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Board Meeting Minutes

August 26, 2003


Board Members Present: Betty Moore, Chairperson, Jay Allen, Bill Fisher, George Granger, Barbara Humphrys, Bill Miller, Betty Tester, Charles Votaw.  Others present: Edith Keys and Diana McClay.

The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Betty Moore at 3:35 p.m.

Ms. Moore called attention to the minutes of the last meeting. She referred to the prior discussion of the need for a nominating committee.  After the last meeting, Betty Tester, Barbara Humphrys, and Willene Paxton volunteered to serve; and their offer has been accepted.  Following this announcement, the minutes of the last meeting were approved as distributed by unanimous acclamation.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:  Ms. Betty Moore, Chair

A discussion of retiree outreach indicated the present situation of several individuals.


It was reported that the membership is now 314.  Two life members have been added to the roster as indicated in the membership list of 08/26/03.

FINANCE COMMITTEE: Mrs. Betty Tester, Chair

As of the end of July an audit showed:

Operating fund............................................. $2,837.50

Life Membership Account:......................... $11,075.00

Scholarship Endowment Account:.............. $58,546.27

Endowment Interest Account:...................... $2,340.03

Total Assets.............................................. $74,798.80

Two scholarships have been paid with four being awarded 

PROGRAM COMMITTEE:  Ms. Joan Dressel, Chair

There will be an Eat & Chat session on September 18.  It was announced that the athletic director would not be available for the fall meeting.  However, the basketball coach will attend. There was an invitation to renew the west side club (a group which meets on the west side of the mini-dome during games). Further contact will be made with Jo Anne Paty and Pirate Club members with the intent to have a cooperative program between them and the west side club.

The annual luncheon will be October 24th, 11:00 a.m.  Price this year will be $8.50.

TALES OF THE UNIVERSITY:  Dr. Willene Paxton, Chair

Dr. Stout has joined the "Tales of the University" Committee. The committee has obtained many stories. The question was asked when the committee may slow down or dissolve. They have several things in progress now. The tales are on the website.

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE:  Dr. Barbara Humphrys, Chair

A newsletter will go out soon and will combine information on the Eat & Chat and the fall luncheon.


George Granger will ask AARP for material to distribute at the fall meeting. He, and others, are to help out with the block party to occur this date. We may be asked to help out with homecoming (possibly with the election which occurs at this time). Reference was made to the volunteer help with the handicap office by editing scanned books. Once edited, they can be converted to tape.

Jeff Anderson wished to point out the excellent support the faculty, staff, and retirees give to the university.  This will be featured in the next advancement office publication.

LIAISON COMMITTEE:  Dr. William Fisher, Chair

Dr. Fisher presented information about his contact with the "Tennesseans for Fair Taxation."  He received information about this group presenting workshops in this area.  Others were invited to attend if they wished (exact date has not been set but it will be before December).  He distributed information on the Shumaker situation at University of Tennessee. Dr. Fisher did meet with the faculty legislative committee.  It was lightly attended.  Dr. Patton was only legislator who attended.  He (Dr. Patton) indicated next year will be a difficult one financially (surprise!).  There has been discussion of a need for a brief summary of the benefits package to be prepared and distributed prior to October 15 so active employees can decide upon selections for the coming year.


Ms. Moore indicated that the terms of service on the board for Jay Allen, Dorman Stout, Betty Tester, Charles Votaw, and Betty Moore will end this year.  Betty Moore will continue one year as past president and does not need to be on the ballot.  Any suggestions for persons to be nominated for the board would be appreciated.  Charles Votaw and Betty Tester indicated their willingness to run for a second term. There may be a resignation of a member which will be filled by the board from the last election.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:20 p.m.

Respectively submitted,


Charles Votaw, Secretary

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