FROM THE CHAIR
ISTA-Retired State Chair
From the Chair:Fall colors are upon us as we make the transition from the long, hot summer to cooler days. My first few months as the Retired State Chair have been filled with transition as well. Whenever one takes on a new enterprise, he finds each day full of information to be learned and new ideas to be applied. I want to thank the ISTA-Retired Executive Committee for their support and confidence during this time.
We currently have 26 active chapters throughout the state. You may be a life or annual member of ISTA-Retired but not a member of a local chapter. Our chapters are actively involved in their communities, active ISTA Local Associations and District Councils. Chapters also schedule meetings where members gather to learn new things or to have fun. I would encourage those of you who are not members of a local chapter to consider joining.
Finally, I want to encourage you all to become involved in this important election campaign. For eight years we have not received a Cost-of-Living Allowance (COLA) for our retired pension. We also have had our pension system threatened with the creation of a defined contribution pension. We need to elect legislators who will address the needs of our day-to-day expenses. Because of the small stipend that has been provided us by the state legislature for these past eight years, we have fallen further behind the cost of living. Only with a united front to combat this lack of support for our retirement pensions will we be successful. I encourage you to visit the ISTA website, ista-in.org, and signup to receive the information regarding which candidates are recommended and to vote for friends of public education. Be a part of that action; be part of the solution. Contact your chapter officers and see what you can do.
Thank you for your retired membership in ISTA and know that we are here for you.
ISTA-Retired, the association for retired educators, retired education personnel and active/retired members of the Indiana State Teachers Association, makes it possible for ALL educational employees to preserve and improve retirement, pension, COLA, and health benefits and to impact public education in Indiana and in the nation.
ISTA-Retired is an affiliate of the NEA-Retired. Membership in ISTA-Retired is also membership in NEA-Retired. As an ISTA-Retired/NEA-Retired member, you maintain your influence and a strong relationship with ISTA/NEA political voices.
Membership in ISTA Retired helps Hoosier educators maintain their influence and strong relationship with ISTA/NEA political voices.
For additional information on ISTA Retired Membership, contact Craig Blume, ISTA Staff Coordinator, 1-800-382-4037 Ext. 3305