The association was organized on Feb. 17, 1968, at the Huron County Education Department in New London.
The chapter’s purpose was to educate, to entertain and to serve.The 35 charter chapter members met at the Senior Center in Norwalk under the leadership of Thelma Toby. Mrs. Toby was elected president, Kenneth Weaver as vice-president, and Margaret Weaver as secretary. Meetings were held on the second Thursday of February, May, August and November. By 1973, the membership had grown to 65 members. In 1996, the membership was 114, and by 2007, it was 138.
HCRTA now meets on the second Thursday in March, May, October and December. Most of the time the meetings are held in churches, alternating in the various communities in Huron County, which includes Norwalk, New London, Willard, North Fairfield, and Greenwich.
A scholarship fund was established to provide scholarships to any high school senior or anyone in the county enrolled in a teacher education program.
Members compiled a book on the History of Huron County Schools. The proceeds from book sales were put into the scholarship fund.
Also, members are involved in many kinds of volunteer work in their communities.