The Texas Retired Teachers’ Association is the largest association in the nation for retired public school and higher education employees. More than 73,000 TRTA members continue to be involved in local public school education and in the well being of their communities. On March 20, 2013 eleven members of Karnes County RTA met at Barth’s for a regularly scheduled meeting with Group 6 hosting. Charlene Looney led the members in pledges to the American and Texas flags and Patty Bedford provided the invocation. An annual project of KCRTA is providing books to kindergarten students, and members discussed the number of books needed for this year’s endeavor. Laquita Gibbens reported that information regarding scholarships to graduating seniors would be disseminated in May.
Texas retired school personnel have not received a permanent cost-of-living increase in their annuities since 2001. At the meeting the offices of Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt’s and Sen. Judith Zaffirini were contacted to urge support for HB 1383. This bill, authored by Rep. Jim Keffer, would raise the state contribution to the TRS pension fund. Additional discussions at the meeting concerned the need for a new slate of officers for the unit and the Spring Leadership Meeting in Hallettsville on April 24.
At the meeting’s conclusion, refreshments were enjoyed and Kaye Osburn was the recipient of the door prize. The next KCRTA meeting will be April 17 with Group 7 as hosts. Membership in KCRTA is open to all retired school personnel, not just teachers.