LOGAN — The July 18th Public Employees Retirees Inc. meeting was held at the Scenic Hills Senior Center with 15 members and district representative Lin Avendano present.

Karen Cottrill conducted the meeting in the absence of President Rick Wallar. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and prayer was offered by Shelva McKinley.

Gary Stuttle read the treasurer’s report and Shelva McKinley read the secretary minutes and both reports were approved as read.

Karen Cottrill introduced Wendy Hanna, Environmental Director of the Hocking County Health Department, and Mary Reichle an Ohio University intern, who were speakers for the July meeting. They gave an interesting talk on mosquitos in Hocking County. Hanna explained there are 60 species of mosquitoes and of that number, eight carry diseases. She also shared hand-outs on ticks, products used to repel mosquitoes and 10 ways to help prevent mosquito-borne diseases.

Reichle explained how mosquito traps are placed in different areas of the county and the mosquitos are collected from the traps,frozen and sent to state health department and tested for Zika and west nile virus.

Avendano gave some suggestions for the chapter to use to boost attendance to the chapter meeting. He also informed those present to look for some changes to the health care coverage in 2020.

He was to attend a meeting with OPERS President, Karen Carraher and the OPERS board concerning changes and will report back to the local chapter in September.

The next meeting will be at the Scenic Hills Senior Center on Sept. 19 at 1:30 p.m.

Janet Blair from the SHSC will provide information on activities available at the center and nomination of officers for the Logan chapter #45 for 2020 and 2021 will be held. All members are urged to attend.

Submitted by Karen Cottrill

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