2024 Executive Board Minutes

2024 Executive Board Minutes by Lisa DeMarco

 

PCRTA LUNCHEON 07-11-24

Lisa DeMarco, Secretary

Lisa DeMarco, Secretary

Doors open at 11:00 am at Kent United Methodist Church.

Greeters were Kay Wise and JoAnn McEwen.

Welcome and Pledge of Alliance was led by Chris DeMarco

Announcements – sign up for the Sunday, Oct. 13, Cuyahoga Scenic Railroad Fall Excursion. reservations are due by September 6, 2024, Adult tickets – $20.20 and children’s tickets are 15.20 (3-12 Years)

After going to Luigi’s Restaurant (cash on)

Rubber Ducks – August 23

Mediation by Terry Schoettler and prayer by Eileen Schonfeld.

Dinner was served, to go lunches were sold.

Program:  Speaker Eileen Schonfeld – Teacher, Nurse and Chaplain

 

PCRTA EX. BOARD MEETING 07-03-24

Members Present: Chris DeMarco, Lisa DeMarco, Jim Montaquiia, Connie Evans, Karen Balog, Helena Perry, Kay Wise, Terry Schoettler, John Kerstetter, Dave Gynn, Pat Gynn, JoAnn McEwen, Wendy Cooley.

President Chris DeMarco called to order the 501(c)(3) meeting.

Scholarship Treasurer’s Report:

Savings Account Balance – 12,191.28

Investment Balance – 95,142.00

Scholarship /Teacher Grant Committee Report – The Scholarship Committee passed out the five scholarships and will resume business at the first of the new year.

The teacher Grant Committee is also at rest until the beginning of the next year. Janet Longanacker is running a summer garden camp. She stated, “Our gardens have truly been transformed this past year thanks to the support of organizations like yours.”

Jim proposed additions to the By Laws and will be voted on by the Executive Board in September.

Pat Gynn made a motion to adjourn the meeting and Wendy Cooley second the motion.

President Chris DeMarco opened the 501(c)(4) meeting.

Recording Secretary’s Report – No revisions or additions were made for the past meeting. All reports are online.

 

Treasure’s Report – Balance as of 7/2/24   $  1,250.86              

PCRTA INVESTMENTS                                 $45,739.96

PCRTA Scholarship –                                    $96,411.04

 

Corresponding Secretary’s Report – Card sent to family of Ruth Wagner.

V.P.’s Report – The speaker at July luncheon will be Eileen Schonfeld, speaking about retirement. Titled “I am retired, how has this changed my life.”

President Report – Dr. Robin Rayfield will be speaking at out September luncheon. The luncheon will be free to all members. Please get your reservation in by the first of September.

Social Committee – October 13 we will be going on the Cuyahoga Valley train. Tickets are 20.20 for adults and 15.20 for children. Reservations are due by September 1.

New Business – The organization needs to investigate getting a credit/debit card for both accounts. Karen Balog made a motion and Helena second the motion. A vote was taken and was passed 13 – 0. There will be president and recording secretary vacancies for the next year. David made a motion to send the newsletter by email and one newsletter in January by U.S. mail. JoAnn second the motion. A vote was taken and was passed 13-0

Old Business – thoughts on raising dues and going to a three year payment.

Kay Wise made a motion to adjourn the meeting and Wendy Cooley

 

PCRTA LUNCHEON 05-09-24

Doors open at 11:00 am at Kent United Methodist Church.

Greeters were Kay Wise and Judy Mogan.

Welcome and Pledge of Alliance was led by Chris DeMarco.

Teacher Grants presented by David Gynn.

Crestwood Transportation – Bus “Safety Bee” mascot

Janet Longanecker – Kent Holden Elementary Grow Light carts for P.L.A.N.T.S.

John Marfy – Crestwood High A.P. History

 Didley Bow Cigar box guitars (Emmitt Tills legacy)

Matthew Wonderly – Ravenna High

Raising the Eleventh Pillar role- playing “game”

President Chris DeMarco encouraged everyone to watch Wade Steen reinstatement to the STRS board by Court Order meeting at the ORTA website

Terry Schoettler asked that retired teachets reach out to others and invite them to lunch. 

Karen Carmany spoke on Ending Gerrymandering in Ohio. To sign the petition, go to FAIRDISTRICTSOHIO.ORG

Upcoming PCRTA Social Events.

June 30, at 2:00, Something Rotten at the Weathervane Theater.

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

August 23 – Rubber Ducks vs. Harrisburg Senators with fireworks.

Cost is $12 and game begins at 7:05. Deadline is June 1, 2024.

Send reservations to Chris DeMarco – 330-730-7204.  Make checks to PCRTA and mail to Chris DeMarco, 2165 Stonebridge Crossing, Stow, Ohio 44224.

Mediation by Wendy Cooley Dinner was served, to go lunches were sold, and the donation box was passed.

 

2024 Student Scholarships presented by Jim Montaquilla

Roxxy Bretz – Crestwood

Ohio State University – First Grade

Landen Gedeon – Garfield

Ohio State University – Band Director

Kaleigh Lilly – Streetsboro

Baldwin Wallace University – High School

Aiden Rodstrom – Rootstown

Walsh University – Middle School Science/Math

Mya Yacobucci – Roostwon

Kent State University – Fifth Grade

 

PCRTA EX. BOARD MEETING 05-02-24 

Members Present: Chris DeMarco, Lisa DeMarco, Demise Craig, Jim Montaquilia, Pat Gynn, David Gynn, JoAnn McEwen, Wendy Cooley, Judy Morgan, Kay Wise, Karen Balog.

President Chris DeMarco called to order the 501(c)(3) meeting.

Scholarship Treasurer’s Report: Checking balance – $3,414.63.                    NEOMED Savings Balance – $12,189.28. NEOMED 2nd quarter – $2,375.00

Next meeting with Marathon is October 9th.

Scholarship/Teacher Grant Committee Report – Committee met on Wednesday, April 17 to select Future Teacher scholarship winners. Five students were selected from Crestwood, Garfield, Rootstown, and Streetsboro. All students and parents have been invited to our May luncheon.

Teacher grant recipients were also invited to the May luncheon and asked to speak on the class projects. John Marfy, Janet Longanecker, Matt Wunderle, and Wendy Connnair will each receive $500.00.

Kay Wise made a motion to accept the above information and Wendy Cooley second the motion. Karen Balog made a motion to adjourn the meeting and Kay Wise second the motion.

President Chris DeMarco opened the 501(c)(4) meeting.

Recording Secretary’s Report – No revisions or additions were made for the March meeting.  All reports are online.

Treasure’s Report – Balance as of 4/29/24 is $1,664.10. PCRTA Investment Balance is $44,742.17 and PCRTA Scholarship is $93,400.54

Corresponding Secretary’s Report – We received a thank you note for the Clothing Center.

V.P Report – money is due by the end of the month for the Show at Weathervane.

New Business – Wade Stein has been reinstated to the STRS board.

Denise Craig made a motion to adjourn the meeting, Kay Wise second the motion.

 

PCRTA LUNCHEON 03-14-24

Door opened at 11:00 am at Kent United Methodist Church.

Greeters were Phyllis Spangler, Kay Wise, Rosemary Hostler, and Theresa Schoettler.

Welcome and Pledge of Alliance was led by Chris DeMarco.

Meditation was given by Wendy Cooley.

Dinner was served, to go lunches were sold and the donation box was passed.

 

Our Social Events for 2024: 

April 17Lunch at Maplewood Vocational School at 11.30.

Reservations: Wendy Cooley 330-338-1319 or Wen00711@alol.com.  Deadline for reservations is April 11.

June 30: Weathervane Theater (Something Rotten) at 2:00pm

Reservations: Deadline in May 30 to Wendy Cooley.  Dinner following at Papa Joes.

August 23: Rubber Ducks vs Harrisburg Senators with fireworks.

Reservation: Chris DeMarco at 330-730-7204 or jcdemarco@prodigy.net.

October 13: Cuyahoga Valley National Railroad Ride

Reservations: John and Sandy Kerstetter 330-673-0129

 

Terry Schoettler spoke about why she Joined PCRTA and what she likes about the group. She is looking for people to join the membership committee.

Chris DeMarco spoke about the Pension Defense Fund and remember the AMBA Passport App.  that can give you thousands of Savings Opportunities.  www.orta.org/join

Karen Carmany spoke on Ending Gerrymandering in Ohio.  To sign the petition, go to FAIRDISTRICTSOHIO.ORG.

In Memory: by  Karen Balog

Elaine May (Shively)Lumley – June 11, 1944 – February13, 2023

Grace Lydia (Shively) Ehresman – July 3, 1918 – March 5, 2023

Helen E. (Lewis) Manlove – July 22,1926 – March 26,2023

Elaine Marie (O’Neill) Reynolds – Oct. 16, 1948 – May 25, 2023

James Henry – March 3, 1933 – May 30, 2023

Kenneth Granville – Passed February 13, 2023

Junia Winona Brewer Vannoy – April 25, 1932 – Feb. 13, 2023

Kathy (Mary Kathleen Young) Lilley – Sept. 9, 1931 – Nov. 5, 23

Gen W. Brunn – November. 28,1954 – November 8, 2023

Elizabeth (Crum)McEachen – Aug.31, 1940 -Dec. 26, 2023

Lunch

PCRTA EX. Board Meeting 03-07-24 

Members Present:  Chris DeMarco, Jim Montaquila, Helena Perry, Lisa DeMarco, Denise Craig, Connie Evans, Karen Balog, Pat Gynn, David Gynn, Sandy Kerstetter, JoAnn McEwen, Kay Wise, Rosemary Hostler, Terry Schoettler, Judy Morgan.

President Chris DeMarco called to order the 501(c)(3) meeting

Scholarship Treasurer’s Report:  Balance as of December 31,2023

Savings Account Balance –        12,186.24

Investment Account Balancer    92,078.95

All accounts are now at Home Town Saving.

Scholarship/Teach Grant Committee report: scholarship applications were delivered to each Portage County high school principals and guidance counselors.

Application deadline for Future Teacher Scholarships is Friday, April 5.

Janet Longanecker from Kent Holden Elementary, Matthew Wunderle from Ravenna High School, and Wendy Connair and John Marfy from Crestwood

received our $500.00 Teach Grants.  Winners will be invited to our May Luncheons.

Denise Craig made a motion to adjourn the meeting and Karen second the motion.

President Chris DeMarco opened th 501(c)(4) meeting.

Recording Secretary’s Report: No revisions were made for the January meeting.  All reports are online.

Treasurer’s Report: Balance of investments is $46,046.03 and Scholarship balance is $94,539.90

Corresponding Secretary’s Report: a sympathy card was sent for the loss ofRon Snowberger wife and a get- well card was sent to David Gynn.

V.P’s Report:  At Maplewood, Wednesday, April 17 at 11:30 we will be meeting for lunch. Also Sunday June 3 we will be attending Weathervane for the show Something Rotten.  Dinner following at Papa Joes. For reservations

 Please let Wendy Cooly know by May 30.

President’s Report: ORTA is asking active teachers to vote for Michelle Flanigan for STRS Ohio Board.  Robin Rayfield will be speaking at our September luncheon on a pilot program for new membership for retired and active teachers.

New Business: Beginning in May anyone paying for lunch at the door will have to pay $20.00. Judy Morgan is looking for new groups to raise funds for.

Kay Wise made a motion to adjourn the meeting and Rosemary Hostler second the motion.

PCRTA Minutes 01-24-24

Members Present: Chris DeMarco, Lisa DeMarco, Connie Evans, Karen Balog, KayWise, Dan McCombs, Jim Montaquila, Terry Schoettler, Wendy Cooly, JoAnn McEwen, and John Kerstetter.

President Chris DeMarco called to order the 501(c)(3) meeting.

Scholarship Treasure’s report: Balance is $91,111.00.
Scholarship/Teacher Grant Report: Scholarships applications are going out to all high school principals and guidance counselors this month. Committee members are Darlene Fetterhoff, David Gynn, Joanne Sikes, and Jim Montaquilla. Four grant winners were selected for the 2023-2024 school year. Congratulations the winners, Wendy Connair, Janet Longenecker, John Marfy and Matthew Wunderle.
Jim Montaquilla would like to add an Article for Teacher Grants into the Bylaws. A committee will have to be established to follow through on this new Article.
Kay Wise moved to adjourn the 501(c)(3) meeting and Wendy Colley seconded the motion.

President Chris DeMarco called to order the 501(c)(4) meeting.

Recording Secretary’s Report: No revisions were made for the September meeting. All reports are online.

Corresponding Secretary’s Report: Denise Craig sent a Sympathy Card to the family of Kathy Tilley.

Treasure’s Report: Beginning Balance: $13,091.61 (January to December 2023), Total Expenses: $12,023.46

$500 will be sent to ORTA for the Pension Defense Fund.

An amendment was made to change the Miscellaneous Fund from $350.00 to $850.00 to cover the contribution. Karen Balog made a motion to amend and Dan McCombs seconded the motion.

Dan McCombs moved to approve the 2024 budget and Karen Balog seconded the motion.

V.P. Report: Wend Cooly welcomed as our new Vice-President.

The July speaker will be Eileen Schonfield and September’s speaker will be Robin Rayfield from ORTA on membership information for retired teachers.

President’s Report: Bylaws wording regrading ORTA’s name change to Ohio Retired Association to Ohio Retirement for Teachers should be reflected in our Bylaws.

New Business:

The Social Committee will meet this month to begin making plans for the upcoming 2024 year.

Karen Balog stated that we have lost 50 members from 2020 to 2023. Last year the members that have passed are Elain Lumley, Grace Ehresman, Helen Manlove, Elaine Reynolds, Henry James, Kenneth Granville, Kathy Lilly, Gene Brunn, and Elizabeth McEachen. Our memorial program will be held on March 14, 2024.

We would like to also welcome Terry Schoettler as the head of our membership committee and Helena Perry will be taking over as PCRTA newsletter editor.
Kay Wise moved to adjourn the meeting and Terry Schoettler seconded the motion.