Greene County Retired Teachers Association
Greene County Retired Teachers Association
***Xenia United Presbyterian Church has gone back to a mask policy. So bring your mask to our August 24th luncheon/meeting. Obviously, masks will be off when we eat. The speakers at the podium also can take off their masks when talking.***
330 GCRTA MEMBERS and 264 ORTA MEMBERS
The Greene County Retired Teachers' Association was established in 1970 to promote the professional, economic, and social status of the retired educators of Greene County, Ohio, and to provide the members with the opportunity to interact with each other, expand, investigate, examine, and interchange their thoughts on subjects of interest to retired educators. Our Mission is to promote the professional, social, and economic status of the retired educators of Greene County, Ohio.
Chartered in 1969, GCRTA is affiliated with the National Association of Retired Teachers (NRTA) and the Ohio Retired Teachers Association (ORTA). The Greene County Chapter is one of 90 chapters of this type in the State of Ohio.
Active Membership: Any retired teacher or retired administrator from public school, state or municipal college or university may become an active GCRTA and ORTA member.
Associate Membership: Any person or friend interested in education and the problems of retirees may become an associate member of Greene County Retired Teachers' Association.
Membership Fees: Dues of $10.00 are assessed on an annual basis for the local organization. Fees are payable between September and December for the up-coming year. The GCRTA membership year begins January 1 and ends December 31. A life-time membership is available for $200, payable to GCRTA and the payment is sent to the treasurer. Two installments of $100 each, or four installments of $50 each, may be made.
ORTA monitors legislative efforts on a year-round basis to represent the retired teachers' best interest in the Ohio General Assembly. ORTA monitors all State Teachers' Retirement System committee meetings. Your retirement benefits and your health care benefits are not possible without the approval of the Ohio general Assembly and the STRS Board. ORTA is truly the voice of Ohio's retired teachers.
ORTA dues are $30 a year, and the dues may be paid through GCRTA if desired.
A life-time membership in ORTA is $200 and can be paid over one or two years.
Membership in both organizations is not a requirement, but it is desirable.
DUAL MEMBERSHIPS are encouraged which permits the GCRTA to have a TRUSTEE to ORTA.
Requirements for Membership
One must be a retired educator and must receive a retirement benefit from a state teachers' retirement system.
Teachers on Disability Retirement are also welcome to join both of the organizations.
Associate members may be husbands/wives of retired teachers or "positive" individuals who are interested in the education of youth.
Meetings: GCRTA meets at noon for a luncheon meeting on a quarterly basis. Meetings are held at Xenia United Presbyterian Church located near Fairgrounds Road in Xenia, Ohio. The meetings are informative, entertaining, and social. Presently, a meal is prepared for $12.00. The facility is ideally suited and accessible for the handicapped. (See Announcement Page for details)
Board of Directors' Meetings: Board meetings are held at Xenia Presbyterian Church at 1:00, (See Board Minutes). All members are invited to attend the Board meetings.
Luncheon dates and Business Meetings: Luncheons are at 11:30 AM. (See General Meeting Minutes.) All luncheons are held at the Xenia Presbyterian Church, 343 W. Ankeney Mill Rd., Xenia, Ohio 45385 (across from the fairground). Business Meetings are followed by the luncheon and program.
Activities: The GCRTA sponsors a scholarship program for Greene County youth who exhibit promise in academic areas and who plan to attend college to become teachers.
GCRTA plans meetings with certified staff in each of the Greene County School Districts during the school year to share the benefits of belonging to ORTA and GCRTA. It is the responsibility of the organization's Retirement Chairperson to contact each of the districts to set informational meetings. Membership is critical in both GCRTA and ORTA to maintain and improve retirement benefits.
GCRTA is also involved in Reading Literacy campaigns, protective and safety programs, and has an active legislative and advocacy program.
Newsletters: Greene County Retired Teachers members receive a quarterly newsletter to keep membership informed on legislation affecting retirement benefits, and on matters from the Ohio Retired Teachers Association (e.g. House Bills, luncheon/meeting dates, outings, and other essential information.)
Contact Carol Smith for additional information.
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