HIGHLIGHTS OF RECENT LEGISLATIVE SESSION...are available on the IRTA Website by clicking the link below. You will need to log-in to the members' only section to read this end of legislative session report.
The Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) affects the amount of Social Security Benefits that a person under TRS is allowed to collect. A position paper was prepared to suggest changes that would benefit TRS members. To view this position paper, click the link below.
President – Dave Graham
Vice President – Jeannie Kovanda
Secretary – Terry Reel
Treasurer/Membership –Cindy Morrill
Newsletter/Web Page - John Majernik
2016 Meeting Schedule
Sept. 20 - 5:30 Dinner
First Methodist Church
Dave Davison, IRTA President
Chris Gluck, Member Benefits
Angelique Bodine, Democratic
Cand. State Rep. 69th Dist.
October 18 - Noon Luncheon
First Baptist Church
Joe Theile, Region 1 Rep.
Keith Erhart, Area 1 Rep. to
IRTA Legislative Com.
November 15 - 10 am Brunch
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Pat Bankord, Estate Sales
Last Update: July 13, 2016
NEXT MEETING WILL BE SEPTEMBER 20th
The next BRTA meeting will be a 5:30 pm dinner meeting on Tuesday, September 20, at the First United Methodist Church on Bonus Avenue just south of Lincoln School in Belvidere. The meal will feature the church's famous ham balls.
IRTA President, Dave Davison, will bring greetings from IRTA, give an update on IRTA activities, and answer questions about IRTA. Chris Gluck, of Association Member Benefits Advisors, will explain some of the most popular and newer benefits available to IRTA members. Also on the agenda will be Angelique Bodine, candidate for 69th District State Representative. The evening promises to be filled with valuable information.
Please use the reservation form included with your September BRTA newsletter which should arrive the first week of September or send a check for $12.00 (per person payable to BRTA) to Diane Wilke, 6453 Broadview Avenue, Belvidere, IL 61008, by Tuesday, September 13. If you have questions, call Diane at 815-547-7664.
Any teacher or staff member who retired at the end of the 2015-16 school year and who is not currently a BRTA member is welcome to attend this meeting at no charge. If you know one of these individuals, why not invite them to join you at this meeting.
Please Donate to the IRTA Legal Defense Fund
Legal action is very expensive which is the reason IRTA started the Legal Defense Fund almost two years ago. The outpouring of support from our membership has been fantastic for the fund and it continues to grow. The amount needed will be large, especially if repeated legal battles must be fought. So, we thank everyone who has contributed and ask those who have not to do so. Look at what a benefit our 3% COLA is. Could any of us afford to fight to save this benefit on our own? Certainly not! We need to join together for such action. It has been suggested that we give the value of one month’s COLA in to the Legal Defense Fund. A great idea! This money is in a dedicated fund and cannot be used for any other purpose.
Send donations to: Legal Defense Fund, IRTA, 620 N. Walnut St., Springfield, IL 62702 Please make your check payable to IRTA and write "Legal Defense Fund" on the check memo line.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES ALWAYS NEEDED
We will continue collecting school supplies for school children. Bring the supplies to any BRTA meeting and the supplies will be stored until distribution during the second semester. Items like pens, pencils, crayons, wide lined spiral notebooks, glue, pocket folders, and inexpensive calculators are always needed.
Please take advantage of the school supplies sales which will begin in mid summer.
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