Medina County teachers are retired...but not tired! Our association meets four times a year offering interesting and informative programs for our members and an opportunity to reconnect with old friends. We serve Medina County in many ways, provide scholarships to deserving students, award grants to current teachers and offer fun trips to our members, their families and friends.
This past year has left us all a bit dazed, confused, isolated, and/or uncertain about the future. The global pandemic has affected us all in one way or another. Some have weathered it well, and others, not so much. Introverts have noticed little change in their social interactions, while extroverts have found it really difficult not to be out and about, traveling and socializing. Some people have had related health issues and some have lost loved ones to the virus. Some have safely navigated around it for one reason or another, sometimes for unexplained reasons. We have missed seeing and hugging loved ones and have missed countless milestones in the lives of our children, grandchildren, friends, colleagues, and neighbors. The protective mask has become our new fashion accessory. Throughout it all, we want you to know that we cherish our dear, old friends—YOU! We wish you well and hope that you have weathered this weird storm as well as you are able. We hope to see you again at our meeting in August at beautiful Williams On The Lake. They have missed us too. Change is inevitable, and we understand that our group may or may not survive the after-effects of this pandemic. We would like your thoughts and opinions about the future of MCRTA. Please let our president know your thoughts. Her email is on the front page of this newsletter. Until we see you again, take care and be well.
From your MCRTA board
Medina County retired teachers are still making a difference!!
Brunswick artists take their talent to the street
- at 12th Annual Eco-Arts Chalk Festival
Dozens of participants turned out May 13 for the 12 Annual Eco-Arts Chalk Festival at the Susan Hambley Nature Center. By Brian Lisik/Special to Sun News
BRUNSWICK ---Retired teachers still giving back to the community!
When she was an art teacher, Jeanne Bystricky was never one to think entirely inside the box. Which largely explains her founding of Brunswick's Eco-Arts Chalk Festival, perhaps the city's best - and certainly one of its most popular - example of free public expression.
"When I was teaching, I would take my students to the (Cleveland Museum of Art) for their chalk festival and think, 'why don't we have something like this here - in Brunswick?" Bystricky said as the 12th Annual Eco-Arts Chalk Festival got underway May 13 under a picture perfect springtime sun.
Bystricky taught in the Keystone Local School District, following four years at Memorial Elementary, where she was the first art teacher in the Brunswick City Schools. The classroom, in Bystricky's view, was merely the jumping off point for where students could, and should, let their imaginations take them.
Originally held at North Park, the Eco-Arts Chalk Festival moved to the Susan Hambley Nature Center when the nature center was opened in 2008. The new location provided not only a picturesque setting and indoor facilities should the weather not cooperate, but plenty of sidewalk winding along Parschen Boulevard for chalk artists of all ages.
"I love how parents work with their children and everyone gets to work on such a large area," Bystricky said. "And you can spend two hours out here - it isn't like in school. It really brings out the community and is very enjoyable and it's just a nice cooperative effort with the (Medina County) park district and the city."
Jeanne Bystricky is also the current public relations chairperson for the Medina County Retired Teachers Association.
Celebrating 50 wonderful years in 2017
MCRTA was organized in 1967
MCRTA celebrated its 50th anniversary at the October 2017 meeting. Past presidents were recognized for their service. They included Lloyd Knudsen, William Dunham, Gynetta High, Sarah Harbath, Homer Smith, Frank Findura, Leonard Machles, Linda Crane and Sally Porter.
Website Updated May, 2017