A BRIEF HISTORY OF HOW WE STARTED
Thirty-two Clermont County Retired Teachers met at the Cincinnati Gas & Electric
building in Batavia on April 22, 1970 to consider forming a county organization.
James H. Fley,
temporary chairman, introduced A.O. Mathias, Ohio Retired Teachers Association and Miss Jennie Davis, Southwestern District
Director of ORTA. Both pointed out the need and the advantages of becoming a part of the state and national organization.
(The National Organization "NRTA" was started by Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus to teach retired persons to use their united
strength and influence to right the wrongs inflicted on the counties retired teachers.) Both assured the group of their
support in the formative months.
It was the concensus of the group to organize. Mr. Fley
appointed Mr. Joe Evans of Owensville, Mr. Raymond Little of Felicity, Miss Ruth Crawford of Milford, and Mrs. Alice Leslie
of Bethel to present a slate of oficers. Their decision was as follows:
President -- James H. Fley
Vice President -- Raymond G. Little
Secretary & Treasurer -- Mrs. Elsie Fley
The slate of officers was approved by acclamation. Mr. Joseph Evans chaired the committee to write the constitution,
assisted by his wife, Mrs. Joseph Evans and Ruth Dial.
The question of dues was not decided
at the first meeting. Before adjourning, Mr. A.O. Mathias passed out literature concerning the state and national levels
of the organization and June 17, 1970 was set for the next meeting.
At the second meting, thirty
retired teachers were in attendance; minutes were read and approved; Miss Ruth Dial presented the first draft of the constitution
and by-laws, which were studied, discussed , and revised. It was decided to divide the office of Secretary and Treasurer,
and present a printed copy of the revised form at the next meeting.
It was agreed that future
meetings will be held the third Wednesday of January, April, June, and October; i.e., the months chosen for meetings that
At this meeting the question, "Who are charter members?" was decided.
Any teacher signing the charter in 1970 will be considered charter members.
J.H. Fley appointed the following committee chairpersons:
Legislative -- Lawrence Lewis
Program -- Mrs. Harriet Mathis (retired
first Clermont Co. supervisor of teachers)
Social -- Mrs. Claribel
Welfare -- Mary Wurtz
Refreshments were served after
By the October 21st meeting, the format for future meetings was taking shape.
The meeting begain with a catered lunch at which Grace was offered by Mary Wurtz. There were thirty-eight members in
attendance. Jennie Davis attended as a guest and consultant.
At the October meeting, five
members reported their attendance October 15, 1970 at the Ohio Retired Teachers Convention, held in Columbus at which time
our charter was granted.
J.H. Fley presented the Charter to the membership of fifty-five in
At this early date, CCRTA was showing deep caring and concern for its members.
A warm welcome was given to Joe Little and Mabel Young, back in attendance after surgery.
Services Chairperson, Mary Wurtz, announced her committee: Batavia - Cathryn Friend; Bethel - Alice Leslie; Owensville-
Mary Evans; Goshen - Aurelia Cook.
Ruth Crawford nominated Minnie Kramer for treasurer.
The motion was seconded and accepted. Minnie held this position for over ten years.
appointments made at this third meeting were:
-- Mary Saunders
Membership -- Harriet Lohr
Publicity --Ann Brothers
Attendance -Mabel Wilson
The organization agreed to sponsor or collect United Appeal from school personnel as the participation in county work volunteering.
Retired teachers of Clermont County began their education in the ways to control and be informed
of legislation affecting the lives of teachers in the classroom and those retired when Legislative Chairman Lawrence Lewis
explained the need for an automatic cost of living to be granted to teachers via STRS and legislated by the state.
Jennie Davis advised and requested CCRTA members to write the legislature concerning State Issue No. 1. This concerned
help for property owners over age 65 with retired persons income. (Homestead Act)
Mathius being absent, Blanche Liggett asked for a roll call on the subject of Senate Bill No. 1, and our most powerful tool
for influencing our legislature was launched -- i.e., letter writing to our Ohio State Legislators from our district.
By the April 21, 1971 meeting, name tags were introduced and refreshment committee appointed for future meetings. While
the membership was small, short games were played and prizes given. Example: finding many words in one, illustrating
songs, etc. It was a form of "door prize."
The meetings consisted of the luncheons
preceded by Grace and the Pledge of Allegiance. A guest speaker or program that was helpful and informative and covered
the areas of needs and interests of the membership was followed by committee reports. This same format is basically
still used at the present time.
PRESIDENTS OF CCRTA
Thomas A. Wildey
Mary K. Branch
Phyllis Neal/Marge Edwards
According to minutes kept by Elsie Fley,
these people signed as charter members. We believe they are listed by their addresses, which may or may not be the same
as the school district in which they taught.
Amelia: Ruby Fluharty
Batavia: Mary Saunders
Blanchester: Alma Johnson
Owensville: Mary J. Evan
Joseph W. Evans
Linda Lincer (sp.?)
Loveland: Martha Hutchens
Milford: Elsie Fley
Mt. Carmel: Blanche Moore
Williamsburg: Mabel D. Reed
In more recent
years, the association has done a great deal of work on service projects and we have received many awards from ORTA for community
participation, increasing membership, and information legislation. ORTA has secured a legislative agent. All standing
committees have received awards from the state organization at some time or another.
only a beginning. There is still much for the association to accomplish in the future.
Most of the information found in this article was originally written in 1995 by Dolly Walker, Frances Wildey, and Helen Winspear.