The Association was started in September of 1969
with twenty-five in attendance. Ruth Lewis was the first
president. Membership has grown in the following manner:
Four luncheon general membership meetings are held
each year. The programs are planned to include a variety of
entertainment and education. There are choral groups, speakers,
monologues, skits, and others. There are four Board of Director
meetings each year.
Many volunteer efforts are made by members in the
group and the volunteer hours submitted are impressive. Two of the
membership's major projecta are:
Scholarship Programs of the GCRTA for
high school graduating youth. This program was initiated by
Roy Stout in1984 with Rose Haines as chairperson of the
committee to select recipients. The scholarship is rotated
among the eight schools in Greene County. To be eligible, a
student must be entering the field of education and must be
accepted by an accredited four year college or university in
the state of Ohio. Funds are accumulated by a fifth-cent fee
on every luncheon ticket, donations, bequests, and auctions.
At present time, three one-thousand dollar scholarships are
given by GCRTA each year.
G.E.D. Programs were offered at the
Greene County jail in conjunction with Greene County Career
Center. The program was initiated by the Community
Participation Committee, Chairperson, Kay Hagler. Classes were
taught two days a week at the jail. The certificate was
equivalent to a high school diploma and issued by the Greene
County Career Center.The program was staffed by all
volunteers. It was the only one of its kind in the state and
we are indeed justly proud of it. Currently in 2007, GCRTA is
no longer offering this service. It has reverted to Greene
County Career Center.
Orta's 50th. Birthday Celebration with GCRTA
Past Presidents in 1997.
Winona Smith, Past Treasurer GCRTA Speakers'
Table at luncheon