Dear Fellow Retired Educator,

    Welcome to the Gwinnett County Retired Educator’s Association website. I am happy that you

have chosen to check our site.  GCREA has an excellent group of members who meet several

months of the year for fellowship, fun and facts about the activities and areas of importance to

retired educators.

Our activities include:

  Raising money for educational scholarships for high school students, active teachers pursuing

advanced study and Georgia Gwinnett College seniors majoring in education.Last year seven

$1500 scholarships were bestowed!

  Providing donations to Ronald McDonald House, the Gwinnett Children's Shelter, the state GREA museum, GCPS Bookmobile, and other needs in our county.

  Remaining abreast on any updates on our Teacher Retirement System, our Health Services and Insurance and any legislative activities in Georgia which could impact current and future retired educators.  Designated GCREA members attend these meetings as our representatives.

  Supporting the needs of all members of GCREA wherever they are in their life journey following retirement. This includes; welcoming and embracing new members, working together towards our shared goals, supporting members who are struggling with personal or family challenges, recognizing emeritus members and honoring deceased members and their families.

 Informative Programs

We have interesting and informative programs planned throughout the year We meet on the third Friday of the following months:

       September, November. December, February, March, April, and May.  

 Meetings are held at the First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville, GA. Ample parking is available.   Directions                        


Lest you be concerned, you will not be “hounded” to raise money. Our dues of $25 go to support our operations.  Scholarship money is raised at our silent and live auction in November with the help of members Brooks Coleman & Nancy Harris as auctioneers.  There are also other opportunities for giving to various charitable projects, but all are strictly voluntary.

   There are many good reasons to belong to GCREA.  These are just a few.  I hope you will visit a meeting and see what we are about.  These are luncheon meetings, serving a delicious hot buffet.  To make a reservation please contact Barbara Wilson, 10 days prior to the event.

   I am look forward to meeting you and welcoming you as a returning or a new member.


Dr. Jan Calkins, 2019-2020 President

Gwinnett County Retired Educators Association

             Our Purpose

To promote the economic, social, and professional status of retired educators, and the distribution of information of value to them.

To promote passage of legislation beneficial to retired educators and work toward the defeat of legislation harmful to retired educators.

To promote the advancement of high quality education to enable educators to maintain their interest in education and their fields of specialization.

To promote the involvement of retired educators in community service and the decision-making process in the State and Local communities.

To present the image of aging as one of dignity and independence.

To encourage active educators to begin retirement preparation well in advance of retiring.

Our History

Gwinnett Retired Educators Association (GCREA) began in 1972 as Gwinnett County Retired Teachers Association.  GCREA is a local unit of the Georgia Retired Educators Association (GREA).

GCREA and GREA are your voices with the state legislature and the Teachers Retirement System.  They also keep you informed of changes in the State Health Benefit Plan. Find this information on the RESOURCES PAGE.

GCREA and GREA continues to be the only organizations that concentrates exclusively on the needs of Gwinnett County retired educators.

Our Mission

The Gwinnett County Retired Educators Association is committed to uniting retired educators for fellowship, support and continued educational and community service. The Association will seek to improve benefits for all retired educators through cooperation with local, state and national organizations. (Adopted by the GCREA Governing Board, June 6, 2002)

GCREA is governed by an elected 

Executive Committee and a Board of Directors. These leaders are experienced, dedicated, and dependable professionals.  



© 2019-2020 Gwinnett County Retired Educators Association (GCREA)