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Board Meeting Minutes

September 30, 2003


Board Members Present: Jay Allen, Joan Dressel, Bill Fisher, George Granger, Barbara Humphrys, Harold Johnson, Edith Keys, Bill Miller, Willene Paxton, Betty Tester, Charles Votaw.  Others Present: Diana McClay.

In the absence of Chairperson Betty Moore, Vice-Chairperson Joan Dressel called the meeting to order at 3:35 p.m.


It was reported that the minutes of the August 26, 2003 were in error in reporting the number of ETSURA members. The correct number should have been 312, not 314.   With this change the minutes were approved as distributed.


EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:  Ms. Betty Moore, Chair


There was no report from the executive Committee.




The membership of the organization remains at 312. 


FINANCE COMMITTEE: Mrs. Betty Tester, Chair


As of the end of September an audit showed:


Operating fund............................................. $3,104.45

Life Membership Account:......................... $11,375.00

Scholarship Endowment Account:.............. $58,598.27

Endowment Interest Account:...................... $1,890.03


Total Assets.............................................. $74,967.75

An additional scholarship has been paid.


PROGRAM COMMITTEE:  Ms. Joan Dressel, Chair


Ms. Dressel reported a successful Eat & Chat although the attendance was disappointing.  The next meeting will be the Annual Luncheon on October 24.  So far there as 33 paid tickets for the meeting.  The basketball coach has been invited to speak; however, there has been no recent verification.  


TALES OF THE UNIVERSITY:  Dr. Willene Paxton, Chair


Willene Paxton indicated that the "Tales of the University" Committee is to meet later in October.  Dr. Stout has recently joined the committee. The committee is open to suggestions for additional stories.


NOMINATING COMMITTEE:  Dr. Willene Paxton, Chair


Dr. Paxton, as Chairman of the Nominating Committee, reported that the nominees for election to the board at the Annual Luncheon are:


Pauline Cross

Ethel Garrity

Dorman Stout

Betty Tester

Charles Votaw

Ed Williams

The position held by Martha Bradley will be filled from last year's election.

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE:  Dr. Barbara Humphrys, Chair

The committee will make calls to members in early October to remind them of the Annual Luncheon.


George Granger has received a request for help with election for homecoming queen and king.  He asked, and received, volunteers for this endeavor.

LIAISON COMMITTEE:  Dr. William Fisher, Chair

Dr. Fisher presented further information (from the last meeting) on the Tennesseans for Fair Taxation Organization.  He has contributed and will attend their meeting to occur in Kingsport on October 16 as an individual.  He hopes to learn more details of the purpose and procedures of the committee. Additional information was given about the membership and sponsors of the organization.  

A second item was information about Medicare which Dr. Fisher received from Cigna Health Care Medicare Administration.  He reported that there are quarterly teleconferences to distribute information.  The next such conference will be in December.  He noted that all claims to Medicare must now be submitted electronically.  He indicated that this year's Medicare reimbursement costs for the  influenza vaccine will be $16.79 and for pneumonicoccal vaccine will be $25.46.


Ms. Dressel indicated that traditionally there is no October meeting of the board because of the Annual Luncheon. Upon motion, second, and vote, there will be no board meeting in October.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,


Charles L. Votaw

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