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Cy-FARE Meeting

November 14, 2018

*Note date change. Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday being too close to the 3rd Wednesday

Cy-Fair Exhibit Center
11206 Telge Road, Cypress, TX


9:30 a.m. – Coffee – Social Time – Refreshments 10:00 a.m.

Program and Business Meeting 11:30

Program: Karie Lawrence will discuss A Senior Village Within a Village

Lunch at Local Restaurant (optional)

Lunch: Marvino’s Italian Kitchen 24002 Northwest Fwy, (290)

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,” old eyeglasses for the Lion’s Club and plas�c grocery bags for REACH.


Christmas Luncheon

Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 11:00 a.m.

$15.00 per person

Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church

Huffmeister Rd. between Hwy 290 and Cypress North Houston

Bring a desert and donation items for CAM.

The cost will be $15 per person payable by check (made out to Cy-FARE) or cash. Money must be received by December 5th (not mailed by Dec. 5th) by Gayle Kutach to make your reservation and be assured of having a meal. you can mail your check to her at: Gayle Kutach, 6939 Inkberry, Houston, TX 77092-1410


Who is eligible to belong?
  • Paraprofessionals, secretaries and technical assistants, bus drivers, cafeteria personnel, custodians, librarians, teachers, nurses, 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


2018-2019 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


2018 - 2019


Mon., August 27 Not-Back to School Coffee Exhibit Ctr.
Wed., September 19
The State of the Cy-Fair District
 Exhibit Ctr.
Wed., October  17
Tim Lee, The Future of TRS Care and Our Defined Pension
Berry Ctr Auditorium
Wed., November 14
 Karie Lawrence, A Senior Village Within a Village
 Exhibit Ctr.
Wed., December 12    Christmas Luncheon with Program
Christ Redeemer Church
Huffmeister Rd.
Wed., January 16     Exhibit Ctr.
Wed., February 20


 Exhibit Ctr.
Wed., March 20


Exhibit Ctr.
Wed., April 17


 Exhibit Ctr.
Wed, May 15

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