President Sandy Holcombe welcomed everyone, asking to recognize any newly retired, new in coming or rejoining after an absence. She particularly welcomed our Scholarship winner Olivia Palm and her parents. Janet Simross gave in invocation then our lunch, served by ladies of the church followed.
Today’s program was presented by Sharon Richards of Wilson Garden Center, who gave us tips and a demonstration on container gardening-an easier alternative to planting whole garden areas. Her main tip for good-looking containers is “”Thriller-Filler-Spiller”, which refers to how to plant an attractive container with tall exciting plant in the back, good one for filling main area, and one which vines or spills over the edge of the container. Sharon reported that there are many on-going events-activities & workshops available at Wilson’s. You can check the newspaper and Wilson’s Garden Center Website at www.gardencenterohio.com for details. Look for them on Facebook also. Two members were lucky winners of the 2 planted containers!
Mary Ellinger reminded everyone of our two scholarships. Former teacher Letha Hadley Scholarship, presented through the Licking County Foundation (presented to one, or as many a seven in the past). We do not know of this year’s recipient(s) until later this month. Our direct LCRTA Scholarship is the Fran Alspach Scholarship, another former teacher, given each year on a rotating basis to a Licking County High School student pursuing a degree in education. This year’s recipient is from Newark High School, student Olivia Palm, who thanked the membership for this scholarship to help her fulfill her desire to become a teacher.
Meeting called to order by President Sandy Holcombe; members recited the pledge.
Secretary’s Report was not read to membership-all were referred to the minutes on-line. Motion to accept the minutes was made by Ken Bagent, seconded by Wanda Marshall.
Treasurer’s Report was read by Sandy in Sharon Koppert’s absence.
Treasury Balances as of end of May:
Checking: $ 1183.70 Scholarship: $2278.28
Savings: $4077.17 CD: $1655.98 TOTALs: $9195.13
ORTA Standing Committee Reports
David Greene reminded all to try to compile log of hours served-he is collecting this information.
Informative & Protective Services: (nothing to report)
Legislative: (nothing to report)
Mary Ellinger announced that ORTA is presenting a free year’s membership-a $30 value- to a person of our choosing. We have decided to match this offer.
HOW TO WIN? JUST BE PRESENT AT OUR AUGUST MEETING FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN. TWO LUCKY WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED.
Public Relations: Look for news/updates of importance on our website, sent out by Eileen. If you do not have an email address, please consider doing so—and, make sure we have your correct email address.
Pre-Retirement Planning: (nothing to report)
LCRTA Local Committees
Auditing Committee: (nothing to report)
In Memorium: (nothing to report)
Next meeting’s lunch should be a box-lunch at The Works for $10.
Janet Simross asked all to please let her know of any ideas, suggestions for next year’s programming
Sandy said there will be more news about insurance coming out. In 2016 Medical Mutual Basic & Plus will be combining…there will certainly be an amount increase.
Care/Concern: Please be sure to write down names of anyone needing some care & concern from us.
Please consider buying our ORTA Cookbooks…$10/1 and 2/$15…great deal!
Hope to see everyone at our August 14th Meeting at The Works.
Food Pantry items will be canned fruit/vegetables.
Linda Leffel, Secretary, LCRTA