The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) is finalizing plans for the 61st Annual TRTA Convention to be held in Dallas April 13-15, 2014. Nearly 1000 retirees are registered for the event already, which is taking place at the Sheraton Hotel Dallas on 400 N. Olive Street.

This year’s theme, “Lasso Our Legacy,” focuses on the accomplishments TRTA has made in the last 60 years and the challenges we face and successes we must achieve together in the next 60 years. Registration for the Convention is now closed; however, late registration is available onsite beginning at Noon on Sunday, April 13.

In addition to conducting the business of the association such as officer elections and bylaws amendment considerations, members will attend a number of training and educational sessions. A complete list of sessions, their descriptions and a schedule are available on our website here.

Legislation is always a key focus of our annual conventions, and despite 2014 being an interim year when the Legislature is not meeting, our members are ready to address the looming TRS-Care health insurance crisis. During the Legislative Breakfast being held the morning of April 15, members will hear from experts at TRS and area legislators about what is happening with their health care program and what potential solutions may be on the table in 2015.

Although the Legislative Breakfast is sold out already, the panel discussion will be broadcast live in the main hall (Dallas Ballroom BC). All attendees will have the opportunity to hear this important information, which begins at 7:00 a.m. on April 15.

2014 is an election year for statewide officials, and attendees will also hear from gubernatorial candidates Attorney General Greg Abbott and State Senator Wendy Davis during the House of Delegates on April 15. To read more, please click here.

New to this year’s Convention is the TRTA Diamond Plus booth, found in the exhibit hall in the same area where registration will occur. Diamond Plus, a value-added program for members of TRTA, offers a permanent membership card, personalized attention, hassle-free membership renewals, and access to a special website with exclusive content from Executive Director Tim Lee and other TRTA leaders.

Members who pay their dues via payroll deduction or bank draft already are participants in Diamond Plus. Attendees who renew their dues for the 2014-2015 year via one of these methods can join Diamond Plus while at Convention by visiting the Diamond Plus booth. New participants will receive their permanent membership card on the same day! All Diamond Plus participants attending Convention will also be entered in a prize drawing for a brand new digital camera and will receive a unique Diamond Plus name badge holder.

For any questions about your registration or delegate certification, please contact our Membership Department at 1.800.880.1650 or email us at info@trta.org. We look forward to seeing you in Dallas soon! Please be sure to share our press release about Convention with your fellow retirees and media outlets.