Members of the Warren County Retired Teachers Association are, front row, from left, Shirley Douglass, Greer Galligan, Cheryl Priest, Henrietta Lusk, Kay Brownyard, Kerry Mullican, Lillian Daniel and Wanda Bouldin. Second row, Jerry Stubblefield, Judy Sullivan, Mary Greer, Debbie Allen, John Douglass, Barbara Hancock, Clarita Wilcher, Betty Boyd, Sharon Elam, Carolyn Lafevor, Pat Bryan, Linda Wilson, Sherry Hale, Diane Starkey and Donald Jones. Third row, Teresa Knowles, Jerry Hale, Marvin Lusk, Sam Boyd, Larry Prater, Harry Green and Delores Green.
Retired teachers don’t need to be on summer vacation when it comes to keeping up with their needs in retirement.
The Warren County Retired Teachers Association is encouraging former educators to join their organization to stay informed.
“It’s good to stay in contact with people you have a shared interest with because you had the same careers,” said Teresa Knowles, a member of the local organization.
Knowles said the Warren County Retired Teachers Association has about 60 members. The group meets four times a year at the administrative offices on Locust Street to keep up with legislative issues surrounding retired teachers, chief of which is their retirement benefits. There is also an annual banquet.
Knowles has been retired for 10 years after spending 21 years as a teacher at Centertown School. She taught first and third grades. Knowles said the Retired Teachers Association is always looking for new members.
“We help charities and give a scholarship,” said Knowles. “I think continuing to be part of a professional group because you were in a professional position is important.”
The association is having a membership push this month and encouraging all retired teachers to join. The statewide goal is for each local group to grow either by 20 members or by 20 percent.
The Tennessee Retired Teachers Association is the only organization in the state totally dedicated to promoting and supporting the needs of retired teachers. The group has lobbyists in touch with lawmakers to ensure its legislative priorities are known.
Of primary importance to teachers is their pension through the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System. Varied pension plans throughout the state were consolidated into one in 1972 and TRTA has been active in assuring that plan remains sound.
The TRTA was founded in 1957. The Warren County group is led by president Jerry Hale, president elect Denise Miller, secretary Cheryl Priest, treasurer Kerry Mullican, and past president Larry Prater.
The next meeting is March 12 at 10 a.m. at the Magnolia Room of Warren County Administrative Offices. David Marttala is scheduled to talk about wills and estate planning.
The local group celebrated its 50th year in 2017.
Anyone interested in joining can show up at the March 12 meeting or call Teresa Knowles at (931) 409-0007 or Jerry Hale at 607-6808.