Here's Your 2017 Legislative Roundup

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on May 18, 2017 6:06:53 PM

Dear Members:

There were 1,179 bills filed, 525 presented in the Senate and 654 in the House.

Twenty four pension-related bills were filed and 10 of those effected teacher pensions. Nine of those bills died in the General Assembly although one bill had its language resurrected in HB1001, the Budget Bill, at the very end of session.

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Topics: Legislature

How to Recruit Great Volunteers

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on May 9, 2017 2:30:58 PM

Nonprofit organizations need volunteers – even more than money.

More than 62.6 million Americans volunteer for great causes, which is about 24 percent of our country’s population. Though we still are -- as Arthur Schlesinger once wrote -- a “nation of joiners”, the number of people who give of their time has been declining.

Volunteers collective provide more than $175 billion worth of services. Getting them involved, however, is becoming more challenging. People are working longer hours and retirees – a great source of volunteers – often have to work part time to make ends meet.

If you find yourself in charge of recruiting volunteers, as a board member or organization leader, there are proven ways to get people into the fold. Here are some:

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Topics: Volunteer

How to Emotionally Handle Retirement

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on Apr 17, 2017 8:34:46 AM

Where did the time go? It seems like only yesterday that you were a recent college graduate and a young educator ready to make a difference.

You have since taught hundreds of lessons, poured over countless tests and worked tirelessly to help young people learn.

And now, you are considering retirement. That thought can be unnerving.

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Topics: Lifestyle

How Can I Advocate for Public Education?

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Apr 4, 2017 1:37:47 PM

Many people want high-quality public education for all, but don't know how to support and advocate for it. Educators, parents, and community members must be empowered to act and speak out for public education.

If you are a school administrator or educator, feel free to share this list on your website, in your classroom newsletters, and on your school's website. By giving specific steps to those who want to help, you can empower others to become advocates of public education.

Here are 10 ways to become an advocate for public education:

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Topics: Volunteer, Educator Resources

Why a CFP® Professional?

Most people have a strong desire to make wise financial decisions regardless of their stage in life.  Life gets hectic, and financial decisions may not get the attention they deserve. 

Making financial decisions can seem overwhelming knowing mistakes can be costly and painful.  As you approach or suddenly find yourself experiencing a key life event (retirement, death of loved one, marriage or divorce, etc.), you may especially find yourself desiring professional financial guidance. 

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Topics: finance

Why We Oppose HB 1463

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Feb 15, 2017 3:33:14 PM

Dear Friends and Members:

HB 1463 “Defined Contribution Only Option Plan” was heard by the Employment, Labor and Pension Committee yesterday. No vote was taken, just testimony. No one testified in favor or the bill, however the bill will probably be brought back next Tuesday morning for a vote.

We again reach out to you to call the committee members and your own representative and tell them to vote “NO” on HB 1463. The reasons are many and will be included along with a list of the committee members.

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Topics: pension

Medication Management Critical for Seniors

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Jan 3, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Missing doses of your medication, taking too many pills or experiencing a drug interaction can adversely affect your health.

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Topics: Health

What is Your Volunteer Profile? Take the Quiz!

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Dec 26, 2016 1:30:00 PM

When you volunteer, you help drive the social well-being of our country.

More than 62.6 million Americans volunteer approximately 8 billion hours of work for good causes. That’s an economic impact of more than $162 billion dollars.

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Topics: Volunteer

Find Your Voice on Legislative Issues

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Dec 19, 2016 8:00:00 AM

As the 2017 General Assembly craft their biennial (two-year) budget, Indiana Retired Teacher Association members should remind their legislators how much retired educators support their communities. You have not seen an increase in your pensions since 2008.

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Topics: Legislature

Reminders About the Required Minimum Distributions

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Dec 12, 2016 9:08:10 AM

Heading quickly to the end of the year, many of you may have not taken your Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs). Hopefully, you will be reminded by your financial advisor to do so soon.

You don’t want to miss out on some opportunities to help you avoid costly mistakes and additional taxes.

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