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Retired school personnel continue making a difference
Madeline Polasek (left) and Yvonne Harrison browse the refreshments during the Wilson County Retired School Personnel meeting Oct. 1.
Wilson County Retired School Personnel met on Oct. 1 in the Floresville Administrative Building. Dr. Charlotte Travis, Texas Retired Teachers Association District 20 president, spoke to the local unit about accomplishments of the previous year and challenges ahead. Dr. Travis reminded WCRSP members that thanks to their efforts, many retirees received a small increase in their annuities. The association was a constant presence in Austin during the last legislative session. The Legislature passed HB 1458, which helped assure the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) will be financially stable.
Along with the good news, Dr. Travis warned that there are still groups in Texas that are against defined benefit retirement plans and threaten to change the TRS to a defined contribution plan. Active school personnel need to be vigilant in order to save their retirement system. For more information on defined benefit versus defined contribution, visit www.trta.org or contact any member of WCRSP.
Dr. Travis also commended TRTA members on donating to the TRTA Foundation’s Helping Hand fund. The association donated $41,000 to retirees in West, Texas, to help them rebuild after the disastrous explosion there. After all retirees’ needs were met, the remaining $6,000 was donated to the West public school system. Other TRTA Foundation donations were used for scholarships and classroom grants.
TRTA District 20 Legislative Chair, Ken Hanson, reiterated Dr. Travis’ praise for TRTA’s members’ emails, phone calls, and visits to Austin during the legislative session. He talked about TRS-Care and the implications of the Affordable Care Act. Right now, Aetna will continue to be the health-care provider, but no one knows when or if that might change. TRTA will post information on its website.
If you worked for a school district in any capacity, you need to be part of Texas Retired Teachers Association. Check out WCRSP at the Nov. 5 meeting in the FISD Administration Building. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. and the program topic is weather. Jon Zeitler, National Weather Service Information Officer, will be joined by Floresville’s own weather guru, Jim Helmke.
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