Wednesday, October 12th, Utica United Methodist Church
Welcome/Call to Order: President Eileen McNally welcomed all and shared her theme for this month's meeting..."An answer to our prayers"...followed by a story to share. Be thankful and look for answers to our prayers each new day! Invocation: today led by Eileen also. Delicious lunch served by the church .
Program Introduction: Following lunch, we were entertained by Marilyn Stocker, retired teacher and a legend in area theater, sharing about Licking County Players Theater, and the history of the off-shoot volunteer theater group, "LC Suitcase Theater", which she directs and has been involved with LC Players for its 50 years. Performing not only in Newark, but all over central Ohio, they have even included style shows to their programs. A current display about the group can be seen at LCP Theater on Main Street, as the new season has begun.
Pledge of Allegiance: Eileen led us in the Pledge.
Welcome Visitors/Guests: There were none today.
Secretary’s Report: Members were instructed to took over the minutes from our August Meeting, make corrections if necessary. Minutes were accepted.
Treasurer’s Report:Treasurer Debra Shelly reports as of October, 2016:
Scholarship: $6990.39 (which includes Stauch scholarship money)
October Collections: $77 towards scholarship and $80 for the Baby Pantry
Community Affairs: David Greene reminded us again of the importance of getting t in our Volunteer hours to him by our December meeting...our hours really do add up and make an impact on our community. He again shared with us about the continuing film series on community issues showing on the 3rd Thursday of each month at the GMP Local 244 Union Hall, 350 Hudson Avenue, 7PM.
Information / Protective Services: Nothing to report
Legislative: Nothing to report
Membership: Eileen announced that as we did last year, those who have paid their dues by February meeting will be entered into a drawing for a gift card!
Pre-Retirement:Nothing to report.
Public Relations: Look for notes from today and upcoming meetings in the Newark Advocate, and look for our minutes and any updates from Eileen either by email, or on our website.
Scholarship: Nothing new to share
Courtesy: Please add names of any members needing get-well card or uplifting in any way, and you are again reminded to get names to Linda Leffel between meetings.
New Business: Eileen discussed the changes, at this time, in our Luncheon Meeting scheduling for next year. Please take note!
*February's meeting will ALWAYS be at Stacey's Buffet, as we do not need to have a secure reservation there, which is better for the chance of inclement weather often in February.
*All other months, April, June, August, October and December will be held at Heritage Hall, Senior Center. BUT a definite count for our reservation MUST be turned in by the Friday before our Wednesday luncheon. We will be responsible for any reservations not honored, and there will not be extra food available for walk-ins.
Eileen was pleased to again send out applications for the "New Teacher Grants", after the success of giving out 3 grants last year. This year we are pleased to be giving out 5 grants to area first/second year teachers, with the wonderful donations given by Eileen, with 2-$200 grants, Judy Pflaumer with 2-$200 grants, and our own LCRTA Chapter, 1-$200 grant. It is wonderful to help teachers working and trying to supply their classrooms. Receiving grants for 2016-17 are: Elizabeth Untied, 1st Grade, Granville; Jennifer Davis, Heath High School; Emma Hayford, K-3 SW Licking; Greg Horchel, LH high School; and Theresa Snyder, Phoenix central education Center. Congratulations!
Other Announcements: Janet Simross will be stepping down from being our Vice President, and Karen Butt will be taking over her position.
Next Meeting / Donations: Our next meeting is Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 at Central Christian Church, with students from John Clem Elementary, entertaining us with a holiday program. Pantry donations for December are Laundry items.
Closing thoughts:Eileen closed today’s meeting
Linda A. Leffel