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Ways to Save During Your Vacation

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on Nov 5, 2018 8:58:00 AM

If you are among the 72 percent of Americans who travel for leisure, you know that vacations can be expensive.

American Express says the average weeklong trip can cost around $970 per person for hotels, meals, transportation, entertainment and other expenses.

Even though you set a budget before setting off for another city, state or country, you sometimes spend more than you planned. Invariably, you can blow past your vacation means by buying items on impulse or pushing your credit cards to their limit.

So, what can you do to stick to your budget and still enjoy time with your family and friends? Here are some tips:

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Topics: Travel

5 Reasons Why You Should Join A Group

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on Oct 4, 2018 2:10:47 PM

We need a sense of belonging. Joining a nonprofit organization gives us a sense of purpose, support and satisfaction.

Becoming a member serves our needs, promotes our communities and helps advance great causes.

There are various ways to serve a nonprofit. You can volunteer your time – helping with projects, speaking to groups or working on administrative tasks. You also can support one through donations or other gifts – providing the financial resources they need to serve their cause.

When choosing an organization to join, though, you should carefully review its purpose and mission. After all, you are giving yourself to help make it successful.

So why become a member of a nonprofit group? Here are some reasons why.

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Topics: Volunteer

Why Advocacy Is Essential for Your Cause

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on Jul 17, 2018 5:52:53 AM

The mission of nonprofits is to serve. Whether its changing public policy, supporting medical research or helping people in need, nonprofits play a critical role in advancing our society.

More than 1.6 million tax-exempt organizations operate in the United States, providing more than $390 billion in support of great causes.

Beyond the dollars, though, another crucial component of a successful nonprofit is advocacy. Telling the story, educating the public and changing minds are necessary to advance their goals.

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Topics: Volunteer

5 Tips for Good Health in Retirement

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on Apr 11, 2018 4:34:42 PM

Retirement sounds great. It’s your goal after a long career.

Sleeping in a little later. Relaxing on a golf course. Spending time with your family without a phone call from work. It all should be good.

The quality of your retirement, though, often depends on your health.

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Topics: Health

Choosing a Financial Advisor – Where to Start, What to Ask

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on Mar 18, 2018 2:15:00 PM

Everyone reaches a point in their life when they ask who can they turn to for financial advice. When you’re a kid, it’s probably your Mom or Dad telling how much birthday money you can spend and how much you need to save. When you’re a teenager it’s still your Mom and Dad but you just ignore their advice and do what you want - which is spend it.

However, sooner or later, when you have some work experience under your belt, you gain an understanding of just how hard it is to save for today’s needs let alone for retirement. At that point, Mom and Dad may not be around or you recognize they are not the all-knowing experts you thought they were when you were a kid. So, where do you start and what do you ask?

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Topics: finance

A year-end message from our Executive Director

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Dec 20, 2017 11:14:55 AM

As we celebrate the holiday season, we have many reasons to be thankful and feel blessed.

I continue to travel around the state to our many local chapters and have truly enjoyed each stop. Indiana has been blessed to have had such caring and passionate teachers.

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Topics: Insider

Is it a Scam? How to Identify and Avoid Scams That Target Seniors

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Dec 14, 2017 9:51:58 AM

 Millions of older Americans have been the victims of scams. Scams against seniors have become so prevalent, the FBI dubbed them “the crime of the 21st century” and created a website devoted to preventing and reporting this kind of fraud.

Scammers can be very tricky, posing as creditors, tech support workers, insurance agents, and even loved ones. In fact, The National Council on Aging cautions seniors that many scams are perpetrated by a person’s own family, contributing to a figure of 90 percent of all elder abuse committed by adult children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other family members .

Let’s take a closer look at how to identify scams and avoid becoming a victim.

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Topics: Safety

8 Teacher Resources for Successful Parent Teacher Conferences

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on Oct 30, 2017 9:19:00 AM

With most things in life, the key to success is planning, and it's no different with parent teacher conferences. Teachers prepare, plan, and think about conferences for weeks leading up to the big day (or days). 

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10 Ways Teachers Are Creating Natural Learning Environments in the Classroom

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on Sep 13, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Classrooms can quickly become filled with paperwork, busy bulletin boards, signs, pictures—a thousand creative ideas that suddenly become very noisy and cluttered.

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Topics: Teaching, Educator Resources

10 of the Best Free Online Teacher Resources for the Classroom

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on Aug 30, 2017 9:47:05 AM

The world of online educational resources is ever-changing and sites that were popular a few years earlier have disappeared. Some of the sites that have made this list are familiar to many, notably Khan Academy and Google Earth, but are there because of the breadth and depth of their content. Others like Share My Lesson and Diigo may be new to you but well worth a look and their modern interfaces are easy to navigate and search for the right topics. Enjoy and share.

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Topics: Educator Resources

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