State Convention 2015

2015 Convention Report

The Texas Retired Teachers held its 62nd annual convention in Austin April 6-9 followed by an exciting day at the Capitol event on April 8.

Nearly 1,000 members attended the convention held at the J W Marriott in downtown Austin.  Convention attendees and hundreds of additional local TRTA members joined forces at the Texas Capitol.

During its resolution honoring public education retirees in Texas, the Senate announced its intention to fund the TRS Care shortfall in the amount of $770 million.

I arrived at the Marriott Monday afternoon and attended the Awards Dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday morning I attended the Foundation Breakfast at 7:00 a.m. and from 8:30 until 12:15 I attended three morning training sessions: 2nd Vice-President, Information and Protective Services Committee and Web Content Management.  At 12:15, I attended the Legislative Luncheon.  Ruby Deitrick and I attended the afternoon District 8 Caucus and the House of Delegates.  No bylaws amendments were passed this year, though a resolution to promote membership in TRTA local units was passed.

 Wednesday I attended the Day at the Capitol where I visited the office of Chris Paddie; however, he was in a committee hearing and I did not get to meet with him.  District 8 was supposed to have our picture taken at 11:15 with Sen. Eltife; however, he too was in session and to my knowledge this did not take place.  Both the House and Senate were in session at the same time on Wednesday.  I was present in the Senate when the retired teachers were recognized and it was a wonderful experience.  It really made me feel proud to be a retired public school teacher.  Many Senators took the time to express their appreciation to public teachers from the Senate floor.  The announcement that the Senate intended to fund the TRS Care shortfall with the $770 million was met with explosive applause from the sea of red filling the balcony.

After eating ice cream on the east lawn, I returned to Marshall with a sense of pride and accomplishment.

Thank you for the privilege of serving as a delegate to the convention for Harrison County Retired Teachers.  The monetary reimbursement is especially appreciated.

                 
Nancy Parkison attends the Senate.                  Nancy Parkison on the East Lawn at the state capitol
                                                                           along with Shirley Jones and Judy Uknown.