“We average 80 to 90 retirees each year,” said membership chairman Paul Rossi. “This year we had 161 in Mahoning County that includes Youngstown State University.”
He said there were a lot of retirees this year and the total number in Ohio now exceeds 100,000.
The Mahoning Retired Teachers is among the groups that formed to protect retired teachers' rights. Rossi said much of what the association does involves serving as a watchdog group when it comes to pension plans and health care for the retirees.
“Right now the pension plan in Ohio has roughly $64 billion,” Rossi said. “We have to make sure that money is protected and is there for when the younger teachers retire.”
The association stays on top of state legislation as well as health care issues. Rossi said when a pension plan has the amount of funds the Ohio one has, someone has to make sure no one tries to tap into it or borrow against it. The Mahoning Retired Teachers Association meets six times a year to discuss the issues and ensure the retirement funds are safe.
Attending the September meeting of the Mahoning Retired Teachers Association were the latest round of retirees that included, in front: Ruth Baldwin, Ann Manning, Carmella Smallhoover, Linda Durochia, Sandra Crates, Debbie Haverstock, Theresa Eck, Cheryl Snyder, Rosalind Rau, and Karen Morabito. Standing are membership chairman Paul Rossi, Mike Klase, Joyce Ellashek, Joyce Mistovich, Thomas Myers, Sharyn Cisek, Monica Stilson, Karen Penner, Diane Hodgson, Itala Landers, Lynn Flaviano, Joan Keith, Dennis Henneman, Carolyn Nybell, Joe Antennucci, Carol Goan and President Linda Vuletich.