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KRTA Volunteer of the Year
KRTA’s scholarship fund bears the name of the founder of the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System, N.O. Kimbler. The N.O. Kimbler Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to encourage promising students in the field of education. A committee of five KRTA members assumed the responsibility of managing the Fund in 1982. One scholarship is awarded in each of the sixteen community colleges in Kentucky. They are funded by interest earned on the investments (from individual and local RTA contributions) of the Fund. In addition, KRTA contributes one-half of the annual earnings from the Association’s investments.
In partnership with Kentucky AARP, local RTA association presidents are asked to coordinate the activity in their counties. AARP presents awards to the school, county and district winners. The winning student and his/her grandparent is honored at the Annual KRTA Convention in Louisville in April each year. The state winner receives a $100 savings bond and an educational trip to the State Capitol.
The project Friends of KET originated with an appeal from KET for partnering in support of the best TV. Acceptance of the request does not cost anything; KRTA simply became a group supporter. Members are asked to contribute in the name of KRTA when they make their annual contributions to KET. KRTA holds the distinction of being the largest first-year contributor with $10,000 contributed by its members in 1999. Nearly $838,000.00 donated since the partnership began in 1999.
The 119 local associations report one or more community projects annually. Examples are: supplies for special needs students, food drives, donations to displaced workers and tornado and flood victims, school career days, personal care items to nursing homes, sponsor 55-Alive training, award scholarship to local student and teach local history.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of NRTA in 1997, retired teachers throughout the nation tallied their volunteer hours. Hours were reported to local, state, and national RTAs. Kentucky retirees reported more than 190,000 hours of time during that year. The volunteered time was valued at $2,473,367. In the past, Governors Patton and Fletcher have praised the Association for its work and signed a proclamation recognizing “the importance of retired teachers.” KRTA members continue to volunteer in their respective communities and report their hours. In 2015 they reported hours valued at $19,143,611.00.
Examples of agencies/services included in the volunteers’ reports are: Literacy Program, Blood Drive, American Cancer Society “Relay for Life”, American Red Cross, Senior Citizen Programs, Local Bicentennial Celebration and Heritage Days, Salvation Army, Family Care Center, Tutoring, Tax Aid/Adult Education, hospitals, Historical Society, Head Start Career Development, Foster Grandparents.
KRTA joined the Kentuckians for Health Care Reform in 1995.