AUBURN — Edward Nelson: first Saturday of
each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA Central Office,
48 Sword St., Auburn; 508.791.2121, or at home,
QUINC Y — Harold Crowley: Tuesdays, Wednesdays
and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., M TA, 2 Heritage
Drive, 9th Floor, Quincy; 617.878.8240 or
800.392.6175, ext. 8240.
CAPE COD — Lawrence Abbruzzi: second Saturday
of each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Barnstable Teachers
Association (B TA), 100 West Main St., Suite 7,
Hyannis; 508.775.8625, or at home, 508.824.9194.
FI TCHBURG — Karen Melanson: second Saturday
of each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fitchburg Teachers
Association office, 245 River St., Fitchburg. Call
HOLYOKE — Ron Lech: third Saturday of each
month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA Western Office, 55
Bobala Road, Suite 3, Holyoke; 413.537.2335, or at
LYNNFIELD — Peter Mili: third Saturday of each
month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA Northeast Office, 50
Salem St., Building B, Lynnfield; call 617.460.6589.
Barbara Callaghan: fourth Saturday of each month,
9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA Northeast Office, 50 Salem St.,
Building B, Lynnfield; call 978.660.4171.
PI T TSFIELD — Ward F. Johnson: second Saturday
of each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA Berkshire
Office, 188 East St., Pittsfield; 413.499.0257, or at
RAYNHAM — Raymond Thompson: third Saturday
of each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA Southeast
Office, 756 Orchard St., third floor, Raynham. Call
Thompson at 617.347.4425.
HIGHER EDUCATION AT-LARGE — Edward McCourt,
The M TA provides individual retirement consultations throughout the
state to assist members. Proof of membership must be submitted when
requesting retirement services. This schedule is in effect from September
to June except at MTA’s Quincy headquarters, which is staffed during the
summer and school vacations.
REGIONAL RETIREMENT CONSULTATIONS AVAILABLE
All consultations are now by appointment only during the hours listed.
Note: If your association would like to schedule a retirement workshop at your school, your
local president should call Harold Crowley at 800.392.6175, ext. 8240. Please be aware that
the M TA consultants do not have records of your service, so members are advised to bring
that information along to meetings.
T he MTA Chorus will perform at the 2020 MTA Annual Meeting of Delegates, which will be held
May 1 and 2 at the MassMutual Center in
MTA Retired member Bob Lague is the
choral director. Rehearsals will be held at
his home at 9 Cronin Way in Woburn on
three Monday evenings — March
16, April 13 and April 27.
A dress rehearsal and sound
check will be held on the morning
of May 1 in the convention hall.
If you are interested in joining
the chorus, please notify Lague
by calling him at 781.933.2646 or
Please indicate whether you are a new
or returning chorus member, identify your
district or campus, and state whether you
sing soprano, alto, tenor or bass.
Returning members should bring
folders from past performances to
Chorus to perform
at Annual Meeting
Gorrie and Naughton win re-election
to state teachers’ retirement board
By Jean Conley
J acqueline Gorrie and Dennis Naughton, the two MTA-endorsed candidates for seats on the Massachusetts Teachers’ Retirement Board,
have been re-elected to serve for four more years.
Naughton and Gorrie, both MTA/NEA Retired
members, were chosen for the new terms in an
election that closed on Dec. 10.
Two of the seven members
of the board are elected by
members of the Massachusetts
Teachers’ Retirement System,
which provides retirement,
disability and survivor benefits
to teachers, administrators and
Gorrie, who retired after
teaching for 36 years in Taunton,
received 14,126 votes. She will be serving her
second term on the MTRB.
Naughton, who retired after teaching in the
Millis Public Schools for 36 years, received 12,266
votes. He will be serving his third term on the
MTA President Merrie Najimy called the
re-election of Gorrie and Naughton an important
outcome for all active and retired teachers in
“We are fortunate to have these retired educators
— who spent decades as teachers and local union
presidents — representing our members,” Najimy
said. “Their expertise is crucial on a board tasked
with making decisions that deeply impact our
In addition, MTA/NEA
Retired member Richard Liston,
an MTRB incumbent, was
reappointed by fellow board
members to another term.
Gorrie, Naughton and
Liston are joined on the board
by former MTA President Anne
Wass, an MTA/NEA Retired
member who is a gubernatorial
The MTA Board of Directors endorsed Gorrie
and Naughton for the seats at its meeting in August.
The MTA subsequently contacted voting members of
the MTRS and urged them to support the candidates’
The MTRS mailed ballots to active and retired
teachers across the state in early November, and the
election results were announced in mid-December.
Dennis Naughton Jacqueline Gorrie
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