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
October 18 - Noon Luncheon
First Baptist Church
Joe Theile, Region 1 Rep.
Keith Erhart, Area 1 Rep. to
IRTA Legislative Com.
Dist. #100 & BEA President
November 15 - 10 am Brunch
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Pat Bankord, Estate Sales
Last Update: Sept. 24, 2016
NEXT MEETING WILL BE OCTOBER 18
The next BRTA meeting will be a noon luncheon meeting on Tuesday, October 18, at the First Baptist Church, 1255 West Jackson Street in Belvidere (corner of Appleton Road and Jackson Street. The cost is $8.00 per person and includes tax and tip.
The highlight of the meeting will be a performance by the Belvidere High School Choraliers under the direction of Karen Cantele. (An envelope will be passed where those who wish may make a donation to the Choraliers' program.) There will also be short presentations by Joe Theile, IRTA Region 1 Representative, Keith Erhart, IRTA Area 1 Representative, and a representative of School District #100 and the BEA president.
Please use the reservation form included with your October BRTA newsletter which should arrive the first week of October or send a check for $8.00 (per person payable to BRTA) to Diane Wilke, 6453 Broadview Avenue, Belvidere, IL 61008, by Tuesday, October 11 (Keep in mind that there will be no mail delivery on Monday, October 10). If you have questions, call Diane at 815-547-7664.
Please consider bringing a non-member retiree to 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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