GREENVILLE — An estimated 250 people attended Tuesday night’s Christmas banquet hosted by the Darke County Township Association (DCTA) at Romer’s in Greenville.
The banquet room was filled with township trustees, fiscal officers, elected state and local officers of the association, local elected officials and former officials and DCTA presidents and their spouses/guests.
Darke County Common Pleas Court Judge Jonathan Hein swore in the elected and newly-elected trustees and fiscal officers at the banquet. It was noted that Darke County Municipal Court Judge Julie Monnin helps with their bonds and Attorney Margaret Hayes, their oaths.
President Ed Huff Jr. and Vice President Jim Zumbrink also recognized all the sponsors for the Christmas banquet.
Entertainment was provided by Greenville High School Jazz Scene, under the direction of J.R. Price, during the meal and after.
Bringing a brief message from the state office, First Vice President Connie Fink of Muskingum County encouraged local trustees and fiscal officers to attend the Ohio Township Association’s (OTA’s) winter conference Jan. 27-30.
“There will be 90 educational workshops,” said Fink, who attended the banquet with husband Doug. “There will be an election. The current slate of officers are running unopposed but there are 10 seats open for directors, with eight vacancies.”
The Ohio Township Association hosts the annual winter conference in Columbus to further the education of township officials and to provide a forum in which they may exchange ideas.
Fink talked about the Managing Ohio Risk Exposure (MORE) grant.
“Darke County is eligible to apply for $500 for safety equipment,” she said. “The application deadline is Dec. 31.”
She went on, “The legislature has been very busy this fall with House Bill 395.”
She also reported on the National Association of Towns and Townships (NATaT) , which was formed more than 30 years ago to provide America’s smaller communities – towns and townships – a strong voice in Washington, D.C.
According to a website, NATaT’s purpose today, as it was then, is to champion fair-share federal funding decisions and to promote legislative and regulatory policies designed to strengthen grassroots local government. Since 1976, NATaT’s staff and members have strived to educate lawmakers and other federal officials about the unique nature of small town government operations. OTA members are also members of NATaT.