Retired teachers attend state event
On April 24 and 25, more than 400 leaders of the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association attended the 49th annual state convention in Louisville. This year's theme was "Celebrating KRTA 60 Years!" Under this umbrella, issues included public pensions, legislation, Kentucky history and education, patriotism and humor. Among those attending were Laura Gray, Bobby Gaffney, Kathy and Jim Cole, and Sheryl Smith from the Woodford County Retired Teachers Association. The convention was all about giving the leaders of Kentucky's Retired Teachers the chance to learn about issues affecting retired teachers so they may take this information back to the 119 local organization throughout the state. Recognition was given to the districts and local associations for their achievement in reaching membership goals and for excellence in community service and participation in KRTA. Woodford County was awarded the 2015-16 "Yes We Did Award" for 100 percent membership, along with the M.L Archer Membership Award, and GOLD Recognition for achieving outstanding annual local goals and objectives. Established in 1957, KRTA is the largest association (31,000-plus members) of retired educators in the state, whose sole purpose is to look out for the welfare of retired educators.