The Rockwall Area Retired Teachers first became a reality when Billie Stevenson hosted a group of retired teachers in her home on February 19, 1987. Those attending this organizational meeting were Bonnie Gentry and Martha Pullen of Royse City, Dorothy Pullen, Nebbie Williams, and Mary Jane Benbrook of Rockwall. This group was eager to form a local unit.
On February 25, 1987, Mr. Ernest Kelly, President of Region X, TRTA, met with six retired teachers to make plans for forming a local unit. Billie Stevenson, as Organizational Chairman, appointed the committees to make final arrangements and plans for a local unit, to nominate officers, and to write a constitution and bylaws.
On March 27 seventeen retired teachers met in the Rockwall Community Center with Mr. Ernest Kelly. Officers were elected and installed. Mr. Kelly presented an old-time school bell to the local unit to call future meetings to order. Mr. Kelly stated that Rockwall Area Retired Teachers Association became the fourteenth unit to be organized in Region X, TRTA. RARTA began the 1987-1988 year with 37 members.
RARTA meets six times a year (March-May and September-November) at 1:15 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Rockwall Administration Building in the Board Room. Meetings include snacks/visiting from 1:15-1:30 and the program/business meeting follows. There are approximately 125 members.