GALLIPOLIS — The Gallia County Retired Teachers met at noon Oct. 8 at Holzer Health Systems with 47 members present.
Jimmy Steele opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. Herb Moore offered the blessing before a lunch prepared by Holzer Health Systems.
September and October birthdays were recognized. Gail Pholman and Cindy Grimm were recognized as first-time attendees. Both were welcomed to the group by President Donna DeWitt.
Committee, secretary and treasurer’s reports were given and approved. New officers, webmaster, and public relations positions are all available and in need of being filled for the coming year. Members are asked to keep their addresses current with someone on the executive committee.
A health care meeting will be held in Athens on Nov. 18 and members can register online or by calling STRS.
Members donated pudding cups for a service project at the meeting. These will go to the Snack Pack Program to help feed hungry children in the community.
The statewide project for Ohio Retired Teachers will be Habitat for Humanity. DeWitt will be filling a basket of items to highlight Gallia County and donating this to the Habitat of Southeastern Ohio for their fundraising event “Taste of Southeastern Ohio” to be at Hocking College at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7.
The featured speaker for the meeting was Melvin Biars of Floral Fashions. He gave an informative talk about the hidden costs of wiring flowers. His presentation was also inspirational as he talked about how cancer had touched the lives of members of his own family. He gave a pink ribbon flag to retired teacher Debbie Rhodes and asked her to pass it along to someone who is battling cancer.
Biars warmed the hearts of those in the audience as he gave accolades to teachers and assured them of the difference that they really do make in the lives of their students. He showed several new items that are offered in his store on Third Avenue in Gallipolis and gave many door prizes to the delight of the audience.
The next meeting will be noon Dec. 3 at Vinton Baptist Church.
— Submitted by Donna DeWitt