Cy-FARE is affiliated with the

Cy-FARE's motto





WHEN:  Wednesday February 21, 2018
WHERE:     Cy-Fair Exhibit Center
                   11206 Telge Road,
                    Cypress, TX  77429
AGENDA:  9:30 a.m. – Coffee – Social Time – Refreshments
                  10:00 a.m. – Program and Business Meeting
                  11:15 Lunch at Local Restaurant (optional)


PROGRAM:  Protecting Retirement Security - Julie Hinaman of the CFISD Community Leadership Committee  (CLC) will help us realize the importance of TAKING ACTION through voting and advocacy to protect our pensions and health care.  2018 is a big election year for Texas, and with the primaries almost upon us and early voting starting February 20th, we need to make a plan for voting early, get to know the candidates, and recognize the strength in our numbers. 

  • a book to donate to the REACH project

  • a NEW, medium-sized stuffed animal for theTeddy Bear project

  • travel size toiletries for the “goody bags”

  • old eyeglasses for the Lion’s Club



Cy-FARE November Meeting 

Celebrating 20 years of CyFARE--former president Martha Steele, current president, Jan Goodson, immediate past president, Suzanne Thompson


           Friends for 30 + years.                                         Winner of the $20 membership prize
         Becky Riley, Zelda Jean Byrd, Beth Coleman           Jan Goodson, Pres. Mary Elijah, Sheila Wolf, VP 


 Lunch at the Shack


October Meeting



Break Time



September Meeting



Preparations for the first
meeting of 2017



Our members at work in Austin
Summer 2017






Who is eligible to belong?
  • Paraprofessionals, bus drivers, cafeteria personnel, custodians, librarians, teachers, counselors, administrators, professors and all who are TRS annuitants are invited to become active members of Cypress-Fairbanks Associatin of Retired Employees (Cy-FARE). Spoucses of members and community members interested in our objectives may join as an associate member.


Join your local organization and attend the meetings.



Purpose of Cy-FARE
  • Promote fellowship among members
  • Aid in educational and civic affairs
  • Be actively interested in all legislation affecting the Texas Retirement System (TRS) of Texas


2017-2018 Cy-FARE Officers






  • TRTA is the only statewide organization in Texas that works exclusively for retired public school and higher education personnel.
  • The role of TRTA has changed dramatically since the Texas Teacher Retirement System (TRS) was prohibited from being an advocate for retirees.
  • TRTA must now gather information from its members and TRS, determine TRTA's goals for the upcoming legislative session, and present them to the state legislature.
  • TRTA promises to remain vigilant in every legislative session to work to maintain or improve benefits to all retirees.


  • Legislative updates and telephone hotline while legislature is in session
  • Quarterly TRTA News Bulletin
  • Internet Homepage www.trta.org
  • Numerous discount opportunities
  • Active advocacy for TRS retirees


Legislative Priorities:


Cy-FARE and the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) work to:
  1. make funding of affordable health care insurance a priority for retirees and active school personnel
  2. maintain the current defined benefit retirement program for TRS retirees
  3. support salary increases and retirement improvements
  4. repeal the Federal Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision
  Our influence on the Texas Legislature increases as our membership grows.



Cy-FARE Special Projects
Several times a year Cy-FARE collects necessary items of household goods, clothing and or $$$ for both children and adults to assist Cypress Assistance Ministries (CAM) support the community.





Meeting Dates:

Third Wednesday of each month,
September - May

Meeting Location:

Cy-Fair Exhibit Center
(Unless announced for special events)

Social Time:  9:30 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.
Program / Meeting Time:  10:00 until adjourned (approximately 11:30 a.m.)

Lunch, Fun and Social Time:

We meet at different restaurants after taking a count of those interested in going to lunch.

Benefits of Cy-FARE
  • Fellowship with retired colleagues
  • Information about health care, legislation, educational and other issues
  • Newsletters and email notifications
  • Interesting programs
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Christmas Luncheon
  • Spring Installation Luncheon
  • Special projects


2017 - 2018


Wed., September 20

Brock Gregg, Associate Director (Strategic Partnerships and Outreach)

TRTA (Texas Retired Teachers Association)

Topics: Health Care/Insurance/Annuity-Pension---updates, changes

 Exhibit Ctr.
Wed., October  18
 Legislative Impacts - Past and Present 
State Representative Kevin Roberts reviews the past legislative session and the state amendments in the Nov. 2017 election. Also, school board candidates present their goals for Cy-Fair.
 Exhibit Ctr.
Wed., November 15
Discounts, Activities, and Freebies for Retirees
Includes TRTA benefits, Senior Classes / Activities at Lone Star College, Super Senior Card from Cy-Fair ISD, and more!
 Exhibit Ctr.
Tue,. December 12    Christmas Luncheon with Program
Champion Forest Baptist Church
Jersey Village Campus
Wed., January 17     Exhibit Ctr.
Wed., February 21

PROGRAM:  Protecting Retirement Security - Julie Hinaman of the CFISD Community Leadership Committee  (CLC) will help us realize the importance of TAKING ACTION through voting.

 Exhibit Ctr.
Wed., March 21

PROGRAM:  Six Months After Hurricane Harvey— What’s changed and what’s being proposed. What can we do now?

Exhibit Ctr.
Wed., April 18

 PROGRAM:  Anytime CPR — Sponsored by the American Heart Association.

 Exhibit Ctr.
Wed, May 16

Spring Luncheon


Berry Center
Texas Teacher Retirement Foundation (TRTF)

The Texas Teacher Retirement Foundation (TRTF) raised the funds to build the Trinity Office Center, in Austin, TX, home of TRTF and the Texas Retired Teachers Association. TRTF’s charitable "A Helping Hand" provides public education retirees with charitable assistance for a one-time special need or other short-term hardship. In 2014, TRTF provided over $17,500 in grants to individuals in critical need. Individuals receiving the funds must be eligible for an annuity check from TRS. TRTF programs include scholarships for students pursuing degrees in education, and grants for public school teachers to meet classroom needs.


For additional information,  please email Jan Goodson @ grandjan3@comcast.net