Meigs County retired teachers meet

POMEROY — The Meigs County Retired Teachers met at the Trinity Congregational Church on Dec. 5 for a dinner at noon. The president Gay Perrin welcomed all the members present and led in the Pledge to the Flag. Donna Jenkins presented the devotions by reading several Christmas selections and gave the grace for the meal served by the ladies of the church.

A short business meeting was held after the meal. Charlene Rutherfod read the minutes of the last meeting in the absence of the secretary Linda Lear. William Downie gave the treasurer’s report including the amount in the scholarship fund. Perrin read an article from the STRS concerning the improvement and stability of the currents funds there, and passed around a page of contact information to write or message the STRS office about renewed efforts to reinstate the COLA for retired educators. The members were asked to turn in the number of volunteer hours each worked recently, as the state keeps a record of these to show the outstanding contribution of retired members statewide in many kinds of volunteer activities. Forms were passed out for recording volunteer hours in the coming year. The members were thanked by the president for bringing in donations of children’s books and art supplies as Christmas gifts through the Meigs Cooperative Parish.

There was information presented and a discussion about the recent dedication of the second Habitat for Humanity house in Middleport. Several members were in attendance at the dedication and presented gifts of household products and decorations to the family who will live there. Leaders of the project praised Meigs County’s volunteer help and enthusiasm in building two Habitat houses in recent years.

Following the business meeting, the Eastern High School Bell Choir under the direction of Cris Kuhn presented a program of Christmas music which was much enjoyed by the teachers’ group.

A drawing was held for gift poinsettias, which were awarded to Barbara Lawrence, Marlene Donovan, and Becky Zurcher.

Submitted by Gay Perrin.