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22 Jan
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Texas Retired Teachers Association Launches New Website

The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) has launched its new website. One of the biggest features of the new website is its mobile compatibility, meaning that users will be more easily able to navigate the site using phones and tablets.

The site brings a fresh, exciting design to TRTA, and encourages member growth and engagement for both the state and local units. Another new feature on the site is an expansive calendar that includes local unit and district meetings. The meetings are currently listed up through May. If you do not see your local meetings posted, you can use this Google Form to submit meetings.

Another big change is the location of the TRTA member benefits. It is still possible to view what the benefits are under “Membership” and “Member Benefits,” but to access the discount codes and other benefit details, members must use the “Member Login” feature.

TRTA members who joined offline have a username that is their member ID number. The default TRTA member password is trta123. If you do not remember your username or password, you can use the “I don’t know my username or password” feature located under the member login. If you are still unable to find your username or password, you can email the TRTA membership department at membership@trta.org.

For local unit officers, the TRTA forms have been moved under the “Membership tab” and are titled “Member Resources.” Similarly, the TRTA State Standing Committees are now located under the “About Us.”

We’d love to hear your feedback about the new site! Please share your thoughts with TRTA by sending an email to info@trta.org.

Thank You

The Inside Line is a free service of TRTA, provided to you to keep you informed on current issues and events that impact your life. If you value this service, please consider becoming a member of TRTA by clicking here. If you are already a member, thank you!

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19 Jan
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Voter Registration Deadline Upcoming, Make A Plan to Vote in the Primary Elections

The Texas primary elections are the most direct way retired educators can make positive changes to retirement benefits such as cost-of-living adjustments and TRS-Care. The Texas Legislature is the state’s governing body that determines how much funding the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) receives. By voting for pro-public education candidates in the Texas primaries, retirees can have an enormous impact on TRS benefits.

According to Texas Educators Vote, over 90 percent of Texas elections are determined in the primary. The Texas primary elections early voting begins on February 20 and ends on March 2, 108. Primary election day is on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

The deadline to register to vote is February 5. If you are not registered to vote by February 5, you will not be able to participate in the election. Visit the Secretary of State’s website to register to vote today!

If you are already registered to vote, the make a plan with your fellow educators to vote early in the primary election. The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) encourages all eligible educators, both retired and active, to get out the vote. Work with the local units in your area to learn about pro-public education candidates.

Talk to the Candidates!

The Texas Tribune has a list of all candidates on primary election ballots. Please take some time to reach out to candidates in your area and find out where they stand on issues that affect your retirement benefits! Be sure and share this information with your fellow retirees, neighbors and friends, as well as with TRTA. Feel free to email us at info@trta.org when you hear back from candidates about their stance on education issues.

Great questions to ask candidates:

  • Do you support a defined benefit plan for all current and future TRS retirees?
  • Do you support providing reasonable, affordable healthcare of TRS retirees?
  • What will you do as my legislator to ensure that the TRS pension fund and TRS-Care health insurance program are preserved and improved?

Thank You

The Inside Line is a free service of TRTA, provided to you to keep you informed on current issues and events that impact your life. If you value this service, please consider becoming a member of TRTA by clicking here. If you are already a member, thank you!

Be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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09 Jan
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Online Convention Registration Open

The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) will host its 65th annual convention at the La Cantera Resort and Spa, located at 16641 La Cantera Parkway in San Antonio. The convention will take place from April 8-10.

You can register online here. Convention registration is $40, not including additional events.

Use the following steps to register for the convention:

  1. Click on the ‘Register Now’ button.
  2. To begin, log in with your username (member ID number) and password (trta123) to the right of this page. All members already have an online account; please do not create another. If you have trouble, email membership@trta.org for assistance. 
  3. After you are logged in, select “Register Myself.” The $40 convention registration fee is automatically added to each registration.
  4. Answer the required questions, select “Save Responses,” then you may add any other events to your itinerary or go directly to checkout.

The La Cantera Hotel and Spa is fully booked. If you have not already secured your accommodations, you will need to use one of the many nearby hotel options in the area.

The full slate of scheduled events during the convention can be viewed here.

TRTF Golf Tournament Registration Now Open

The Texas Retired Teachers Foundation (TRTF) is hosting its first ever golf tournament on April 9. The tournament kicks off at the Palmer Golf Course, and features a shotgun start at 8 AM. TRTF is dedicated to giving back to the education community through its charitable programs, and the golf tournament will be a great opportunity for people to raise money for charity while having a fun experience.

You can register for the golf tournament here.

Thank You

Thank you for your membership to TRTA. If you are not yet a member, we need you to help us protect your retirement security. Please join TRTA today!

If you know someone who should be a member of TRTA who has not yet joined, please consider buying them a TRTA membership—just $35—as a gift for this holiday season!

We hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season!

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