With retirement investments and benefits at jeopardy in the current economic climate, Jones provided websites and information centers to track up-to-the minute legislation. She also advised the group to stay in touch with state and national representatives and express their views.
“Retired teachers have not had a cost of living raise since 2002,” Jones said.
Retired teachers who paid into social security are not eligible to receive these benefits.
“We paid into the fund and should have the same rights as everybody else,” Jones said.
Jones named the representatives who are championing the right of teachers to draw social security benefits. She also said Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn who are not.
The Refugio retirees will host the district meeting at the community center in late April. The next meeting will be Wednesday, April 8, at the city hall club room.
During the business part of the meeting, President Anita Barber presented a gift to Jones, and the School Bell Award to Kenda Nelson, editor of the Refugio County Press for coverage of educational news. Mary Walzel also received a gift for her work in the organization and Barber, who is the outgoing president, was presented with a pair of house shoes.
The group also received an update on the drawing which is being held as a fundraiser for scholarships. The prizes are an original watercolor painting by Gwen Branstetter and a leather-bound collectors, signed addition and a signed edition of the two books by local acclaimed author Joseph Galloway and Ret. Gen. Harold Moore.
Following the meeting, the group met for lunch at Refugio Memorial Hospital which was prepared by Becky Garza and her staff.