Each year, PASR holds a Leadership Development Conference in honor of Ruth Abigail Boyer. Ruth became a lifetime member of the Northampton Chapter of PASR and a lifetime member of the State Association of PASR in 1960.  She was also affiliated with the National Retired Teachers Association (NRTA) Division of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

Ruth, a retired teacher who taught in both Hay Elementary in Northampton County (1 year) and third grade at Fairview School in Wilson Borough (40 years), passed away at the age of 92, leaving an estate in excess of three hundred thousand dollars. She specified in her will that the estate be evenly divided between three organizations, including the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees.

The 1989 PASR Board of Directors considered several different uses for her generous bequest and decided on a plan that would both honor Miss Boyer’s memory and provide a lasting benefit to our members.  The plan adopted invests the bequest in a separate fund and allocates 75% of the annual interest earnings to be used for the orientation and training of elected and appointed volunteer leaders at the Region and Chapter levels.  The first “Ruth Abigail Boyer Leadership Conference” was held in 1990.

PASR and all its members are grateful to Ruth for providing the donation that makes holding our annual Leadership Development Conferences possible.


Due to the COVID pandemic, this year’s Leadership Development Conferences will take place as a series of scheduled meetings held virtually using Zoom. The meetings, presenters, and topics are as follows:


Tuesday, October 25, 2022, at 10:00 am: Leadership Qualities and PASR Lifelines

PASR Vice President Russell Diesinger and Chapter Leaders Lori Greene, Yvonne Jones, and Cathy Keefe share their PASR Stories, getting involved in PASR, and where to go when you need assistance.


Tuesday, October 25, 2022, at 1:00 pm: Membership and MB&S

PASR President Bill Neugebauer and Sherry Morris will present a seminar focused on the structure of committees, and secrets for outstanding leadership.


Thursday, October 27, 2022, at 10:00 am: Presidents Handbook Review

Leadership Development Chair Kathy O’Rourke, Region 8 Director Polly Shaw, PASR Treasurer Jack Werner, and PASR Assistant Treasurer Diane Motter will review the Chapter President Handbook.


Thursday, October 27, 2022, at 1:00 pm: ByLaws 

PASR Vice President, Mary K Davis and PASR Administrative Officer Mark Krempa will review proposed ByLaws changes.


Thursday, October 27, 2022, at 2:30 pm: PASR Legislative Issues 

PASR LPEC Chair, Thomas Otto and PASR Administrative Officer Mark Krempa present Legislative issues and COLA efforts.

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