Cy-FARE's motto

Each One Bring One





Cy-FARE April Meeting


April 19, 2017



Cy-Fair Exhibit Center, 11206 Telge Road, Cypress,             9:30 a.m. – Coffee – Social Time – Refreshments

10:00 a.m. – Program and Business Meeting

11:15 Lunch (Previously Reserved Seating)

Culinary School Luncheon;

Cy-FARE Annex Building,

Next door to Cy-Fair HS Hwy 290


Program: Mary Kegarise – Bak-Pak Critters Reading Program in Cy-Fair schools


Reminders: Bring a book to donate to the REACH project and a NEW, medium-sized stuffed animal for the Teddy Bear project. Also bring travel size toiletries for the “goody bags” and old

eyeglasses for the Lion’s Club.


 Martha Steele delivers the stuffed animal toys to the Cypress Creek EMS
To be given to children in crisis situations.


The animals are very much appreciated by the emergency techs and ambulance drivers and other first responders.  They say the toys really help the children when they're in a scary, emergency situation



January Meeting




September Meeting



Our President leads the group in a fun get-to-know each other activity.

Everyone had fun getting to spend
sometime with old friends.





Who is eligible to belong?
  • Secretaries, 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. Spoucses of members and community members interested in our objectives may join as an associate member.


Benefits of Cy-FARE Membership

  • Fellowship with retired colleagues
  • Information about health care, legislation, education and other relevant issues
  • Newsletters
  • Interesting programs
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Christmas luncheon
  • Spring Installation Luncheon
  • Special projects
  • Field trip opportunities


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


Texas Retired Teachers Association, District IV Convention


Welcome to Houston

More than 300 District 4 retired school district employees circled the convention hall at the Westin Galleria to give a rousing Welcome to Houston to more than 1,000 Texas Retired Teachers Association members at the TRTA annual convention at the Houston Westin Galleria. Pictured are: (l-r) Ella Gauthier, Manvel; Mary Widmier, Kingwood; Mary Ann Dolezal, Sugar Land; and Pattie Faulkner, Cypress. Back at podium: District 4 President Marcy Cann, Houston.


2016-2017 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 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.


Special Projects
  • Collect books for donations.
  • Collect necessary items of household goods and clothing for both children and adults.
  • Collect teddy bears for Hug-A-Bear Drive
Donations are made through Cypress Assistance Miinistries and other organizations.






Meeting Dates:

Third Wednesday of each month,
September - May

Meeting Location:

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

Social, and Program - Business Time:

9:30 a.m. and 10:00 - 11:45

Lunch, Fun and Social Time:

At different locations after each meeting

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


2016 - 2017


Mon., August 22    Not-Back-To-School Coffee           Exhibit Ctr.
Wed., September 21
   November election: Dr. Ted Oliverson  Texas State Representative for District 130
 Exhibit Ctr.
Wed., October  19
   Rene Armstrong, author of Wings and a Ring: Letters of War and Love
Exhibit Ctr.
Wed., November 15    Henry Flowers  Garden Director at the International Festival at Roundtop   Exhibit Ctr.
TBA    Christmas Luncheon with Program  
Wed., January 18    Mary Smith, one of our own members on Building a Better You  Exhibit Ctr.
Wed., February 15

   Road Scholar  Educator based group offering world travel

 Exhibit Ctr.
Wed., March 15

  Stage Works Productions.  This is a local theatre group located on Grant Road

Exhibit Ctr.
Wed., April 19

  Mary Kegarise  Bak-Pak Critters Reading Program in Cy-Fair Schools

 Exhibit Ctr.
Wed, May 16
11:00 am

Spring Luncheon


Berry Center


For additional information,  please email Suzanne Thompson @ dthompson8@comcast.net