POMEROY — The Eastern High School Bell Choir, under the direction of Chris Kuhn, presented a program of Christmas music at a recent Meigs County Retired Teachers group luncheon at Trinity Congregational Church in Pomeroy.
Kuhn introduced the choir members and spoke about the choir.
She said the choir was formed when she became a music teacher at Eastern. When asked during her interview for the position what she could bring to music program, she suggested the idea of a bell choir. The administration and board were very supportive of the idea and agreed to purchase the necessary equipment to begin the bell program.
Kuhn stressed the importance of music education in schools, and encouraged students to participate regardless of their experience or ability.
Now in its 16th year, the choir has performed at area and school events. Former students enjoyed their experience so much that they come back to join in performances with current students.
“Participation in this group is inclusive, everyone who wants to join is welcome,” Kuhn said. “I am very proud of my students’ dedication.”
Before the program, the retired teachers held their monthly meeting, which began with the Pledge of Allegiance. President Becky Triplett welcomed the members and a guest.
Bill Downie read an inspirational article on growing older with purpose and faith. He also had prayer before the meal and dinner was served by the ladies of the church.
Triplett opened the business meeting and Bill Downie, treasurer, gave his report. The report was approved and he reminded members to keep their dues up to date.
There was no reading of the minutes due to the absence of the secretary for health reasons.
Charlene Rutherford and Becky Zurcher gave the scholarship committee report: the annual scholarship is being awarded to Timothy Warner, a college senior in education. He was unable to attend the luncheon to receive his award because of upcoming exams, but will be presented with the scholarship officially by the group at a later date.
Group members donated children’s books and toys to be given as Christmas gifts and members were asked to turn in accumulated volunteer hours served in 2015 so they can be sent to the state association. It was noted that Meigs Retired Teachers received recognition in 2014 for their volunteer efforts.
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