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Kentucky Retired Teachers Association
Mission and History
The Kentucky Retired Teachers Association was established in 1957 out of a need for organized support for retired teachers. KRTA remains the "only organization in the state that has as its main purpose to look out for the welfare of retired educators."
From its inception, KRTA has continued to grow in numbers and respect. Through its commitment to the priorities set forth by the leadership, more than 28,000 members enjoy numerous benefits, both individually and as a group.
The lobbying efforts in Frankfort have gained much respect from state government officials. Three standing committees — Membership, Legislative, and Insurance — and the volunteers who comprise them, exemplify KRTA's commitment to the concerns of retirees. The Biennial Legislative Program is aimed at soliciting support for, and commitment to, the Association's priorities, from equality and fairness to cost of living adjustments to affordable health insurance. Fall Workshops in the 14 districts bring together representatives from the 118 local units to discuss common concerns and get information to be shared with fellow retirees. In the spring, the State KRTA Leadership Convention brings together all districts/locals for camaraderie and unification.
The membership, under the leadership of elected officers and delegates, determines the direction of the Association. The Executive Council, comprised of district representatives, monitors that direction through frequent meetings and close communication with the Association office staff.
History and Highlights of KRTA
• Organized in 1957
• Strong organization — second to none!
• Responsible district units — meet quarterly with local representatives to improve communications.
• Local membership increasing
• Annuity increases for Kentucky Retired Teachers show none until 1966, but ad hoc increases were realized for 8 years.
• Minimum credit per service year increased from $60 in 1977 to $470 in 2006 and $480 in 2007.
• Health care — discounted long-term care insurance, discounted dental insurance plan, discounted hearing instrument plan, and discounted vision plan
• Free legal service — nationwide Legaline
• Free finance and investment information service
• Discounted Auto and Home Insurance
• Life Insurance and Identity Theft Protection (Life Lock)
• Commonwealth Credit Union
• Comfort Keepers - Preferred Rates
• Home Instead Senior Care--Preferred Rates
• Annual statewide convention
• Annual regional workshops — 14 districts
• 800 service to state office (1-800-551-7979)
• Quarterly newspaper
• Travel programs
• Retirement Counseling
• Governed by the state executive committee • President, president-elect, vice president
• State council
• Representatives from each district
• Co-chairs of membership, health & insurance and legislative committees
• KRTA office in Louisville staffed by executive director, two deputy executive directors and two secretaries.