In September 2001 a group of retired teachers from the area endorsed the idea of creating a local Branch of the Alberta Retired Teachers` Association.

A follow-up meeting with Gerry Smith, Executive Director of ARTA (Alberta Retired Teachers` Association) in January 2002 resulted in a group vote to form this new Branch, thus the formal beginning of the Foothills Retired Teachers` Association (FRTA).

Annually, we elect FRTA executive officers at our AGM. The executive meets three or more times each year to manage the affairs of FRTA, and generally, to meet our Objectives. We encourage all members to provide ideas and assist us in meeting these objectives.