The Gallia County Retired Teachers met on June 8 at the First Baptist Church in Gallipolis.
The meeting was called to order by President Ollie Paxton-Tipple. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Pat Dillon and the blessing was given by Pastor Alvis Pollard. Thirty-seven members and guests were in attendance and enjoyed a potluck covered dish meal prepared by the membership.
Lois Carter introduced special guests from the First Baptist Church. Those being Pastor Alvis Pollard and the church secretary Beth Carman. President Tipple thanked Lois Carter for helping to organize the meeting at the church and also thanked Nancy Hood for the table decorations that she prepares at each meeting. Ollie also thanked Karen Cornell for her many years of service as a member and leader on the scholarship committee.
May and June birthdays were recognized with the singing of the “Happy Birthday” song. Those celebrating birthdays were: LuAnn Shawver, Robin Lane, and Lynn Arnott. Wedding anniversaries to be celebrated for the months of May and June were for the following members and their spouses: LuAnn Shawver, Donna DeWitt, Sarah Spurlock, Lynn Arnott, Beth and Jack James, Irene Clark, and Letty Willis.
Sympathy cards have been sent to the following: Barb Burnette and Shari Rocchi on the loss of their brother/brother-in-law; Diane Drummond and Cathy Elliott on the loss of their father/father-in-law; Will Church on the loss of his wife Marie, and to the family of Kay Michael.
Karen Cornell gave an update on her husband’s road to recovery.
First time attendee, Cheryl DeWitt, was welcomed by President Tipple.
Letty Willis made the introductions of the scholarship recipients. Before announcing the winners, she took another opportunity to again thank Karen Cornell for her many years of service and dedication to the scholarship committee. Nancy Hood and Beth James were introduced as the other members of the scholarship committee. Scholarship recipients present were: Jeremy Brumfield, a Gallia Academy graduate. He plans to attend Ohio University and major in secondary education. The next recipient was Olivia Phoenix, a recent graduate of River Valley High School. She plans to attend Morehead State University to major in special education. The third scholarship recipient, Maddie Simpson, a graduate of South Gallia High School was unable to attend due to a prior engagement. She plans to attend Marshall University and major in math.
Jack James gave the treasurer’s report. Gail Belville made the motion to accept the treasurer’s report. This was seconded by Robin Lane. Motion carried.
The minutes from the April 13 meeting were included in the last issue of The Slate. Irene Clark made a motion to approve the minutes. This was seconded by Robin Lane. Motion carried.
A donation was collected for the scholarship fund and the Snack Pack program which is the group’s service project.
Door prize tickets were sold to off-set the cost of mailing the newsletter. Door prize winners were: Vicky Rowe, Lynn Arnott, Gail Belville, Ollie Tipple, Sheryl Fallon, Nancy Hood, Karen Cornell, Donna DeWitt, Doris Lanham, Marlene Hoffman, Lois Carter, Cheryl DeWitt, Irene Clark, Robin Lane, Jean Cassidy, and Letty Willis.
The next meeting will be on Thursday, Aug. 10 at noon with a broasted chicken dinner at Bob Evans Farms. The guest speaker will be Don Baker, Regional Director of ORTA.
Donna DeWitt made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 1:15. This was seconded by Cheryl DeWitt. Motion carried.
The following members and guests were present: Lois Carter, Nancy Hood, Ollie Paxton Karen Cornell, Vicki Roe, Julie Dragoo, Donna DeWitt, Beth & Jack James, Lynn Arnott, Doris Lanham, Janet Wetherholt, Gene & Sara Spurlock, Bob & Vickie Powell, Robin Lane, Debbie North, Jean Cassidy, Jim & Irene Clark, Tim & Beth Brumfield ,Jeremy, and Josh Brumfield, Kaylee Merry, Henry & Pat Dillon, Sheryl Fallon, Cheryl DeWitt, Letty Willis, Olivia Phoenix, Gail Belville, Lou Ann Shawver, Marlene Hoffman, Alvis Pollard, and Beth Carman.
Submitted by Donna Dewitt on behalf of the Gallia County Retired Teachers Association.