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Programs & Events

"Education is the most powerful weapon which   you can use to change the world". Nelson Mandela

Good news from AMBA.  See Announcement Below.

Dr. Randy Overbeck, Highly Acclaimed, Best-selling Author to Present ACRTA Program


ACRTA's next association meeting -


Tuesday,  October 17! 

Our guest presenter will be Dr. Randy Overbeck, an award-winning educator, author and speaker.  As an educator, he served children in roles captured in his novels, from teacher and coach to principal and superintendent. 

His novels have earned national awards including the Gold Award from Literary Titan, thriller of the Year from Readers Favorite, Silver Award for Mystery of the Year from Readerviews, and the Crown of Excellence from Ind'Tale Magazine. His most recent series, The Haunted Shores Mysteries, have become Amazon and Barnes and Noble Bestsellers.

His newest project is his new podcast, Great Stories about Great Storytellers, with the weird and unusual backstories of great storytellers like authors, directors and poets.  When he’s not podcasting or writing his next blockbuster, you can find him speaking to audiences across the country, sharing his multi-media presentations, Things Still Go Bump in the NightA Few Favorite Haunts, and Everything You Wanted to Know About Publishing.

Dr. Overbeck also served on the ORTA Board for seven years, serving as president 2016-2018.  You don't want to miss this opportunity to share a luncheon with him.

Come join your ACRTA community, bring a friend or two,

enjoy a great lunch, hear what's been happening with

your STRS retirement, and share a delightful

program with Dr. Randy Overbeck

Christ United Methodist Church - Fellowship Hall - 11:30 a.m.

1140 Claremont Ave., Ashland

Meal Charge: $15.00

Please contact:

Shriley Wolfe (419-651-1561

or Marla Willeke (419-651-4284  /
to make reservations.  

You may also renew your memberships with ACRTA and ORTA while here and support our scholarship program as well.

ACRTA Announces Remainder of 2023 - 2024 Meeting Schedule and Programs

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Wade Steen former STRS Board member and friend to Ohio's retirees will be guest speaker

Tuesday, May21, 2024

musical presentation by the AHS “Sing N’Swing” choir

presentation of our scholarship winner(s) and

a memorial service for deceased educators

All meetings will be held at Christ United Methodist Church (click HERE for directions) beginning at 11:30am.  

ACRTA Awards Two 2023 Scholarships to Allie Chambers and Katlynn Branham

ACRTA members’ generosity allowed the Scholarship Committee the opportunity to award two $500 scholarships this year.  The Committee had no difficulty identifying two outstanding recipients.

Katlynn Branham, the daughter of Edward Branham in Greenwich, is an honors senior at Crestview High School.  She plans to attend Kent State University to be become a high school science or government teachers.  Katlynn has participated in a wide range of activities including four years in track and field, marching band color guard, and drama club.  Her teacher recommendations identify Katlynn as an excellent role model, a student with outstanding work ethic, and as a highly motivated and gifted student.

Allie Chambers

Allie Chambers, daughter of Jessica Chambers, Jeromesville, is an outstanding senior at Hillsdale High School. She plans to attend the University of Akron to become an integrated science teacher.  Allie is a member of National Honor Society, band, and choir.  She plays both volleyball and basketball.  She also serves as Senior Class Vice-president, on Student Council, and as a member of Kindness Club.  Her teacher recommendations highlight her creativity, her inquiring mind, work ethic, positive attitude and perseverance.

Congratulations to both Katlynn and Allie!

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Dr. Robin Rayfield, ORTA Executive Director, is keynote speaker for September 19 ACRTA Meeting


Top left: Dr. Rayfield; top right: invocation; bottom left: Dr. Rayfield sharing with members; bottom right: Joan's Tavern serves lunch.

Joe Denbow, ACRTA Veteran, celebrated his 100th birthday Sept. 17.

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