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PARSE Update
Ruth Gesford Retire

Ruth Roman Honered

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PARSE Update
By Cynthia Sims, Secretary

The Pennsylvania Association of Retired State Employees (PARSE) met at the Towanda Gun Club on June 12. Entertainment was provided by Lynn Trybula, who delightfully sang to the group, ending with the Star Spangled Banner.

President Jesse Bacon read a memorandum from State PARSE President Arthur Schwartz, stating that the annual state PARSE meeting will be held on September 10 and 11. The agenda for the meeting is being developed and will include a discussion on an annual Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA), as well as changes in the state election, constitution and bylaws.

Susquehanna County Vice President John Benio announced that the annual chicken barbecue will be held on July 10 at the Green Gables, New Milford. Invitations to attend will be sent to President Schwartz and Regional Vice President Thomas O’Neill.

For more information about PARSE and/or to make reservations to attend the barbecue, contact John Benio at 278–2380.

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Ruth Gesford Retires

The United Way of Susquehanna County announced the retirement of long-time volunteer, Ruth Gesford. Ruth has been an active part of helping the United Way with tasks associated with its annual campaign and special projects. “She is always so friendly and willing to help, but I will miss her spunky attitude and smile the most,” says Amy Steinberg, Administrative Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator. The United Way is very grateful for Ruth and all of its volunteers. “The additional support is vital to our success, and we were very happy that Ruth was part of that. She will be missed,” adds Amy. Mrs. Gesford plans to enjoy spending her time with friends and family.

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Ruth Roman Honored

The Susquehanna Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) held their spring meeting at Gracious Living in South Montrose on Tuesday, June 12. During the meeting, President Mary Ketterer (right) presented Past President and Newsletter Editor Ruth Roman (left) with a certificate honoring her service to her chapter. Mrs. Roman implemented two meetings per year as well as the newsletter during her tenure in office. She also brought attention to her chapter by causing a change in resolutions at the first state convention she attended by speaking in a thoughtful, professional manner. Her most recent service was in serving as By-Laws Chairperson, resulting in the adoption of new by-laws at the June meeting. Mrs. Roman is a valuable asset to Susquehanna Chapter of PASR.

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