Announcements 2024

Link: Social Activities!


Next Meeting:  September 12, 11:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, 1435 E. Main St. in Kent, OH 44240.  Park in the back of the building.  Reservations are due by September 1, 2024.

Robin Rayfield


Guest speaker:  Robin Rayfield, Executive Director of The Ohio Retirement for Teachers Association, who will explain how ORTA is trying to protect your pension!

The cost of the meal is free and open up to a maximum of 130 persons.  Contact Karen Balog @ 330-212-3145 or by September 1, 2024




Our guest speaker for the July meeting is Eileen Schonfeld. Her topic will be “I AM RETIRED; HOW HAS MY LIFE CHANGED?”

 She is a former teacher who then changed careers and became a nurse. She became a chaplain at Akron General and Children’s Hospital. She is now working at Stewart’s Caring Place, which is a cancer support facility. She is a wonderful speaker as she talks to diverse groups. 

The Community Service Project:  Children’s Diapers size 5 & 6 for the County Clothing Center.


Notice from PCRTA treasurer: Please check the label on your newsletter to determine if you are caught up on your dues. You should see something like this if you are paid up for 2024: S 2024 P2024. S stands for state which is the ORTA dues and P stands for the PCRTA dues. The dues for 2025 can be paid starting in July. Thanks for checking. We have several members who have not paid their dues since 2022.  You may call me if you have any questions at 330-808-4578. You will have to leave a message, and I’ll get back to you.

Thanks again, JoAnn McEwen 


PCRTA May Luncheon by Jim Montequila 

The PCRTA May luncheon featured the Teacher Grant Winners for this school year, along with the scholarship recipients.  Janet Longanecker from Kent Holden Elementary spoke for a few minutes on her Plant Growth in Action project.  She was followed by John Marfy from Crestwood High School with a description of his Civil Rights Learning Unit for his AP American History class. Lastly was Matthew Wunderle from Ravenna High School describing his Reacting to the Past American History Simulation Unit.  Mr. Wunderle is a second-time winner of one of the PCRTA Teacher Grants.

2024 Grant Winners

2024 Grant Winners: Matthew Wunderle of Ravenna High School, John Marfy from Crestwood High School, and Janet Longanecker of Longcoy Elementary School in Kent.

Three of this year’s five scholarship winners were present for the luncheon.  Missing were Kaleigh Lilly from Streetsboro, who will be attending Baldwin Wallace next year to become a high school teacher, and Mya Yacobucci from Rootstown, who is going on to Kent State University planning to become a fifth grade teacher.

2024 Scholarship Winners

2024 Scholarship Winners: Landeon Gideon, Roxxy Bretz, & Aiden Rodstrom

Two of the three scholarship winners are set to go to The Ohio State University.  Roxxy Bretz from Crestwood wants to go into primary education and become a first- grade teacher, and Landen Gedeon from James A. Garfield is intending to major in music and become a band director. Aiden Rodstrom from Rootstown will be attending Walsh University in North Canton planning to go into middle school education in science and history.


Social Events for 2024!


Apr  17:   Lunch at Maplewood Vocational  School with possible tour 

Individual Checks Deadline April 11

Reservations:  Wendy Cooley  330-338-1319


Jun  30   2:00 pm   Weathervane Theater :  

Something  Rotten       Dinner  after play!

Send reservations by May 30.  Make Checks to PCRTA and mail to Wendy Cooley, 1856 Steppingstone Trail, Atwater, Ohio 44201.   330-338-1319.


Aug  23   Rubberducks Baseball Game

Spend an evening at Canal Park with the Akron Rubber Ducks and the Portage County Retired Teachers! See our organization’s name in lights on the state-of-the-art scoreboard!


  • Friday, August 23, 2024. First pitch: 7:05
  • Drive on your own. (Parking varies.)
  • Paperless ticketing (There will be no paper tickets; ticketswill  be on your cell phone.)
  • Admission: $12. Includes Fireworks (weather permitting).
  • Check payable to: PCRTA
  • Payment due now! This will ensure our seating.
  • We must purchase 24 tickets to ensure group seating.


  • Food Options: Eat on your own, at home or at your choice of concession stands (also cashless).
  • Reverse ATM available.
  • ALL ARE WELCOME! Bring friends and the kids and grandkids!!
  • Great for recruiting new members!
  • For RESERVATIONS contact Chris DeMarco, , or 330-730-7204, no later than June 1, 2024.


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NAME:          __________________                                


PHONE (cell):                    ___________ _____


# TICKETS: _____


EMAIL: ______________________________


ADDRESS: _______________________________________________________________




TOTAL DUE _________________


  • Make checks payable to: PCRTA
  • Mail to: Chris DeMarco, 2165 Stonebridge Crossing, Stow, OH 44224


Oct  13  Cuyahoga Valley National Railroad Ride through the National Park

Meet at Pennisula Depot at 12:55  p.m.  Train departs at 1:40 p.m. and

returns to Peninsula  at 3:50 p.m.

Cost: $ 20.20  ($18 plus $2.20 service fee per ticket) for adults.

$ 15.20  ($13 plus $2.20 service fee per ticket) for children.


Name _____________________________________ Telephone _____________

Number of Adult Tickets______  Number of Children’s Tickets _____

Total Payment ________          Make check payable to PCRTA.

Mail to: John Kerstetter, 2012 Rosewood Dr., Kent, OH 44240, 330-673-0129




01/04/24 9:30  a.m.Executive Board Meeting (Kent Free Library) 
01/25/24February Newsletter Deadline 
03/07/24 9:30  a.m.Executive Board Meeting (Kent Free Library) 
03/14/2411:30 a.m.Luncheon Meeting 
Program: “In Memory”  
03/25/24April Newsletter Deadline 
05/02/24 9:30 a.m.Executive Board Meeting (Kent Free Library) 
05/09/2411:30 a.m.Luncheon Meeting 
Program: Scholarship/Grant Recipients 
05/25/24June Newsletter Deadline 
07/03/249:30 a.m.Executive Board Meeting (Kent Free Library) 
07/11/2411:30 a.m.Luncheon Meeting
Program: TBD
07/25/24August Newsletter Deadline 
09/05/249:30 a.m.Executive Board Meeting (Kent Free Library) 
09/12/2411:30 a.m.Program: TBD
09/24/24October Newsletter Deadline 
11/07/249:30 a.m.Executive Board Meeting (Kent Free Library) 
11/14/2411:30 a.m.Luncheon Meeting & Installation of Officers
12/12/2411:30 a.m.Luncheon – Christmas Party
Program: TBD