POMEROY — The Meigs County Retired Teachers Association got a special treat when Meigs High School drama students entertained the group during their March luncheon. The enthusiastic cast members of the musical Grease were only limited by the space in which they were given to perform.
The group looked as if they just stepped out of the year 1959, and the vibrant performance of “Summer Nights,” as well as several other selections, was met with applause.
Grease is directed by Amy Perrin, Meigs High School English teacher and Drama adviser. The show will be presented at the school gymnasium April 8 and 9.
Vice President Gay Perrin of the teachers association opened the luncheon by welcoming all in attendance. Since the meeting was held on St. Patrick’s Day, many festive members were dressed in green. Charlene Rutherford read “Come Closer” and the “Iris Prayer” for devotions and gave a prayer before lunch.
During the business meeting the secretary’s and treasurer’s reports were given and approved, though it was also noted that some members had not paid their dues. Cards were signed for John Riebel, Sr., Ina Meadows and Jo Ann Hays. Perrin reminded the group to continue to keep a record of their volunteer hours for end of the year submission.
Scholarship committee members Charlene Rutherford and Becky Zurcher reported on a scholarship given to Timothy Warner, and reminded members that contributions to the funds jar are always welcomed.
The spring conference was discussed and a decision made to forgo this year’s event because of the prohibitive distance and increased cost of attendance.
Johnstown resident and former president of District VI Ohio Retired Teachers Association (ORTA) Karen Butt served as the featured speaker.
She spoke on the importance of dual membership, which entails paying dues both to the local chapter and state organizations. She stressed dual membership provides leverage for ORTA when tackling legislative issues. A percentage of ORTA’s members have lifetime membership via a one time payment, and are not a yearly revenue stream. New membership dues are therefore essential to keep the association effective.
Butt also shared that ORTA’s quarterly magazines “will be going online, but for those without computers, they will have the choice of receiving theirs by mail.”
She also endorsed the creation of a Meigs chapter website.
ORTA has a statewide project encouraging chapters to work with Habitat for Humanity.
“This would raise community awareness of our group,” she said.
Since the closest Habitat for Humanity operation is currently in Athens, she suggested ways the Meigs chapter could overcome the distance and perhaps provide blankets, canned food and lunches for workers.
Plants were awarded as door prizes to Bill Downie and Joyce Ritchie.
Members are encouraged to bring paper products and personal care items for Serenity House Women’s Shelter to the next meeting, scheduled for noon on April 21 at the Meigs Senior Center. Duane Wolfe and Lenora Leifheit will present on cancer awareness and research programs.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551