Children's Book Project


Since 1998, TRTA members have been involved in the Children’s Book Program. The Children’s Book Project (CBP) is a service activity initiated by the local units of the Texas Retired Teachers Association.

The purpose is to put books into the hands of children who otherwise would not have books of their own.

There are a variety of creative ways to give back to your community by meeting the particular needs of our children and is designed to encourage all of our local units to take part in this worthwhile project.

Margaret Bierschwale is our CBP chairman. She 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 Gillespie County Retired Teachers chapter. 



 “Each One Bring One”

A member may win $100 for recruiting a “new” member, a person who has never joined TRTA or has not been a member in the past three years.

A member is eligible for entry in the drawing for each new member recruited.

When the new member joins, dues and the “Each One Bring One” form below, are submitted to MARSP, P .O. Box 4954, Midland, Texas 79704.

All dues and forms must be submitted by January 31, 2016.

The winner will be selected during the TRTA District 13 Caucus at the TRTA State Convention,

These instructions may be reproduced from the form stored at the home page of MARSP,


Our Beverly Harrell was the $100 winner at the State Convention this year.


Community Volunteer Service 

Community Volunteer Service hours from January 2014 through December 2014 will need to be reported to Helen Usener, Community Service Chair, before February 1, 2015. Continue recording volunteer hours for January 2015 through
September 2015 for reporting in 2016.
TRTA honors the Community Service Volunteers at the state level. TRTA may report a total of community volunteer hours to the Texas Governor and the National Retired Teachers Association so that they will be aware of the many hours TRTA members give in retirement.
In 2013, TRTA members contributed 5,221,080 volunteer hours.  The independent Sector estimated the value of a volunteer hour to  be $23.40. This could be considered a gift of $122,173,272 given to Texas.
Volunteer Today!
Suggested Volunteer Activities or Projects 
Any unpaid job hour for which you donate your time is a
volunteer service  credit. 
School-Related Activities:
Serve on  Boards or committees, act as classroom aide, read to students and listen to readers, act as playground or cafeteria monitors, or mentor a child. 
Community Service: 
Participate in clubs such as Lions, AARP, RTA, Heritage Clubs, PCAA, or  Scouts; volunteer to work in HCMH, nursing homes, Golden Hub Senior Citizen Center, blood drives, or at the library; sit with people in the hospital; serve as docents or tour guides for city or historical places; assist with ticket sales for 'tour of homes' and/or theater activities. 
Religious/Church Activities: 
Teach Sunday School class, work in Angel Food Ministry, sing or play for choirs, prepare communion, serve on church committees, collect food or clothing for the needy, participate in women/men organizations.
Assisting Senior Citizens or the Disabled: 
Shop for groceries and medicine, figure income tax, transport to medical appointments, participate in visitation of homebound and nursing home residents.