News & Updates

Death of GCRTA President Mary Jo Brooker

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our GCRTA President Mary Jo Brooker.  Peggy Hannon let membership know at the meeting yesterday that the decision was made to discontinue dialysis and that Mary Jo was being moved to Windcrest and Hospice Care.  Mary Jo passed away in the early morning hours of February 12, 2019.

There are no plans known at this time except that she will be cremated.  As we learn of any memorial service plans, we will pass them on.

Mary Jo Brooker, former Principal of Fredericksburg Elementary, was drafted as a new member and President of GCRTA at the same time.  Those of us who had not known her soon knew that she was a true leader.  She garnered respect easily and worked diligently to make GCRTA even a better organization with various activities to attract new members and help future and active teachers and children in the Gillespie County area.  She has been seriously ill for approximately a year and a half.  Sheila Edwards has done a great job of continuing the work as Acting President, but Mary Jo still offered suggestions and guidance from the sidelines.  We will miss her.

Please keep her family and her close friends in your thoughts and prayers.

Below are some pictures from her years as President.

Tim Lee to Address Active & Retired School Personnel


Kent Myers to Speak at 2019 GCRTA Luncheon on March 4




Michael W Hagee, General, USMC (Retired) to Address GCRTA - March 19, 2018


Suzie Humphreys to Address GCRTA at 2016 Spring Luncheon

Renowned motivational and inspirational humorist Suzie Humphreys will speak at the GCRTA Spring Luncheon on March 14, 2016.  Her topic will be "Don't Quit Laughing Till They Close the LId!" 

Suzie is one of the most compelling speakers on the platform today, taking her message from corporations to conventions, hospitals to classrooms; she is at home with men and women of all ages and all walks of life.  As a motivational and inspirational humorist, Suzie Humphreys got one of the longest standing ovations on record from the National Speakers Association wen she spoke to 2500 of her peers at their National Convention in Palm Springs, California.  She was inducted into The Speaker Hall of Fame at their National Convention in Orlando and was awarded "The Council of Peers Award of Excellence".  She is a member of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame and, as Suzie says... "All that for a D minus student!  You never know do you?"

Suzie's background is as varied as her audiences, from administrative secretary to Television Talk Show Host, to 20 years in radio.  She has hobnobbed with movie stars and politicians, interviewed the great and the "near" great.  She has made hundreds of commercials, done musical comedy and motion pictures.  One of her greatest accomplishments is that she is a breast cancer survivor and helps other women go through the journey as she did.  All this experience has truly qualified Suzie to stand before any audience.  Relaxed and excited to be there - not only to tell her amazing stories, but to share what she has learned from them.

Suzie Humphreys now makes her home in Fredericksburg, Texas.  For more information, visit her web site at




Children's Book Project

Chair Margaret Bierschwale reports that 169 books were collected this year by our chapter. The books were distributed to the Fredericksburg Primary and Elementary Schools, Doss, Harper, Stonewall, Headstart, and St. Mary's School. This ensures that these students will have books to read during the summer. A label is put in each book that identifies the book as a gift to the student from our Retired Teachers local chapter.