Indiana Retired Teachers Association conducted its 2011 Fall Workshop at the Beef House in Covington, Tuesday, Sept. 20.
The organization has more than 30,000 members, including both retired and active teachers.
The legislative advocacy program has remained strong since the founding in 1947, protecting educator pensions and fighting for cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) and/or a one-time payment annually.
The workshop included Area 3 and Area 4 of the organization.
Clay County Retired Teachers Association is part of Area 4 with Donald Metzger serving as Director.
Those attending as representatives from the Clay County Retired Teachers Association included Gail Roach, President; Odena Harper, Vice President; Carolyn Tausig, Community Service Chair; and Mary Ann Froderman, Social Committee Chair.
Many topics and informational ideas were shared.
It was stressed the Indiana Retired Teachers Association must be vigilant in knowing what is happening at the state level and the importance of staying in touch with state legislators.
In Indiana, there is no automatic cost-of-living increase for retired teachers' pensions.
Each year, they must get a vote of approval for the bill from the legislature.
Those interested in learning more about this may log on to the Indiana Retired Teachers Association website at www.retiredteachers.org, or the Clay County Retired Teachers Association website at www.clayretiredteachers.org.
Active members and associate members have many benefits afforded them through the Indiana Retired Teachers Association. Among them are Apple Discount; Dell Discount Program; AT&T Mobility Discount; Verizon Wireless Discount; MetLife Auto and Homeowners Insurance Discount; Dental Insurance; Vision Plan; Long Term Care/Home Health Care Insurance Partnership; Hear in America (Discounts on hearing aids); LaQuinta Inn and Suites Discount; Automobile Rental Discounts; and Endorsed Travel and Tour opportunities.
This is all offered with an Associate Membership of $5 annually or an active membership of $30 annually.
Members will also receive newsletters that will keep them informed as to the support and need of progress being accomplished.