Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2013, 2:54 pm

Illinois Retired Teachers Association biennial convention

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Press release submitted by Loryann Eis


IRTA CONVENTION 2013

The Illinois Retired Teachers Association (IRTA) held its biennial Convention on October 21st and 22nd at the Abraham Lincoln Hotel located in Springfield, IL. Retired educators were well represented with over 500 retirees from across the state of Illinois in attendance. Those attending from the Blackhawk Unit were Mike and Jane Schmidt, John Flaherty, Janet Corsaro, Loryann Eis, Phil and Joann Dennis, Art Young, Joe Wasson, and Darla and Ralph Watters. During the Convention, the IRTA's Delegate Assembly conducted the business of the Association and elected new officers and area representatives. These new officers and area representatives will begin their positions beginning January 1, 2014.

New Officers & Area Representatives are: President: Bob Pinkerton, Jacksonville, Vice President: David Davison, Rockton, Treasurer: Shirley Dodds, Godfrey, Secretary: Doris Heaton, Benton,

Area 1 Representative: Loryann Eis, Moline
Area 3 Representative: Jan Bryant, Bourbonnais
Area 5 Representative: Ferrel Seaman, Effingham
All of our Officers & Area Representatives have dedicated their lives to the field of education.

A number of other exciting actions and activities took place during the two-day event. John Fitzgerald, Tabet, DiVito & Rothstein Attorney, gave the Delegate Assembly a legal opinion presentation regarding the constitutional issues concerning legislative pension reform proposals. Delegates also voted in favor of the following resolutions: a Dues Increase Proposal, Governor Endorsement Proposal, and a Legislative Candidates Endorsement Proposal. At the Monday night banquet, IRTA unit honorees were
recognized with a PowerPoint presentation for their service to IRTA, local chapters, and their communities. Joann Dennis, Rock Island, was recognized. IRTA advocates on behalf of over 35,000 retired educators from across the state. IRTA has been
serving the needs of its membership since 1955.

For more information, please contact Tricia Klim, Member Services Coordinator of IRTA, at (800) 728-4782 or go to www.irtaonline.org