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Programs & Events

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

Change of Date for Next
General Meeting Announced:
April 25, 2023 Is the New Date.

Good news from AMBA.  See Announcement Below.

Next ACRTA Meeting 
Tuesday, April 25 , 2023

  • Ashland City Mayor Matt Miller will present an overview of the state of our community and future developments.

  • Super lunch by Fergies

  • $15.00 (See  reservations below.)

  • 11:30 a.m.

To make your reservation

Those with last names beginning with A-L,

please contact Marla Willeke at

or call 419-651-4284

Those with last names beginning with M-Z,

please contact Shirley Milburn (419 651-1561) at or call 419-651-1561.

Please note: You are welcome to wear masks and take whatever Covid precautions help you fell comfortable.

Membership dues for either ACRTA and/or ORTA may be paid at this meeting.  You may also make scholarship contributions.  See you at 11:30 on Tuesday, April 25, at Christ United Methodist Church.

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Chat with Chuck at ACRTA meetings

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Chuck Kinkopf

Senior Benefit Rep.

Association Member Benefit Advisors (AMBA)

No, not Buckeye Chuck, but our AMBA Chuck.  He doesn’t forecast the weather, but he’s great as securing futures and health care.  As an ORTA partner, AMBA provides fantastic support for our association and members.


Your Ashland County Retired Teachers Association AMBA Representative, Chuck Kinkopf, will be attending our Chapter meetings. Feel free to “Chat with Chuck” before or after our meetings with any benefit questions that you may have. You can also schedule a free Benefit Review. You can reach Chuck anytime.  Email

or go to our links page.

ACRTA Awards 2022 Scholarship to Shalen Guilliams

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Shalen Guilliams, the daughter of Jan and Sharon Guilliams, is a graduate of Loudonville High School.  While in at Loudonville, she was an all-A honor student.  She participated in Girls Varsity Basketball and was the Team Captain.  She also served her school and community in LEO club, a Lions Club school program which encourages youths to develop leadership qualities by through social services,  Shelan was also an American Legion Veterans volunteer as well a volunteer for littler Dribblers.  Shalen tutored students and was a Caregiver to students K-7.  Shalen held a part time job as a customer service assistant with State Farm Insurance. 

She is continuing to play collegiate basketball and major in Elementary/ Middle School Education at Huntington University in Indiana.

September ACRTA and ORTA Meetings Yield Great Expectations

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- Chris Ott, UH-Samaritan Volunteer Services Coordinator

During the last ACRTA meeting, Chris Ott, coordinator of volunteer services at University Hospitals - Samaritan Hospital explained the needs, benefits, opportunities, requirements and application processes for volunteering at the hospital.  Volunteers fulfill an amazing array of tasks throughout the medical center.  Chris distributed two handouts and encouraged our attendees to consider being a part of the volunteer team.

Keynote speaker for the meeting was Dr. Robin Rayfield, Executive Director of ORTA.  Robin presented an up-date on the continuing struggles with and within STRS.  Much remains to be done if we are going to change the culture of STRS and restore openness, honesty, and accountability to our retirement system.  He again defended the research that identifies our STRS as one the worst teacher retirement system in America and shared his experiences dealing with the STRS Board and staff.

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-Dr. Robin Rayfield offers signed gift copies of Ted Siedle's book during ACRTA meeting

Dr. Rayfield also invited members to join in ORTA’s 75th anniversary celebration on Oct. 12 at the Doubletree Inn in Worthington from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.  It is going to be a wonderful event for all attendees.  STRS Board members Wade Steen and Dr. Rudy Fichtenbaum, two strong advocates for doing what’s right at STRS and ORTA endorsed board members, and State Senator Teresa Fedor, who has tried to get legislation passed that would force the changes we hope to see at STRS, will be presenting.

Please contact ORTA at 614-431-7002 or send an email to to RSVP.  There is NO COST to attend this celebration. 


- ACRTA members bow for the invocation at Sept. 20 meeting

-VP Bea North and Sec. Sally Ahlers help with the business meeting Sept. 20.

The ORTA Central Regional meeting of chapter officers and liaisons was held on    August 23 in Worthington.  During this day-long event, chapter leaders had the opportunity to meet with ORTA President Kara Mendenhall and other leaders of ORTA chapters from the 17 counties that make up the Central Region.  These leadership teams discussed issues of common needs and exchanged ideas for recruiting and programs.  Dr. Rayfield updated the Central leaders on what was going on within STRS Board operations and our challenges for the future of our retirement system.  Hereviewed the growth in benefits from our association with AMBA Benefits. 

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Above -Kara Mendenhall, President of ORTA addresses the Central Region association leaders.  Right, ACRTA President Steve and Marla Willeke, Exec. Board hard at work during the annual Central Region meeting. 

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