The Washington County Chapter of ORTA was organized May 18, 1966, in Marietta, Ohio, with a charter membership of about twenty-five, and annual dues set at $1.00.  The chapter meets every other month at the historic Hotel Lafayette for fellowship, lunch, a program, and a business meeting.  Members of the WCRTA take pride in their volunteer activities and their ongoing support of teachers and education.  Each year, the group awards a scholarship to a high school graduate who aspires to become an educator.  The chapter also organizes and hosts seminars for teachers who are contemplating retirement.  The WCRTA is proud of its history of statewide service.  Two of our members, Ethel Guthrie and Hugh Coffman, have served as president of ORTA.