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MIAMI COUNTY RETIRED TEACHERS ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER Affiliated with OHIO RETIRED TEACHERS ASSOCIATION October 2013

President, Eileen Yaney; Vice President, Mary Drill; Co-Secretaries, Marilyn Dearth & Sue Hastings; Corresponding Secretary, Nancy McAlexander; Treasurer, Gail Laufer; Legislation, Bill Phillips, Liz Van Tine; Membership, Barbara Miller, Karen Smeal; Informative & Protective, Joan & Tom Gibson; By-Laws & Standing Rules & Retirement Planning, Bill Phillips Liz Van Tine; Chaplins, David Pinkerton, Dick Van Tine; Memorial, Beverly Helsinger ; Music, Barbara Werth , Nancy Mack, David Pinkerton, Jim Jeffryes; Registration & Decorations, Joan Evans, Nancy Kirk & Mary Drill; Meal Reservations, Nancy Kirk; Telephone Committee, Alice Fae Detert; Community Service, Shirley Schumacher, Joyce Anderson; Scholarship, Alice Fae Detert, Nancy McAlexander, Doris Trost & Eileen Yaney; Historian, Billie Thomas; Webmasters, Elaine Judy & Eileen Yaney; Newsletter, Liz Van Tine; Communication/Publicity, Karen Smeal, Julie Gregory , Bill Phillips, Eileen Yaney: Necrology, Beverly Helsinger, Rev. Dick Van Tine, Gail Laufer, David Pinkerton; Retirement Planning, Planning Committee; Nominations, Membership; Door Greeters, Mary Drill and Membership

PRESIDENTS MESSAGE Eileen Yaney yaney@windstream.net This meeting that we honor professional educators that have passed away this past year. Names can still be added by contacting Beverly Helsinger (937) 698-5367. The Memorial Committee will present the program. This year we will be making our Christmas donation to the Miami County Childrens Services. Gifts for all ages are appreciated however there is a great need for teenagers. If you have a desire to help this age group here are a few suggestions from the Services: CDs (country, pop, rock) video games, AXE cologne, twilight books for girls and fantasy for boys, nail polish, nail stickers, make up, hoodies, basketballs, footballs or whatever you choose. Bring these to the December 9th meeting. Have fun shopping! We have a few $10 cookbooks left when thinking about Christmas gifts. The book table sale made $19.50 at the last meeting so gather up items that you think may be of interest to others and bring them to our meeting. Items will be sold for $1.00 or as marked. It has been brought to my attention by Membership Chairman, Barbara Miller, that we are way behind last years membership enrollment. If you have not joined MCRTA and ORTA yet, you can send your dues to Barbara, 6644 Roberta Drive, Tipp City, Ohio 45371 or bring your membership money to the October Meeting. You can make your checks payable to MCRTA for the total amount. It is important to belong to MCRTA and ORTA because these organizations are working and have been working to protect retired teachers rights and as retired educators we need to show these organizations our support. So if you forgot that your dues are due, this is a reminder. Hope to see you at the meeting.
Quote The life you have left is a gift. Cherish it. Enjoy it now, to the fullest. Do what matters now. Leo Babauta

COOKBOOKS
Cookbooks are still available for $10.00. A portion of the profit goes to the Scholarship Fund. These make great gifts.

UPCOMING MEETINGS are held at The First Church of the Nazarene, Troy, Ohio.
Monday, October 21, 2013 Luncheon Meeting 11:45 A.M. Memorial Service Monday, December 9, 2013 Luncheon Meeting 11:45 A.M. West Milton Show Choir, West Milton Supt., Dr. Virginia Rammel

TREASURERS REPORT
Gail Laufer, Treasurer ACCOUNT BALANCES: August 31, 2013 CHECKING ACCOUNT: INCOME: Memberships: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 420.00 ORTA $210.00 MCRTA Annual 110.00 MCRTA Life 100.00 TOTAL $420.00 Lunch Receipts: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 526.00 Used Book Sales: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19.25 TOTAL INCOME August: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $965.25 EXPENSES: ORTA memberships $210.00 Jerris Catering - meals 357.00 Nazarene Church - rental 140.00 Postage- newsletters 46.00 TOTAL EXPENSES August: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$753.00 CHECKING ACCOUNT BALANCE 8-31-13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$961.75 ___________________________________________________
ACCOUNT BALANCES: Checking: Opening Balance Deposits Withdrawals $749.50 $965.25 $753.00 Savings* Opening Balance Deposits Withdrawals $3431.53 $83.05 $0.00 *Scholarship: (funds included in savings account) Opening Balance Deposits Withdrawals $312.71 $83.00 $0.00 Adjusted Savings Balance (minus scholarship funds)

Closing Balance $961.75 Closing Balance $3,514.58 Closing Balance $395.71 $3,118.87

20th ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR


Deloris Allen and the Troy Church of the Nazarene will be hosting the 20th Annual Holiday Bazaar at the Church on Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. There will be many craft exhibits as well as other vendors. Refreshments will be available. If you are looking for special Christmas items this is good place to start 2

SECRETARYS REPORT
Sue Hastings Barb Werth played selections on the piano before the meeting and guest Larry Lokai passed out buckeye necklaces and other Ohio State University items to the members. The meeting was called to order by Eileen Yaney. Eileen thanked members for donations of pill bottles for Matthews Project and school supplies for the Abuse Shelter. She introduced the book table where at each meeting members can put donations of personal books that will be sold for one dollar each with the money going into the general fund. Mary Drill led the pledge and Nancy Mack led the singing of America the Beautiful as Barb Werth accompanied the group. Reverend Dick Van Tine gave the invocation. Guests at the head table were asked to introduce themselves. They included Troy City Schools Superintendent Eric Herman, Dennis Singleton, and Larry Lokai as the Buckeye Man. Following the luncheon of baked ham with pineapple, au gratin potatoes, corn, 7-layer salad, rolls, assorted pies, and beverages from Jerris Catering, Bill Phillips shared that information about a one room schoolhouse located at the Historical Society is on the ORTA website. Superintendent Eric Herman brought Troy City School folders for each of us and shared comments regarding a paper entitled Changes in Education specifically how these changes have affected the Troy City Schools, a district with 4600 students and 500 employees. Curriculum has changed across the board. The Common Core Standards have math, English, and social studies taught a bit differently but the base is the same. Graduation requirements are set by it and now in Ohio electives were reduced and students need four years of math to graduate. The new evaluation system for staff is basically the same type as years ago but now will be done electronically. Student assessments will be all on-line by next year. The past two state budgets have dropped first cursive writing and then phonics respectively but Troy will keep both to help students. The states reasoning for dropping cursive was to replace it with keyboarding for every student in 3rd grade since there are to be no more paper and pencil tests beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. The 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee was optional but is now mandated. Among other help are intervention packets and retesting. Only certain people with certification may now teach reading. Eric wondered if, as with the Ohio Graduation Tests, scoring may change over time. Value Added is the process of using math and Language arts test results as part of a teachers evaluation system. It would become public record. Student growth would be measured from where he/she started with one year of growth expected even if it is not on grade level at the end of the school year. Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) are what used to be called Pupil Performance Objectives (PPOs). The new district report cards from the state will now use letter grades of A,B, C, and D instead of Excellent, etc. Students at Troy High School now have the opportunity to have dual enrollment with the high school and Indiana University allowing them to graduate with credits from both and even with an associate degree from Indiana University. The classes which are taken at the high school and taught by staff trained by the university save traveling time. And unlike post-secondary classes taken at Edison State Community College, no cost comes out of the district budget for this because participating students pay a fee per class hour. (Currently it was about $25 per hour). Eric mentioned that the jump rope program Pop Rocks is very popular and has requests to appear many places including Ohio colleges and universities. The Archery team did well at the Nationals in Nashville and some students have received college scholarships. The sports teams are doing well. 3

Questions from the audience asked first about the upcoming Mumford and Sons Labor Day Weekend Gentleman of the Road event and its effect on the schools. Eric shared that the musicians were going to come into classes and talk with students, a piano that will be painted by the students will be donated to the high school, and a CD will be recorded at the high school by all the musical groups with proceeds going to charity. A special cover will protect the field and the schools felt that cooperating with this event was a way to support the businesses in town which help and support them every year from yearbook ads on. It was hoped that a profit of 12.6 million might be made. Curriculum has changed across the board. The State of Ohio is still working on when some of it such as Ohio History will be taught which may change from fourth grade. Eric said a strength the Troy district has with such changes includes the staff and supportive parents. I-pads may be in the future for more students to use but textbooks would have to be transferred and sometimes the actual textbook is cheaper. Plus updating the I-pads can be expensive. Our next speaker was Larry Lokai appearing as the Buckeye Man. Larry re-introduced Dennis Singleton, a Jim Tressel look-alike, who enthusiastically spoke about the coach and the football season. Larry gave some background on himself. Coming from a family with a continuing tradition of producing educators, he taught high school agricultural education for thirty years, retiring in 1996. He lives in Urbana and served on the Urbana City Council. He is presently ORTA District III Director. He will retire as District Director December 31st of this year. (He gave a nice plug for Liz Van Tine as a possible successor!) He feels strongly that before the state legislature makes decisions about high school they need to spend a week in one for the experience. He is also a chicken judge at many fairs. He has been the Buckeye Man for 15 years and is actually not affiliated with Ohio State University. He is his own sponsor, paying all expenses incurred with his travel to games and for special appearances and materials he passes out such as buckeye necklaces. He has a goal to give out 1 million buckeyes and was about 78,000 short at our meeting so he requested donations of any we might find. (He did warn to watch out for poison ivy which seems to like the same areas as the trees!) Once he has a million buckeyes he plans to give them to Archie. Larry has appeared at many functions including at every freshman send-off at OSU since 2002. He makes personal appearances to cheer up others with his enthusiasm and he has a website. It takes him about 25 minutes to get into his make-up and costume. The weight of the buckeye necklaces he wears is seven pounds. He has a concern with how young children are losing person to person communication skills because of technology. When he ran for office in 1999 he actually knocked on the doors of about 10,000 homes. Following his presentation that ended with a cheer for OSU, Bill Phillips shared that Larry was president of Champaign County Retired Teachers Association while Bill was our president. They discussed a scholarship idea and Larry sent Bill information the next week. This led to our current book scholarships. Moving into the business part of the meeting, Ruby Renner was introduced as a first time guest. Those attending with July birthdays included Bev Helsinger, Betty Straker, Nancy Kirk, Liz Van Tine, and Sue Hastings while Paul Papanek had an August one. Proceeds from the OTRA cookbooks now go entirely to the general fund of MCRTA. Bringing donated books to sell for one dollar each will continue at each meeting. Prayers were asked for Dee Allen, the secretary of the Troy Church of the Nazarene, and her husband who became very ill with a burst gall bladder while on vacation.

The motion to accept the June minutes was made by Liz Van Tine and seconded by Karen Smeal. Treasurer Gail Laufer passed out handouts of her report and John Berk made the motion to accept the report while Alice Fae Detert seconded it. The motion passed. Alice Fae Detert reported that two of the book scholarship winners, Courtney and Jennifer, had sent book receipts to her so far. The scholarship fund is starting out with a balance which is great but will still need our support to reach the $1000 goal for next June. Barb Miller was in Columbus today so Karen Smeal reminded members to get membership fees into Barb by the next meeting in October. At the October meeting a drawing for a free ORTA oneyear membership for a new member will be held. It was suggested that the labels for newsletters have the members expiration date on them as a reminder. Eileen has been handwriting them on and asked about cutting back on sending to those who no longer pay dues. A leeway of several years has been given in the past. Membership favored making it just one year especially with increasing postal costs. Using e-mail for newsletters was encouraged to lessen the need for postage. Eileen Yaney again thanked members for the donations of school supplies. In December Christmas gift donations will be taken for Childrens Services. It was noted that the hardest age group to buy for are the teens so often there are fewer gifts donated for them. Eileen will ask Childrens Services for suggestions of acceptable gifts for teens and hopes to have the suggestions for us in October. Bill Phillips mentioned the need for new members and for a campaign to increase numbers. Gwen Karr won the drawing for a free meal. Bev Helsinger reminded members to send obituaries to her soon so the deceased will be included in the October memorial service. Eileen Yaney adjourned the meeting.

SCHOLARSHIP REPORT
Alice Fae Detert, Scholarship Chair Dont forget to make your contribution to the Scholarship Fund. If you do not attend the luncheons, you can mail a check to Alice Fae Detert, 164 Kiser Drive, Tipp City, 45371. Thank you to everyone who has supported this fund with donations.

IN MEMORIAM
Eileen Sandy Flinn, MCRTA Member, Troy Schools Barbara Meholick, MCRTA Member, Bethel, Business Marlene Hannah, Tipp City Lynn Mae Brown, Troy Schools Virginia Ann McClure, Edison Community College Samuel D. Shie, Music Education, Springfield Taft, Hamilton Betty Jo Kirby Gordon, Milton Union, Elementary Allen Alkie Richards, Tipp City, Coach Mary Ione Sherod, 1 room school, Pansy, Jefferson in Arizona Rita L. Gallagher, St. Patrick, Troy Margaret Y. Peggy Nordquist, Tipp City Don Mack, husband of Nancy Mack, MCRTA Member

PILL BOTTLE COLLECTION


Dont forget your pill bottles for Patricia Chavis.

WEBSITE
Newsletters, photos and interesting bits of information are posted on the website. New website address. Go to www.miamicountyrta.weebly.com and that will take you links to ORTA and STRS. Please forward photos to Elaine Judy 235 N Tippecanoe, Tipp City, OH 45371 or to jjudy235@roadrunner.com

INFORMATIVE AND PROTECTIVE


Did you ever wonder why certain prescription drugs are labeled with a warning to not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice? My research has lead to an interesting fact about grapefruit and possibly some other citrus fruits. An enzyme in the intestines, CYP3A4, controls the amount of medication that is absorbed in the intestine. Grapefruit contains natural chemicals called furanocoumarins, that inhibits the enzyme CYP3A4, and without it the intestines absorbs much more of a drug and blood levels rise dramatically. Depending on the drug prescribed reactions can vary such as, symptoms of overdose, increased heart rhythm, depressed respiration, muscle breakdown that can cause kidney damage, blood clots. It is important to check with your doctor when prescribing a medication about foods, especially grapefruit and its possible harmful interaction with the drug. It is important to stay healthy.

STRS NEWS
This is good news about the pension funds. STRS Ohio Posts +13.7% Total Fund Return in Fiscal 2013 STRS Ohios total fund return was +13.7% for the year ending June 30, 2013. The market value of investment assets as of June 30 was $68.0 billion. The strong return for fiscal 2013 well exceeded the funds assumed actuarial return of 7.75%, but trailed the total fund benchmark return. This week, Bloomberg News reported that the median gain for public pension funds was +12.4% for the 12 months ending June 30. All asset classes beat their benchmarks during fiscal year 2013 except for domestic equities. The S&P 500 Index reached record highs during the year, and STRS Ohio began to underweight the domestic equity portfolio to realize some of those gains and to guard against a market correction. STRS Ohios 2014 Investment Plan calls for only moderate growth in the capital markets in fiscal year 2014. A copy of this plan is available on the STRS Ohio website.

DONT FORGET YOUR BOOKS You can bring any books, audiobooks, or any other interesting items to the October Luncheon. The proceeds will go into the General Fund.

HEAR YE! HEAR YE!


Calling all members to renew their membership in MCRTA and ORTA!!! If you have forgotten, you can send your dues money to Barbara Miller or pay at the October Luncheon. It is important to show our support to both organizations since they are only ones to actively work for retired educators.

MEMBERSHIP
Barbara Miller MEMBERSHIP - WE NEED YOU! Barbara Miller, Membership Chair, 6644 Roberta Drive, Tipp City, OH 45371 or call for info (937) 667-1563 I will be collecting dues for the 2014 year at the August meeting through December 1, 2013. You can also send your dues money to me. Dues for 2014 are the same as last year - $10 for MCRTA and $30 for ORTA. Make checks payable to MCRTA for total amount. We need everyone to be a part of both organizations. ORTA is here to help protect our benefits. We were lucky that we only lost 1% of our COLA. ORTA was there to help us. There are are still many undecided issues. ORTA will be there for us. ORTA is the voice of the retired teacher. We need the strength in numbers to make a difference. Barbara Miller, 6644 Roberta Dr., Tipp City, Ohio 45371 If you have not joined MCRTA and ORTA step up and pay your dues. MCRTA AND ORTA MEMBERSHIP NAME_____________________________________________________________ ADDRESS___________________________________________________________ EMAIL______________________________________________________________ TELEPHONE_________________________________________________________ __________MCRTA Annual Dues $10.00 __________MCRTA Lifetime Dues $100.00 __________ORTA Annual Dues $30.00 __________ORTA Lifetime Membership Dues $500.00

STRS OHIO STATEWIDE MEETINGS


STRS is offering meetings this fall to review the 2014 Health Care Plan. There are many locations available but the meetings in Dayton are November 4 and 5. If you are interested in attending, you need to register either online at www.strsoh.org (6 weeks before the meeting date) or by calling 1-888-227-7877 (four weeks before the meetings). When you register you will be given a site in Dayton. The meetings will last approximately 60 minutes. Meetings will be offered at 10 A.M., 1 P.M. and 5 P.M. (5 P.M. meeting will only be offered on November 4 in Dayton). This is a good opportunity to receive the latest information about Health Care changes and coverage. If you need more information about the meetings you can go to the STRS website. This information was sent in the mail.

MIAMI COUNTY RETIRED TEACHERS ASSOCIATION OCTOBER LUNCHEON Date: Time: Location: Menu: Cost: Program: Monday, October 21, 2013 11:45 A.M. Troy Church of the Nazarene, Troy, OH Corner of Rt. 55 and Barnhart Roads Jerris Catering: Beef and Noodles, Mashed Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables, Waldorf Salad, Cake, Rolls, Beverage. $12.00 includes gratuity ($14.00 at the door without a reservation). Memorial Service, Rev. Richard Van Tine, Beverly Helsinger, Gail Laufer

Return reservation to Nancy Kirk, 1900 N. ST. RT. 589, Casstown, OH 45312 or call 339-7859 Deadline for reservations is Monday, October 14, 2013. Checks payable to MCRTA. Reminder: If you do not make your reservation in by October 14 and you attend the Luncheon your cost will be $14.00. ___________ Yes, I will attend the October 21 Luncheon. I have enclosed $__________________for __________ reservation(s). Name(s)___________________________________________________ Guest(s) Name____________________________________________ Is this your first meeting?_________________ ___________ Do you have a September/October birthday? Please keep us informed of deceased educators in the Miami County Education Community. Obituary notices can be mailed to Beverly Helsinger, 256 Hamilton, West Milton, OH, 45383. Thank you.

BOOKS! BOOKS! BOOKS! and audio books for sale at the meeting to raise money for our general fund.