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Members of Retired Teachers of Christian County greeted each other warmly as they ended Coronavirus restrictions and met for their spring 2022 meeting at Angelo’s in Taylorville.
Following registration and a welcome to attendees, LaVonne Chaney, Region 12 Director, called the meeting to order.
Russ Burch gave the invocation, after which Chaney led members in the Pledge of Allegiance. She then inducted officers: Copresidents Helen Summers and Margot Wagoner, Treasurer Jan Febus, and Secretary Cheryl Dagon.
Next on the agenda, Jim Bachman, Executive Director of IRTA, updated members on a lawsuit the organization filed under the Pension Protection Clause of the Illinois Constitution. At issue – the projected collapse of the Teacher Health Insurance Security Fund. The General Assembly had initially cut funding, but it was later restored.
Bachman assured members that healthcare is already a part of state teachers’ retirement:
“The state is on the hook. Don’t panic.”
Bachman reminded members that the organization’s Political Action Committee will endorse candidates familiar with the concerns of teachers.
The copresidents then encouraged another retiree to step forward and volunteer as vice president to the group. Bernie Salisbury reported that the roster of Retired Teachers of Christian County now numbers 114.
Members approved a motion to send memorial donations to the IRTA Foundation in memory of those who passed since the last meeting. Sue Huber also presented a memorial to honor those same members.
On another note, Lapsed Professional Educator licenses can be reinstated for $50, a markdown from the $500 fee. The registration fee has also been waived.
Officers will be attending an Area 5 virtual meeting on June 29. Topics include legislation, TRS and member benefits.
The 2022 fall meeting will tentatively be held in October.