INDIANAPOLIS -- The 43rd annual representative assembly of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association (IRTA) meeting took place May 21.
The event was attended by 300 delegates and guests from local retired teachers associations throughout the state.
IRTA has 23,000 members and is dedicated to protecting the welfare of retired educators, perpetuating education and providing community service.
Founded in 1950, IRTA is the largest and oldest organization representing retired educators in the state.
The local association, Clay County Retired Teachers Association, has 115 members in IRTA.
Delegates attending from Clay County included Carolyn Ledgerwood, Mary Ann Froderman and Odena Harper as representatives for CCRTA.
IRTA President Eugene Wease presided during the morning business session, which included committee reports and the election of two new members of the board of directors.
Eight scholarship awards were given to Indiana college sophomore or junior education majors from around the state.
IRTA members donated more than one million hours of community volunteer service for the fourth year in a row during 2007. Clay County retired teachers logged a total of 7,866 volunteer hours of service in 2007. Awards for community service for outstanding volunteerism, community service group projects and public relations were also presented.
Dr. Suellen Reed, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, was the luncheon speaker at the event.