Retired teachers hear about Appalachian literature

By Clinton County Retired Teachers Association

The Clinton County Retired Teachers recently met for their December luncheon at the Wilmington Presbyterian Church.

President Beverly Jones welcomed members and many visitors: Marlys Hildebrandt, Susan Neuhart, Michelle Howells, Marjorie Eads Walker, Mary Kay Fischer, Martha Henry, Kali Pierson, Faith Jones, Mary Fulton and Bill Kincaid.

Beverly Jones led the Pledge of Allegiance and Bill Pierson gave the invocation before a delicious lunch was served by Shoelaces Catering.

Beverly Jones conducted a short business meeting.

The lunch drawing was won by Beverly Jones and a second name was drawn, Charity Gehringer, who won an Appalachian picture book.

Nancy Bernard and Kay Murphy conducted a short ceremony honoring those members who had died during 2015. Honored were Maryan Winsor, Betty Foland, Norma Allen, Evelyn Myers Cochran and Jim Knowles.

An information page was at the table for each member to inform all about common con games and scams. The page also listed ways to avoid these cons and lines one should not believe.

Ohio Retired Teachers Association has partnered with Habitat for Humanity. Mary Kay Fischer from ORTA shared with the group many ways that Clinton County Retired Teachers can help Habitat for Humanity.

Kali Pierson owner of Get Fit shared what Get Fit has to offer CCRTA members who have Silver Sneakers. Senior specific classes or use of the facilities are available to Silver Sneaker members.

Judy Sargent thanked the 2015 officers and then installed the 2016 officers who are: President Bobbi Hagen, Vice President Penny Kincaid, Secretary Kitty Werner, Assistant Secretary Donna Gibson, Treasurer Nancy Williams and Assistant Treasurer Judy Sargent.

Joyce Kelly, a retired teacher from Blanchester Schools and a CCRTA member presented the program, “Hilltops to Desktops, Appalachian Literature.” Mrs. Kelly shared a love of Appalachian history, literature, music and people that she learned from her mother who had been born in a hollow in West Virginia. Mrs. Kelly read a few poems and picture books that were written by Appalachian authors. The audience was quizzed on mountain words and phrases such as “You can’t roll people out like biscuit dough,” or “gone for true.” She also shared some weather folklore. Did you know that we can expect a shower when a cow scratches her ear?

Mrs. Kelly ended her program with a mountain version of “T’was the Night Before Christmas.”

The meeting was adjourned by new president Bobbi Hagen.

The next general meeting will be held March 16, 2016 at the Wilmington Presbyterian Church.

By Clinton County Retired Teachers Association