The MCRTA: an affiliate of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association,
 representing retired administrators and teachers in
Monroe and Owen counties, 
  Indiana Retired Teachers Association: 


Dear MCRTA Members,

      Can a new school year have already begun – such a short summer?  Yes, the children are back to school and ready for another year in their educational careers.  We, of course, wish our teachers, administrators and students nothing but the best.  And we, as retired educators, need to be there to assure continuous high-quality education in our schools.  We can do that by keeping current on what is happening in education, volunteering our services in our community, and keeping informed about ways we can support legislation that will benefit our active educators as well as those of us who have retired.   

       How can we do all of that?  By supporting our local association, keeping informed about the work being done by the Indiana State Retired Teachers Association, taking advantages of the services that have been negotiated for us by IRTA, keeping updated on the passage of bills by state legislators and voicing our opinions when needed on proposed legislation.  We must all do our part to make sure   the profession we have loyally served for so many years  continues to be an example of how to build solid educational foundations for the youth of our community. 





ü  Reading reports in our newsletters, emails and on our website at

ü  Participating in MCRTA activities. Attend meetings and upcoming special events.  Serve in an office or on a committee.  Bake cookies for meetings.

ü  Keeping track of your volunteer hours in all organizations throughout the year.  A total for 2017 needs to be turned in to Dianna Johnson by January 15, 2018. This includes traveling to and from any events, time spent preparing work for groups and attending meetings. Volunteer forms will be available at all meetings. We receive credit for all of the volunteer hours our members report. 

ü  Paying your $5 dues for 2017-2018 – If you are a new retiree your first year of membership is a “gift”. Invite your retired friends to join you at meetings. If you are unsure whether you have paid your dues or not, contact Mike Horvath.

ü  Becoming a member of Indiana Retired Teachers Association - Your state support is needed. It only costs $35 per year.  (


·         Increase our total number of hours of volunteering in the community.  In 2016 we submitted 14,847 total hours and the last two years we had members given the IRTA Clock Award for volunteerism.  Can we top those records this year?

·        Support our MCRTA community project(s).  More information coming.


MCRTA Upcoming Activities 2016 - 2017

TUESDAY, APRIL 11- Clabber Girl Museum and Candles Holocaust Museum, Terra Haute, IN

Possible Schedule
• 8:00 – Board bus for trip to Terre Haute
• 9:30 – 11:15 - Tour of Clabber Girl Museum and culinary cooking
• 11:15 – 12:45 – Lunch on your own at Clabber Girl Museum
• 1:30 - Tour of the Candles Holocaust Museum. Information session
with Eva Cor, museum founder and holocaust survivor.
• 2:30 - Informal museum discovery on your own.
• 3:30 – Board bus to return to Bloomington.
• Trip cost - $34 per person includes bus fare and museum admissions
·         Registration  – Write your name, email address, phone number and Clabber Girl demo choice on a piece of paper. In an envelope, place this and your personal check for $40.00, made out to “MCRTA”. Write “Terre Haute Trip” on the memo line. Mail the envelope to:

o   Penny & Bob Austin

o   3120 E. Tapps Turn

o   Bloomington, IN 47401

 This trip is limited to 50 individuals. The first 25 registrants will get their choice of Clabber Girl demo. Registration must be received by Monday, March 20.


·         Annual end-of-year pitch-in picnic.

·         5:00 – Karst Farm Park Shelter 1.

·         Welcome new retired teachers.