scholarships. There were ten seniors who competed for the seven scholarships to be awarded. Below are those who won.

Rory Franks and Grace Geretz -Biomed, Grace Klein-Southeast, Hannah Miterko-Field, Elizabeth Noland-Southeast, Kelsey Titko-Roosevelt, Hannah Welling-Ravenna

Following the selection, letters were sent to all of the winners, their guidance counselors and principals. Likewise letters were sent to those who were not selected.

Grace Klein contacted Jim with her regrets for not being able to attend our July luncheon. After contacting Helena, he invited her and her parents to attend the May luncheon so that our membership would have a chance to meet her.

Jim thanked the members of the scholarship committee for their hard work in selecting this year’s winners. Our scholarship committee members are Jan Fencl, Darlene Fetterhoff, Dave Gynn, Ria Mastromatteo, Ron Snowberger, Kay Wise, and Jim. In addition, he thanked Ron Snowberger for representing us by attending the Senior Awards program at Kent Roosevelt this last Tuesday evening. PCRTA has given 124 students scholarships through 2018 totaling $99,300.

Edith shared several old newspaper clippings about our scholarships.

Kay Wise made a motion to adjourn the 501c3 meeting. It was seconded by Karen Balog. The motion passed.

Vice President Chris DeMarco opened the 501c4 meeting.

Darlene Fetterhoff gave the Treasury Report for Dave Gynn April 18, 2018. She also stated that the 990 was prepared, but that Alan Balog, CPA, had filed an extention since Dave Gynn is out of the country.

Checking Account Balance $3,383.52 Note: See website for the full report.

Kay Wise shared photos that she had taken at the First Ladies Museum and Jersey Boys.

Community Service Chair Judy Morgan said the project for May is collecting items for the Portage Animal Protective League. She reported that PCRTA received a thank you note from the County Clothing Center for March’s contributions of over 20 pounds of paper supplies and other donations. On June 7,

2018 refreshments and servers are needed for the GED Graduation at Maplewood Career Center. Anyone helping (bakers and servers) will receive community service hours. So far 3,102 community service hours have been reported. Judy reminded us that the Community Service Project for July is collecting school supplies and gift cards and donations for Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

Legislative Chair Dan McCombs expressed that he hopes we can finally have balance due to the anti-gerrymandering vote. He summarized the restructuring of ORTA. He reported that ORTA is offering $100 to each local chapter which increases membership 10%. Also ORTA has a new policy that new or renewed membership will be from year to year; for example, from May to May whenever the member joins or renews.

Membership Chair Judy Hendershot reported that all Portage County Public School superintendents have been contacted about retirees. Responses to date have come from half of them. Very few are retiring this year, in fact, none from Ravenna only a bus driver and a custodian. A letter of invitation to join PCRTA has been updated. She is in the process of soliciting a member from each district to sign the letter along with the membership chair. The President’s name should aso appear on the letter. Phone calls are being made to the remaining 18 members who have yet to renew for this year. Judy is making up a list of colleagues who are not members, and she invited us to think of someone to add to that list so they could be invited to join PCRTA. Judy thanked Karen and Connie for a meaningful memorial.

NEOMED Proctoring Chair Edith Scott stated that she has been the chair for 11 years, and eight of the original people are still proctoring. Over the years she has scheduled 1,245 proctors. Three new proctors took the recent training. There are now 30-35 available proctors. Eddie plans to purchase a Donzell’s gift card with the money donated for Sue Hricko’s retirement.

Saroj Sutaria moved to invite Sue Hricko and Sara Adair (her replacement) to the July luncheon. It was seconded by Carole Stokes. The motion passed.

Reservations Chair Karen Balog reported that she has 48 reservations for the May luncheon.

Social Chair John Kerstetter reported that twelve members and friends attended the First Ladies Museum tour which all agreed was excellent. Thirty-four members and guests attended Jersey Boys which was outstanding. And, the Spring Band Concert was well attended and enjoyed by all. Events coming up are Oklahoma on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at Porthouse with dinner at Sarah’s Vineyard beforehand, Hunchback of Notre Dame at Weathervane on October 14, 2018 with dinner at Papa Joe’s before, and The Summer Band Concert of the Western Reserve Band on the Hudson Green at 7:00 on June 15. 2018. This will be an ice cream social.

Webmaster Connie Evans reported on the research she had done regarding the purchase of a projector. Discussion followed. Ron Snowberger suggested we also need a computer to go with the projector. It was also suggested that we need a nice case. Ron Snowberger made a motion to purchase a projector, a computer, and a case and to give the authority to decide on these items to Connie. The motion was seconded by Saroj Sutaria. The motion passed.

Dan McCombs made a motion to adjourn the 501c4 meeting. It was seconded by John Kerstetter. The motion passed.

PCRTA LUNCHEON MEETING MARCH 15, 2018

 

President Helena Parry thanked greeters Denise Craig and Phyllis Spangler and welcomed Robin Rayfield, Executive Director of ORTA.

Proctoring Chair Edith Scott said that she needs a large number of proctors in April and May.

She announced that the Proctor Appreciation Program is May 24. She also announced that Sue Hricko who has been in charge of the proctoring program for 12 years is retiring at the end of June. Edie would like to have a proctor orientation in the spring. Call her if you are interested.

Membership Chair Judy Hendershot welcomed new members Donna Erdman and Kim Gallegher. She also announced that it was too late to include Jack Hurd and Ben Cowgill who recently passed away in our memorial program. She asked that we remember Ruth Weigand in our prayers as she recently had a stroke.

Ron Snowberger said that he has all the information about the China trip. He also brought photos for people to see.

Community Service Chair Judy Morgan asked members to record their community service hours. She announced that the project for May is items for the Portage Animal Protective League. June is the GED graduation, and she will need refreshments, servers, and cards.

Ron Snowberger reported that when he was at the Clothing Center he learned that our December project contributed to 132 children receiving hats, scarves, gloves, underwear, and a book.

John Kerstetter announced upcoming events: the National First Ladies Museum on April 5 and Jersey Boys on May 1.

Chris DeMarco  announced a change for the May program. Dr. William Google, an expert in music and involved in music in the Olympics, will be our speaker.

Mike Hardy won the 50/50.

Linda Roberts gave a meditation based on one of the Ten Commandments “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God gives you.”

Robin Rayfield, Executive Director of ORTA, presented the program “What is Going on at ORTA”. He explained the changes to the structure and governance of ORTA. Additionally, He stated that the goals are 1. ORTA will work on improving financial conditions for STRS recipients, 2. ORTA will work toward the continuation of affordable health care programs for STRS beneficiaries, and 3. ORTA will work toward increasing membership.

Karen Balog and Connie Evans presented a very moving memorial honoring those members who passed away during the last year. Those remembered were: Patricia Greene Smouse,

Jean Thomas, Thomas A. Campana, Helen Jane Wilson, Paul C. Kitchen, Jr., Marge E. Schilmiller, Christine Rita Luli, Beverly Cole, and Gene (Eugene)Wenniger. Judy Hendershot gave a memento to the family members present.