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


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. 


Important Dates for West TN presidents:

October 9,2017 - West TN Leadership Fall Meeting,

First Baptist Church, Jackson

March 12, 2018 - West TN Spring Leadership Meeting First Baptist Church, Jackson

June 12, 2018 - TRTA Representative Assembly, Embassy Suites, Murfreesboro, 10 AM

 A tentative date for the West TN RTA meeting is scheduled for April at Discovery Park in Union City.  More information to come in upcoming meetings and emails.


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.



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.

​Dr. Alan Kinningham received a Tribute Award from the West Point Band 9-11 Project, Novus Vox Nolus Musical Production Company.  Dr. Kinningham is a member of the Memphis/Shelby County RTA.

 Tennessee Retired Teachers' Association

West Tennessee welcomes Daisy Cleaves as TRTA president for 2017 - 2018.

Joe Frensley and Velma Lois Jones were delegates to the NEA-Retired Annual Meeting and NEA RA in Boston in July 2017.

West TN dues are fifty (50) cents per member.  Treasurers should make checks for WTRTA dues payable to Jerry Cocke. Please mail to Jerry at 212 Cherokee Drive, Memphis, TN 38111.

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

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!


Members of MTRTA celebrated and

conducted business at their Annual

Meeting in 2017.  Clementine Chamberlain

warmly welcomed the group to Nashville. 
Donna Cotner and Mike Barker presented 
TRTA and TCRS updates respectively.  Betty 
Phillips and George McCrary oversaw the 
election and installation of a slate of 

new officers. 
Charles Sellars, president

Bill Deason, president-elect

Brenda Oldham Secretary
Juanita Lockert, treasurer 

Two TTU students accepted scholarships

and charmed their benefactors.  

Demetria Kalodimos, WSMV TV News Anchor,
keynoted the event. The group remembered
more than 100 friends and colleagues in a 
moving memorial tribute.   Mickey Freeman
inspired with her story. George McCrary

expressed appreciation. Nellye Lathom was recognized for her numerous contributions. 

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