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The members meet during the months of April, June, September, and November.  These meetings are for lunch and to hear a presentation on a topic of interest to retired educators.  The meetings are held at 12:00 pm at St. John Lutheran Church located at  2139 Enterprise Rd. West Alexandria, OH (Ingomar). 


The executive committee of the Association meets during the months of March, May, August and October.  These meetings are for the purpose of planning the member meetings as well as conducting any business of the Association that needs to be handled promptly.  These meetings are at 3:00 pm at the Preble County Educational Service Center on Hillside Drive in Eaton.


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Plans for April 11, 2017, Meeting Announced


All retired educators are encouraged to join us for the April 11 meeting of the Preble County Retired Teachers Association, featuring students from Preble County. Fourth through sixth graders from West Elkton will demonstrate their musical talents under the direction of Cody McPherson, and an Eaton student will introduce us to the technology of 3D printing. The lunch will begin at noon, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Enterprise Rd., Ingomar, near West Alexandria. The menu will include ham loaf, cheesy potatoes, broccoli, perfection salad, rolls, pie and beverage. To reserve your meal by April 7, contact Darrell Meeks at 456-5340, 5091 Monroe-Central Rd., or dpmeeks@embarqmail.com. The cost is $10. A short business meeting will follow the lunch. For more details, and to learn more about this organization, check out www.pcrta.org




  Preble County Retired Teachers to Meet April 12, 2016
    Susan Talbot-Stanaway, retired director of the Zanesville Museum of Art, will be the guest speaker at the April 12 meeting of PCRTA. She will recount stories of Ohio children from the 1840's forward, showing vintage photos,  antique toys, books, quilts, and sports equipment. Vice President Bob Fox has arranged for this and other interesting and informative programs for 2016. 
    Newly-elected PCRTA President Harold Niehaus states the meeting will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church,  Enterprise Rd., in Ingomar. Lunch is served at noon, and includes lasagna, green beans, tossed salad, pies and beverages. Reservations should be sent by April 8 to Treasurer Darrell Meeks, 5091 Monroe Central Rd., Eaton, OH 45320, or by phone (456-5340) or email (dpmeeks@embarqmail.com). The cost is $10 per person, and guests are always welcome!
    After the meal, there will be a short business meeting. The "Tools for Schools" donation basket will be passed. We will then enjoy our speaker. Those who can't attend lunch are urged to join us for this interesting program about 1 p.m. Hope to see you there!



PCRTA November Meeting Announced


The Preble County Retired Teachers Association will hold the last meeting of 2015 on Tuesday, November 10, at noon at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 2139 Enterprise Rd., Ingomar. (Click here for a map showing the location) Our lunch will be a traditional Thanksgiving Feast, including homemade pie, for $10. Reservations are due Nov. 6 to dpmeeks@embarqmail.com, or call Darrell Meeks at 456-5340. There will be a short business meeting following lunch to present the slate of new officers. A musical program will follow, presented by PCRTA member and musician Sheryl Mabry and friends. Please join us for a great afternoon! New members are encouraged to attend.



Preble County Retired Teachers Association to Meet June 9, 2015

Interested in local history? Barbara Cox, PCRTA member and local historian, will present an interesting and informative program about Preble County one-room schoolhouses at our next meeting. Sheriff Mike Simpson will present information about the proposed new 911 and communication center for Preble County.  We also welcome new retirees at this meeting, so plan now to attend and greet your newly-retired friends! At least 32 educators are retiring this year from Preble County schools, and new members are always welcome.

The June 9 meeting will be the second of four for 2015, and will be held at 12 noon at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Enterprise Road in Ingomar.  We offer a delicious lunch with friends for $10 per person. The menu includes chicken and homemade noodles, mashed potatoes, peas, perfection salad, rolls and homemade pie.  Please send reservations by June 5 to Darrell Meeks, 5091 Monroe Central Road, Eaton, OH  45320 or dpmeeks@embarqmail.com  or call (937) 456-5340 with questions. 

 If unable to attend the lunch, join us for the program portion outlined above, beginning at approximately 1 p.m. You may attend any of our meetings as a guest, or you may join the group at any time to find out the latest information for retired teachers. Newsletters will be mailed/ emailed to current members.  For more information about PCRTA, or to read the newsletter, check out our website: www.pcrta.org.









President Janet Crelin writes:

“I had contacted the ORTA a while ago about our concern that Reid Hospital and their Dr.s are out of network.. etc. 
As you can see below, this gentleman took it to heart and has explored options for our members….There are questions that I have for him, but it sounds good. 
I have invited him to come to our April meeting because members have said they really like to hear about benefits...”


Jim Cain writes:

"My name is Jim Cain, AMBA District Manager – OH. AMBA is the Benefit Administrator for the ORTA.

I’ve been asked to speak / share the details of the ORTA’s Menu of Benefits at the April 14th,Preble County RTA meeting.

When possible, I like to let Member’s know I’ll be attending their up-coming meeting and available to answer both Benefit and Medicare questions.

Below is a short (revised) summary of what I’ll be sharing. ...


Many of our Members aren’t aware of Medicare’s (inc. STRS Aetna Advantage Plan’s) limitations. All too often, we don’t learn about these limitations until it’s too late and we’re burdened with catastrophic medical bills. Jim Cain, AMBA’s District Manager – OH, will be presenting to the Preble County RTA on April 14th, 2015.

In addition to detailing the discounted group benefits available through ORTA, Jim will be addressing and providing a possible solution (for many Members) that will resolve the issues of the STRS plans “Network” not having Physicians in Preble County / surrounding area. This should be if interest to all area retired educators. Please spread the word. This is a wonderful opportunity to generate interest and drive Memberships for your chapter. If you know retired educators who are frustrated and by the limited network of Physicians in your area, and associated expenses, please bring them along.

In brief, the ORTA’s has a Medicare Supplement option (traditionally used by spouses because the STRS Aetna Plan is so expensive for them) that appears to be your area’s resolve. The ORTA’s Medicare Supplement is a true Medicare plan (G or F). Plans G (lower premium for healthy retirees) & Plan F (slightly higher premium for those with medical concerns) are identical in benefits and are the most comprehensive Medicare plans on the market.

Plans G & F’s features include:

  •          No Network (i.e. any MD, any Specialist, anytime)
  •          No Co-Pays (i.e. nothing for MD visit, nothing  for Urgent Care or ER, no co-pays for Specialists, etc.)
  •          No Deductibles – other than the standard Part B $147 under Plan G (i.e. no $750 Hospital Deductible or $2000 Catastrophic deductible)
  •          And Members can get back in the STRS plan anytime they like (i.e. Spouses as well)
  •          With Plans G & F, you must get Medicare Part D (i.e. Drug / Prescription Coverage; which is very simple)

Additionally, the ORTA has identified where Medicare falls short and negotiated deeply discounted group rates to button-up these key areas of risk.  A couple key examples include Long Term care (i.e. Home Health, Assisted Living & Skilled Nursing Care), Cancer / Heart or Stroke Treatment and Medical Transport. The ORTA’s Menu of Benefits also includes several Discounts our Members use regularly  – i.e. Hearing Aids, A Travel Plan, Hotel & Rental Cars, Identity Theft and several others Jim will share.


Jim Cain will hang around after the meeting to answer additional questions. He’s also carved out Wednesday, April 15th and Thursday April 16th to meet with Preble County Members individually and / or with their spouses. If any of the Preble County Members would like to proactively contact me / get on my calendar, please have them contact Jim.


James N. Cain
AMBA – District Manager, OH

Member – Ohio Retired Teacher Association

Member – School Employee Retirees of Ohio

Office. 614.472.3445
Mobile. 614.946.4868
em. jimcain@columbus.rr.com


Please feel free to post my contact information (below) as well. If I’ve missed the window, I will make sure I reach out earlier next time!


Again, thank you in advance. I look forward to meeting you."


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