Retired from our position, but not our profession!
You may be retired from your career in education, but we know that many of you are still living the good fight for public schools.
Public education and educators face challenges that require the resolve and support of its members -- all of its members, both active and retired. NEA needs your support, your wisdom, and your leadership to forge a path forward. Joining Missouri NEA-Retired gives you the opportunity to remain engaged on important issues facing students, education, and educators.
Meetings & Activities
- Attend the MNEA-R Annual Meeting in April
- Attend the MNEA-R Annual Luncheon in November
- Attend regional meetings
- Become an Education Advocate
- Run for MNEA-Retired position or office
Awards & Grants
- Jim Coen Silver Citizenship Award 2022 Application
- MNEA-Retired Volunteer of the Year Nomination 2022 Application
- Nominate an MNEA teacher or ESP for a CHEER Grant
To know more about the duties of officers, dues, and delegates, reference the MNEA-Retired Bylaws.
As a member of MNEA-Retired, there are a variety of publications and mailing lists that you may be interested in, all of which are free to members.
Subscribe to the electronic mailing list to receive the following by email:
MNEA-Retired Focus newsletter (Click to see past issues)
News and Informational Alerts
- An MNEA calendar will help you stay in the know with important dates and deadlines. If you would like to receive an MNEA pocket calendar, order your free calendar today.
Order your pocket calendar today (online) >>
Print and mail in your calendar request >>
View other MNEA publications at mnea.org/publications.
MNEA-Retired members will also be subscribed to the NEA-Retired magazine.
MNEA Field Manager (West) and MNEA-R Staff Liason: Chastity Young
(816) 548-4357 | Chastity.Young@mnea.org
MNEA-R and Regional Administrative Assistant: Olivia Compton
(417) 569-1402 | Olivia.Compton@mnea.org
The MNEA-R Executive Council, elected at the annual meeting, plans the programs for MNEA-R and is the liaison between MNEA and NEA.
Vice President: Georgia Brady
Past-President: Carol Weatherford
Secretary/Treasurer: Joyce Bluett
Historian: Janet Leachman
Budget Chair: JoWanda Bozeman
Communications: Holly Garrett
At-Large Committee Members
Sonja Marie Burks
Beth Ann Roland
State and National Representation
Retired MNEA-R members serve as elected state and national representatives to MNEA and NEA Representative Assemblies and serve on the MNEA and NEA Boards of Directors.
Martha Karlovetz is serving as secretary for the NEA-Retired Board of Directors.
Linda Innes currently represents MNEA-R members on the MNEA Board of Directors.
Missouri NEA Retired is offering a series of virtual trainings. There is no cost for the trainings. Click on each session to watch.
Voting during a Pandemic
Watch Now >
Presenters: Liz Zerr and Mark Jones
MNEA Plans to Get Out The Vote. Learn about the different options and processes for voting in the midst of COVID-19. We will cover important dates, the differences between mail-in and absentee ballots and other voting options. Learn tips and techniques to mobilize others to vote.
Ben Franklin: Printer, Scientist, Diplomat
Watch Now >
Presenter: Bill Stewart
Perhaps our best-known founding father, Franklin is a fascinating figure from our nation's birth. This presentation will begin by discussing Franklin's early life, as well as his work as a printer in colonial Philadelphia. We will then take a look at his considerable scientific contributions and finally his indispensable work in creating the United States of America from a collection of diverse colonies.
NEA Member Benefits
Watch Now >
Presenter: Darby Boyd
Learn how to maneuver the NEAMB.com website. Review the various benefits that are available to you from insurance to travel discounts.
Fall Reading List and Book Reviews
Watch Now >
Bev Vogt reviews “Where The Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens
JoWanda Bozeman reviews “THE WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” by Isabel Wilkerson
Susan McClintic reviews “Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek”, by Kim Michele Richardson
Andrea Schoo reviews “Giver of Stars” by Jojo Moyes
Paul F. Reger reviews "The Splendid and the Vile" by Erik Larson
Joyce Bluett reviews “The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead
Carol Weatherford reviews “GREAT SMALL THINGS” by Jodi Picoult with a quick reference to “JUST MERCY” by Bryan Stevenson
Join the Organization Working for You
Don't wait until you retire to join.
You can join pre-retired at any time, even while you are still receiving a paycheck from your school district. In essence, you can "pre-pay" for your MNEA Lifetime Retired membership, and it will just roll over when you notify us that you have retired.
For a one-time lifetime subscription fee of $500 or $75 annually, MNEA-Retired membership provides:
- $4 million liability-protection policy when substituting in the public schools.
- Membership in a powerful, active retiree organization that understands the value of public education.
- A subscription to the informative, high-quality quarterly NEA Today for NEA-Retired Members, Something Better, and pre-retirement planning information to give you a head start on enjoying a financially secure retirement.
- Leadership opportunities including voting and holding office in your retired organization and participation in literacy, mentoring, early career educator, and lobbying projects.
- Continuing membership keeps you eligible for NEA Member Benefits:
- Liability Insurance
- MNEA Member Benefits
- Long-Term Care Insurance
- Medicare Supplemental Insurance
- Financial Planning & Credit programs
- Two free 30-minute legal consultations per year for personal matters
- Discounts on Restaurants, Travel & Entertainment
Three Ways to Join
You can join MNEA-Retired or Pre-Retired with a credit or debit card through the NEA.org online enrollment system. Choose to join as an annual member for $75 per year or a lifetime member for a one-time fee of $500. This system will charge the full fee at the time of enrollment.
You can join MNEA-Retired or Pre-Retired with a check, bank draft, credit or debit card with the MNEA-Retired printable enrollment form. With this form, you can choose to join as a lifetime ($500) or annual ($75) member. You also have the option of paying the lifetime membership dues in a one-time payment or through 10 or 20 installments.
CHEER Fund Helps Educators
Caring Help for Education Endeavors by Retirees was formed by MNEA-Retired to be a public benefit by enhancing the learning conditions of Missouri's children. CHEER provides opportunities for MNEA-Retired members to reach out to public school district employees, particularly early career educators, and provide financial and material resources such as, but not limited to the following:
- Providing needed school supplies for classrooms or teachers.
- Enhancing workspaces for teachers and school personnel.
- Funding literacy projects.
- Funding teacher training opportunities.
- Promoting volunteerism.
- Participating in programs that relieve poverty.
- Promoting school readiness.
CHEER Fund Request application must be received by Feb. 1 each year. The MNEA-Retired President or designee(s) will review applications before funds are awarded. If applications are approved, applicants and sponsors will be notified around March 15 and funds will be awarded soon after.
Contributions to the CHEER Fund are tax-deductible as a charitable contribution. You can choose to contribute by mailing in a check or online using your debit or credit card. Through the online donation form, you have the option of limiting your contribution to a one-time donation or recurring donation.