Williamson County Retired Teachers Association celebrates 50 years of helping local teachers and schools

From left: The Williamson County Retired Teachers Association officer include Mike Meyer, Pam Schulz, Sue Duncan, Arlene David, Barbara Johnson and Gene Stokes. (Courtesy Sue Duncan)
From left: The Williamson County Retired Teachers Association officer include Mike Meyer, Pam Schulz, Sue Duncan, Arlene David, Barbara Johnson and Gene Stokes. (Courtesy Sue Duncan)

From left: The Williamson County Retired Teachers Association officer include Mike Meyer, Pam Schulz, Sue Duncan, Arlene David, Barbara Johnson and Gene Stokes. (Courtesy Sue Duncan)

For 50 years, the Williamson County Retired Teachers Association has worked to improve benefits for teachers and continued to help local districts by volunteering, donating books to children in need and awarding scholarships to selected individuals.

In 1971, Estelle Stapp established WCRTA with a total of 32 retired teachers from Georgetown. The organization focuses on helping retired teachers in the community with maintaining an identity in area schools, WCRTA President Sue Duncan said.

WCRTA members spend time volunteering by babysitting, reading to children or delivering food to the elderly, Duncan said. The organization also has a book project to donate books to elementary-aged children who do not have any at home. In 2019, WCRTA reported donating a total of 504 books.

“Last year we would go into the school, spend time with [the kids] and read to them,” Duncan said. “It is really cool because some of these kids never had their own book; they just see books at school. So, we give them to the individual student.”

The organization also awards two to three $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors who are planning to major in education, Duncan said. The scholarship is funded 100% with fundraisers.


To help retired teachers in the area, WCRTA helps answer any questions a member may have, Duncan said. The organization also helps advocate for better health care and better pension benefits for retired teachers in collaboration with the Texas Retired Teacher Association.

“Not only are we taking care of retired teachers with their paychecks and health coverage, but we also take care of those that will be coming into the retirement field,” Duncan said.

In the future, WCRTA leaders hope to increase their membership and community support, Duncan said.

“I would like the whole community to know and support retired teachers,” Duncan said. “[Retired teachers] are very active, very supportive of one another and we really give back to the community.”

Learn more about the nonprofit at www.wcrta.org.
By Fernanda Figueroa

Reporter, Georgetown

Fernanda joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in March 2021 after graduating from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in December 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and a second major in political science. Fernanda covers education, local government, non profits and business for the city of Georgetown. Prior to CI, Fernanda worked as a reporter for The Rider, UTRGV's weekly student newspaper and served as a media relations intern for UTRGV Athletics.



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