Mission Statement: The mission of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association is to promote the welfare of Indiana’s retired educators, to encourage and perpetuate education in the state of Indiana and to provide community leadership, service and guidance.
Membership Sweeps Contest
Now is the time! As you pay your dues, sweep in a new member and not only increase IRTA membership, but have the chance to win money for your local chapter. To get credit for your newly recruited member(s), ask members to write your name in the county field of their membership applications. Click here for a SWEEPS flyer.
Watch out! Past President Bob Kraft, also known as The Sweeper, has recruited 28 new members and counting. Don't let The Sweeper swoop up your prize money for biggest percentage increase in new IRTA membership for your local.
A Message From the President
Fall was a beautiful time of year
to “wander Indiana” as I went to
RTA meetings!! Every year I am
amazed by the beauty of the trees
with the array of colors – brilliant
yellows and oranges, hot scarlet reds,
deep burgundies with the evergreens
adding the accent. Each of these
colors has its own unique beauty,
but when they stand together, their
beauty is reinforced and intensified.
As Indiana Retired Teacher Association members, we can learn much from the fall trees’ stately arrangement. They combine their individual colors to “work as a team” which results in a strong and powerful statement of our Creator’s gift of the changing of the seasons.
The Fall Workshops brought IRTA TEAM members to learn and work together as well as glean information to take back to their local RTAs. We began work for a COLA in the upcoming legislative session by writing postcards to legislators reminding them that it has been fi ve years since retired teachers had a COLA. This has resulted in the loss of purchasing power. We want to remind them that the money which we receivein our monthly pension check goes back into the community as we shop at local stores, put fuel in our cars, pay forour medications, etc. As we let our legislators see our IRTA “colors” from the north, south, east and west of Indiana by writing postcards and letters, they will begin to see the strength of IRT A’s TEAM. In January, the Cracker Barrel and Third House meetings will give our IRTA TEAM another opportunity to make our legislators aware of retired teacher concerns as we attend these meetings. As we are all aware, our students had different learning styles and our legislators are no exception. We need to use the same methods we did with our students – postcards and letters for the visual learners, attending Cracker Barrel and Third House meetings for the auditory learners and shaking hands with the tactile learners. By using all three learning styles, we reinforce and intensify our concerns and stand together showing the strength of our IRTA TEAM.
Fall brought not only the magnificent array of colorful trees and Fall Workshops, but also, Thanksgiving, when we gave thanks for all our blessings. As I counted my blessings on Thanksgiving, one was the opportunity of serving as your president. I am learning to know so many outstanding, “colorful” and fun retired teachers and look forward to my times at your RTA meetings.
As fall moves into winter and cold weather arrives, many of you head south. Dwight and I are looking forward to meeting with our Florida members in Ft. Myers, Tampa, and Leesburg and experiencing Florida’s warmer weather.
The winter holidays will soon be here bringing excitement and the gathering of friends and family. January, 2014, will usher in a year fi lled with opportunities and challenges that we will meet head on as a strong IRTA TEAM!
NEWS FROM YOUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:
It’s all about
can hear you
isn’t news. We
already know that
let me give you
from the other
side of this desk.
First, if you are reading this, chances are you are already a member. For that I thank you! What you may not realize is what membership does for our Association. When Steve Beebe, our Association lobbyist, and I talk to our legislators at the State House, it always helps to say that we have more than 23,000 members. The legislators understand that retired teachers watch what goes on in our state with our pensions, and that we vote. When we include the active teachers and our family and friends who are associate members, we are a potent group that can make a difference.
As a matter of fact, our members are making a difference every day in the hours that we give to volunteer programs in the state. When you add the numbers of members and the volunteer hours that we give back, it should impress a number of our legislators.
However, our numbers could be even larger. There are over 50,000 retired teachers from Indiana, and we need them to make our voice even stronger. Now that he is no longer the president, our past president, Bob Kraft, has made it his mission to get every one of his friends and colleagues to join our Association. He already has many new members because he has contacted them personally and told them about the mission of the IRTA.
When Bob was the chair of the Membership Committee several years ago, he always told us, “All of you are members of the Membership Committee.” That still holds true. You probably know some colleague who has said, “When I retire I’m not going to join a single thing ever again.” I can respect that sentiment, but when Steve and I lobby, we lobby for all the retired teaches of the state, not just our members. So I ask you, have you found a colleague, family member, or even a neighbor who could use the benefi ts we offer, and who could become a part of the thousands that we mention in our lobbying efforts? If so, please try to join Bob in his mission.
Bob understands the lesson that many of us learned from our deceased friend and past member of the Membership committee, Al Shuler from Dubois County, who got members one by one with direct contact. I hope you will join us in contacting the retirees who will benefi t from our lobbying efforts and ask them to be a part of the team. We can do it in Al’s memory.
For details of 2013 and 2012 legislative actions, click here.
Now Accepting Scholarship Applications for the 2014-2015 Academic Year!
To download the scholarship guidelines and application, click here.
Instructions for Renewing your 8% Verizon DiscountMany of you have received either an email or a letter from Verizon asking you to validate your employment with IRTA (in your case, your membership with IRTA) in order to renew the discount you are receiving on your monthly bill. A member has provided us with the following instructions to assist you in renewing the member discount of 8% on qualifying monthly charges. Please let us know if you have any trouble renewing your discount this way.
- Access and print the Verizon End User Form by clicking here.
- Complete the form, and write the words "Discount Renewal" at the top of the form and "ECPD Profile ID: 1695517" in large letters at the bottom of the form.
- Make a photocopy of your current membership card.
- Mail your completed form with a copy of your membership card to:
- Verizon Wireless Employment Validation
- Program Code: 50-001
- PO Box 540002
- El Paso, TX 88554-9901
- For questions, please call Verizon Customer Service at: 1-800-922-0204.
NEW RETIREES: No Waiting Period for Dental & Vision Coverage
The Indiana Retired Teachers Association has negotiated an industry first for its members! For the first time ever, all 2013 retirees can join the group dental and vision plans with no waiting periods - regardless of prior coverage. If members join within 60 days of their retirement date, they can receive immediate coverage. Click here to download details and an application.
Travel Opportunities for our Members
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