Guide to the Northern Hills Retired Teachers' Association Records At the Leland D. Case Library for Western Historical Studies

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Northern Hills Retired Teachers' Association
Title: Northern Hills Retired Teachers' Association Records
Dates: 1975-2013
Quantity: 1 drawer (1.5 linear feet)
Collection ID: MSS083
Repository: Leland D. Case Library of Western Historical Studies
E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center
Black Hills State University
Spearfish, SD 57799

Biographical Note

The Northern Hills Retired Teachers was organized June 16, 1976. Esther Cone served as chairman and meetings were held in the hospitality room of the Spearfish First National Bank through May 1977. Lyle Pearson was the first president, A. H. Mortimer, V. President; Elsie Haddock, Secretary; and Lo Kiel Keeler, Treasurer. There were 32 charter members.

The group formed following the consolidation of all state-wide retirement systems into one state system, the South Dakota Retirement System. The Teacher Retirement System had been established in 1959, the same year as the National Retired Teachers Association. The initial South Dakota Retired Teachers Association worked to establish an equity within the system and develop a well-managed system.

It was decided that the dues period should run from October 1 to September 30. The new year would begin in September, no meeting in December and recess June, July, and August. We met for a picnic in the Spearfish Park in September 1977. Meetings were held in the Spearfish Masonic Temple from October 1977 through May 1979. The towns participating in the Northern Hills Retired Teachers were: Lead, Deadwood, Spearfish, Sturgis, and Belle Fourche. Over the years, Newell and Piedmont were added.

The meetings were held on the third Monday of the month. September and May meetings were preceded with a member potluck. The host city was responsible for that month's program and refreshments. Informational programs were held in conjunction with the business meeting at each month's gathering. The two goals of the organization have been to keep the health care concerns of retired teachers in the focus, and to maintain connection with the political and governmental leaders of the state legislature. Yearly, members recorded their volunteer time and reported it to the state.

In 2015, the organizational name was changed to the Northern Hills Retired School Personnel in an order to be more inclusive for membership.

Scope and Contents

Contains minutes from 1976-2013, general information, membership records from 1984-1998, treasurers records from 1992-1997, and scrapbook from 1976-1997.

Acquisition Information

Received multiple gifts between 1994-2013

Preferred Citation

Northern Hills Retired Teachers' Association Records, Leland D. Case Western Historical Studies, Black Hills State University

Detailed Description of the Collection

Drawer File
1 1 Minutes May 18, 1976-May 21, 1979
2 Minutes Sept. 17, 1979-May 15, 1983
3 Minutes, Oct. 17, 1983-May 18, 1987
4 Minutes, Sept. 21, 1987-May 20, 1991
5 Minutes, Sept. 16, 1991-May 16, 1994
6 Minutes, 1996-1998
7 Minutes, Set. 20, 1999-May 21, 2001 Sept. 20, 1999, 1999-2001, 2010-2013
8 Minutes, 2003-2004
9 Minutes, 2004-2005
10 Minutes, Sept. 19, 2005-May 15, 2006
11 Minutes, Sept. 18, 2006-May 21, 2007
12 Minutes, Nov. 19, 2007-May 16, 2011
13 General Information, 1975, 1987-88, 1991-92, 1993-94
14 Bylaws, January 1995; revisions as of 10/2015
15 Membership Lists, 1984-1997/98
16 Treasurer's Record, 1992/93-1996/97
17 Scrapbook, 1976-1997