President Eileen McNally welcomed all to our April meeting. Her theme for the month
Was “5 Ways to Improve Your Life”, from an article in Guideposts Magazine? Creative Catering, who will be catering all of our meals when meeting at Heritage Hall, then provided lunch.
Vice President Karen Butts introduced Trina Woods, from Licking County Coalition for Housing program, who had many interesting details to share about this important program. This organization has been serving people in our community for over 20 years, providing over 44 units, including 14 larger family units of temporary housing for those in need for up to 8-12 months. Some units are designated for veterans, and they also own 12 homes for those with developmental disabilities. “Project Homeline” is a part of their program helping those in need of short-term help with living expenses. Volunteers are welcome, and are an important component of their organization.
Eileen opened business meeting following the Pledge.
Secretary: Minutes from February’s meeting are on your table at each meeting. Any corrections/additions can be directed to Eileen or Linda. You are also reminded to please write down the names of any members needing a card from us to lift them up in various circumstances. And, please get names to Linda or Eileen between meeting dates.
Treasurer: Debra Shelly reported the following as of April 2017-
Checking: $1,322.97 Savings: $1,144.36 Scholarship: $1,350.95
Stauch Scholarship Fund: $10,000.
Donations today: $60 towards our Scholarship fund, plus additional $180 since our last meeting! This came from members renewing their memberships.
$71 was donated for animals today.
Legislative: Karen reported that there was not much new information as yet, but that the COLA issue continues to be discussed, and may be decided by the end of April. If you do not utilize the computer for updates, you need to call ORTA and you can sign up for their monthly newsletter. Hopefully we can get a representative from ORTA come to talk with us.
Scholarship: 13 students have applied, from 6 districts. Recipients will be recognized at our June 14th meeting.
Membership: Mary Ellinger shared that we still have 18 who have not responded to numerous contacts about paying dues to continue their membership. Will make one last call before taking them off our membership list.
Updates/Notes were shared:
*ORTA update-District Director Kara Mendenhall noted that we need to look at monthly communications from ORTA. We can look at the ORTA Handbook, provided for each chapter for ideas on building membership in our chapter. They will be getting more information out on social media. ORTA will be sending out membership cards for those needing identification for discounts available to ORTA members.
*ORTA and AARP are joining together for a day at the zoo on May 5th. Includes Breakfast and Lunch. $70/couple; $75 for a group of 5.
Our next meeting will be on June 14, Heritage Hall.