JCRTA celebrating 53rd anniversary
STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County Retired Teachers Association, a chapter of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association and 208 members strong, is marking its 53rd year.
The group held its organizational meeting on Aug. 18, 1964, at the home of Elsie Hannan. Charter members were Ruby Bailie, Florence Bucey, B.L. Brommer, Clemmie Burris, Merrill Dennis, Pauline Everson, W.I. Everson, Margaret Evans, Willella Fleming, Octa Foster and Blanche Francy.
Alverna Baer and Alma Zinninger of Canton briefed the group on the functions of the organization with annual dues of $1 established.
Officers who led the group in its infancy were President Clyde Sutherland, Vice President Elsie Hannan and Secretary/Treasurer Gladys Kracer.
Present-day officers are Dave Nicholson, president; Gina Judy, vice president; Avis Henry, webmaster; Gloria Renda, Pleasant Hill Schoolhouse Museum; Ann Wiley, reservations; Barbara Carter, publicity; Barbara Losey, necrologist and historian; Marguerite Andres, treasurer and membership; Carolyn Piergallini, secretary; Larry Coleman, community service; and Diane Neptune, informative and protective chair.
Annual dues are $8, and new members are encouraged to join.
The chapter meets four times a year with its final meeting of 2017 held Nov. 14 at Starkdale Presbyterian Church in Steubenville. The anniversary celebration included a performance by the Steubenville High School show choir.
All meetings are held on the second Tuesday beginning at 10:30 a.m. and include a business meeting, luncheon and program. Anyone interested in joining can contact Nicholson at email@example.com.
“The Jefferson County Retired Teachers Association members give volunteer hours with several local organizations to make a difference to help the Ohio Valley,” Nicholson explained. “The Pleasant Hill School House Historical Museum, the association’s major project, helps second-grade students in the Ohio Valley learn what learning was like during the time the school house was open,” he added.
The association has donated money to the museum used for roof repairs, for example, and for property surveying costs before the property and building were donated by Lonnie Williams.
Several members help with these school field trips, teaching second-graders reading and arithmetic and playing recess games that children of yesterday would have played when the school was in use.
The association members turn in their volunteer hours four times a year. They are monitored and calculated by member Larry Coleman and translate into more than 5,000 hours of service annually.
At the organization’s four meeting, members brings items or collect money to benefit a variety of service projects and community efforts, including the Salvation Army; WEBA, an acronym for the Wolf Run, East Springfield, Bergholz and Amsterdam Food Pantry; the Tony Teramana Cancer Center; and Urban Mission Ministries.
The association’s first meeting of 2018 will be held April 10 at the Richmond United Methodist Church, beginning at 10:30 a.m.