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Rod Ellcessor

ISTA-Retired State Chair



From the Chair:

“Old soldiers never die, they just fade away” - General MacArthur.  Sometimes they fade away and sometimes they come back with gusto. Sixteen years ago I served as your ISTA-Retired coordinator and lobbyist. In 2006, I returned to the UniServ field.  When I retired in 2013, I began working with the Greater Indianapolis Chapter and was elected to the state council. This year I chose to run for council chair when longtime leader, Sarah Borgman, decided not to seek re-election. Not only do I want to thank council members for their trust in me, but I also want to thank Sarah for her support and leadership over the years.

I welcome you as part of the 5,300 members of ISTA-Retired. This year is filled with many opportunities as we approach the November elections. We must understand the importance of supporting Glenda Ritz and John Gregg. Those of our colleagues who are still in the classroom face the most challenging situations since collective bargaining began in 1974. In addition, retirees have not had a Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) since 2008 and have fallen further behind as we lose to inflation. I encourage you to become involved however you can in electing pro-public education candidates.

ISTA-Retired has 26 chapters throughout the state. Each of these plans to provide opportunities to become involved. You should receive a letter or email from one of these chapters. If you are not a chapter member, we invite you to join. As a life member, we have a duty to keep you informed. If we do not have your email address or your mailing address has changed, please forward this information to the Member Resource Center ( or me (

I leave you with a quote from Robert Kennedy. “Each time a man [or woman] stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he [she] sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest wall of oppression and resistance.”

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.

ISTA-Retired Membership Information


For additional information on ISTA Retired Membership, contact Craig Blume, ISTA Staff Coordinator, 1-800-382-4037 Ext. 3305