The Early Years

The Early Years:  1993 - 1998

In the Spring of 1993, Jane Turner received a telephone call from Mary Stephens, a long time member of the North Harris County T.R.A. Mary wanted Jane to help her get a unit started for the Humble area. Jane, who had belonged to the North Harris unit, agreed and called all the retired teachers in the area that she knew. On April 22, 1993, nineteen people met with Emma Jean Tanner, then District IV president, and our HARTA unit was born. Officers were elected and Emma Jean installed the new officers who were Jane Turner, president; Jewel Ulbricht, vice-president; Joyce Jenkins, secretary; and Arthur Tipton, treasurer. The summer of 1993 was a busy one contacting new members and writing our constitution and bylaws. The Northshire subdivision club house became the official meeting place.


The official first year of the organization began in September, 1993. At the December meeting, the members voted final approval of the constitution and bylaws and hosted our first annual Christmas luncheon. At the May meeting a five hundred dollar scholarship was presented to Megan Maxwell, a Kingwood High School senior. At the spring leadership meeting for District IV, the Humble Area Retired Teachers Association won the membership trophy for our one hundred percent increase in membership. We were off to a good start.


The next year, 1994-95, saw no changes in the slate of officers except Madonna Hunter was elected vice-president.   HARTA hosted our first annual luncheon in August to honor newly retired teachers. Michelle Devor, an Humble High School senior, received the scholarship. We made the move to hold our meetings at the newly built Humble Civic Center on Will Clayton Boulevard.


The year 1995-96 began with the August luncheon honoring new retirees. The officers were Bill Wood, president; Peggy Hanks, vice-president; Sondra Pate, secretary, and Arthur Tipton returned as treasurer. We were able to hand out our first official yearbook, a product of hard work by June Glover, Joyce Jenkins, Sue Taylor, and Jane Turner. We had grown to seventy-seven members. Another milestone occurred when we were able to present two five hundred dollar scholarships, one to Zoe Buttitta of Humble High School and one to Abraham Khalaf from Kingwood High School.


Dr. Jane Nelson was elected president for the 1996-97 year. The by-laws were amended and we presented scholarships to Clara Kruljac, Humble High School and Amber Laroche of Kingwood High School. Increasing our membership to one hundred two members, we again won the membership trophy for District IV.


The years of 1997-99 again saw our membership increase. We were fortunate to have the same slate of officers serve under the leadership of the president, Ruth Hutto. Our scholarship recipients for the year were Jeremy Lynn Jack of Humble High School and Elizabeth Forest of Kingwood High School. The 1998-99 recipients were Katie Pruitt from Humble High School and Jimmie Wilkerson from Kingwood High School.