GALLIPOLIS — The Gallia County Retired Teachers met on Oct. 12 at the Nazarene Church in Gallipolis.
The meeting was called to order by Debbie Rhodes who was filling in for President Ollie Tipple. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Doris Lanham and the blessing was given by Henry Dillion. Thirty-five members were in attendance. The luncheon was catered by The Colony Club.
September and October birthdays were recognized as follows: Ellen Shopis, Janet Wetherholt, Julie Dragoo and Glen Graham. A thinking of you card will be sent to Hazel Carico. A sympathy card has been sent to Nancy Hood.
Cathy Elliott spoke on her 25 years of leukemia recovery. She thanked the group for all of their support. She credits her health to her caring family, friends and God’s grace.
Karen Wright introduced Dr. Michelle Johnston, President of the University of Rio Grande. She updated teachers on recent events occurring at the campus: the 141st Founders Day, Jake Bapst has a new book on the history of Rio, graduation last May was the largest in the school’s history, and the student body includes students from 70 of Ohio’s 88 counties, from 18 states and 22 countries. Around 75 percent of the students are from Gallia, Jackson, Meigs, and Vinton counties.
Presently, construction is underway for a simulation center at the nursing school building. This aims to expose students to real life situations in the health care field. In Jackson, they now have a building for off-campus classes. Land has been purchased in Vinton County for an off-campus facility in the future.
Johnston spoke on the then upcoming replacement levy on Nov. 7 to support the Rio Community College. Rio had not been on the ballot in 43 years. The tax levy was based on current property evaluations. Many of those present signed a letter supporting the levy.
A veteran’s dinner held at Rio on October 28, 2017. The spaghetti dinner honored area veterans and announce the Veteran of the Year Award. It is the second annual dinner honoring veterans at the university.
Melvin Biars from Floral Fashions Floral Shop was the meeting’s featured guest speaker. Biars shared information about the changing face of the floral industry. He introduced new items for fall and the holidays. He also shared with the audience about the increase in prices for certain flowers and greenery due to the recent hurricanes in the south. In order to try to be cost effective, he will now use the California market more often. Melvin has prepared flowers for 23 weddings this year. Current phone technology allows him to create a wedding album with his phone at an economical cost. If interested, check with Biars about this new way to clear your phone of pictures and put them in an album.
Winners of door prizes were Doris Lanham, Jane Ann Slagle, Jackie Graham, Lynn Arnott, Gail Belville, Cathy Elliott, Marlene Hoffman. Jack James, Dottie Craig, Debbie Walker, Patricia Young, Karen Cornell, Sheryl Fallon, Bob Powell and Marsha Haynes.
Debbie North was the blue ticket winner. Sales made were to benefit a scholarship fund and newsletter mailing. Biars donated a fall wreath for this fundraiser.
Biars also presented a beautiful quilt to Pat and Henry Dillon for their faith and service to others. The retired teachers appreciate for being the guest speaker for the program during the October meeting.
Jack James gave the treasurer’s report. Minutes from the last meeting were in the latest issue of The Slate. Both reports were approved.
A note of thanks was received from our service project, the Snack Pack program. They appreciate the teachers’ financial assistance during the year.
Karen Wright is currently working to get our Web page up and running. Karen Cornell asked that volunteer hours be turned in to her by the end of December. Julie Dragoo reminded the members that if they make a reservation for a meeting and are unable to attend for any reason that they should send the money due to Jack James, treasurer. Keep addresses current with Donna DeWitt if teachers wish to continue to receive the newsletter.
Gail Belville announced that the group will have a benefit auction at the December meeting. Members should plan to bring items to raffle and their pocket books. The membership passed a motion that the first $100 from the December auction be used to help with the mailing of the newsletter and the remaining money would go to the scholarship fund. The December meeting will be on Dec. 7 at noon at the Vinton Baptist Church and the meal will cost $15. The menu will consist of ham loaf, potato, green beans, salad, roll, dessert, and drink.
Upon adjournment, the raffle winners were announced as follows: Mary Withee, Lois Carter, Doris Lanham, Sharon Vannoy, Karen Cornell, Sheryl Fallon, Cathy Elliott, Karen Wright and Debbie North .
Members attending: Lynn Arnott, Gail Belville, Lois Carter, Karen Cornell, Dottie Craig, Henry Dillon, Pat Dillon, Julie Dragoo, Diane Drummond, Cathy Elliott, Sheryl Fallon, Glenn Graham, Jackie Graham, Marsha Haynes, Marlene Hoffman, Joan Hudak, Jack James, Doris Lanham, Karen Luckydoo, Debbie North, Betty Plymale, Bob Powell, Vicki Powell, Debbie Rhodes, Ellen Shopis, Jane Ann Slagle, Ruth Snyder , Richard Unroe, Sharon Vannoy, Janet Wetherholt , Mary Withee, Karen Wright, Patricia Young and Debbie Walker.
Submitted by Donna DeWitt