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ETSU Retirees Association

Board Meeting Minutes

February 26, 2002

Board Members present:  Jay Allen, Bill Fisher, Barbara Humphrys, Harold K. Johnson, Betty Moore, Harry Powell, Dorman Stout, Betty Tester, and Charles Votaw. Others present:  Edith Keys, Jeff Anderson, Diana McClay and Willene Paxton.

Dr. Dorman Stout, President, called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m., after which he recognized Dr. Willene Paxton, Chair of the "Tales of the University" Committee who presented questions and issues raised by her committee on February 19, 2002.  Questions to be resolved are:

  1. Should the stories be prepared for publication and sale?
  2. Is money available to pay for the publication if we do not sell it?
  3. What should be the time frame?  Through the Culp years?  The first 75 years (1911 - 1986)  Total History--no limits?
  4. Should the area covered include:

    Presidents and other administrators

    Colleges--Professors and Staff including the founding of the College of Medicine

    Secretaries, custodians, and the shoe shine man

    Student life: student organizations, social life, drama, etc.

    Sports, including women's sports

    Publications, the student newspaper and annual

    Buildings, stories of ghosts, the physical plant, haunted house

  1. Should the content be oral history or memories and funny stories?
  2. How to collect the information?  By recorded interviews?  By inviting groups of four or five to coffee, lunch, a picnic, and with a tape recorder to tell stories?
  3. How should material be divided?  Into chapters?  How many chapters?  How many stories per chapter?
  4. Pictures?

The question of publication cost was raised.  Diana McClay reported that Fred Sauceman had said earlier a 32 page publication with 12 pictures and printing 1000 copies would cost $2200.

It was the consensus of the executive committee that the publication should be humorous, light, and easy reading and not a history of the university and that the material be informally printed.

Following Dr. Paxton's departure, a motion was made by Jay Allen and seconded by Bill Fisher to establish the ANNUAL MEETING OF 2003 as the target date for completion. The action was unanimous.

The minutes of the January meeting were approved as printed on a motion by Betty Tester and seconded by Bill Fisher.

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: Dr. Barbara Humphrys, Chair

Dr. Humphrys reported that lists had been distributed to the callers for the purpose of making contact with the retirees.

FINANCE COMMITTEE: Ms. Betty Tester, Chair

Ms. Tester distributed copies of the financial report which shows an operating fund of $2,361.02; life membership of $ 10,100; scholarship endowment of $54,243.20; and endowment interest income of $679.50 for total assets of $67,393.72.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE: Ms. Betty Moore, Chair

Ms. Moore reported that "Eat and Chat" was scheduled for Shoney's on Thursday, March 21, 2002; brunch at 10:30 a.m.; lunch at 11 a.m.  It was also noted that immediately following lunch or around 12:30 p.m., a tour of the new Center for Physical Activity would be conducted by Mr. Jon Walker, Director.  Parking will be available in the vicinity of the Physical Plant Building.  Retirees will be permitted to use the facility without charge.

Ms. Moore also reported that plans are being made for the picnic and annual meeting.


Dr. Powell reported that he was using the same committee as in 2001 with the exception of Johnny Britton who is ill.  He is adding Dot Carpenter and Joan Warden to the committee.

 LIAISON COMMITTEE: Dr. Bill Fisher, Chair  

Dr. Fisher distributed a 15 page handout which included:

1.      State of Tennessee, 102nd General Assembly, 2001 - 2002 Budget Summary.

2.      Faculty Senate web pages from other TBR institutions; other Tennessee Higher Education Institution Faculty Senate web pages.

3.      Minutes Excerpt - The University of Tennessee Faculty Senate.

4.      WORST PILLS--BEST PILLS NEWS by Health Resource Group.

5.      University Wellness Committee - Under Construction.


7.      Have a Health Question?  Need Medical Information?  Service provided by the Quillen College of Medicine Library.


Diane McClay requested the retirees assist with the Student Body Election on March 26 and 27.

Betty Tester volunteered to serve on the University Standing Committee - Employee and Retiree Benefits representing the staff.  A person to represent the faculty will be designated later.

The next board meeting will be the last Tuesday in March.

There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 4:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,


Harold K. Johnson, Secretary

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