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ETSU Retirees Association

Board Meeting Minutes

April 24, 2001


Board Members present:  Jay Allen, Rosemary Barson, John Bell, Bill Coleman, Jean Copeland, Bill Fisher, Betty Moore, Bill Pafford, Harry Powell, Dorman Stout, Betty Tester, and Charles Votaw.  Others present:  Jeff Anderson, Edith Keys, and Donna Williams.

Mrs. Jean Copeland, President, called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m.  She welcomed Dr. Charles Votaw, who is beginning a three-year term, replacing John Ephraim.  At the approval of the Board, Mrs. Copeland will ask Harold Johnson to complete the last year of Dr. Keith Turkett's term.  

The minutes of the March 2001 meeting were approved as distributed.

Mrs. Copeland called for committee reports.

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE:  Mrs. Rosemary Barson, Chair

Mrs. Barson reported that we now have 252 members.  There were 265 members at the end of 2000, and we are trying to top that number.  All members were encouraged to contact retirees and invite them to join the Association.

FINANCE COMMITTEE:  Mrs. Betty Tester, Treasurer

 Mrs. Tester distributed the financial statement which shows an operating fund of $1,967.92, Life Membership account at $10,000, and Total Assets of $59,730.07.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE:  Dr. Dorman Stout, Chair

The next social will be the June 21 Picnic at Rotary Park, which will be catered at a cost of $4.00 per person.  A reminder about the picnic will go out from Human Resources to all retirees, with June 15 being the reservations deadline. The music entertainment has not been firmed up, but Dr. Stout is still working on it.  Our speakers are to include area legislators.  Mrs. Copeland reported a very good crowd of 37 people came to the April 17 Chat and Chew at Shoney's.  There were several newcomers in the group.


Dr. Pafford reported that Dr. Willene Paxton has interviewed Dr. Dossett's children, Jeannie and Tom, and that the project is continuing.


Dr. Powell stated that his committee is in order and functioning.


Dr. Allen reported that he wrote a news item about our plans for used cell phones for calling 911.  One copy was sent to Diana McClay for the ETSURA Newsletter, and one to Fred Sauceman for media distribution.   Those wishing to donate phones are asked to contact Human Resources.

LIAISON COMMITTEE:  Dr. William Fisher

Dr. Fisher brought the following items to our attention:

1.      Those retirees with TIAA-CREF annuities will have their income cut considerably for the next 12 months beginning May 1.

2.      An optional program allowing up to 50% lump sum withdrawals has been approved by legislative vote.

3.      The head of the Retirement System will be at a May 4 meeting at The
Jonesborough Education Office.  He will give out information about the
retirement program and answer questions.

4.      Dr. Fisher distributed a survey from the Department of Intercollegiate
Athletics that had been taken by the Faculty Senate.  We were asked to fill it out in order to add more in-put for strategic planning by that department.

5.      The State Legislature will consider both a Retirement Improvement Bill and a Medicare Supplement Bill soon.

6.      After Dr. Stanton spoke to the Faculty Senate, Dr. Fisher asked the
following questions, and received the indicated responses:

a.       Will the phased retirement program be continued?   Yes.

b.      Has there been any state impoundment of funds yet this year?  No, but we still have May and June to go.

Mr. Jeff Anderson from University Advancement announced that the new VISION, the giving newsletter, would be in everyone's mailbox soon.  He also told us that the University is following with interest a bill in Congress that would allow IRA’s being given directly to charity without having income tax withheld.  

There being no other business, Mrs. Copeland adjourned the meeting at 4:10 p.m..

Respectively submitted,

Betty Moore, Secretary

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Mailing Address:  Office of Human Resources
ETSU Box 70564
Johnson City, TN  37614-1707
Telephone:  423-439-4457
Fax:  423-439-8354
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Office Hours:  8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. E.S.T. Monday - Friday
Office Location:  Rooms 307 and 311, Dossett Hall


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