Meeting to address educators' retirements

Tim Lee, executive director of the Texas Retired Teacher Association with members of the San Marcos Area Retired Teachers and Staff at the Capitol. From left left to right are Lee, Barbara Hollis, Ruth Spear, Linda Reynolds, Gracie Rocha, Viki Hicks and Julie Hoffman. PHOTO COURTESY OF SMARTS

San Marcos Area Retired Teachers and Staff

Retired teachers and retired public school staff are invited to attend a local unit meeting of SMARTS, the San Marcos Area Retired Teachers and Staff. Tim Lee, executive director of the Texas Retired Teacher Association (TRTA), will be providing the group with updated information on TRTA and the Texas Legislature, as it pertains to retiree’s TRS health care, defined benefits and other related matters.

SMARTS monthly meetings usually occur on the second Tuesday of each month. The Thursday, Feb. 15 meeting is an exception as it is a special meeting. Meetings are held at 11:30 a.m., at the Price Center, located on 222 W. San Antonio St. Attendees are asked to RSVP to President Viki Hicks at 512-392-0510 or to Treasurer Susan M. Pulis at 512-268-6787, as required for a $12 luncheon.

The SMARTS Executive Committee, led by President Hicks, relies on Lee’s advice as well as the other TRTA directors and officers. TRTA has 20 districts and more than 80,000 members. Local units work to keep members informed about changes in healthcare and benefits. Members also promote educational programs and work tirelessly in the community.

Lee will be addressing some of the major issues TRTA retirees are facing today. Many members have opted out of TRS health insurance due to the high cost. Directors and officers are endeavoring to find solutions. TRTA aspires to work with friends in Congress to find fair and realistic solutions for the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO). Lee states, “The road to influencing future policy outcomes starts now.”

While TRTA does not endorse candidates, local unit meetings are a great opportunity to learn about candidates. Early voting for the primaries will begin on Feb. 20.

In 2017, our members fought for increased funding for the TRS-Care health insurance program and took their message straight to their legislators who responded by providing more dollars for the plan during a special session this past summer.

Many retired teachers and staff have benefited from the service of TRTA members. This meeting’s program coordinators are Barbara Hollis and Ruth Spear, and greeters are Linda Reynolds and Janis Brown. Those interested in membership or attending a meeting, contact the president or treasurer to RSVP.

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