2nd Presbyterian Church, Newark
Welcome/Call to Order:
Vice President Janet Simross welcomed everyone today, as Eileen was absent. She reminded all in attendance: this is Autism Awareness Month, and to please look over the Feb. Minutes and other information on tax deals and disaster preparedness that we will find at our seats. Janet also led the group in singing "You are My Sunshine"! Janet led the invocation also, after which a delicious lunch served by the church.
Program Introduction: After lunch, Janet led us in reciting the pledge as she called the meeting to order. We were then invited to hear a very interesting presentation by our own member Susan Reid about Women of Aviation, which also included her famous sister, Jerrie Mock. Everyone enjoyed hearing about these amazing women of flight. Susan also shared about the on-going project at The Works to remember her sister's memory- a replica of Jerrie's airplane that has been purchased for an interactive display where visitors can actually sit inside the plane and work the controls. The Works is still accepting donations for the cost of this project, with its presentation in June.
Secretary’s Report: Members were instructed to look over the minutes from our February Meeting, making corrections if necessary. None found, the Minutes were accepted with a motion by Ken Bagent, seconded by Paul Collier.
Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Debra Shelly reports as of end of March 2016:
Checking: $1322.97 Savings: $1,144.36, Scholarship: $11,350.95 (which included the $10,000 Stauch scholarship money);
GREAT-- at this April meeting we collected $109.00 for the Licking County Animal Shelter, and $108.00 towards our scholarships--thanks so much to all who contributed this month!
Community Affairs: David Greene is in the hospital and thus, no updates.
Information / Protective Services: Judy Pflaumer shared about the Disaster preparedness tips we received.
Legislative: Look for continuing updates emailed from Eileen.
Membership: Mary Ellinger shared that they are still about 12 people we have not been able to reach about paying their dues.
Pre-Retirement: Although the group was small, the attendees enjoyed receiving the valuable information at our April 7th seminar.
Public Relations: Look for notes from today and info about our next meeting in the Newark Advocate. Also, look for this meeting ‘s minutes on our website.
Scholarship: Mary Ellinger reported that in June we will invite our scholarship recipients to attend our meeting as we present the Fran Alspach Award, and The S. Stauch Award will hand out 2-$1,000 Scholarships a year for 5 years, beginning this year. She too thanked all who contributed the extra funds to our scholarships today.
Courtesy: Linda Leffel will be taking over this Courtesy Care & Concern job for Elizabeth Troyer, as Elizabeth is now living in Mt. Vernon. Please add names of any members needing a sympathy, get-well card, or "thinking of you", to uplift our members in any way. Between meetings, feel free to contact Linda Leffel at 740-973-8556 or / firstname.lastname@example.org with any names.
Old Business: We are pleased to announce that we have received thank you's for our involvement and the $1,000.00 donation to our local Habitat for Humanity.
New Business: Nothing else.
Other Announcements: Eileen wanted to share that our LCRTA Chapter had the most accumulated volunteer hours in the state! Congratulations! Thanks to David Greene for collecting the hours from members.
Next Meeting / Donations: Our next meeting is June 8th at Christ United Methodist Church, corner of East Main and Cedar Streets.
Our donations for the day will be any personal care items.
Adjournment: Ken Bagent made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mary Kaschak.
Linda A. Leffel