The philosophy of IRTA has not changed from its conception. Our purpose is still to work to maintain
and improve benefits for annuitants of the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS); promote education and the
professional, social and economic status of all members; and work in cooperation with other organizations
to obtain these goals.
IRTA is governed by the Board of Directors, which consists of the officers, immediate past president,
area representatives, regional directors, and chairs of standing committees. The Executive Committee is
composed of the officers, immediate past president, and the area representatives. The officers consist of
the president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer and are elected for two-year terms while the area
representatives are elected for four-year terms. The regional directors serve two-year terms and are selected
by a unit in their region with the selection rotating among the units in alphabetical order. Committee chairs
are appointed by the president, subject to the approval of the Executive Committee.
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There are ninety-three units in the state divided into eighteen regions and six areas. In 1995 the number of
regions and areas was increased from twelve regions in four areas to allow for more equal representation by
population. Area conferences are held every year in each of the six areas while our state convention is held in
Our committees function well. These groups are involved in numerous activities, such as increasing membership,
spreading the news of IRTA throughout the state, and working with the state legislature to insure the rights and
benefits of retired educators.