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Board Meeting Minutes

September 25, 2001

Board Members present:  Jay Allen, Rosemary Barson, Jean Copeland, Bill Fisher, Harold Johnson, Betty Moore, Bill Pafford, Harry Powell, Dorman Stout, Betty Tester, and Charles Votaw.  Others present:  Edith Keys and Diana McClay.

Mrs. Copeland, President, called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m.

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

President Copeland called for committee reports.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:  Mrs. Jean Copeland, Chair

A sample ballot was distributed showing the names of five candidates for the four positions.  Candidates are Joan Dressel, Bill Miller, Pete Shoun, Barbara Humphrys, and Harold Johnson. The election will be conducted at the annual luncheon.

Mrs. Copeland asked if ETSURA should issue an Honorary Membership to Mrs. Martha Culp as the widow of Dr. D.P.Culp, Honorary Member.  The following motion was made by Bill Pafford, with a second by Jay Allen:  Spouses of any Honorary Member of ETSURA are to be extended an Honorary Membership also. The motion passed unanimously.  Diana McClay will contact Mrs. Culp, and extend an invitation to the annual luncheon.  

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE:  Mrs. Rosemary Barson, Chair

Ms. Barson announced that membership is at an all-time high of 273.  Diana McClay will have someone available at the luncheon to accept dues.

TREASURER'S REPORT: Mrs. Betty Tester  

Ms. Tester distributed the financial report which shows an operating fund of $2,330.72, and total assets of $61,367.91.  Also listed are Life Membership, $10,250.00; Scholarship Endowment, $47,409.82; and Endowment Interest Income, $1,377.37.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE:  Dr. Dorman Stout, Chair

Dr. Stout announced that everything is ready for the October 12 Annual Luncheon.  A copy of the program was circulated for review.  Greeters Harold Johnson and Betty Moore will be ready to greet guests at 11 a.m.


Dr. Pafford distributed additional updated transcripts of interviews.  He told us about "Homer," who was discussed on one of the tapes.  Homer was an ETSC Alumnus who entered the Army at the age of 13 to fight in World War II.  He began attending ETSC at the age of 15 or 16, served in Korea, and was killed while serving in Vietnam.  Dr. Pafford will ask Dr. Paxton if she can find some more information on the colorful "Homer."

Dr. Paxton would like to have a meeting with Fred Sauceman soon if the Board is ready to move forward on arranging for possible publication.  It was suggested that Dr. Pafford send a copy of the present transcripts to Fred Sauceman so he can look at them and be able to give us his ideas.  We will try to set a time for Mr. Sauceman to meet with the Board soon.


Everyone will receive reminder calls soon.  If there is not time to mail in reservations by the deadline, members may call Diana McClay's office, then pay at the door.  Callers will remind members of the time change to 11:30 a.m.

LIAISON:  Dr. William Fisher  

Dr. Fisher distributed a handout about the Omega Challenge, a team competition for seniors modeled after the school Odyssey of the Mind.

Dr. Fisher related information about the following:

a.       Beginning October 16, 2002, there will be one uniform Health Care Claims for the country.

b.      January 1, 2002 there will be a Medical Nutrition Service sponsored by Medicare.

c.       January 2002 will have glaucoma screening added.

d.      Health Metrics is a new program for Medicare.

e.       In January 2002, when you select a Medicare HMO you will be in it for at least 6 months, and the next year for at least a full year.  There are three HMOs in Tennessee, but only Service Plus in Washington County.

f.        When you go to the doctor, there will be two new forms to sign as an individual if you have Health Services that are not provided for.  

Question:  Has there been any change as far as Medicare paying for an annual physical?   Answer:  No.

g.       Prescription drug discounts to seniors have been postponed, but is still on the table.

h.       Two people have been assigned from the Faculty Senate to the Wellness Committee.  Dr. Fisher will try to get information on their activities before the next meeting.

There was a discussion of the value of long term care insurance.  Dr. Pafford stated that the NEA LTC is economical, and that Steve Honeycutt is the area contact.  State Farm also has a good price, but they have fairly limited experience in this type of insurance.

Mrs. Copeland announced that George Granger will announce about Employee Giving at the luncheon.  Everyone will receive packets by mail.

Diana McClay informed the Board that she had spoken with Dr. David Collins about charging for cell phone use.  He stated that any money taken in would have to be reported as income.  We will continue to offer the phones at no cost to the borrower now.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.

Respectively submitted,

Betty C. Moore, Secretary

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