TEXAS RETIRED TEACHERS ASSOCIATION
News Bulletin Third Quarter 2004
the only organization to represent exclusively retired public school and higher education personnel
‘It’s a building now!’ Grand Opening date set
for Trinity Ofﬁce Center
A Ribbon Cutting and Open House for the Trinity Ofﬁce
Center heralds one of Texas retired teachers’ crowning
“It’s a building now!” said Dr. Kenneth Laycock, past
President of TRTA and President of the Texas Retired
Teacher’s Foundation (TRTF). “This four-story building
displays the great accomplishment of organization and
people working together. It displays the grand results of
educators determined to build their organization, their
community, and a better future for education.”
Ceremonies will be held at 1 p.m. November 12 at 313 E.
12th Street in Austin (a map is on page 14). The ceremonies
will honor more than 16 years of work by TRTF and TRTA
members in raising the building. A summary of historical
steps is presented on this page.
Located at Trinity Avenue and 12th Street adjacent to View of TRTF Trinity Ofﬁce Center
the Texas Capitol, the building will house the ofﬁces of The main door to the building is to the left on 12th Street, just past the
TRTA and TRTF and numerous other tenants. Members of spacious Live Oak tree. Ribbon-cutting ceremonies will be held at 1 p.m.
the TRTF Board of Trustees, members of the Building Fund November 12 on the 1st Floor parking level off Trinity Street.
Trust Committee from 1988-1998, members of the Building
Review Committee, and all TRTA past presidents will be 1988–2004, Dreams Made Real!
honored for their contributions to TRTA and TRTF. A History of the TRTF
Names will be engraved on large bricks and placed
in the “Walk to the Wall.” (A list of names is on page 15 By Mike Lehr, TRTF Secretary-Treasurer
and more photos of the building on page 16.) The walkway In November 1987, TRTA President Enid Littleﬁeld and
commemorates the years of fund raising, in which members Executive Director E. L. Galyean designated 14 individuals to
held marches and walks to gather donations. serve as legal trustees to establish the Texas Retired Teachers
Dr. Laycock pointed out the signiﬁcance of the fact Building Fund Trust. On January 11, 1988, the Building Fund
that the building is already 100 percent leased. TRTA Trust was established.
headquarters will have ofﬁce space and seven parking spaces
for 30 years without cost. In 1989 a “March to the Wall” was held where members
“The new structure,” Dr. Laycock noted, “represents walked to the front of the convention hall and presented
maximum utilization of valuable real estate, providing not individual, local unit and district donations. Marches
only space for our organizations but also income for future
Continued next page
years. We should all be proud.”
In this issue: New Executive Director appointed
President’s Line ...........................................2
Tim Lee has been staff of TRTA have always been very
NEW! “The Idle American” Column ......3 appointed the 5th Executive special to me. Now, I have been given
GPO/WEP Update ...................................4-5 Director in the history of the great responsibility to work with the
Legislative News & Updates ...............6-7 TRTA. Tim began his duties TRTA Board of Directors and build on
Membership Update .................................8 Sept. 23. TRTA’s past successes, with many new
Public Relations Update ...........................9 “It is my great privilege accomplishments yet to come. My family
Maenette Jeanes, age 100, honored ...9 and honor to be selected as and I are very excited about being in
Tim Lee Executive Director of the Texas and working with TRTA!”
TRTA 2005 Convention & News .......... 10
Texas Retired Teachers Association,” he Tim arrives from Springﬁeld, Illinois,
Member Beneﬁts ...............................11-13
said. “I have worked closely with TRTA where he was Executive Director of
TRTF Grand Opening........................14-16 over the years, and the members and Continued on page 10
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The President’s Line Building history, from page 1
ogether, Everyone, Achieves, More and Walks to the Wall were held until 1999. Bylaws for the TRTA
Our theme for this year to is to inspire others Building Fund Trust were adopted in September 1990.
to work together as a TEAM — to stretch for a
common objective. In 1992 Dr. James Jeffrey, TRTA Executive Director, was authorized
Interestingly enough, I had a call this morning to purchase the property at 12th Street and Trinity Street. TRTA
from Mitzi Hart of Merkel, Texas, telling me about all continued to raise monies for a building through numerous activities
the legislative issues that are facing us. She has taken such as Walks to the Wall, memorial gifts, endorsements and seeking
it upon herself to ﬁnd out donations.
who her congressmen and
legislative representatives In 1994 a ﬂoor plan was adopted to build a TRTA Headquarters
are, and has written many Building. Adequate funds to construct the ﬁrst building design were
letters and made many not raised through the Building Fund Trust drives. In 1994 Mike
phone calls regarding our Lehr became the TRTA Executive Director.
legislative priorities for this
year. If every member of our In 1995 President Myrtice Larson appointed a committee to
56,185 in the association took investigate the cost of constructing and operating a building, and
on this initiative, look at the to make recommendations to the Board of Directors. As a result
impact it would make. The of the recommendations, the TRTA Board of Directors adopted a
Jack Felts Web site at http://yahoo. motion “to establish a partnership with a private developer for the
capwiz.com is one of many purpose of constructing a building.” A Building Review Committee
ways you can ﬁnd the who, what, and where on most was appointed to pursue this direction.
of the legislative issues that are current.
Tom Rogers and Derly Rivera have been appointed In September 1999 on the recommendation of the Building Review
Interim Legislative Co-chairmen. “Legislative Update Committee, the TRTA Board of Directors approved Development
#1 and #2” have recently been sent to all the District/ 2000, Inc., to develop several different designs for a building.
Local Unit Legislative Committee Chairmen. Contact
the state ofﬁce or visit www.trta.org if you need a In January 2000 the Board of Directors, chaired by Dr. Kenneth
copy. This and future updates will be written in a Laycock, President, authorized the employment of an attorney
collaborative fashion with Mike Lehr, Tom Rogers to develop legal documents to create the Texas Retired Teachers
and Derly Rivera. Foundation. The Foundation was created for broad charitable and
Derly Rivera, the Legislative Chairman for educational purposes, and contributions to the Foundation are
District XIII, represented TRTA at the recent National deductible. Dr. Kenneth Laycock was appointed President of the
Advocacy program sponsored by NRTA. His report Foundation. The TRTA Board of Directors transferred the building
will be summarized in an upcoming “TRTA Legislative project to the Texas Retired Teachers Foundation, and the Building
Update.” One of the reports is that 49 out of our 50 Fund Trust monies were transferred to the Foundation.
states are having budgetary problems regarding
health care, even though seven of the top 15 pension On April 14, 2001, approval was given to authorize a 99-year
programs in our country are teachers’ pension plans. ground lease between the Texas Retired Teachers Association and
Tom Rogers, also of District XIII and legislative the Texas Retired Teachers Foundation. TRTA retains ownership
chairman for the Austin local unit, has been very of the original lot. TRTA will receive 10% of the building ﬂoor
active in legislative issues and has written a letter to space and seven parking spaces for 30 years without cost for its
our Lieutenant Gov. David Dewhurst regarding the state Headquarters.
state’s contribution rate to the Teacher Retirement
System of Texas, which is currently 6 percent but by On October 5, 2002, a limited partnership between Development
law should be 8 percent. This letter was answered, 2000, Inc. ,and the Texas Retired Teachers Foundation was formed
and we were given an opportunity to speak to it for the purpose of constructing an ofﬁce building. On October 8,
on Tuesday, July 20. Mike Lehr, Executive Director 2002, TRTA President Tom Pritchard and TRTA Executive Director
Emeritus, Tom Rogers, Derly Rivera, and I spoke with Mike Lehr signed for TRTA, and Dr. Kenneth Laycock, President of
Mr. Jon Heining, Council for Public Policy for the the Texas Retired Teachers Foundation, signed the 99-year ground
Senate and Ofﬁce of the Lieutenant Governor. lease. At the conclusion of the 30-year partnership, the Texas Retired
We enter the 2004-2005 year with good news and Teachers Foundation will own the building.
positive momentum. With your continued help and
support, we will build on our past successes. Let us To see the results of all historical TRTF milestones, come to Austin
work as one TEAM to realize the destiny of TRTA. at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 12, to see the Trinity Ofﬁce Center
and celebrate the conclusion of a 16-year journey.
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The Idle American
Administration ofﬁcial, a physical therapist, a nurse, a physical
Our Flag Is Still There… therapist, four school teachers and a rancher.
Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury *****
Tears flowed freely at that final graduation. Media
OLD GLORY, TX—Accuse them representatives from as far as 300 miles away chronicled what
of ﬂag-waving here, and residents will was called a “death in the community.” OG, with 12 grades
shake your hand, invite you in to sit a under one roof in a building constructed by the WPA, once
spell and brag that their community had 280 students when six rural schools consolidated. Alas,
is as American as it gets—despite this it dwindled to 33 students, with just three seniors in that ﬁnal
tiny dot on the Stonewall County map graduating class of 1985. And, yes, Maribel—the youngest
in West Texas seeming far away from Castro sibling—was valedictorian.
“where it’s at.” Remaining students transferred to Rule, Stamford or
Remaining residents, tighter than close-knit, have Aspermont. The OG school building (someone called it “longer
dwindled to fewer than 100, or, as the community’s sole than a football ﬁeld, and nearly as important”) was deeded
business owner, Joe Castro, puts it, “We’ve got 30 water to Aspermont. Later, Aspermont “gave it back” to a local
meters.” (He’s second oldest of a dozen siblings.) Still, they non-proﬁt corporation. A tiny percentage of the building
hold an annual patriotic July 4th parade, keep ﬂags ﬂying has remained in use as a community center for senior citizen
high and their colorful Old Glory mural—brainchild of Joe’s programs and other activities . . . .
wife—to remind folks of their heritage. Now, ex-students have *****
mounted a campaign to put a new tin roof on a school that’s Joe and wife Marcia operate the Mercantile Store, selling
been closed for 19 years . . . . mostly “edibles and drinkables.” It is open seven days a week,
***** catty-cornered across the street from the “new post ofﬁce”
Old-timers here recount vivid stories dating back to the that opened in 2000. The total square footage of the store and
late 1800’s. Early settlers were farmers of Germanic descent; postal facility is less than 2,000 feet.
they called their community “Brandenburg” with its founding When Joe arises each day, he is within a stone’s throw of
in 1904. Some folks in other communities, painting with the school that for 48 years was a beacon of hope for handfuls
broad brushes, labeled Brandenburg residents as German of kids. Seeing it, he re-doubles his efforts to think of ways to
sympathizers during World War I. get a new roof for the school; high winds seriously damaged
To underscore their patriotism, citizens voted to change the old one a few months back. He ﬁgures they’ll need at
their town’s name to “Old Glory” in 1918. Flag-waving least $15,000. A third of the amount needed was raised at a
has prevailed since that time despite the ups-and-downs of cakewalk and auction a while back. “Who knows, maybe we’ll
depressions, recessions, drought, erratic agriculture prices think of a good way to use the building one day,” he said, “A
and other economic woes . . . . museum might be nice.”
Let’s narrow the focus to better understand how this Don’t sell him short. There will be a new roof, and maybe
community stands for what is noblest and best. Turn back the even a new way to use an old school that gave kids and
clock 42 years. Taking advantage of the U. S. Bracero Program parents hope for a better day through education. And, even
that allowed Mexican nationals to work in this country, Isaac commerce is about to change in Old Glory. The Castros are
Castro jumped at the chance to make better lives for his wife building a new and larger store, hopefully by year’s end, when
and six children. Leaving his family in the interior of Mexico, “50 Stars for Old Glory” opens. They’ll have much the same
the 34-year-old was off to the cotton ﬁelds near Rule, Texas, in fare—including the “area’s best hot dogs”—and will add gas
1960. His was a “can ‘til can’t” work deal for two years--often pumps, the only ones within 10 miles.
seven days a week if there was cotton in the ﬁelds. At visit’s end, I thought of seminars, programs, self-help
Hal Yeakey, the late landowner, noticed Castro’s hard work. books, conferences and agencies to help parents do better jobs.
He offered permanent employment, housing for the family and A simple visit to Old Glory for a visit with proud parents
assistance in naturalization. What a deal, Isaac ﬁgured, and soon named “Castro” might be quicker, easier and cheaper. This
the whole family was in Old Glory. They became naturalized couple—now prizing two-dozen grandchildren and five
citizens, and six more children, born annually after arrival in great-grandchildren—contends that foundations of discipline,
Texas, took the number to an even dozen . . . . hard work, teamwork, and education are critical for better
Isaac, now 78, and Felicitas, 74, (his wife of 58 years) still TRTA folks might like to know that Tom Pritchard,
live here and remember the “glory years.” They proudly immediate past TRTA President, was their high school
supported Old Glory Schools (1937-1985) where all 12 of their principal, and his wife Jane, their teacher.
children graduated. Five were valedictorians and 11 of the 12
have college degrees. Another has completed the LVN degree Dr. Newbury is an author/speaker/columnist in the
and aspires to be a Registered Nurse. Metroplex. His column appears weekly in 100 Texas
Consider this: Among the siblings are a Naval ofﬁcial in newspapers. He invites feedback at 817.447.3872 or by e-mail,
the Pentagon, a medical doctor, an attorney, a Social Security email@example.com.
3rd Quarter 2004 TRTA News Bulletin 3
S 349 (Feinstein-CA) and HR 594
(McKeon-CA) are congressional
bills to amend Title II of the Time is running out for Congress . . . Continue to make
Social Security Act to repeal the contact with your Congressmen and appropriate
Government Pension Offset (GPO)
and the Windfall Elimination committee chairmen — they need to continue to hear
Provision (WEP). Currently S 349 that TRTA’s number one Federal Priority is total repeal
has 30 cosponsors and HR 594 has
300 cosponsors. of the GPO/WEP.
S 349 is currently in the Senate
The following is a list of Texas representatives who have not
Mike Lehr The 300 cosponsors for HR 594 are signed the discharge petition (H. Res. 523)
more than enough to pass the bill in
the U.S. House of Representatives. Unfortunately, however, District Name City Phone
the bill languishes in the Social Security Subcommittee of 6 Joe Barton ___________ Ennis ___________ 202-225-2002
the House Ways & Means Committee. Currently there is 23 Henry Bonilla ** ______ San Antonio _____ 202-225-4511
not enough support to vote HR 594 out of this committee. 8 Kevin Brady _________ The Woodlands __ 202-225-4901
We need the support of Chairman Clay Shaw (FL) and six
26 Michael C. Burgess ** _ Highland Village _ 202-225-7772
other subcommittee members to report the bill out of the
subcommittee. 31 John R. Carter ** ______ Round Rock _____ 202-225-3864
7 John Abney Culberson Houston ________ 202-225-2571
22 Tom DeLay __________ Sugar Land ______ 202-225-5951
12 Kay Granger _________ Fort Worth ______ 202-225-5071
4 Ralph Hall ** _________ Rockwall ________ 202-225-6673
Members of the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Social 5 Jeb Hensarling _______ Dallas __________ 202-225-3484
3 Sam Johnson _________ Plano ___________ 202-225-4201
19 Randy Neugebauer ** _ Big Spring _______ 202-225-4005
Chairman Clay Shaw (FL) _________ 202-225-3026
14 Ron Paul ** __________ Surfside _________ 202-225-2831
Mac Collins (GA) _________________ 202-225-5901
32 Pete Sessions ** _______ Dallas __________ 202-225-2231
J.D. Hayworth (AZ) _______________ 202-225-2190
21 Lamar S. Smith _______ San Antonio _____ 202-225-4236
Kenny C. Hulshof (MO) ___________ 202-225-2956
13 Mac Thornberry ______ Clarendon_______ 202-225-3706
Ron Lewis (KY) * _________________ 202-225-3501
Kevin Brady (TX) _________________ 202-225-4901
** Cosponsors of HR 594
Paul Ryan (WI) ___________________ 202-225-3031
Tom DeLay (TX) _________________ 202-225-8885
Robert T. Matsui (CA) * ___________ 202-225-7163 U.S. Representative Kevin Brady (TX-Woodlands) has
introduced HR 4391 that would reduce the impact of the WEP.
Benjamin L. Cardin (MD) __________ 202-225-4016
The WEP impacts the Social Security beneﬁt that you as an
Earl Pomeroy (ND) _______________ 202-225-2611 individual have earned. Currently there are 54 cosponsors.
Xavier Becerra (CA) _______________ 202-225-6235
Stephanie Tubbs Johnson (OH) *____ 202-225-7032 Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX) has introduced S 2455, a
companion bill to HR 4391. S 2455 has no cosponsors.
* Subcommittee Cosponsors of HR 594
S 2455 and HR 4391 are a positive ﬁrst step forward in Social
Security fairness by addressing some of the impact of the
Time is running out for Congress to take action this session.
H. Res. 523 (Jim Turner, TX) is a “discharge petition” to The last day of the Congressional Session will probably be
discharge the Social Security Subcommittee from consideration in mid-October unless there is a call for a special session.
of HR 594 (McKeon, CA). If 218 members of the House of Continue to make contact with your Congressmen and
Representatives sign the petition, HR 594 would be placed on appropriate committee chairmen — they need to continue to
the U.S. House calendar for debate and a vote. Currently 193 hear that TRTA’s number one Federal Priority is total repeal
House members have signed the petition. of the GPO/WEP.
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15-state teachers’ coalition endorses Brady Bill HR 4391
A letter to U.S. Legislators from compensated in their working lives. Imposing equal penalties
the Retired Educators Coalition for Social Security Fairness on all public workers, regardless of whether the pension from
a non-Social Security system is $500 a month or $1,000 or more
August 2, 2004 per month, further compounds this inequity.
We, the undersigned, as representative of nearly 300,000 retired Replacing the current WEP calculation with a formula that
educators in 15 states that are affected by Social Security’s takes into consideration the individual’s entire working career
Windfall Elimination Provision and Government Pension is an important step towards greater fairness in the system.
Offset, believe that HR 4391 (the Public Servant Retirement While the increased beneﬁt that will become available to
Protection act) is a positive ﬁrst step in providing equitable those impacted does not full restore Social Security earnings
treatment to public retirees. We are pleased to submit this lost under the current formula, the additional income will be
statement to the House of Representatives’ Subcommittee of signiﬁcant for the poorest retired teachers in our ranks.
Social Security as it gathers facts concerning the impacts on
public employees of the current social Security system. Additionally, many of the states we represent are experiencing
severe teacher shortages. To meet increasing demands for
For 20 years, our members have suffered under the ﬁnancial qualiﬁed teachers, many school districts will seek to recruit
hardships imposed on public retirees by the Social Security mid-career individuals from other professions, most of which
system. Carefully constructed personal retirement plans have are covered by Social Security. While these individuals may be
been destroyed because of the WEP and GPO. Too often, willing to make salary sacriﬁces to pursue a second career in
teachers and other affected school employees only ﬁnd out education, they would be unwilling or unable to accept further
about these penalties when they go to apply for their beneﬁts. ﬁnancial sacriﬁces that Social Security will impose upon them
By then, it is too late to make alternative ﬁnancial planning for their career choice. Reducing the impacts of the WEP will
decisions, and public retirees are left to cope with what is also reduce this obstacle to teacher recruitment.
often a greatly diminished retirement income. We appreciate
the fact that Congress at long last realizes that the impacts of As we have previously communicated to you and the entire
these penalties are not what were originally intended when Congress, our eventual goal is complete repeal of both the
they were enacted. WEP and the GPO. These penalties impose too great a ﬁnancial
burden on hundreds of thousands of retired teachers who
The WEP, as currently designed, penalizes people who have worked hard all of their lives, gave of themselves to their
dedicated their lives to public service, often at a personal communities and played by the rules. HR 4391 represents an
ﬁnancial sacriﬁce. Teaching is a rewarding career, but it is not important ﬁrst step towards achieving that goal. Thank you.
lucrative. In order to support their families, teachers typically
work in summer jobs and pay Social Security taxes. Many
do so without realizing they will receive a reduced beneﬁt The following 15 states comprise the Retired Educators Coalition for
because of the WEP. They understand they will not receive the Social Security Fairness:
maximum Social Security beneﬁt because, frankly, they have Alaska Retired Educators Association • Association of Retired
not earned one. But they do believe they will be teated the same Teachers of Connecticut • California Retired Teachers Association
as everyone else who meets the minimum eligibility criteria of • Colorado Retired School Employees Association • Georgia Retired
40 quarters of covered Social Security employment. Educators Association • Illinois Retired Teachers Association •
Kentucky Retired Teachers Association • Louisiana Retired Teachers
The regressive formula used in computing the WEP, whereby Association • Maine Retired Teachers Association • Massachusetts
all of the reduction is imposed on the ﬁrst increment of eligible Retired Teachers Association • Missouri Retired Teachers Association
earnings, is counter to the intent of the Social Security system. • Nevada State Retired Teachers Association • Ohio Retired Teachers
The basic premise of Social Security is to replace a greater Association • Retired Teachers Association of Chicago • Rhode Island
portion of the income of people who were more modestly Retired Teachers Association • Texas Retired Teachers Association
All about running for election to TRTA ofﬁces
The following policy — governing the election of TRTA 1. Ofﬁcers
officers — provides all qualified and interested TRTA In accordance with the TRTA Bylaws, the elected ofﬁcers of
members the opportunity to become candidates for TRTA the association shall be President, First Vice-President, Second
ofﬁce. If you are interested in running for a TRTA ofﬁce for Vice-President, and Secretary/Treasurer.
the year 2005-2006, contact the TRTA state ofﬁce and request
2. Nominating Committee Guidelines
a ﬁling form. The deadline for all ﬁling forms to be returned
a. The Nominating Committee shall solicit nominations
to the TRTA state ofﬁce is January 15, 2005.
for elections to statewide ofﬁce in the September and
Below is the policy (as adopted by the Board of Directors) December issues of the TRTA publication. (Note: the
governing the election of TRTA ofﬁcers: Continued next page
3rd Quarter 2004 TRTA News Bulletin 5
Your voices do make a difference — thank you, TRTA members!
TRTA members — those of you who contacted Texas state within the hour addressing TRTA members’ concerns
legislators in response to Legislative Update #1 (Concerning regarding funding of active teachers’ administrative health
Active Teachers’ Administrative Health Care Costs) care costs!
recently made a difference! In particular, the numerous
phone calls from TRTA members to Lt. Governor Dewhurst’s The process of calling, writing letters, and contacting
ofﬁce after TRTA Legislative Update #1 was mailed brought legislators is effective and does bring about positive
about an immediate response. results. All of these contacts made a difference! Utilizing this
process for the upcoming 79th legislative session is exactly
TRTA received a call from the Lt. Governor’s ofﬁce what TRTA members need to continue doing — especially
reporting that countless calls were coming into his ofﬁce with regard to the TRTA Legislative Priorities. TRTA can
from TRTA members across the state. TRTA was also make a difference because of you!
then told that an announcement would be forthcoming
What you need to know about your Local Unit & District delegates
Here’s some information and deadline dates about District more delegate for each additional 100 TRTA members.
and Local Unit delegates.
2. Automatic Delegates. These delegates automatically made
Names of all convention delegates are due in the TRTA delegates from serving as:
ofﬁce by Tuesday, March 1, 2005. Information and forms
• Current Members of the TRTA Board of Directors;
for delegates will be provided to District and Local Unit
• Current Chairmen of the TRTA Standing Committees;
• Current District Presidents, First Vice-Presidents, and
Second Vice-Presidents; and
There are two types of Delegates to the TRTA House of
• Past Presidents of TRTA.
1. Local Unit Delegates. The number of delegates for a local The House of Delegates meets each year during the TRTA
unit is determined as follows: Annual Convention to approve amendments to TRTA bylaws.
Two delegates for the local unit of any size up to 100 members. The next House of Delegates meetings will be held March
For Local Units with more than 100 members, they gain one 21-22, 2005, at the TRTA Convention in Houston.
Election of ofﬁcers, from previous page
composition and election of the Nominating Committee 4. Campaigning
are stipulated in the TRTA Bylaws.) a. The campaigning period shall be from February 15 until
b. Nominee forms should be requested from the TRTA the date of the election at the annual Convention.
administrative office and must be completed and b. Candidates for statewide ofﬁce shall be introduced at the
returned to that ofﬁce with photos, postmarked no later end of the ﬁrst session of the House of Delegates at the
than January 15. Convention and shall be allowed ﬁve minutes each for
c. All nominees meeting the established criteria, as speeches. No campaign materials or other presentations
determined by the Nominating Committee, shall be shall be allowed in a session of the House of Delegates;
candidates for the respective ofﬁces. however, distribution of campaign materials shall be
d. Biographical data and photos of all candidates shall be permitted outside the meeting rooms.
published in the February issue of the TRTA publication.
3. Candidate Qualiﬁcations a. Voting shall be conducted immediately following the ﬁrst
a. President – Candidates for the ofﬁce of President must have session of the House of Delegates. The polling place will
been a member of his/her local RTA unit and the Texas be in a separate room nearby.
Retired Teachers Association for the previous three years, b. Ballots shall be counted and results announced at the
be a member of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas second session of the House of Delegates.
and have served as president of a local or district RTA.
b. First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Secretary/ In accordance with the TRTA Bylaws, election shall be by
Treasurer. Candidates for each of these ofﬁces must have majority vote. If necessary, a run-off election shall be conducted
been a member of his/her local RTA unit and the Texas between the two candidates receiving the most votes for a
Retired Teachers Association for the previous three years, particular ofﬁce. The run-off shall be conducted immediately
be a member of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas and following the second session of the House of Delegates.
have served as an elected ofﬁcer of a local or district RTA.
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TRTA Legislative Updates
Tor the latest TRTA Legislative Updates, visit the TRTA Web
site at www.trta.org The Legislative Budget Board met on Monday, August 23,
2004 and did not address or approve such an appropriation.
TRTA 79th Legislative Update #1
At this time, House Speaker Tom Craddick was quoted in the
Concerning Active Teachers’ Administrative Austin American Statesmen as saying “This action was not on
Health Care Costs — September 3, 2004 our agenda.” The newspaper reporter interpreted this to mean
that the state would probably not cover these administrative
TRTA president Jack Felts has appointed Tom Rogers and costs. Ofﬁcials at the Teacher Retirement System of Texas say
Derly Rivera Interim Legislative Co-Chairman of the TRTA that they are still looking at other options.
State Legislative Committee. This and future updates will be Commentary: As it stands now the active teachers will
written in a collaborative fashion with Mike Lehr, Tom Rogers probably pay this $18 million. During the 77th Legislature,
and Derly Rivera. These Updates also are available on the Web Senator Bevins proposed a constitutional amendment to divert
at www.trta.org. 2% of the state’s 6% contribution to the TRS fund to cover the
Active teachers are concerned about being required to health care cost of retirees and active teachers. He reasoned
pay the $18 million administrative cost to Aetna to cover the that both groups should be included in one insurable pool. He
administration of their health care insurance. This ofﬁcial further reasoned that including the insurable pool of active
“mistake” will require teachers to pay the $42 annual cost teachers would reduce the cost of health care premiums to
from their $500 health care allotment. Several teacher groups retirees. TRTA members unanimously opposed the use of
have protested and have asked that the contract with Aetna the TRS fund contributions to pay for health care insurance.
be canceled. The bill failed.
In an effort to avoid such drastic action, Governor Rick Perry It would seem appropriate for TRTA members and TRS
and teacher groups have called on the Legislative Budget Board retirees to remind their representatives and senators that the
to reallocate about $18 million from the Teacher Retirement TRS fund is constitutionally designated for the use of retired
System of Texas to cover these costs instead of asking teachers TRS members. Any proceeds generated from the fund should
to pay out of their $500 health care allotments. be strictly reserved for beneﬁt improvements for TRS retirees.
In an Austin American Statesman article on Saturday In the past, the Legislature has borrowed money and paid it
August 21, 2004, Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst was quoted back with interest. However, it must be remembered that while
“Speciﬁcally, I plan to ask the Teacher’s Retirement System the same money, in a strong market, is under the expert care
to pay the administrative costs until the funding can be of the TRS fund’s investment team, it can be earning as much
appropriated through traditional appropriations during the as 14% interest or more.
79th Session.” The House Appropriation Committee usually
finalizes its appropriation bills in March or April of the Your TRTA legislative teams will carefully monitor this
following year. In effect this would be a loan. However, no situation and others and keep members informed in future
interest rate was mentioned in the article. updates.
TRTA 79th Legislative Update #2 announced that it would charge teachers a $42 fee to cover
Funding the $500 Cash Supplements the costs of administering the program.
for Texas Teachers — September 17, 2004
“As part of the research, Attorney General Gregg Abbot’s
office was asked to look at the issue and subsequently
This update is to clarify the payment source for the determined that conﬂicts in the HRA statute would allow
teacher health care supplemental compensation. the funding to be distributed as a cash supplement directly
1. No money will be taken or borrowed from the TRS to the teachers.”
Pension fund. TRS-HRAccount Update — September 17, 2004
2. T h e m o n e y w i l l c o m e f r o m G e n e r a l (information from TRS Website): “The Teacher Retirement
Appropriations. System has just received ofﬁcial input from House Speaker
Tom Craddick and Lt. Governor Dewhurst indicating their
Press Release Summary from the Ofﬁces of Lt. Gov. desire to distribute appropriated health care funds as a
Dewhurst and House Speaker Tom Craddick: supplemental compensation as it has been done in the last two
“Austin — Lt. Gov., David Dewhurst and Speaker Tom years instead of implementing the Health Reimbursement
Craddick directed the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) Arrangement (HRA). Their letter is accompanied by a
today to replace the school employees Health Reimbursement legal analysis issued by the Ofﬁce of the Attorney General
Account (HRA) program with a direct $500 cash supplement specifying arguments as to why the HRA enacted by House
for all Texas teachers. Bill 3257 was not funded by the General Appropriations
“The HRA program—which gives each teacher a $500 Act and the OAG’s legal basis as to why TRS may continue
account for health-care expenses—elicited a sharp response distribution as the compensation supplement.
from teachers last month, when the program’s administrator
Continued on next page
3rd Quarter 2004 TRTA News Bulletin 7
TRTA must have continued strength in
membership if the needs of retirees are
to be recognized and met. This strength Meetings attract better attendance if they are
can be realized with recruitment and
orientation of new retirees, membership informational, fun and have a social time for
retention, and an effort to recruit non- visiting. Consider that the same programs we have
members who retired two or more
years ago. enjoyed year after year won’t necessarily be ones
The TRTA Membership Committee new members prefer.
Aubrey Cherry will continue to provide information
about successful recruiting methods. A
Pre-Retirement Education Seminar is an excellent opportunity Consider that the same programs we have enjoyed year after
to sign-up active educators as well as new retirees. Other year won’t necessarily be ones new members prefer.
methods of contacting retiring educators have been shared
in various training sessions. The contact process is becoming Retention fails when a member does not rejoin in a timely
difficult because school districts’ release of personal manner and renewal contact is not made a second or third
information is becoming more restricted. Additional ways to time. As a double-check, TRTA will provide local units
overcome this problem are being considered. Once the new with a list of members from last year who have not rejoined.
member is in the fold, don’t forget to provide orientation. Retention is assured if a member serves as an organization
An active member is the result of knowing about the leader or volunteers to serve the community. Sometimes
organization’s structure and activities. providing a member ownership in the local RTA is as easy
as asking them to do these things. Leadership can do one
Concentration of efforts to encourage at-large members to join additional thing to support retention. They can reinforce
local units is a strong focus. TRTA is reviewing the process communications about events and activities at the district
to provide local units with at-large membership information and state levels.
quicker. The sooner a Local Unit can make contact with at-large
members, the more likely a local unit membership will occur. Many ideas supporting recruitment, orientation, and retention
will be considered and developed by the TRTA Membership
Local unit membership retention is extremely important Committee this year. As the chairman, I feel blessed to
and depends on interesting meetings, scheduled reminders have such a knowledgeable, experienced and hard working
to join for the next year, and involvement which gives them committee. They are Janice Bond – District XVIII, Pete Castillo
ownership in the local unit. Meetings attract better attendance – District XX, Charles Hughes – District VII, and Carolyn
if they are informational, fun and have a social time for visiting. Lance – District VIII.
Legislative info available on hotline & online Consider convenience of payroll deduction
Beginning January 11, 2005, the TRTA Legislative Ho- All TRTA members are urged to consider the
tline, 1.800.880.1650, will be activated 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. convenience of payroll deduction for joining or rejoining
each week day. Check TRTA’s Legislative Priorities on- TRTA. Ask for TRS Form 593 for your membership
line at www.trta.org. Print your own copy right off the payroll deduction.
Legislative Update 2 continued from prior page
The ofﬁcial input by the legislative leadership as well as 3. This year the legislature looked at implementing the
the recent legal analysis by the Attorney General’s ofﬁce will distribution of $500 through HRA as enacted by HB 3257.
be provided to the TRS governing body for its consideration 4. Because the administrative costs were too high the
at its regularly scheduled meeting next week.” legislative leadership have asked the Attorney General’s
ofﬁce how to release the state from the legal obligation
Current Scenario: under HB 3257 and to just allow them to distribute the
1. During the last two years money from General supplement as they had in the two previous years.
Appropriations provided the teacher health care 5. The ofﬁcial input by the legislative leadership as well
supplements that have been sent out to teachers through as the recent legal analysis by the Attorney General’s
their districts. ofﬁce will be provided to the TRS governing body for
2. The ﬁrst year it was a $1000 the second year it was $500. its consideration this week.
Currently, this amount would be $250 for part time 6. The concurrence of the TRS will be considered at the
employees. Sept. 24, 2004, board meeting.
8 TRTA News Bulletin 3rd Quarter 2004
Public Relations update
The TRTA Public Relations Committee’s as animated slide presentations, specifically PowerPoint
foremost goal is to make sure every presentations, and sharing of TRTA news or training
member feels well informed about presentations by utilizing computer video.
the goals and activities of their Local
Units, their District, state-level TRTA All these new technology activities are very exciting goals, so
activities, and even national-level the committee is already trying to ﬁnd “computer enthusiasts”
issues such as the GPO/WEP lobbying. at every Local Unit and District. These computer enthusiasts
It is very important that all members could play a vital role in helping to communicate the most
also be informed about how they can current information, even to daily and hourly updates, to
help support these various goals, from members as soon as possible. The availability of immediate
the local to the national, in order to help information could be vital when immediate action is requested
make their communities a better place and their retirements of TRTA members “at the drop of a hat” for the upcoming
more secure. Above all, more retired teachers need to be 79th Texas Legislative Session.
found and to be made aware of the many, many beneﬁts of
joining the state’s only organization representing exclusively The committee is also very interested in using computer
retired teachers. technology to help local units and districts to produce
their own newsletters, brochures, and other public relation
Therefore, the ﬁrst major activity of the 2004-2005 Public materials. These can be distributed through the TRTA Web
Relations Committee has been to send a public relations site, and the committee would like to also establish Local
survey to all District Second Vice-Presidents/Public Unit Web sites. These computer projects will be a great
Relations Committee Chairs, with a copy to Local Unit and step forward in making additional information available
District Presidents. The responses to this survey will guide to members, and this information will be more timely than
the decisions of the TRTA Public Relations Committee in ever before.
addressing key areas such as District newsletters, participation
in community projects such as Children’s Book Project, and In other major activities already underway, the TRTA Board
telephone chains. The committee is not only interested in at the recommendation of the committee has expanded the
ﬁnding out the level of these activities, but encouraging the newsletters from four publications a year to eight. Four new
spread and enhancement of these communications areas. publications, called the TRTA News Update, will be added
to the four TRTA News Bulletins. The News Updates will
We already have the capabilities to attain a long list of be smaller than the Bulletins, containing four to eight pages
enhancements and improvements. For instance, many of compared to the 12 to 16 pages in the Bulletins. Now, TRTA
our TRTA local units and districts have built and sustained members will see a publication every six weeks with this
telephone chains to keep their members informed. The expanded publication schedule. This expanded publication
committee would like to expand this communications activity schedule should make for more timely news, as well as more
to e-mail chains, to use not for just news and information but information of interest to TRTA members.
also for instructions in how to use computers and software.
So the survey includes a question about e-mail contacts for The Public Relations Committee will be working closely with
the local unit and districts. other committees to support their efforts. For instance, the
Committee will support the TRTA Pre-Retirement Education/
Similarly the survey also asks about the traditional areas Planning Committee in communicating information in
of newsletters and media contacts. These are vital areas for meetings and pre-retirements seminars. The Committee also
public relations, and the committee is interested in ensuring is assisting in the development of better methods of obtaining
that every local unit and district establish these resources for books and grants for the Children’s Book Project.
their members. Furthermore, the committee would like to
develop greater use of computers for not only these traditional The PR Committee looks forward to this exciting year of new
activities, but also for new communications possibilities such developments for TRTA members.
Maenette Jeanes, age 100, at the opening
Maenette Jeans, age 100, honored meeting of the Waco-McLennan County
Unit on Thursday, September 9. State
for longtime service to TRTA Representative Jim Dunnam gave her a
Texas ﬂag that had hung over the Capitol.
by Jack Felts, TRTA President
A few weeks ago, I got a call from a friend congratulating speaking, and she immediately apologized and said, “This
me on my election as President of TRTA. Before she let me is your old friend, Maenette Jeanes.”
know her name, she quickly added that she would do Maenette and Jewel Mayﬁeld, The District XII President
anything she could to help me, as she had always been at the time, were with my wife and I when we attended our
supportive of TRTA. At that point, I asked to whom I was Continued on page 14
3rd Quarter 2004 TRTA News Bulletin 9
Schedule & theme ‘launched’ for 2005 Annual Convention
“TRTA: A Launch Pad for the Future” will be the theme for TENTATIVE Convention Highlights (all times tentative):
the 2005 TRTA Annual Convention scheduled for March 20-
Sunday, March 20, 2005
22 at the Wyndham Greenspoint Hotel in Houston. District
6-8 pm Delegate Certiﬁcation/Registration
IV will be the convention host.
TRTA 2005 Convention Schedule (TENTATIVE): Monday, March 21, 2005
7 am-5 pm Exhibits
March 20-22, 2005 8 am-4 pm Delegate Certiﬁcation/Registration
Wyndham Greenspoint Houston 8:30 am-10 am Opening Ceremonies
12400 Greenspoint Drive 4-5:15 pm First Meeting of House Delegates
Houston, TX 77060 7:30-9 pm President’s Reception
281.875.2222 Fax: 281.875.1655 Tuesday, March 22, 2005
8:30-10:30 am Second Meeting of House of Delegates
A full TRTA pre-registration form and a hotel registration 1:30-3 pm Third Meeting of House of Delegates
form will be in the December TRTA Bulletin (4th Quarter 7:30-9:30 pm Banquet
Bulletin) and the February 2005 TRTA News Update. TBA Closing Ceremonies
Highlights from Board of Directors meeting, June 30-July 1, 2004
1. Approved the employment of Tim Lee for the position of Foundation Board of Trustees, replacing Margaret Butler.
TRTA Executive Director effective no later than October 1. 7. Approved the recommendation from the TRTA Member
2. Approved bid by Shelton-Keller for ofﬁce furniture in the new Beneﬁts Committee to endorse Canadian Pharmacy program.
TRTA ofﬁces. 8. Approved Frisco Retired School Personnel as a new TRTA
3 Approved that the special Communications Campaign local unit.
Committee to communicate the actuarial issues that affect
the Texas Teacher Retirement System’s current and future New TRTA local unit joins TRTA family
funding for annuities. Mike Lehr was appointed Chairman Congratulations to Grand Prairie Retired Teachers
of the committee. Association for becoming TRTA’s 257th local. The Grand
4. Adopted the proposed 2004-05 TRTA budget. Prairie RTA was established on November 1, 2002, and
5. Adopted new TRTA Policy BI related to “TRTA Special currently has 52 members. The President is Don E. Pennock.
History and Archives Guidelines.” Welcome Grand Prairie RTA to TRTA!
6. Approved appointment of Barbara Soto of San Antonio to the
Tim Lee, from page 1
the Illinois Rural Water Association since early this year. development. He directed charitable donations of the IRTA
Previously he held the Executive Director’s post for six years Foundation that exceeded $150,000 annually.
at the Illinois Retired Teachers Association (IRTA). The prior Notably, as Foundation Coordinator, he pursued
two years he started as IRTA legislative staff and moved and received grants for ICARE and ICAN nursing home
up to IRTA’s Assistant Executive Director. Now the sixth ombudsman program totaling $825,000 over a ﬁve-year
largest retired educator organization in the country, IRTA period. He also fostered relationships between the IRTA
experienced continued member growth during his 8 years. foundation and various state agencies including the
Tim directed day-to-day association operations and Department on Aging and Department of Public Health.
was IRTA’s chief lobbyist and chief media spokesperson. At Tim has a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science and
IRTA, he implemented new communications tools including History from the Illinois State University, graduating with
an e-mail newsletter, new staff and volunteer training honors, Magna cum Laude. He also served as an Illinois
materials, monthly leadership updates, and enhanced Legislative Intern. His goal is to receive a Masters of Political
member recruitment. Studies degree from the University of Illinois in the fall of
His executive experience also included extensive lobbying this year.
strategy and organization at both the federal and state Tim and his wife Nichol also have a full-time family
levels. Tim took a leading role in working with TRTA towards life with their 17-month-old twins, Carter and Grace. Just
“Repeal of the GPO/WEP” by the U.S. Congress. before leaving for Texas, the family learned that their diaper-
He also served as the IRTA Foundation State Coordinator. changing days will go on longer than anticipated as baby No.
He was the executive ofﬁcer directing fund-raising and 3 is due at the end of April 2005.
charitable giving, and coordinating statewide board TRTA is very proud and excited to have Tim join the
of directors responsible for foundation planning and organization.
10 TRTA News Bulletin 3rd Quarter 2004
TRTA Beneﬁts for Members Only See beneﬁts disclaimer next page
*Denotes TRTA endorsed beneﬁts
*United Teacher Associates Insurance Co. (UTA) Group light housekeeping, laundry, errands, grocery shopping
Long-Term Care/Home Health Insurance; Medicare Supplement and meal preparation. Call 1-888-557-2273 or visit www.
Insurance; First Diagnosis Cancer Insurance; Cancer and Dread comfortkeepers.com/trta.asp. Be sure to mention your TRTA
Disease Insurance; Single Premium Tax Deferred Annuity; Final membership for TRTA special offer of free 8th visit.
Expense Life Insurance. For claims or customer service, please call:
Medical Air Services Association MASA is an international
1-888-882-8782 (1-888-UTA-TRTA). For more information or policy
emergency assistance association designed to return a person
purchase, call: 1-800-258-7041 or visit www.amba-info.com.
home after an illness or an injury, and provide additional
*Worth Casualty Company – Auto Insurance With no agents, beneﬁts that are outside most insurance companies’ realms of
Worth can afford to offer lower rates. Call 1-866 GO-WORTH (1- coverage. For more information call 1-800-258-7041.
866-469-6784) or visit www.worthcasualty.com.
*Guardian Dental Insurance This plan has very generous
beneﬁts plus a two-year rate guarantee. For more information *Colpitts Group Travel For information on cruises and land
contact Guardian’s Employee Beneﬁts Hotline at 1-888-600-1600. travel, call 1-800-972-7777 ext. 311 or visit www.colpittswt.com.
Texas Associates Insurors – Professional Liability Insurance Cendant/GETO Travel Preview all of the “off season” travel-
Standard $1,000,000 policy is available for an annual premium of related programs that offer great prices. Up to 8 days/7 nights
$39. For more information call 1-800-880-1650. plus transportation and food at a one-time cost of $249 that covers
up to 8 people, not $249 per person. Call toll free 1-877-867-3639
HEALTH SERVICES or visit www.getravelop.com . TRTA Eligibility #755.
*The Canadian Pharmacy The Canadian Pharmacy is a licensed La Quinta Inns offers TRTA members up to 35% off prevailing
International Pharmacy Services pharmacy providing savings and room rates in Texas and 15% off in other states. Call 1-800-531-
convenient home delivery of prescription medications. Prescrip- 5900 or visit www.lq.com and use promotional code “TRTA.”
tions must be written by a physician with a valid U.S. license. Call
toll-free 1-866-335-8064 for a free price quote on your medications. INTERNET ACCESS/COMPUTERS
Visit www.thecanadianpharmacy.com for more information. (See Dell Computers TRTA members are now able to get a 5%
more information on next page.) discount with a 1- to 2-year warranty OR a 10% discount with
*Vision Service Plan (VSP) Discounts on eye exams & eyewear a 3- to 4-year warranty off Dell Computers. Other periodic
through licensed optometrists & ophthalmologists for monthly promotions offer up to 28% savings on computer and other
fee. To enroll, contact the plan’s administrator Brokers National’s peripheral items, plus free shipping! Check www.trta.org
at 1-800-211-2138 or www.bnlac.com/trta. Visit VSP’s website at often for promotions or call 1-800-880-1650.
www.vsp.com to learn more about this plan. *Academic Planet To obtain high-quality internet access, call
*Best Discount Deep discounts on dental, vision, prescriptions, 877-584-9330 or visit www.academicplanet.com. TRTA members
chiropractic, and much more. For more information call 1-800-585- must mention TRTA offer code when they sign up.
2363 or visit www.bestdiscountbeneﬁts.com.
OTHER TRTA MEMBER BENEFITs
*Hearing Aid Express Statewide network of hearing healthcare Avis and Budget Car Rental Discounts TRTA has
professionals. Member beneﬁts include free hearing tests and a 10% partnered with Avis Rental Cars and Budget Rental Cars for
discount off hearing aid prices. Call toll-free at 1-866-478-TRTA 5-25% discounts for TRTA members! Call Budget at 1-800-
(1-800-478-8782) for more information. 455-2848 for reservations and information or log on to www.
Stroke Scan, Inc. Will conduct screenings at TRTA local unit budget.com. To receive your discount, be sure to mention
meetings within the state for $95 per person. Call toll free 1-866- your Budget Corporate Discount (BCD) number: X885500.
935-7226. FAX: 1-832-379-0629. For Avis car reservations, call your travel consultant, or log
Stroke Prevention Plus, Inc. Conducts four health screenings (3 on to www.avis.com or call Avis at 1-800-698-5685. To receive
vascular & 1 bone density) designed to detect symptoms of stroke, your discount, be sure to mention your Avis Worldwide
other vascular diseases and osteoporosis. This company is also Discount (AWD) number: D404600.
mobile and charges a total of $95 for the three vascular screenings *RMC Administrative Services Vehicle Warranty Plan
or $125 for all four screenings. Call toll free 1-800-884-6251, FAX: For more information on vehicle plans, call 1-800-849-4249.
*Westel Long Distance Service For more information call
ResponseLINK is a communications system that offers help in 1-800-580-5565.
the event of an emergency virtually anywhere in the home. Call
toll free: 1-800-894-1428 or visit www.responselink.com. TRTA GMAC Mortgage Auto Discounts Members can purchase
members save $50 with free installation. or lease up to two new GM vehicles at a discounted price.
Contact Charlotte Young at 1-866-219-0648.
Comfort Keepers Home Help is a helping hand at home. Bonded
caregivers provide non-medical services such as companionship,
3rd Quarter 2004 Visit the TRTA Website for current information: www.trta.org TRTA News Bulletin 11
TRTA endorses mail-order drugs discount program
Canadian Pharmaceuticals is now
offering mail-order discounts to Texas Candadian Pharmaceuticals Contact Information
Retired Teachers Association (TRTA)
members. The Canadian Pharmacy (TCP) 84 – 1313 Border Street
is delighted to announce its association Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA R3H 0X4
with TRTA, a relationship endorsed by Phone: (204) 697-5910
the TRTA Board that can provide TRTA
Fax: (204) 697-5919
members needed relief from soaring U.S.
medication costs. Toll-Free Phone: 1.866.335.8064 www.thecanadianpharmacy.com
The Canadian Pharmacy is a Canadian Toll-Free Fax: 1.866.795.5627 firstname.lastname@example.org
mail-order pharmacy located in Winnipeg,
Manitoba Canada, capable of providing
the complete range of pharmacy products and services offered Reﬁll Orders
at full service pharmacies in the United States. We desire to form Please order reﬁlls 2 - 3 weeks early to ensure sufﬁcient time
long-term relationships with our customers and to help them to receive your medications. If your current prescription does
lead longer, healthier lives. not include sufﬁcient reﬁlls, you will need a new prescription
Our primary goal is to promote quality health care in from your physician.
the dispensing of Canadian prescription medications in
the safest, most cost effective manner for our customers. Payment Methods
Thanks to Canadian price controls, prohibitions on direct-to- • We accept Visa, MasterCard, Personal Checks (made out to
consumer advertising, and the purchasing power of the U.S. The Canadian Pharmacy) and Money Orders (all payments
dollar, American citizens can save 10% to 85% on prescription should be in U.S. funds).
medications ordered from Canada without sacriﬁcing safety, • We do NOT charge any form of sales tax on your
quality or service. purchases.
The Canadian Pharmacy employs a dedicated team of • All customers will be issued a receipt with your prescription
licensed pharmacists, experienced doctors, technicians, business purchase that you may be able to submit to your insurance
development professionals and customer service representatives company for reimbursement.
to provide you with any and all information you may desire
about your medications and their suggested use. Important Information for All Customers
All pharmaceuticals provided by The Canadian Pharmacy • The names, packaging and package sizes of SOME
are of the same quality, purity and potency as those available in medications in Canada are different than in the U.S. Call
the United States. ALL of our products adhere to the rigorous us toll-free if you have any questions.
standards of Health Canada, which meet or exceed FDA drug • Pharmacy regulations prohibit returning any dispensed
safety standards. product for refund.
• We are prohibited from shipping narcotics or controlled
Placing a Prescription Order substances into the U.S.
Important Note: All prescription medication orders MUST • We cannot ship medications that require refrigeration, such
be accompanied by a valid prescription from your physician. as insulin.
Prior to placing your first medication order, all new
customers must complete an Application Package consisting Canada Post’s XPRESSPOST USA Shipping Service
of 1) Medication Order Form, 2) Health Questionnaire, • It may take 2-3 weeks to receive your medications.
and 3) Customer Agreement. This paperwork is a one-time Completing all forms without omissions will ensure the
requirement. Completed applications can be returned to TCP timely completion of your order.
via our 24 hour toll-free fax line at 1-866-795-5627. • All orders are shipped via Canada Post’s XPRESSPOST
You can also mail your completed application to us at: • A $15.00 (USD) shipping and handling fee will be added
The Canadian Pharmacy, Unit 84-1313 Border Street, Winnipeg, to the cost of your order.
MB, CANADA R3H 0X4
How Much of my Prescription can I Order?
Once your account is established, customers can place orders US Customs’ regulations permit importing a maximum of 3
in several ways: months/100 days supply of medication for personal use at
• Call us toll-free at 1-866-335-8064 any one time.
• Fax a Medication Reﬁll Form to us toll-free at 1-866-795-
5627 Are Canadian Medications Comparable to those sold in the
• Visit our Website at: www.thecanadianpharmacy.com/trta United States?
• E-mail your request to pharmacist@thecanadianpharmacy. Canada has one of the best health care systems in the world.
com. With your e-mail request, please include your name, The Canadian government imposes stringent regulations
telephone number and the name and quantity of the on the manufacturers of medications in our country. These
medication(s) you wish reﬁlled. Continued next page
12 TRTA News Bulletin 3rd Quarter 2004
Canadian Pharmacy, from previous page
regulations, imposed by Health Canada, meet or exceed Can you ﬁll Prescriptions from American Doctors?
FDA Standards. Your physician must have a valid license in your place of
residence to issue a prescription. We can ﬁll prescriptions from
Are all American Drugs Available in Canada? U.S. physicians, once a Canadian doctor has reviewed your
Not all drugs available in the United States are available in Health Questionnaire and approved your prescription(s).
Canada. Some brand names of medications in Canada may
be different than brand names in the United States. Please call, Is my Personal Information Protected?
if you have any questions regarding medication names. At The Canadian Pharmacy, safeguarding the conﬁdentiality
of your personal information is a primary concern. Canada’s
Are Generic Drugs Similar to Brand Name Drugs? Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents
A generic drug is a medication for which the original Act prohibits the release of any customer’s personal, medical
manufacturer has lost patent protection. As a result, other or ﬁnancial information to anyone other than the health
manufacturers are allowed to produce and sell the exact professionals responsible for filling your prescriptions,
medication at a more competitive price. The generic drug is without your written consent.
the exact same medication as the original brand name drug,
simply made by another company. Due to strict regulations How Often are Prices Updated?
on the generic drug industry, these drugs must provide the The Canadian Pharmacy makes every effort to post current
same therapeutic effect as the brand name drug. pricing information. From time to time we will revise our
To provide you with even more savings, our policy is to use pricing. Current price quotes can always be obtained by
generic equivalents (if available) to ﬁll your prescriptions. If calling us toll free at 1-866-335-8064.
you do NOT wish to receive generic medications, please
indicate this preference on your Medication Order Form. The Canadian Pharmacy is committed to serving our
It’s your choice! All customers can select either brand customers beyond their expectations. We hope to be your
name or generic medications. pharmacy of choice today and for years to come!
Dell Computers offers TRTA discounts A great tip: unlock
If you are looking for the latest spe- motion notiﬁcation, because the list has your car doors remotely!
cial promotions and discounts for Dell become so long to be unmanageable. If
computers, be sure to check the TRTA you have a computer, we ask that you This tip only applies to cars that can
Web site at least every Friday or call check the TRTA home page at www.trta. be unlocked by that remote button on
1.800.695.8133 as Dell has a variety of org at least every Friday to see if there is your key ring. If you should lock your
promotions — weekends, some weekly, a weekend special, a weekly special or keys in the car, and the spare keys are
and even “super-sized” promotions sev- a “super-sized promotion.” Promotion home, and you don’t have “OnStar,”
eral times a year. notices to TRTA from Dell allow TRTA here’s your answer to the problem!
enough time to notify members of up-
Dell plans to offer the following holiday coming promotions early enough for If someone has access to the spare car
promotions: participation. remote at your home, call them on
“Early Bird Special” -- November 3-24 your cell phone (or borrow one from
“Holiday Wish List” -- December 1-17 We appreciate your TRTA membership, someone if the cell phone is locked
and we are also regularly adding and in the car too!). Hold the cell phone
TRTA can no longer maintain a list of improving our member beneﬁts pro- about a foot from your car door, and
members who have provided TRTA with grams in order to provide the best qual- have the other person at your home
an e-mail address to be kept for Dell pro- ity member beneﬁts for our members. press the unlock button while hold-
ing it near your home phone. Your
car will unlock.
Disclaimer of warranties and able or willing to perform as it represents.
liabilities: As a service to our members As to the goods and services described in Save someone from having to drive
and readers, TRTA on occasion provides TRTA publications or materials, TRTA your keys to you. Distance is no ob-
information concerning goods and services makes no warranties, expressed or implied, ject. You could be hundreds of miles
that may be useful or of interest. In some and expressly disclaims any warranty of away, and if you can reach someone
but not all instances, TRTA receives merchant ability or any warranty of ﬁtness who has the other “remote” for your
payment for these actions. However, car, you can unlock the doors (or the
for any particular purposes.
trunk, or have the “horn” signal go
whether or not TRTA receives any such You are encouraged to make such inquiries
off, or whatever!)
payment, TRTA does not represent that about the vendors, and about the goods and
the goods or services meet any particular services they promote, as you in your sole Keep sending in these these great tips!
standard of quality, or that the vendor is judgment deem adequate. —editors
3rd Quarter 2004 TRTA News Bulletin 13
Map to TRTF Trinity Ofﬁce Center
FYI - General Parking is available in the Capitol
Visitor Parking Garage off 12th Street. First 2 hours
are free and $6 per day thereafter. Bus Parking is
available along Trinity Street — see map. I-35
Maenette Jeanes, from page 9
ﬁrst TRTA convention in Bryan 12 years ago. These three joined the faculty at Waco High School and then Richﬁeld
ladies made an impact on my life and my commitment to High School when it was built. She retired from Richﬁeld as
TRTA like no one else ever did. Chairperson of the Business Department. For an additional
Jewel has since passed away. Maenette celebrated her 10 years, she taught in Baylor University’s Hankamer School
100th birthday in March, and she called to help me anyway of Business.
she could. Since retirement, she has served as president of both
Maenette Jeanes was born March 13, 1904, in Clifton, District XII and the Waco-McLennan County Retired
Texas. Since her birth, she has lived more than 36,500 days, Teachers Association, legislative chairperson, served on the
seen 18 presidents and six wars. budget committee, memorial committee, and the telephone
When she was still a baby here parent moved to committee. She was the arrangements chair when the state
Aquilla, where she attended school until the 6th grade. Her meeting of TRTA was held in Waco in 1981. For the “goodie”
parents then moved to Waco where she attended Waco bag she visited M&M Mars, which was just opening in
High School and graduated with honors and a scholarship Waco and secured TWIX candy bars and introduced them
to Baylor in 1922. After graduating from Baylor, she went to Waco.
to Columbia University in New York City for graduate Maenette has many certiﬁcates, diplomas, and certiﬁcates
courses in business. Her ﬁrst employment was as registrar of service awards on her walls. She has contributed much to the
and secretary to the Dean of the American College of Liberal young people of Waco who are now leaders. We pay tribute
Arts in Washington, D.C. to her as a lovely lady who has served her community as an
Maenette’s teaching career began in 1943 when she took educator and a student herself as she has traveled the world.
a position at a Waco junior high school. From there, she Thank you, Maenette!
14 TRTA News Bulletin 3rd Quarter 2004
From the Building Fund Trust
to the completion
of the Trinity Ofﬁce Center
Many people over many years have contributed greatly to the
dream of an ofﬁce building. Now this dream is realized as the
building will be ofﬁcially opened on Friday, November 12,
2004. It would not be possible to list all the TRTA members
who served so well in this process. However, we do honor their
services as we list others who served at the state level.
TRTF Board of Trustees:
Dr. Kenneth Laycock, President
Robert “Bob” Richards, Vice-President
Mike Lehr, Secretary/Treasurer
Loreta Hickey, Member The main door to the Trinity Ofﬁce Center that so many people worked
Dora H. Scott-Nichols, Member to build and open.
Barbara Soto, Member
Dr. John Webb, Member TRTA Building Review Committee
Margaret Butler, Past Member Dr. Kenneth Laycock, Chairman
TRTF Honorary Life Trustees Bill Lafferty
Jane M. Cole Mike Lehr
Reba Kirby Julia Mellenbruch
Enid Littleﬁeld Robert “Bob” Richards
Forest C. Scott Archie Roberts
TRTA Board of Directors 2002-2004
Tom Pritchard, President Founders of Building Fund Trust (1988)
Dr. Myron Koehler, Immediate Past President Enid Littleﬁeld, President, who formed Building Fund Trust
Jack Felts, First Vice-President Dr. Ruth Cameron Amend
Aubrey Cherry, Second Vice-President Dr. Kate Bell*
Dora H. Scott-Nichols, Secretary/Treasurer Loyd R. Bell*
Mike Lehr, Legislative Coordinator J. Lillian Brown
Bill Stribling, Organizational Affairs Coordinator Dilla Enochs
Buddy Sexton, District Presidents Council Chairman E.L. Galyean*
John Krodel, District Presidents Council Vice-Chairman Aleene Gregg
Donna Cost, District Presidents Council Recorder Jewell Harris
Louise Williams, Historian Dr. W. A. Hunt*
TRTA Interim Executive Director Dr. John McFarland*
Linda de los Santos Gladys Neu*
Russell E. Sayers
TRTA Executive Director Emeritus Carrol Teague*
TRTA Past Presidents (since 1988)
Robert “Bob” Richards
Dr. Kenneth Laycock
Dr. Myron Koehler
3rd Quarter 2004 TRTA News Bulletin 15
Texas Retired Teachers
Foundation news update
Grand Opening details are on the front page. A map is on page 14. A list of
the many people who made the Trinity Ofﬁce Center possible is on page 15.
Here are other photos of the new building.
View of building at Trinity Street (left) and 12th Street (to right).
12th Street side of building.
Please mail this form with the selected
method of payment to:
Texas Retired Teachers Foundation
P.O. Box 684747
Austin, TX 78768-4747
For more information or additional forms, call
Trinity Street side of building. 1-866-780-TRTF (8783)
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