Scholarship was once again the theme of the Clinton County Retired Teachers’ Association summer gathering held June 15 at the Presbyterian Church, Wilmington.
President Bobbi Hagen thanked the social committee of Jane Dodd, Kathy McClelland, Marianne McClelland and Charlotte Chaney for the beautiful red, white and blue table decorations in honor of Flag Day. She then welcomed guests Kayla Duggar and Brady McCune and their mothers, and Ken and Ginger Fliehman.
After a delicious luncheon provided by Shoelaces Catering, the scholarship winners were presented to the group. Kayla Duggar a recent graduate of Blanchester High School, will be attending the University of Cincinnati where she plans to major in special education. Brady McCune a Wilmington High School graduate, will be studying to become a secondary social studies teacher at the University of Cincinnati. CCRTA congratulates these future teachers as they begin their college experience on their journey to become teachers.
Before the program a brief business meeting was held. Cindy Petrich reminded members to send her their volunteer hours. Hesperia Bevan will be sending out invitations to newly retired teachers to invite them to the September meeting. Anyone who knows of a retired teacher who is not a member and would appreciate an invitation, please send those names to Hesperia.
Kay Murphy reported that two of CCRTA members, Wanda Hodge and Hannah Whitford had died since the Spring CCRTA meeting. The Scholarship Fund Committee Chair Cathy Hadley introduced her committee: Nan Kennelly, Laura Hobart, Lorry Swindler and Leslie Holmes. Virgene Peterson was the winner of the free lunch for the September meeting.
The program for the day was the scholarship auction. This auction is the fundraiser for the CCRTA Scholarship Fund which makes it possible for CCRTA to give two scholarships each year to future teachers.
Auctioneer Ken Fliehman conducted a lively auction as CCRTA members bid on items donated by CCRTA members, Martha Henry, Co-Director of District 4 ORTA, and these generous local merchants: Christian Bookstore, Groves Tire, McCoy’s Carwash, Roberts Centre Holiday Inn and Max and Erma’s, #1 China Buffet, The Crave Candy and Nuts, Sams Meats, Pot Luck Greenhouse, Ace Hardware, JD Equipment, Equipment Superstore, Damon’s, Mary Kay from Debbie Stern, Generations Pizza, Dairy Queen, Pat Swindler, McDonalds, Tabitha Speight, Town & Country Salon, and McCarty’s Gardens.
The scholarship committee thanks all of these gracious donors for their support of Clinton County Retired Teachers’ Association Scholarship Fund.