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Ennis Retired School Personnel Association
Serving Eastern Ellis County & Surrounding Areas
District 10 Fall Conference
October 10, 2016
The TRTA District X Fall Convention was held Monday, October 10, 2016. The meeting was held at The Lovers Lane United Methodist Church.
ERSPA group was hard at work at the District Conference in Dallas. Attendees included:
(left to right below) Jo Ann Muirhead, Sarah Price, Jerry Norman, Bill Chapman, Pat Cody-Warren, Carol Mraz, Betty Taylor, and Bob Taylor!
Keep up the good work!!! We appreciate all that you do for us!
Twenty of the Legislators and their opponents in the November Election were to be visiting their constituents at the tables. Our guests answered questions about the priorities of TRTA.
QUESTIONS SUGGESTED IN ADVANCE THAT MEMBERS COULD ASK LEGISLATORS INCLUDED:
"1. The TRS Care Insurance is in crisis at this time, do you have a suggestion for a solution for the lack of funding for the program?
2. We realize the huge increase in the cost of healthcare is creating a large shortfall in funds. What steps can be taken to fund this shortfall without retirees having to experience drastically increased premiums to pay for this shortfall of $1.5 Billion.
3. What will you do to insure the sustainability of The TRS Care Insurance Program?
4. Do you support keeping the Defined Benefit Pension Plan as we have enjoyed because of the well managed Plan by TRS.
5. TRS and TRTA have a priority to protect the Defined Benefit Pension for PRESENT, AND FUTURE retirees. How can you insure us that will continue to be a reality?"
District 10 Meeting
May 2, 2016
Present for the District 10 meeting in Allen, Texas were: Bill Chapman, Carol Mraz, Ron Mraz, Betty Ann Blazek, Jo Ann Muirhead, and Sara Price.
Our own Carol Mraz serves as District 10 Foundation Chairman!
Carol presented her annual report at the meeting!
Thanks to all of you for your hard work and dedication to ERSPA!
TRTA Annual Convention
The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) 63 Annual TRTA Convention is being held in Houston April 10-12, 2016.
“This year’s theme, “Hearts of Texas: TRTA Proud,” focuses on the strength and dedication of TRTA’s 257 local units and their homegrown, grassroots advocacy.”
ERSPA is being well represented! Check out the pictures that they have sent to us!
Above...L to R: Bill Chapman, Betty Ann Blazek, Lisa Wright, and a friend they met!
Above...L to R: Betty Ann Blazek, TRTA's Tim Lee, Bill Chapman, and Lisa Wright!
Above...L to R: Betty Ann, Bill and Lisa with Memorial Flowers that are dedicated in memory of deceased members from all districts. There is one rose for each district that lost a member.
Above...Susie Humphreys was the Keynote Speaker. First pic is her on stage; then here she is laughing and laughing as she makes her listeners do, too! She is autographing books in this last picture.
TRTA Fall Convention
October 12, 2015
Ennis RSPA at Frisco ISD on October 12th for the TRTA District 10 Fall Convention! Having Fun; meeting new people; renewing acquaintances! Having sweets and coffee, too!
Attending are: JoAnn Muirhead, Sara Price, Bill Chapman, Ron and Carol Mraz, Jerry Norman, and Denise Massengill.
Thank you all for being there to represent us! Let us know how we measure up with the other units! We appreciate all of you!
TRTA 62nd Annual
The 62nd Annual TRTA Convention continued on April 7, 2015, in Austin with training and informational sessions! Ennis Retired School Personnel Association has been well represented by three of our hard working members: (left to right below) Lindy Fincher, Carol Mraz, and Brenda Hogue.
Wednesday morning (4/8/2015) at Austin with Rep. John Wray. Way to go! Keep up the good work for us Carol, Lindy, and Brenda!
A report from our three ERSPA Voting reps in Austin:
"Lindy, Brenda, Carol made their trip to Austin safely with Ron Mraz doing the driving in the silver bullet! Actually we did travel by car, but wondered what kind of impact we would have made if we pulled up to the Capitol in this style of vehicle."
"We represented Ennis well we believe."
("We did meet and talked to John Wray and the staff of Brian Birdwell. Even though we had an appointment with Senator Birdwell, he was called to the floor for a vote, so we had to settle with talking to his staff only.") -Carol :-(
"Finally it was down to the business of attending the district 10 caucus meeting, plus getting counted and verified for voting. We joined the rest of the 939 other delegates to hear the latest Legislative news from Tim Lee and vote on resolutions. The Convention was over, but not our work. We attended Rally Day along with well over 1000 other retired teachers," - Carol, via text message
"We learned all we could as we participated in the breakout sessions that covered so many topics; leadership, health, exercise, and history."
"Finally we had a chance to enjoy art work of students from throughout the state
and then pose for one last picture standing on the steps of the Capitol."
"There were 936 delegates at the Convention and well over 1000 TRTA members attending Rally Day."
"This was a wonderful experience for us, and we hope that another group from ERSPA will plan to attend the TRTA State Convention in Houston next year."
"Thank you for allowing us to represent you at the Convention." -Carol, Lindy, & Brenda
District 10 Fall Convention
@ Frisco I.S.D.
October 13, 2014
Our group with 2014 Republican
State Representative candidate John Wray!
L to R: Carol Mraz, Jerry Norman, John Wray, & Lindy Fincher!
Getting ready to learn even more!
Jerry just cannot put the reading material down!
District X events for 2013-2014
May 5, 2014 Spring Leadership Conference - FUMC, Allen
Here are our so very active team of leaders who worked at this important meeting! Most likely they will have brought back new ideas and methods for us all. We appreciate them so much for keeping us up to date!
Left to Right: Bob Taylor, Betty Taylor, Laurie Taylor-Clark, Carol Mraz, and Ron Mraz.
Lunch happened……..more people were met!