MOUNT GILEAD — The Morrow County Retired Teachers Association held its fall luncheon Oct. 2 at Trinity UM Church.
Special guests included: Dr. Robin Rayfield, recently elected ORTA executive director; Kathy Russell, President of the Richland County Retired Teachers and Jenifer Murphy Burnaugh, candidate for Judge.
President Bonnie Hildebrand introduced Dr. Rayfield, who spoke to the group about his 31 years in education which included serving as a teacher, coach, principal, superintendent and college professor. His action plan for ORTA includes support for: reinstating a cost-of-living increase, protecting defined benefits, stabilizing healthcare plans and increasing ORTA membership.
Hildebrand conducted the business meeting. Membership chairman Sharon Kincade stated MCRTA currently has 89 members, 57 of which are life members. Lindsey Kohlenberg urged members to “resist apathy” and to contact their representatives and express their views on issues.
A used book sale was held and a cherry pie, baked by Pat Rinehart, was auctioned to benefit the scholarship fund.
Announcements included: Officers meeting Oct. 23, 10:30 a.m. at Edison UM church; book preparation at Pat Maxwell’s home Nov. 15 at 9:30 a.m.; Christmas luncheon Dec, 4 featuring music by Northmor’s Knight Sounds, a Remembrance ceremony and the annual Talent Auction.