Retired educators met in the conference room of the Chattanooga Power Board to
form the first chapter of retired educators in Tennessee in May 1957. Five months
later on October 25, 1957, retirees from East Tennessee met and formed the
Tennessee Retired Teachers' Association.
The following purposes were adopted.
1. To promote the economic, social, and professional interest of retired teachers
in matters involving their needs;
2. To cooperate with the local and sectional retired teachers associations,
Tennessee Education Association (TEA), National Education Association (NEA),
and the National Education Association-Retired (NEA-Retired (NEA-Retired);
3. To act as a clearinghouse in circulation of information to retired teachers as to
the latest educational and legislative developments that concern them;
4. To enlist the support of the active teacher's organizations, boards of education,
parent-teacher organizations, and community, civic, and state groups for all children
5. To initiate, promote, and support action at the state and national levels for the
improvement of living conditions for older Americans in cooperation with the
programs of the NEA, NEA-Retired, and any other organizations which have similar goals as determined by the Representative Assembly
or Executive Board.
Comprised of 89 local chapters and approximately 9,000 members, TRTA has remained dedicated to the fulfillment of these purposes
since its inception in 1957.
The benefits enjoyed by current retirees were earned by the efforts of those who preceded them. Membership in TRTA ensures that
those who succeed them will enjoy similar or better benefits in their retirement years. Help us to continue this worthy work. Join
your local retired teachers' association today!
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF MEMBERSHIP
We congratulate the following local associations organized in 1967-1968!
1967 1968 1968 1968 1968 Dekalb Benton Hamblen Lincoln Roane
Fentress Bristol Henderson Marshall Rutherford
Robertson Claiborne Hickman Morgan Scott
Smith Franklin Humphreys Overton Unicoi
Sumner Gibson Johnson Polk Washington
Warren Giles Kingsport Putnam Wayne
Changes Coming to TRTA
There will be changes in procedures at the TRTA Office beginning with the upcoming Legislative session. Jerry Winters is moving from the position of TRTA Chief Lobbyist to TRTA Consultant, Government Relations. Direct lobbying with the legislators will transfer to TRTA Executive Director Donna Cotner who will assume this assignment as part of her duties as Executive Director.
Tennessee Retired Teachers' Association