Nine retired teachers from the Coryell Local Chapter of CRSP (Coryell Retired School Personnel) attended a District 12 leadership conference in Waco on Tuesday, September 20. District 12 also includes chapters from Bell, Bosque, Falls, Freestone, Hamilton, Hill, Killeen, Lampasas, Limestone, Mills, Navarro, Waco-McLennan counties, and the town of Copperas Cove.
This year’s theme was “TRTA: Our Team Never Quits!” He may have been inspired by a statement by Phil Jackson, former professional basketball player, coach and executive, who said, “The strength of the team is each individual member; the strength of everyone is the team!
Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) advocates for better benefits for all retirees and promotes the well-being of all its members. District 12’s goals for the coming year are (1) to increase district membership by 5% or 175 members; (2) increase member volunteer hours from 187,433 to 200,000 hours; (3) donate 8,000 books to children 12 and under; and (4) continue/add scholarship programs from each local.
The Coryell chapter currently has 87 members. While they are grateful to have gained new members, they have also lost some in recent years. They would like to encourage retirees to join them. They regularly submit approximately 30,000 or more volunteer hours to District 12 each year and donate approximately 1,700 to 2,400 children’s books annually. They also give scholarships each year to two seniors who plan to enter the field of college education.
Of the seven District 12 officers this year, two are from the local Coryell chapter: Jo Ann Sugg, District 12 President, and Mary Bruton, District 12 Historian. Gail Johnson is one of 14 county presidents serving in the District 12, representing Coryell County. The district is also well represented at the TRTA state level by Earl Wall (Mills County), as chairman of the Organizing Affairs Committee; Alicia Smith (Freestone County), serving on the State Legislative Committee; Shirley Bond (Bell County), serving on the State Membership Committee; and Jo Ann Sugg (Coryell County), serving on the Foundation’s Information and Silent Auction Committee.
An update on TRS was given by Don Green, Chief Financial Officer of TRS; KJ Van Ackerin, member of the TRS investment team; Beth Hallmark and Lori La Brie, TRS Ombudspersons. The guest speaker was Tim Lee, Executive Director of TRTA, who explained and updated many of the legislative proposals and activities for members.
After a break for lunch, members returned for a short business meeting that included reports from officers and committee chairs, followed by silent auction results and door prizes. The meeting was then adjourned.