The purposes of the WTRTA shall be:

1.To promote the economic, social, and professional of West Tennessee retired teachers, and to act on their behalf on matters involving their needs.
2. To maintain affiliation with the NEA-Retired Teachers' Association, TN Retired Teachers' Association (TRTA), and the WTRTA chapters of the Retired Teachers' Association.
3. To collaborate with other educational support groups for the enhancement of educational opportunities for children, youth, and adults.
4. To support and work for legislation that improves benefits for all retired educators


Donna Cotner, TRTA Executive Director, presents the 2017 Executive Director's Award to Sequatchie County Retired Teachers' Association.  Congratulations, SCRTA!

Congrats to Mrs. Hattye Yarbrough, a member of the Covington Retired Teachers' Association.  Mrs. Yarbrough is a contributor to the displays in theNational Museum of African American History and Culture.

Important Dates for West TN presidents:

October 10,2016 - West TN Leadership Fall Meeting,

First Baptist Church, Jackson

February 1, 2017 - Assessment Report due to TRTA 

March 13, 2017 - West TN Spring Leadership Meeting First Baptist Church, Jackson

June 13, 2017 - TRTA Representative Assembly Meeting, Embassy Suites, Murfreesboro

 A tentative date for the West TN RTA meeting is scheduled for April in Jackson.  More information to come soon.


Counties in West Tennessee, the Gulf Coastal Plain west of the Tennessee River are:

Benton, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Fayette, Gibson, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry(Paris-Henry County Retired Teachers' Association),Lake, Lauderdale, Madison (Jackson-Madison County RTA ),McNairy, Obion(Union City and Obion County),Shelby (Memphis-Shelby County), Tipton (Covington-Tipton County), and Weakley.

I will post the name of each president and give each local a copy of the constitution as soon as I receive the list of officers.

Communication is very important and no division can have growth and enroll new members unless we keep future potential retirees well informed. A chain is as strong as its weakest link and in order to be the strongest possible we need to have clear communication and involve all members. I need the name and email address of all officers to put in my list.  Remember, if your association has not sent dues, WE need you to mail them to our West Tennessee Treasurer, Jerry Cocke.

Immediate Past TRTA President Installs Officers of the West TN RetiredTteachers' Association for the 2016-2018 term at its Spring meeting. From left to right: Florestine Evans; Mary Williams, Secretary; Joe Frensley, President and TRTA Board Member for 2016 - 2018, Daisy Cleaves, Immediate Past President and newly elected TRTA President-Elect; Jerry Cocke Treasurer; and Laverne Dickinson, President-Elect. 




Evelyn Robertson, Jr 2016-17. Evelyn is serving on the TRTA Board of Directors as West TN Past President since Daisy Cleaves is President-Elect of TRTA.

 Regional Associations

Information in the WTRTA section submitted by Joe Frensley, President.

Gerald Lillard was elected TRTA President-elect for 2017 - 2018.  Congratulations, Gerald.


 Tennessee Retired Teachers' Association