The Aransas County Retired Teachers Association (ACRTA) will hold it’s first meeting for the 2019-2020 year in the IBC Bank Community Room (2701 Highway 35) Tuesday, Sept. 17. Current and interested new members are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served at 9:45 a.m.

Meetings are from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. the third Tuesday of the month, September through May. A special program of interest and speaker is planned for each meeting.

ACRTA is one of seven county units that belong to District 2 Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA). Founded in 1953, TRTA is the largest network of public education retirees in the nation with more than 82,000 members. It advocates and defends the benefits of all Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) retirees, current and future. It also promotes the wellbeing of its members.

TRTA worked this year’s legislative session to help make the pension fund sound, and approve the 13th check most retirees will be receiving by mid-September. This is the first 13th check retirees have received since 2007.

The supplemental payment is an amount equal to an individual’s gross annuity payment, or $2,000, whichever is less.

The ACRTA will continue to support various projects for students in local schools. These projects include the Children’s Book Drive, Lions Club Christmas Toys for Kids, and the Mentoring Program for at-risk students.

When the Texas Legislature is in session, the ACRTA helps send a student to Austin as a page. A scholarship program by the ACRTA is available to graduates of Rockport-Fulton High School. At the end of the school year it will host a retirement luncheon to honor the school district’s new retirees.

Members keep busy during the year volunteering throughout the community. Last year 8,869 volunteer hours were reported to the state by the ACRTA.

The 67th Annual TRTA Convention will be held April 6-8 at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi. ACRTA members will be serving on a committee to help make this important Convention a success.

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