FREA . 10051 5th Street N . Saint Petersburg . Florida . 33702-2211 . 727-577-6400 . info@frea.org

 

"The important thing

is not so much

that every child should be taught,

as that every child

should be given

the wish to learn" 

 

 

 

~John Lubbock

About Us

FREA Mission Statement

 

  • To promote the well-being of retired educators
  • To encourage community service, literacy, and to support public education
  • By disseminating information to members and the public through publications, programs, and projects at the state and local levels.

FREA, the voice of retired educators since 1954, works to promote your interests.

 

FREA Facts:

A few facts about the Florida Retired Educators Association:

  • A 13,000+ member organization that welcomes all retired professional educators as well as active educators and other school personnel.
  • The only professional organization in the state whose primary purpose is to represent

       retired educators.

  • Affiliated with the National Retired Teachers Association (NRTA) - AARP’s Educator Community
  • The 50+ local units work and interact with educational colleagues in their communities
  • District training workshops and local unit meetings held during the year
  • FREF: Foundation established to provide scholarships for future teachers, and to assist in financial crisis of educators.
  • State Annual Assembly and Convention held in the Spring
  • Sponsors Florida Retired Educators Day celebrated the 3rd Sunday in November
  • Served by a board of directors, active committees working on pertinent issues, and a dedicated staff

  • A 13,000+ member organization that welcomes all retired professional educators as well as active educators and other school personnel.
  • The only professional organization in the state whose primary purpose is to represent retired educators.
  • Affiliated with the National Retired Teachers Association (NRTA) - AARP’s Educator Community

  • The 50+ local units work and interact with educational colleagues in their communities
  • District training workshops and local unit meetings held during the year
  • FREF: Foundation established to provide scholarships for future teachers, and to assist in financial crisis of educators.
  • State Annual Assembly and Convention held in the Spring
  • Sponsors Florida Retired Educators Day celebrated the 3rd Sunday in November
  • Served by a board of directors, active committees working on pertinent issues, and a dedicated staff
FREA Districts and Units

HISTORY OF FLORIDA RETIRED EDUCATORS

 

The Retired Teachers of Florida were organized on April 9, 1954, as a section of the Florida Education Association (FEA) with Paul D. Phillips serving as President.

 

The purpose for organizing was to promote the economic, social, and professional status of retired teachers, and the exchange of information of value to them; to safeguard and improve retirement benefits by promoting passage of legislation; and to promote the involvement of retired teachers in community service and the decision-making process in the state and local communities.

 

The Florida Retired Teachers section was reorganized in the Fall of 1971, as the Florida Retired Teachers Association (FRTA), an affiliate of FEA.

 

In September of 1974, a committee was appointed to study the future of the organization. A year later a recommendation of the committee was accepted to discontinue affiliation with FEA and establish an independent organization with a separate office. In 1975 the FRTA affiliated with NRTA and was provided space in the NRTA‑AARP regional office in St. Petersburg. In July 1982 the NRTA officially merged with and became a division of AARP.

 

During the Fall of 1982 the FRTA changed its name to Florida Retired Educators Association (FREA), so benefits could be extended to faculties of higher education and certificated employees of county school boards who were primarily employed as supervisors and administrators.

 

In February of 1984, the Florida Retired Educators Foundation was established as an adjunct to the FREA for the purpose of providing scholarships for future teachers, assisting retired educators in crisis, and publication of valuable educational material.

 

Since 1988, the FREA office was housed in the St. Petersburg AARP State office. In August 1994, FREA moved down the hall to a separate four-room office, which was sub-leased from AARP. In October 1999, AARP located to a new building and FREA remained at current location. In October 2001 FREA moved office to larger quarters in downtown St. Petersburg at the Bay View Tower. In July 2005, FREA had to relocate the office because Bay View Tower was being torn down to build a condo tower. FREA has three full-time staff providing a base of operations and continuity working with the FREA Board, State Chairmen, Trustees and the local units.

FREA State Officers and Chairs

 

Please Contact them through the FREA Office:

727-577-6400 or info@frea.org