PLEASE DONATE TO IRTA LEGAL DEFENSE FUND FOR PENSION LITIGATION
The LLRTA executive board members were approved at the November general membership meeting. The current board members are:
PRESIDENT: Don Davis
VICE PRESIDENT: Lynne Robinson
PAST PRESIDENT: Marge Deffenbaugh
TREASURER: Sandra Carlson
SECRETARY: Aleta Sunley
FINANCE: Sandra Carlson
LEGISLATION: Gil Deimel
MEMBERSHIP: Evelyn Deimel
FOUNDATION SERVICES: Marge Deffenbaugh
SCHOLARSHIP: Don Davis
Time to Join or Renew LLRTA Membership
To join or renew your annual membership or become a life member, click on the link below and fill out the membership form. You have three due options for dues. They are:
1. Annual membership -$25.00
2. Life membership - $150.00 (a one time payment or by installment payments of $35.00 the first year and $30.00 for the next four years)
Your membership form and check should be mail to:
Sandra Carlson, LLRTA Treasurer
Springfield, Illinois 62704
If you have any questions contact membership chairs, Evelyn Deimel, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lynne Robinson at email@example.com.
Legal Defense Fund Information
Legal action is very expensive which is the reason IRTA started the Legal Defense Fund almost three years ago. The outpouring of support from our membership has been fantastic for the fund and it continues to grow. The amount needed will be large, especially if repeated legal battles must be fought. So, we thank everyone who has contributed and ask those who have not to do so. Look at what a benefit our 3% COLA is. Could any of us afford to fight to save this benefit on our own? Certainly not! We need to join together for such action. It has been suggested that we give the value of one month’s COLA in 2015 to the Legal Defense Fund. A great idea! This money is in a dedicated fund and cannot be used for any other purpose.
Here is the address for sending donations to the Legal Defense Fund. IRTA, 620 N. Walnut St., Springfield, IL 62702 Please make your check payable to IRTA and write "Legal Defense Fund" on the check memo line.
Important Links to Explore
Below are some links that may be of interest to our members.
IRTA: Illinois Retired Teachers Association home https://www.irtaonline.org/
Voter Voice: IRTA (Illinois Retired Teachers Association) utilizes internet tools to launch and manage grassroot lobbying campaigns and other governmental affairs campaign. From time to time IRTA will need your help in contacting elected officials on important issues that affect retired educators. By signing up for Voter Voice you will be able to let your elected official know of your opinion on current legislative issues. This process takes only a few clicks of your mouse to complete.
Sign up for Voter Voice by going to the IRTA webpage
Information on the Windfall Elimination/Government Pension Offset
Medicare Advantage Silver Sneakers Program
The three Medicare Advantage plans, available to Medicare participants, contain an added benefit of health club membership. This “Silver Sneakers” program is available to Medicare Advantage participants at no additional charge. In essence, the health plans are paying for your membership.
In Sangamon County, the following health clubs participate – SNAP Fitness, Anytime Fitness and the Fit Club.
The new Medicare Advantage plans for TRIP members, age 65 and older, contain the Silver Sneakers program which provides members' health club membership (normally between $30-40 per month) at NO cost to the member.
DARTA member Linda Bullock is hosting an Italy trip July 11-23, 2015. Included in this trip are Italy's three scenic regions: Northern Italy with its majestic Alps, lake resorts and fascinating cities, such as Venice: Central Italy where Florence boasts the treasures of the Renaissance and Eternal Rome and Southern Italy sites on the Sorrento Coast the Isle of Capri. For information and a brochure, contact Linda Bullock at firstname.lastname@example.org.