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Meet Sue McMullen - 'Shoe Lady Sue'. 
Sue has volunteered for the last seven years at the Medina Community Services Center.  She sorts, sizes, shines & shelves all the shoe donations, thus earning the title "Shoe Lady Sue"!  Help Sue maintain 'job security' so she can continue to serve her clients by donating good-conditioned adult & children's shoes. We salute Sue for her wonderful volunteer work!


Congratulations to MCRTA members

           Lois Thomas
                    Honored as
     'Volunteer of the Year'
      Medina Medical Reserve Corps

        Carol Callahan
              Honored as
   'Volunteer of the Year'
Medina County Health Dept

             SPCA 2013
Volunteers of the Year
      Will & Carol Klingel
            Honored March 2, 2013

    Medina Hospital
  Honors Volunteers
         April 23, 2013 at Weymouth Country Club


Congratulations to :

Saundra Baird

Carol Ensor

Nancy Bancheek 

Ruth Gifford - 1,000+10 yrs 
    Honorary Life Member
Holly Hallman

Sally Harbath - 31,000 hours!
      Honorary Life Member

Joyce Komjati - 1000 + ten years 
     Honorary Life Member

Emalene Machles - 1,000 hours
     Honorary Life Member

Leonard Machles - 1000 hours
     Honorary Life Member
Judith Parish - 3,000+ hours
     Honorary Life Member

Ruth Rodgers - 1,000 hours
     Honorary Life Member

Sandra Smith - 3,000 hours
      Honorary Life Member

Carol Ulrich - 2,000 hours


Volunteer Sally Harbath has contributed over 3,700 hand knit sets of baby hats and booties to newborns at Medina Hospital.  She began this in 1998 after the birth of her grandaughter and has logged in an amazing 28,000 hours.  How does she find the time?  Sally is seldom spotted without her knitting needles in her hands.  She knits on car trips, at parties, watching TV, and pretty much at everything else.  Sally was even tubing behind a speedboat in Michigan, while knitting a baby hat.  The waves were vigourous that day, but she completed that hat without dropping a stitch!  Plans for a bungee jump while knitting are still in progress.



       Volunteers -
     Community Services

With our rich source of talent, we love providing volunteer services to our community.  Our members are very active and enjoy giving back to our community -volunteering many hours as a group or as individuals on a regular basis.
         Areas of Service include:

Akron Civic Theater
Akron Historical Museum
American Red Cross
Brunswick St. Ambrose Church
Brunswick United Methodist Church\
Buckeye Elementary Library
Grace Lutheran Church in Wadsworth
Haiti Relief
Institute for Learning at BW
Jobs for Ohio Grads (JOG)
Kiwanis Club
Leroy Methodist Church
Lock 3 in Akron
Lodi Community Hospital
Lodi Community Hospital Auxiliary
Lodi Meals on Wheels
Lodi Ruritan Club
Medina Community Services Center
Medina Community Health Department
Medina County Retired Teachers Assoc.
Medina County Federal Credit Union
Medina County SPCA
Medina Historical Society
Medina Hospice
Medina Hospital
Medina Project Learn
Medina Project Munch
Medina United Methodist Church
Medina Methodist Church Choir
Playhouse Square Theater (Cleveland)
Salvation Army
Seville Community Food Pantry
St. Paul Episcopal Church in Medina
St. Paul Lutheran Church's Sharing Center in Sharon Center
Wadsworth Area Historical Society
Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital
Western Reserve Masonic Community
*Playing piano at various nursing homes
*Providing transportation to other
      older adults
*Making dolls for "The Giving Doll"     
*Providing help for Bhutanese Refugees

  Retired teachers
making a difference!

   Volunteer Opportunities:


    Karla Robinson from Project:LEARN is looking for a tutor who has some special expertise.  They have a student of English as a Second Language who is an advanced student  She is trying to pass the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test and needs help becoming a more fluent writer in English.  Her spoken language is excellent.  She hopes to become a certified nurse in Ohio.

    Project:LEARN is looking for a retired secondary English teacher who would be willing to tutor this student for a few months.  All materials will be provided and location for tutoring would be up to the tutor. 

    Project:LEARN is a wonderful way to volunteer at any time.

 Contact:  Karla Robinson

               Executive Director

               Project: LEARN of Medina County



Carol Klingel

MCRTA member (and our newsletter publisher) Carol Klingel gives many hours and much love to the Medina SPCAShe also does the SPCA newsletter, works in fundraising, and helps out at the shelter.  Her husband Will is Mr. Everything at the shelter!  Anything that needs to be done, Will does it!  They were given an engraved brick with their names on it at the March dinner/auction.  Congratulations!

MCRTA member Carol Callahan enjoys making dolls for Jan Householder's "Giving Doll" organization.  The dolls are made and given to children who need some comfort in their lives.


Retired teacher, Jan Householder, founder & executive director of "The Giving Doll, Inc."  Stop in at The Giving Doll Headquarters, 229 College Street, Wadsworth, Ohio.  Volunteers, both sewers & non sewers, are needed and welcome.  Jan was our 'Special Person' honored in our October Newsletter 2012. 
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You can be a Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) Ambassador Volunteer.  Welcome travelers and visitors to the City of Cleveland.  Contact Yvette Durden at 216-265-6006 or e-mail at ydurden@clevelandairport.com


Medina County Park District
Volunteers are needed to assist with various park activities.   A wonderful opportunity for retired teachers to contribute time, energy, knowledge and skills to enhance the many programs and events!  To learn how you can get involved as a volunteer, check: www.medinacountyparks.com.  

Mary Beth Bender
Volunteer Coordinator
Medina County Park District
Medina, Ohio  44256


Medina County District Library
Each library has a variety of ways in which you can volunteer.  If you have the time, we have an opportunity for  you!
     Adult Library Volunteer provides service in various library departments and locations.
     Bookmates "bring the library" to people who cannot get there themselves because of age of disability. 

Library Volunteer Coordinator
or contact the Volunteer Liaison at your local library