Our Vision

Our Vision

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

About

The Southern Arizona Retired Teachers Association began in Tucson, Arizona, in November, 1950; originally called SARTA.

1 year later, the second retired teachers association to be formed in Arizona took shape. The Retired Teachers of Maricopa County began with thier first meeting on November 21, 1951.

Due to gradual expansion and inclusion in the following years, The Arizona Retired Teachers Association (ARTA) was later organized on January 9, 1957.

Finally, in 1988, the name was changed to All Arizona School Retirees Association (AASRA), as it remains today. All retired school employees are eligible to become members of the organization.

Mission

Our mission as the All Arizona School Retiree Association, is to advance the interest and welfare of all retired persons; however, our approach is multifaceted. We seek to promote the economic, social, and professional development of the association and its members as well as aid in the advancement of education and encourage continued identity with the teaching profession. We aim, also, to maintain interest and participation in educational and community affairs and support smaller unit programs. Finally, as advocates for the future teachers of America, we sponsor a Scholarship Foundation meant to assist graduating students' paths toward the classroom.

  • 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.

There are numerous oppurtuntities provided to AASRA members. Research through the AARP Foundation allows for  accurate and recent information in various fields of interest. Additionally, members receive legislative updates, volunteer opportunities, fellowship, meetings among individualized units, larger state conventions, member-only benefits, and newsletters to keep you informed.

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

2018-2019 Goals

  • Advocate for ASRS and our defined benefit pension plan, healthcare accessibility and long-term disability for the benefit of current and future retirees.
  • Promote widespread awareness of AASRA in an effort to expand influence and increase membership.
  • Support legislation and initiatives that are beneficial to public education and public school employees including increased sustainable funding and stipulating certified teachers in every classroom.
  • Champion accountability of all schools that receive any amount of public funding.
  • Develop relationships and provide timely information to prepare AASRA members and potential members for retirement.
  • Furnish opportunities and connections for community involvement by members.