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Retired school personnel invited to meeting to learn about TRS Care


Retired teachers and school personnel, both members and nonmembers, are invited to attend a meeting of the Trinity County Retired Teachers Association on Tuesday, September 12, at Romo's Restaurant in Trinity. The meeting will begin at 12:30; arrive by 12:00 if you would like to order lunch and share in a time of fellowship. Romo's is located on Hwy. 19 north of Trinity, about 2 miles from the traffic light on the right side of Hwy. 19/ Hwy. 94. All TRS annuitants are urged to attend and any annuitant's spouse who is on TRS Care is also encouraged to be there because of possible large premium increases. Information is vital to making good decisions and this is an excellent opportunity to learn and ask questions about TRS Hello Everyone, Well here we are moving into September. It doesn't seem as though we should be almost into the Fall season. I know closing out the month of August several folks in the County were impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Let's talk about that a little in my first block... Hurricane Harvey – This will be a storm that goes down as being the most costly in United States history. On the local level Trinity County was not impacted to near the severity of counties just South of us. We did open a shelter for a brief period of time to house residents of the Sportsmen Oaks subdivision. With that being said, I would like to thank all who helped with the shelter and the gathering of donated items to assist flood victims. It warms my heart to see the community come together to help those in need. Emergency Management – The Trinity County Emergency Management Office was in full activation during the torrential rains that Trinity County received over the last week. I filed a disaster declaration with the State of Texas Monday morning as the weather worsened. Prior to that all emergency management procedures were already in place and the process worked like a well oiled machine. The Emergency Management Coordinator is a vital job within the County and often no one knows what he is doing behind the scenes. Trinity County Budget – We are nearing the finish line on putting together a budget to fund the 2018 fiscal year. It has been a tough process to make up for lost funds from the US Forest Service through the Secure Rural Schools and Communities Act. I would ask each of you if you have a concern to please take part in the public hearing process as we move towards it. The postings will be in the newspaper for the budget and setting a tax rate to fund the budget. I want to close by honoring our first responders that are still working tirelessly because of what Hurricane Harvey has left behind. From the local folks to the men and women who have traveled in from across the nation. John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. Until next time, God Bless and be safe Trinity County Judge Doug Page Care's new look. The speaker for this meeting will be Dr. James Warner, District 6 Legislative Chairman. He is a well informed and highly motivated speaker. Dr. Warner has served school districts as a teacher, coach, activities director, assistant superintendent, superintendent and on the board of education. His career includes service in Baytown, Beaumont, Port Neches and Jasper. He plans to review what was accomplished in both regular and special sessions of the legislature, what the retired teacher's health plan looks like now and what TRTA's priorities will be going forward to the 86th session in 2019. This will be valuable information for retired school personnel. Eric Hunt, Senior District Manager for Northeast Houston Division of Association Member Benefits Advisors will also be in attendance to share possible alternative medical coverage. He has done a great deal of research on the health care system. No one is being advised to change coverage; that decision is for the TRS annuitant to make for themselves. Retirees will be forced to make decisions soon and this is an opportunity to learn what is available to TRTA members. Texas Retired Teachers Association desires to be the voice of all retired school personnel. Higher membership numbers mean a louder voice in Austin. If a retired teacher or any retired school employee would like to add their voice by becoming a member of TRTA and the Trinity County Unit, you will have an opportunity at this meeting.


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