MAHONING RETIRED TEACHERS ASSOCIATION BOARD MEETING WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2022 BOARDMAN LIBRARY
PRESENT: Phil Butto, Susan Harris, Ruth Frankenburg, Barbara Ade, Kim Pontuti, Mary Grae Fowler, Sally Knapick Winsen, June Logan, Debbie Haverstock
President Phil Butto called the meeting to order at 10:00 AM.
Barbara Ade read the minutes from the June board meeting Debbie Haverstock made a motion to accept the minutes as read, and Susan Harris seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Old Business: Phil mailed a letter to the County Office of Education requesting the names of newly retired teachers. This letter was forwarded to all superintendents. There were no responses. Next spring, public records requests will be sent to all Mahoning County (including Youngstown City) school treasurers asking for new retiree contact information. Phil also suggested that MRTA absorb the cost of all new member first luncheons, regardless of when they decide to join.
Sally Winsen repoted again on the "Light Up the Sky" program the Mahoning County Public Library has adopted in lieu of accepting individual titles for its collection. Per the June board meeting, a $50 contribution will be given to the library on behalf of the John M. Knapick Memorial fund for retired Mahoning County Teachers. following further discussion, it was decided that this issue would be brought before the board yearly.
New Business: ORTA'S 75th anniversary celebration is taking place at the Doubletree Inn in Worthington on October 12, 2022 from 4-7 PM. All chapters in the state are being asked to send representatives to this meeting. Debbie Haverstock moved to have two board members attend, with rooms and mileage being paid my MRTA. Kim Pontuti seconded the motion, and the motion carried.
The nominating committee still needs members. Susan Harris, Susan DePinto and Jolene Bush have already been accepted to the committee. Kim Pontuti has also volunteered to sit on the committee. A vote on her acceptance will be taken at the September general meeting. Barbara Ade and Ruth Frankenbug have agreed to remain in their current board positions for the next biennium. The positions up for election are President, 1st Vice-President, and Treasurer.
The October MRTA board meeting is rescheduled for Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at 10:00 AM at the Boardman Library. (The date was changed because it interfered with the ORTA anniversary celebration).
Committee Reports: Program: Susan Harris reported that Dr. Jay Brock would be the September speaker, Bonnie Dodge will speak in November, and Tom Ruggieri and the Boardman Jazz Band will entertain in December. Legislative: June Logan reported that there would be an ORTA NE Ohio President's conference on September 26, 2022 at the First Christian Church in Alliance, Ohio. Susan Harris, and June Logan will attend from MRTA. June also reported on ORTA'S 75th anniversary celebration in Worthington. Community Service: Kim Pontuti said that the YWCA Young Women with Bright Futures would be our project for September, the Canfield Veterans Auxiliary in November, and Salvation Army in December. Public Relations: Mary Grace Fowler said she is sending information to the local papers as soon as it is made available via MRTA newsletter or web page. Web Page: Debbie Haverstock reported that the main MRTA web page is under construction but should be back up with all current information soon.
There being no further business, Barbara Ade moved the meeting be adjourned. Debbie Haverstock seconded the motion. Motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 11:14 AM.
Respectfully submitted Barbara Ade, Secretary
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