Welcome to a new year. Can you believe it is already February! I don't know about you but I'm ready for winter to be over. Snow and cold I can live withut, but it's here to stay in northeast Ohio.
As most of you know you have a new slate of officers, well not really, the only new officer is Phil Butto as First Vice President and program chair. Welcome Phil, I look forward to working with you. No other major changes. We are still looking for a new hospitality chairperson. Come on guys help me out here. I can't be president, hospitality chair and work full time. I am willing help you out and make the transition easy for you. Also we have a new meeting place this year. We will convene at Drake's Landing, 2177 W. Western Reserve road in Canfield. The price is the same $14.oo and it will be a buffet. The facility is beautiful, very light and airy with lovely windows. I hope the food is good So give it a chance and join us in March. Remember the luncheons are always on the second Wednesday of the following months: March, May, June, September, November, and December. We hope to have some informative an entertaining programs for you.
ORTA news: The new President is Bee Lehner and the new Executive Director is Robin Rayfield. They will be restructuring ORTA. As you may know, for the last several years ORTA has been in disarray. Hopefully the reorganization will help to solve some of the problems. Part of this process is the development of Regional Liaisons in place of each Chapter having a Trustee. Our liaison is Carol Kinsey who has been to many of our meeting and keeps us informed of all the important changes that are happening. I look forward to continuing to work with her. She will be in this new position for three years.
Reminder: there will be significant changes in STRS health care beginning in January 2019. More details to come later. We will try to get speaker from STRS to address this issue at on of our meetings!!!
Enough depressing news. Have a good winter and I look forward to seeing you in March.