The Links Between All Arizona School Retirees Association, NRTA and AARP  

Your decision to be a member of the All Arizona School Retirees Association helps make it clear to legislators, neighbors and businesses alike, that educators are important and vibrant members of our community.  Collectively, you are making your presence known through volunteer efforts in the areas in which you live as well as through legislative advocacy in the statehouse.  It was in this same spirit that, sixty years ago, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus founded the National Retired Teachers Association (NRTA), now known as NRTA: AARP’s Educator Community

As a teacher and the first female high school principal in California, Dr. Andrus knew the life-long impact and benefits of a solid education; as the volunteer director of welfare for the California Retired Teachers Association, she also knew the importance of honoring commitments to, and channeling the energy and wisdom of, education professionals and others as they aged.  Dr. Andrus helped make it possible for teachers, administrators, college and university professors, librarians and other school personnel to have a non-partisan, national presence.  She was a tireless advocate on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. for improving health care and pensions; meanwhile, she encouraged business leaders to create meaningful products and services (such as insurance and travel opportunities) that would be of interest to mature Americans.  Dr. Andrus created a national network of retired educator associations who chose to voluntarily affiliate with NRTA to share ideas, garner strength from one another and fulfill her motto: To serve, not to be served.

 


 History
 The Southern Arizona Retired Teachers Association began in Tucson, Arizona, in
 November, 1950.  It was called SARTA.

 The second retired teachers association to be formed in Arizona was The Retired
 Teachers of Maricopa County.  The first meeting was held on November 21, 1951.

 The Arizona Retired Teachers Association (ARTA) was organized on January 9, 1957.

  In 1988, the name was changed to All Arizona School Retirees Association (AASRA). 
 All retired school employees are eligible to become members of the organization.

 Mission Statement

  • Advance the interest and welfare of all retired persons

  • Promote the economic, social, and professional development of the association and its members

  • Aid in the advancement of education and encourage continued identity with the teaching profession

  • Maintain interest and participation in educational and community affairs.

  • Support Unit programs

  • Sponsor Scholarship Foundation (for future teachers)

 Vision Statement
  AASRA provides leadership and promotes action on issues and services to the 
  membership.

 Encourages Involvement In:

  • Volunteering services to schools.

  • Volunteering services for local, state, and national civic, social, religious, and political organizations.

  • Cooperating with other organizations with senior interests and programs.

  • Taking part in political action at the State Legislature and US Congress.

  • Improving the quality of health care benefits at state and national levels.

  • Protecting and improving benefits for AASRA retirees.

  • Collaborating actions of NRTA and AARP.

 Opportunities for Members

  • Research through AARP Foundation

  • Legislative updates

  • Volunteer opportunities

  • Fellowship

  • Unit meetings

  • State conventions

  • Member-only benefits

  • Newsletters