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April Meeting


When:        April 17, 2019

Where:       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 Lunch at Local Restaurant (optional)


Program: Matt Zeve, Director of Harris County Flood Control, returns to us to discuss the flood projects approved and underway now that $$ is available from the bond election, Fema, state funds and M.U.D. dollars. He will review the prioritization of projects, home buyouts, storm water tunnels, and much more that can be tracked with the Flood Control website interactive map, so ..... bring your questions before the next hurricane season is upon us..


Lunch: Cy-Fair Culinary Arts School Cy-Fair Culinary Arts School—$10.00 See more details about lunch in Hospitality on page 3 of the newsletter.


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 plasic grocery bags for REACH. Any will be appreciated.

Cy-FARE Spring Luncheon
Officer Installation

May 15, 2019
Berry Center -“The Zone” Room"
11:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. –2:00pm
$15.00 Reservation is by pre-paid check or cash only
Your check (payable to “Cy-FARE”) or cash payment may be given to Gayle Kutach, Treasurer, at the April meeting ) or mailed to Gayle (6939 Inkberry, Houston, TX 77092- 1410) by Wednesday, May 10th .
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  Tomeka Flowers, MA,  the Wellness Coordinator of Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and Jason Shirley our AMBA representative  Exhibit Ctr.
Wed., February 20

Advocacy 101—A Call to Action
Are bills being proposed to improve our healthcare and protect our pensions? Let’s learn together and take action as a team.

 Exhibit Ctr.
Wed., March 20

Dr. Mary Widmier, District 4 TRTA President will visit with us to discuss the goals and priorities of TRTA

Exhibit Ctr.
Wed., April 17

Matt Zeve, Director of Harris County Flood Control, returns to us to discuss the flood projects approved.

 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