Mid-Jefferson County Retired School Personnel awards scholarships to graduating seniors from both Nederland High School and Port Neches-Groves High School. The scholarships are made possible from member donations and the overwhelming support of local businesses (see slideshow below). Thanks to all the merchants, members, and other individuals who have supported our scholarship program! Click here to view our scholarship recipients!
Mid-Jefferson County Retired School Personnel draws most of its membership from retirees of both Nederland and Port Neches-Groves school districts. However, retirees from other school districts who live in or near the Mid-County area are also welcome. MJCRSP meets the second Mid-Jefferson County Retired School Personnel draws most of its membership from retirees of both Nederland and Port Neches-Groves school districts. However, retirees from other school districts who live in or near the Mid-County area are also welcome. MJCRSP meets the second Tuesday of the month September through May at the Ritter Senior Citizens Center, 914 Boston Avenue, Nederland, Texas. The first meeting of each year is a luncheon in honor of recent retirees. With a membership of 300 or more, MJCRSP members contribute to the communities of Port Neches, Groves, and Nederland in a variety of volunteer activities. They participate in the Children's Book Project of TRTA each year by giving books to every student at one grade level in a school within one of the two school districts. Members are active in district and state committees as well. A membership form is available by clicking here.
Legislative Team in Action!
On September 14, MJCRSP Membership Chair Richard Briggs had a one-on-one meeting with State Senator Brandon Creighton, Chairman of the Higher Education Committee. Senator Creighton is very aware of how coronavirus has impacted retirees. He also is concerned about our health care. Keeping our insurance premiums at the same level was passed in the last session of the Texas Legislature, which was financially helpful. Because of the pandemic, the next Legislature will face financial difficulties. Every organization depending on state funds will ask for more funds, even though projections indicate there will be a shortfall of billions of dollars. The Senator emphasized that he is committed to supporting policies and budgeting that favorably impact retirees, especially insurance costs and the cost of living in general. They also discussed the future of the Teacher Retirement System. This is the session when TRS is evaluated by the Legislature. Creighton is aware of the Indeed Tower fiasco. This is an exorbitant leasing expense, costing $326,00 a month. He also suggested that TRS could be more transparent and user friendly. He said he would keep on top of this issue. The Senator said he would be anxious to be a speaker at one of our meetings as soon as we are able to have in-person meetings.
Submitted by Richard Briggs
Legislative Chair Richard Briggs with State Senator Brandon Creighton in 2017