Welcome to Fort Bend - Harris Retired Educators!
We meet on the second Thursday of the month.  Location:
The Great Hall
Sugar Land United Methodist Church
431 Eldridge Road
Sugar Land, TX 77478

You are welcome to join us and to invite a guest.


TRTA Dues:  $35   Local Unit Dues:  $10.

Access membership form by clicking on Forms in navigation bar at top of this page.


If you have questions, please email Abby Grobe at abcgrobe@gmail.com



February 8, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  "Heart Healthy Luncheon."  Bring health food. Option to wear red. Special program TBA. Reps. Miller and Stephenson.  Sen. Joan Huffman

March 8, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.  "All the Places You Can Go."  Guest Speakers: Derrell and Carol Evans.

April 12, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. FBISD Board of Education  Candidates Forum.

May 10, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  End of the year Luncheon. Incoming and outgoing officers recognized.

Who Are We?


We are active, involved, retired educators who meet monthly to...

  • Encourage the economic, intellectual, social, and physical well being of our members.
  • Promote educational excellence by providing books for children.
  • Encourage volunteer opportunities.
  • Support legislation favorable to retired and active school personnel.
  • Enjoy each other's company.


To locate the church where we meet, click on this link:


On the Sugar Land United Methodist Church website is a road map.  We meet in the Great Hall on the north side of the church on the second Thursday of the month at 1 P.M. unless otherwise noted.  Exception:  August,  December, and May luncheon meetings begin at 11 A.M.

How to join TRTA and FBHRE or to renew your membership:

Click on this link to join or to renew your TRTA  membership: 

http://trta.org/membership/join-trta or go to the navigation bar at the top of this page and click on "Membership"  to access membership forms.  Follow the directions on these forms.

TRTA dues are $35.

To join Fort Bend-Harris Retired Educators, attend one of our meetings and pay $10 local dues or mail your $10 check to Cathie Ritchie at 1107 Laurel Green Road, Missouri City, TX 77459.

Please encourage your fellow retirees, friends, and colleagues to become  members or associate members of TRTA as we work to protect your TRS Pension Program and your TRS-Care health insurance program.  Your spouse or someone who is interested in education and desires to promote the interests of TRTA and FBHRE may become an associate member of TRTA and FBHRE.


Fort Bend-Harris Retired Educators was established in 2001.  It is an affiliate of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA). 

                                    History of Fort Bend Harris Retired Educators

      Fort Bend-Harris Retired Educators Association was organized January 19, 2001, under the direction of Verita Stansfield, District IV President.  The TRTA Certificate of Affiliation was issued April 1, 2001. Those organizing the unit were:  Bill Moore, Pat Toland, Marsha Sachs, Anna Lou Thurman, Betty Johnson, Sam Bass, Melanie Everson, Betty Tourcotte, Ann Brasher, Joyce Hensarling, Lou Hans and Julia Hamilton. First elected officers of Ft. Bend-Harris Retired Educators Association were:  President: Pat Toland; 1st Vice President, Anna Lou Thurman; 2nd Vice President, Sam Bass;  Secretary, Julia Hamilton; and Treasurer, Marsha Sachs.   Committee Chairmen were Historian, Betty Turcotte, Legislative, Sue Johnson; and Community Volunteer Services, Shirley Renfrow.  In 2001, TRTA had a state membership of 47, 000 members and Ft. Bend Harris had a beginning membership of 24.   We received a $300 grant from the state and $5 rebate for each new member. Meetings were held in the Board Room of the Ft. Bend ISD Administration Building.  Local dues were $10 and state dues were $25. In order to publicize our unit, certificates were given to new retirees at the Ft. Bend ISD May, 2001 Awards Banquet that included information on how to join Ft. Bend/Harris Retired Educators.  By May 1, 2001, FBREA had a membership of 36.

         Fort  Bend Harris hosted the first recognition luncheon for new retirees on August 15, 2002.Throughout the past 12 years, the membership has risen to 350.

         The first year, April, 2001, Sam Bass attended the TRTA State Annual Meeting, and the following year, the TRTA State Annual Meeting was held in Waco and the President, Pat Toland attended and was recognized as President of a new local unit.  For the past twelve years, Pat Toland has held District IV offices; been District IV President; TRTA President’s Council Secretary and a TRTA State Board member.  FBHREA members that have served as District IV committee chairmen are: Anna Lou Thurman, Health Care and Mary Ann Dolezal Health Care.  Our members have actively participated in many District IV  and TRTA state activities.

           Throughout the past 12 years, Fort Bend-Harris REA has been active in the community with the TRTA Children’s Book Project and in volunteer services in Ft. Bend County.  Fort Bend/Harris REA Programs have included: TRTA Legislative actions and planning for retirees, TRS Care Insurance, TRTA benefits information, financial planning, recreational/vacation planning, health information, retirement education, entertainment, and luncheons. 

           In 2011, the name was shortened to Fort Bend Harris Retired Educators to conform with TRTA's list of  local units.  TRTA had listed us as Fort Bend Harris Retired Educators from the start. Rather than petition for name change to add "Association," the FBHRE executive board decided to conform with TRTA's list.

           Fort Bend-Harris Retired Educators has continued to stay in touch with its members through telephone calls, e-mails and personal invitations to all its activities.  Fort Bend/Harris mission has been to provide information about retirement, TRTA state projects, fellowship, and new, progressive programs and activities for its members.

            Fort Bend Harris-Harris Retired Educators will continue to promote the professional, economic, intellectual, social, and healthy well-being of retired school personnel.