Retired teachers get health benefit update at October meeting


MCRTA President Pat Rinehart, left, welcomed John Buch, STRS member services representative, who updated members on their health careplans at the Oct. 5 meeting. Courtesy Photo


Members of the Morrow County Retired Teachers’ Association received updates on their health insurance plans when John Buch spoke at their October 5 luncheon held at Trinity UM Church. With 21 years’ experience as an STRS member services representative, Buch explained the plans and premiums available for both Medicare recipients and for those not yet eligible for Medicare. A question and answer period followed Buch’s presentation.

President Pat Rinehart opened the business meeting by welcoming two recent retirees; Sally Dye, who taught, at Cardington, and Melissa Scheidler, who retired from Northmor. Rinehart thanked Kitty Halfhill for the table decorations which included “Thank You” signs and books featuring appreciation for teachers.

Halfhill paid tribute to former MCRTA president Maureen Shepard, who passed away recently. Phylis Miller thanked members Angie Hamilton, Sheila Beck and Pat Rinehart for volunteering for the Historical Society at the County Fair. Miller also spoke in support of the Morrow County Hospital’s levy renewal.

Committee chairmen reporting included Lindsey Kohlenburg, Legislative, who distributed information on several items of concern and urged members to contact their representatives members, Sheila Beck, Community Services, asked that members total their volunteer hours for the year and turn them in to her at the December meeting. Judy Keil, Informative and Protective Services, commented on new credit cards containing micro chips. Ann Campbell, Seniors on Center, stated the Center wants to expand its services and provide more social interaction for Seniors. Volunteers are needed to lead activities. President Rinehart asked for volunteers to serve on the Scholarship Committee and for planning the Spring Retirement Seminar.

The MCRTA Executive Committee will meet Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. at the Edison UM Church. Janet Johnson will host the MCRTA Christmas luncheon on Dec. 14 at the Pines Christian Church, where attendees can view nearly 2,500 Nativity sets.

Submitted by Phylis Miller.

MCRTA President Pat Rinehart, left, welcomed John Buch, STRS member services representative, who updated members on their health careplans at the Oct. 5 meeting. Courtesy Photo
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2015/10/web1_Couple.jpgMCRTA President Pat Rinehart, left, welcomed John Buch, STRS member services representative, who updated members on their health careplans at the Oct. 5 meeting. Courtesy Photo