GALLIPOLIS — The Gallia County Retired Teachers met at noon on April 13 at the Bossard Memorial Library in Gallipolis.
The meeting was called to order by President Ollie Tipple. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Irene and Jim Clark and the blessing was given by Bob Powell. Thirty-seven members were in attendance and enjoyed a homemade chicken and noodle dinner prepared by Ereca Armstrong.
March and April birthdays were recognized: Jean Cassidy (celebrating her 85th). A get well card was signed to be sent to Danny Cornell (husband to Karen Cornell and brother to Lois Carter). Also recognized was Barb Burnette, first-time attendee.
Minutes from the February meeting were included in the last issue of “The Slate.” A motion to accept the minutes was made by Gail Belville and seconded by Irene Clark. Also Debbie Rhodes read a note from Marilyn Crouse Evans expressing her gratitude for the card that was sent to remember and honor her mother, Betty Crouse.
The scholarship committee reported that forms have been sent to the area high schools. A meeting will be held soon to determine the scholarship winners.
President Tipple introduced the guest speaker, Lynn Pauley, Adult Programming Associate at the library.
Lynn shared an up-to-date account of services and activities available at the library which included: Wi-Fi to Go: 20 Hotspots have been purchased and can be checked out. This aids with home schooling purposes and those who do not have internet in their homes. They are in the process of ordering 20 more units that will available soon. Book A Bike: This is a free program available to library card holders. Online classes and resources are available with home-bound services and children services. Adult coloring sessions are also available. The library has started its French City Writer’s Guild as well as its coming summer reading program. A show case of Gallia County Local Schools Academic Projects was held April 22. Living history programs are coming on May 78 and June 25, respectively featuring historical personalities Lafayette and Amelia Earhart. The library is also anticipated to assist with River Recreation.
The next meeting will be held Thursday, June 8 at the First Baptist Church. It will be a covered dish meal. The program will be honor the scholarship winners and newly Gallia County retired teachers from both the county and city school districts.
Door prize winners were: Debbie North, Peggy Huber, Denise Payne, Rick and Jeri Howell, Cheryl Fallon, Ollie Tipple, Irene Clark, Marilyn Kuhn, Julie Dragoo, Jack James, Gail Belville, Jean Meek, Jan Coen, and Dallie Forgey.
The jelly bean jar was guessed correctly by Cheryl Fallon.
Members attending: Lynn Arnott, Gail Belville, Barb Burnett, Jean Cassidy, Irene and Jim Clark, Jan and Mel Coen, Dottie Craig, Henry and Pat Dillon, Julie Dragoo, Diane Drummond, Cathy Elliot, Sheryl Fallon, Dallie Forgey, Beverly Gettles, Glenn and Jackie Graham, Nancy Hood, Geri and Rick Howell, Peggy Huber, Jack James, Marilyn Kuhn, John Milhoan, Debbie North, Denise Payne, Ollie Tipple, Bob and Vickie Powell, Debbie Rhodes, Dorothy Ruff, Patsy Schuldt, Louann Shawver, Cheryl Sheard, and Jean Meek.
Submitted by Donna DeWitt.