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Blanco County Association of Retired Educators (BCARE) gifted forty-five new books to Blanco Elementary Pre-Kindergarten students. Presenting the books to Pre-K teacher Sharon Cox were BCARE president Kathy Carriker, Past President Peggy Gresham, and Book Project Coordinator Jan Booth.
Highland Lakes RTA collects healthy snack donations for the Backpack Buddies program for Bertram Elementary School, Burnet CISD. L-R:  Laura Lalman, Penny Tanner, Andra Harris, Myrna Mund, Darlene Hargett, Gloria Haley.









District 13 Fall Training


District 13 Fall Conference was held on Thursday, September 12, 8:30-12:30 at First Christian Church, 3105 Ranch Road 12, San Marcos, TX. 

Congratulations to Larry Yawn, just appointed to be the TRTA State Legislative Coordinator!  He will be working with Tim Lee to make our presence known to state legislators.  Thanks to Larry for this important VOLUNTEER position.  Take pictures, Larry!  State CVS Committee wants them!

And kudos to Blanco County (BCARE) and New Braunfels RTA for winning $750 each for their efforts at recruiting new members!

Susan Pulis welcomes District 13 attendees.


Leroy DeHaven, TRTA First Vice-President, addresses District 13 members.


AMBA District Manager Brad Franchione addresses District 13 members about their member benefits.

Ray Spivey, Special Advisor to the Executive Director of TRS, addresses District 13 members about the success of TRTA efforts to make the TRS pension fund sound again.


District 13 First Vice-President Gene Stokes delivers another touching Memorial Service to remember District 13 members who have passed away the previous year.


Each butterfly represents a former District 13 member who has taken flight. They all are remembered and will be missed.

Newly elected District 13 Officers, who will serve 2020-2022. L-R: Rosemary Morrow, 1st Vice-President; Gene Stokes, President; Vicki Hicks, 2nd Vice-President; Karen Fitch, Secretary; and Susan Pulis who will serve as Immediate Past President.

Current Officers of District 13. Front Row, L-R: Gene Stokes, 1st Vice-President; Susan Pulis, President; Janet Ryan, Secretary; Becky Felan, Historian.  Back Row, L-R: Carole Buchanan, Immediate Past President; Lynda Jackson, Treasurer. (Not shown, Carole Rose, 2nd Vice-President)



Larry Yawn and wife Gail.  Larry is the new TRTA State Legislative Coordinator!

Mollye Long replaces Larry Yawn as the District 13 Legislative Coordinator.

Three District 13 members also hold TRTA State positions:  Larry Yawn, TRTA Legislative Coordinator; Jan Robin, TRTA CVS Committee member; and Evelyn Leggitt, TRTA Membership Committee.



Current Presidents of local units in District 13.


District 13 Committee Chairs.  Front row, L-R: Peggy Hilburn, CVS; Evelyn Leggitt, Member Benefits; Pat Gajewski, Health Living; Becky Felan, Retirement Education. Back row, L-R: Jan Robin, Technology Contact; Mollye Long, new Legislative contact; Larry Yawn, former Legislative contact.

District 13 members celebrate the successes of the past year:  working with Texas Legislators to make the TRS pension fund sound and securing a 13th check; and increasing local membership and receiving financial rewards for each new member.

New Braunfels local receives a check from AMBA in recognition of their increase in new members.

Blanco County local receives their check from AMBA in recognition of their increase in new members.






Pictures from District 13 Planning meeting.


Congratulations to District 13 / Williamson County RTA member Larry Yawn, for his new role as the TRTA Legislative bulldog.














District 13 Spring Leadership Training

Despite changes in location and date, the Spring Leadership Training was a tremendous success.  The location was large, accommodated the large turnout with plenty of room for snacks, lunch, tables to work on and pile stuff on, and large comfortable break-out rooms.  An excellent projector and sound system, technical support on site to assist, AND free wifi for those of us who like to stay connected and be able to pull up info as needed.

Special congratulations to Tom Rogers, who will retire from the position of Austin Retired Teachers Association’s legislative chair. It’s a position that he’s held for 25 years. The Texas Legislature filed two resolutions honoring Rogers, HR 1470 and SR 704. The bills highlight Roger’s “skill, professionalism and commitment to excellence” and “extend to him sincere best wishes for the future.”

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District 13 TRTA Members visited Senator Dawn Buckingham!





District 13 Fall Conference


The A,B,C's of TRTA
Thursday, September 13, 2018
(note new location)
First Baptist Church of San Marcos
325 McCarty Lane, San Marcos, TX  78666
TRTA President Patricia Macias speaks to District 13 and local unit officers
at the District 13 Fall Conference, September 2018.
District 13 President Susan Pullis addresses District 13 and local unit attendees
at the Fall 2018 Conference.
New Braunfels RTA is recognized and receives a monetary reward for winning
Bracket 3 of the Ready, Set Blitz Campaign, a challenge to get new members into the local unit.
Other pics from the District 13 Fall Conference.




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