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Mary W. Ruell Scholarship

The Mary W. Ruell scholarship is named for a dedicated New Hampshire educator. Mary died in 2013 at the age of 96. She developed, edited, and produced our professional newsletter for 25 years. She became the newsletter’s advisor from 2010 until her death. With her experience, she was a repository of information of past dealings between NHREA, the New Hampshire Legislature, and past governors. She testified at numerous hearings, advocating for retirees benefits.

                                                Award Criteria

A.      The applicant must apply by May 1st of his/her junior year

NHREA Memorial Award

The NHREA Memorial Award is a tribute to the many retired and dedicated educators who provided education to the children of New Hampshire. They were instrumental in providing better programs to challenge all levels of abilities of New Hampshire youth. These same people worked to improve the various studies of the certification of educators and to improve the benefits for current educators as well as retirees. Our desire is to provide assistance to someone continuing the education of children.

                                                Award Criteria


New Hampshire Retired Educator Association Irene W. Hart Award

Irene W. Hart Memorial Award

    The Irene W. Hart Memorial Award is named for a dedicated Concord, NH High School English teacher who died in 1995 at the age of 98. Ms. Hart was instrumental in the initiation of programs which improved the equity of salaries for teachers and provided improved retirement benefits for them. Her efforts were responsible for the alliance between state teacher pensions and the Federal Social Security System. She devoted many years to educational causes, and served her profession as a leader on many state and local levels.

Margaret Pyszka Honored

Margaret Pyszka honored for dedication, volunteer responsibilities.

The Excellence in Education Board ("ED"ies) has selected Margaret Pyszka as this year's recipient of the Doris Barnes Retired Educator Lifetime Acheivement award.

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Presentation to Governor Maggie Hassan

Pictured from left to right are Dick O'Shaughnessy, Governor Hassan, Sandy Amlaw, Kay Galloway, and Connie George

On August 12, 2015 members of the New Hampshire Retired Teacher Association presented Governor Maggie Hassan with a symbolic check representing 26,854 volunteer hours by the members. The total of the check was $619,521.78. The presenters spent a half hour with Governor Hassan discussing the many ways that our members volunteer in the community as well as the need for a COLA, which they have not received for over 7 years.

Spring Membership Meeting to be held in Claremont

Our annual Spring Membership Meeting will be held May 20, 2015 at the Common Man in Claremont.  Light continental breakfast will be available at 9:30.  The meeting wil start at 10 AM, followed by a luncheon.   The luncheon menu will be published at a later date.

Registration for breakfast and meeting only is $5.00, luncheon adds $25.


See your spring newsletter for more details and registration information.

Agenda for April Executive Board Meeting


                                                            NEA-New Hampshire Office

                                                             9 S. Spring St. Concord, NH

                        April 16, 2015


9:30-Coffee and Danish



Welcome                                                         Sandy Amlaw

Pledge of Allegiance                           Pauline Desautels

Roll Call                                                           Linda Fanny

Secretary’s Report                                          Linda Fanny

FAQs about NHREA

What is NHREA?

            NHREA is an association open to all retired educators. It was founded in 1952 to promote the economic, social, and professional welfare of retirees.

Who can belong to NHREA?

            Any retired educator including, but not limited to, teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, bus drivers, cafeteria staff, custodial staff, and secretaries who worked in a school.

How do I join NHREA?

            To join NHREA, contact Norma Gray, 19 Adams Dr. Kittery, ME 03904 #207-439-5002 or

Are there local groups?

            There are 18 local


LCG Update

The following was submitted by NHREA Treasurer Marcia Walenta:

Many school districts across the state have returned overpaid funds to retirees.  There are a few dragging their feet, and, incidentally, collecting interest on your money.  If you are in such a district, then call the business manager or the HR person and put pressure on them.  These monies were returned to the districts in August.  No excuses.

It has come to my attention that Keene is asking its retirees to fill out a W9.  This form is to take out taxes.  My recommendation is that you do not sign this form.

Have you received your health care premium rebate?

Many of you may know that the courts ordered the Local Government Center (LGC) to return monies for healthcare premiums that were over-paid for 2010 and 2011 to their clients. The total amount from both 2010 and 2011, including dental and medical is about $800 per person insured.  If the retiree was employed even part of either of those years then the amount will be lower as the district paid part of the premium.   This does not apply to retirees who were covered under School Care. 

The funds have been returned to the clients, the municipalities and school districts.

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