From the President’s Podium
The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called “truth.” – Dan Rather
When you receive this, the elections will be over and either new or returning individuals will have been selected to begin their terms in local, state, and national positions. Whoever fills those offices will be in a position to have a great influence on our profession, not only for those still actively teaching, but also for retirees. In Connecticut, funding, whether it be for school districts or the Teacher Pension Fund, will take center stage as the Governor and the legislature return to work. The Pension Fund has not been returning the interest that had been projected, which means that the State must contribute a larger amount of tax money to meet their legal funding obligation. According to fund analysts, this could be as much as $330 million! If this occurs, the income tax reduction for retired teachers may be in jeopardy. Therefore, it is important that we stay in tune with what happens in Hartford, stay in contact with our local legislators, and, most importantly, plan to attend Lobby Day in early April.
The emphasis of our general membership meeting on April 6, 2017 will be to bring a guest, who while eligible to join GBRTA has not done so. With the beginning of the new legislative session, there will likely be important news to pass on. Additionally, our speaker that day will be Probate Judge and Attorney T.R. Rowe. His topic will be “Everything you ever wanted to know about the Probate Court – plus a couple of jokes”!! A Q&A period should be helpful to anyone with questions concerning probate and other related topics.
At our May 11, 2017 meeting, we will elect members to fill the positions of President, First Vice- President, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, and Treasurer. Having served two terms, the current treasurer and corresponding secretary cannot run again. Joan Capron, Greta Stanford, and Pat Yacovacci comprise the nominating committee. Anyone interested in running for any of these positions should contact one of these volunteers. The Board and I wish each of you a happy and healthy holiday season and a prosperous new year.