The July meeting of the Fayette/Madison County Ohio Public Employee Retiree Systems bimonthly meeting was held in the in the meeting room of the Fayette County Commission on Aging, July 27. President Sylvia Hildreth called the meeting to order and all stood for the Pledge of Allegiance.
State Sen. Bob Peterson was the speaker for the meeting. He informed the group of the current state situation and that cutting taxes for business and small business will be helpful in bringing jobs to Ohio. He pointed out Washington C.H. downtown as a good example of small businesses becoming successful. He was asked if there was any interest in the legislature combining the five retirement associations at this time. He replied that the subject was not being discussed at this point in the legislature. His presence was appreciated by the group.
There is an organization, POP 5, trying to gain members of OPERS to avoid the consolidation of all five state retirements. President Sylvia Hildreth brought up the issue again after Sen. Peterson left. The feelings were unanimous to ignore membership since there seemed to be no threat at this time. It is the member’s choice however.
Jeanne Immell gave the secretary’s report. Connie Watson gave the treasurer’s report. Both reports were approved. In giving the president’s report, Sylvia reminded everyone of the annual meeting for OPERI. It will be Sept. 26 in Columbus. The application will be in the newsletter. There will be a car pool going so contact Sylvia if you are interested.
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday Sept. 28. The speaker will be Cheryl Royster, social worker at Fayette County Memorial Hospital.
Those in attendance were Jeanne Immell, Jim and Carolyn Essman, Carol Williams, Brenda and Jerry Smith, Denna Morgan, Mike Clay, Bonnie Kellenberger, Joe and Elsie Slagle, Sylvia Schneider, Ron Clay, John A. and Marilee Peterson, Connie Watson, Sylvia Hildreth, Sharon Irons, Vicki Coe, Michael Mollett, Patty Barton and Ron Burkhard.