GALLIPOLIS — The Gallia County Retired Teachers met at noon June 9 at First Baptist Church in Gallipolis for a potluck meal with President Ollie Paxton presiding over the meeting.
Prior to the announcement of the scholarship winners, Marlene Hoffman gave a quick overview of the history of the organization in relation to the awarding of scholarships. She explained how Kathryn Williams was instrumental in the process by leaving a lasting legacy in her will to the organization to support teachers in training. The executive committee and membership have tried to be good stewards of the funds and are always looking for ways to keep supplementing the account in order to continue to fund teacher scholarships well in to the future.
The Scholarship Committee consisting of Karen Cornell, Nancy Hood and Letty Willis introduced scholarship winners as follows:
- Peyton Browning, a recent graduate of River Valley High School. She plans to attend Ohio University and major in speech and language with the goal of becoming a school speech and language pathologist.
- Jordan Walker, a recent graduate of Gallia Academy. She plans to attend the University of Rio Grande and major in primary education.
- Tristan Davis, a recent graduate of South Gallia High School. He plans to attend Marshall University and major in secondary education with a focus in the area of English.
New retiree Lou Ann Shawver was also recognized and congratulated on her recent retirement. LouAnn spent her teaching career with the Gallipolis City School at Green Elementary. Along with Shawver, guests Beth Hollanbaugh and Lorna Nomina were welcomed by the membership.
Publicity Chair Donna DeWitt informed the membership that Gallia County — Ohio Retired Teachers Association (GC-ORTA) was recently recognized in the spring 2016 ORTA Quarterly, Vol 69, No. 2. The association was recognized for their donation of a basket to the Taste of Southeastern Ohio fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity held at Hocking College in Nelsonville last fall. Habitat for Humanity is the ORTA statewide community service project.
Local chapters are collaborating with local Habitat for Humanity affiliates to help bring affordable housing to their communities. Chapters and retired teachers all over Ohio are volunteering their time and efforts to help.
GC-ORTA was also recognized in the same publication for receiving a Volunteer Award.
The Gallia County association was listed in the top eleven counties for the most volunteer hours by its members. Across the state, ORTA members donated at least 485,398 hours volunteering in their local communities. Gallia County retirees volunteered a total of 10,144 hours in the local community last year.
The next meeting of GC-ORTA will be noon Aug. 11 at Bossard Memorial Library.
— Submitted by Donna DeWitt