NEA-Retired and KNEA-Retired utilize the energies and enthusiasm of retired members for the benefit of public education and the education profession. The associations’ years of experience in political action, collective bargaining, communications, public relations, and professional development make retired members highly effective allies for active members.
Who is eligible for membership in NEA-R and KNEA-R?
NEA-R membership is open to any person who is at least 45 years of age, eligible to receive a pension from a retirement system and who was employed for at least five years in a position that qualified him or her for Active membership but is no longer employed. (*Retired membership is the category of membership that those persons who are disabled should use.)
KNEA-R membership is open to any KNEA member who has retired and is eligible to receive benefits under a school employee retirement system and
A. has held Active or Educational Support membership in KNEA or in another state affiliate for at least one year immediately prior to retirement; or
B. was an Active or Educational Support member for at least ten (10) consecutive years immediately before leaving public education employment for employment in a related public education field where he or she was not eligible for KNEA Active membership. A “public education field” shall be defined as an employment activity the mission of which is consistent with or furthers the mission statement of the KNEA.
What are the dues?
There are two types of NEA-Retired memberships: Retired-Annual and Retired-Lifetime. KNEA-R also has annual and lifetime dues.
NEA-R Annual Dues – $35.00
NEA-R Lifetime Dues – $300.00
KNEA-R Annual Dues – $20.00
KNEA-R Lifetime Dues – $150.00
Please note that active Life members do not automatically become members of KNEA-R. Only those individuals who were KNEA members the year immediately prior to their retirement are eligible for membership in KNEA-R.
CLICK HERE for the 2021-22 KNEA-NEA Retired Membership Enrollment Form
What are some of the other benefits of joining NEA-Retired and KNEA-Retired?
Many retired members have decided to return to teaching as substitutes. NEA-R and KNEA-R members, who return to educational employment on a daily basis are covered by the same liability insurance as they were when they were active members. This coverage is in effect ONLY if the retired person substitutes on a day-to-day basis. If the education employment is on a part-time or full-time basis, he/she must become an active member. In addition, KNEA-Retired members are eligible to take advantage of a wide variety of special programs and discounts through our NEA Member Benefits Program.
- Visit the NEA-Retired website
- The membership brochure
- The Apple Corps, a KNEA publication for retired members.
- “KNEA Retired, A History” celebrates the 25 years of KNEA-Retired.
- Thinking of retirement? CLICK HERE for information about upcoming pre-retirement seminars.
- For more information or questions, please contact KNEA-Retired
2021-22 KNEA-Retired Executive Committee
President: Bob Thesman, [email protected]
Vice President: Sherry Turnbull, [email protected]
Secretary/Treasurer: Robert Hubbard, [email protected]
KNEA Board Member: Judy Johnson, [email protected]
Past President: Chris Huntsman, [email protected]
KNEA Staff Liaison – Rex Hull, [email protected]; 785-232-8271
KNEA-Retired Administrative Assistant – Tammy Wagoner, [email protected]; 785-227-3510
KNEA-Retired Local Chapter Contacts
Sunflower West (Kansas City Area):
Claire Bolton (816) 589-4678
Heartland (Wichita area):
Larry Landwehr (316) 305-4232
Prairie Grass (Hutchinson area):
Debi Ellis (620) 727-1605
Santa Fe Trail (Great Bend/Larned area):
Susan Young (620) 786-4640
NW Prairie Winds (Hays/Colby area):
Jerry Blank (785) 282-6194
CARE (Shawnee County area):
Jenny Prichard (785) 633-4590
Flint Hills (Junction City/Manhattan area):
Shelley Dunham (620) 327-7358
SE Pioneers (Pittsburg area):
Sherry Turnbull (620) 249-7788
Sunflower East (Kansas City area):
Sheryl Siegele, (913) 710-1846