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‘Christmas in the White House’ topic at retired teachers lunch

White House Deputy Assistant to George W. Bush, Janet Creighton, explains to CCRTA members that First Lady, Laura Bush, always selected patriotic red, white and blue themes for the White House Christmases. Planning begins at Easter and involves five full time WH florists and an extensive team of volunteer florists from all over the US. (Submitted photo)

LISBON — The Columbiana County Retired Teachers Association met at the Lisbon First United Methodist Church for their final luncheon of the year.

Loretta Davidson welcomed those in attendance and led a moment of silence in memory of member Chuck Padgett and Gale Adkins, president of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association. Adkins had been the guest speaker at the previous month’s meeting.

The business meeting was conducted by Paula Patterson and the treasurer’s and secretary’s reports were presented and approved. Carol Kinsey, NE Ohio Regional STRS Liaison, offered a legislative update.

The program entitled “Christmas In the White House” was presented by Janet Creighton, White House Deputy Assistant to George W. Bush and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs 2008-2009. She shared a power point and personal artifacts of her year working in The White House. She offered a tour of each of the public rooms in The White House and discussed the holiday decorations in each.

Jim Davis was the winner of the 50/50 and donated it back to the organization.

Members of the Teacher Grant Committee will meet on Dec. 9 to select the Columbiana County teachers/projects that will receive the $250 classroom grants. CCRTA meetings will resume the third Thursday in April of 2020.

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