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ETSU Retirees Association

Board Meeting Minutes

April 30, 2002

Board Members present: Jay Allen, W. A. Coleman, Jean Copeland, Joan Dressel, Bill Fisher, Barbara Humphrys, Bill Miller, Betty Moore, Dorman Stout, Betty Tester, and Charles Votaw. Others present: Jeff Anderson, Edith Keys, Diana McClay, and Willene Paxton.

Dr. Dorman Stout, President, called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m.

The minutes of the March 26, 2002 meeting were approved as distributed by a motion of Dr. Bill Fisher and a second by Dr. Charles Votaw.

President Stout called for committee reports.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: Dr. Dorman Stout, Chair

Dr. Stout announced that: 

(1)               Dr. Pete Shoun has agreed to serve on the Wellness Committee;

(2)               Dr. John Falls would serve on the Benefits Committee; and

(3)               Dr. Keith Turkett would chair the Service Committee (see page 4 of the ETSURA Committee Structure, Revised April 2002).

Dr. Stout announced that it was necessary to make minor changes to the duties of the Membership and Liaison Committees based upon the duties assigned to the new Service Committee.  The structure of these two committees was reviewed (see ETSURA Membership Committee Structure, Revised April 2002).  These changes were approved after a motion by Ms. Betty Moore and a second by Dr. Bill Fisher.   

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: Dr. Barbara Humphrys, Chair

Dr. Humphrys distributed a list of 286 paid members as of 4/30/02.  She reported that she has enlisted the assistance of Ms. June Wilson to help send cards to members (prospective new members) who have not renewed their memberships and/or joined ETSURA. 

FINANCE COMMITTEE: Ms. Betty Tester, Chair 

Ms. Tester distributed the Financial Report which showed an Operating Fund of $2,806.07; Life Membership Account of $10,275, which includes one new life membership; Scholarship Endowment Investment Account of $54,480.20; and Endowment Interest Income Account of $911.22.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE: Ms. Betty Moore, Chair

Ms. Moore reported that the picnic was all planned for June 13, 2002, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Rotary Park, Johnson City.  Mr. Roger Bailey and Mr. Lannie Botkin will provide the entertainment.  Dr. Wayne Andrews and Dr. Paul Stanton will briefly make presentations on the BucSports Center and the “State of the University” respectively.  Area legislators Crowe, Davis, and Patton will be invited to attend.


 A scheduled final exam prevented Dr. Powell’s attendance but we can rest assured the planned activities of ETSURA will be communicated to the membership.   

LIAISON COMMITTEE: Dr. Bill Fisher, Chair

Dr. Fisher passed out several handouts (copies can be obtained from Ms. McClay’s office.)

A summary of ETSU’s Performance Funding was distributed and discussed briefly.  The complete report is available at  It should be noted that ETSU receives 100% performance funding.

Dr. Fisher announced that the state-wide faculty senate now has three members from ETSU. 

Dr. Fisher’s information also informed us that Tennessee was one of the best places to retire.  He reported to the group that long-term care may be taxable if benefits are taken.

The Medicare Workshop is scheduled for September 16, 2002, at Central Baptist Church.  Dr. Fisher asked for permission to list ETSURA as a supporting member of this effort.  A motion to approve this request was made by Ms. Betty Tester and a second was received by Dr. Barbara Humphrys.  Motion passed unanimously.


Mr. Coleman announced that there would be periodic reviews of university administrators by their peers on a four-year cycle. 

Dr. Stout announced that Mr. Bill Miller would serve as a backup greeter for the picnic to assist Dr. Barbara Humphreys and Mr. Harold Johnson.

Dr. Willene Paxton addressed the Board regarding the “Tales of the University,” which she is chairing.  She reported she has met with several university personnel concerning the publication along with a prospective printer/publisher.  After reviewing the price structure and several concerns, it was the group’s consensus of opinion not to publish it in a “book form” at this time.  Dr. Paxton stated she needed some direction.  Additionally, more stories are needed and some will definitely be forthcoming (i.e., Mrs. Culp, etc.).  Dr. Paxton suggested she would continue exploring possibilities.  Perhaps there are families and/or businesses that would help with printing by making contributions or serve as sponsors.  “Advertising” might be considered in helping raise publication funds, etc.

It was decided to try to have a mimeographed copy (draft) for the annual meeting in October 2002

The meeting adjourned approximately 4:45 p.m. with the announced next board meeting May 28, 2002.

Respectfully submitted,


Jay L. Allen, Acting Secretary


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