The Warren County Retired Teachers Association (WCRTA) is gearing up to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The group was chartered in Warren County on Dec. 14, 1967, with J.L. Jess Nunley serving as the first president. The local football stadium, Nunley Stadium, is named in his honor.
WCRTA currently has approximately 60 members. Its mission is to continue to educate and serve the community through service projects, a local Warren County High School scholarship, mentoring, Meals on Wheels, memorials for deceased teachers, informative speakers relating to senior issues or topics to benefit our membership.
The group is updated on legislative decisions that could affect retired teachers. The affiliate state organization TEA lobbies to help with COLA raises and insurance coverage for retired teachers.
Each year at the annual Retired Teacher Banquet in May, the group recognizes a high school senior that is entering the education profession with a scholarship. Also, a retired teacher of the year is honored.
The organization meets five times a year, then the Board of Directors meets four times in between. The dues are $77 a year which include membership in WCRTA, TEA and NEA. Members receive informative newsletters and updates from the state and national organizations.
The next meeting will be on Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. at the Webb House to observe the golden anniversary. Brunch will be provided, and donations for the scholarship and Meals on Wheels program will be accepted. All retired teachers are invited to attend, and new membership is welcome.
The current president is Jerry Hale and he can be reached at 931-607-6808.