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ETSU Retirees Association
Board Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, May 25, 2004



Board Members present: President Bill Fisher, Pauline Cross, Joan Dressel, George Granger, Bill Miller, Betty Moore, Willene Paxton, Betty Tester, Dorman Stout. Others present included Donna Williams, Kristen Carter, and Amerika Grewal.


The meeting was called to order at 3:33 by President Bill Fisher.  A motion was made and seconded to accept the minutes as distributed.  Motion passed.


Amerika Grewal, Academic Counselor for Intercollegiate Athletics, spoke briefly on the need for tutors and mentors.  Dorman Stout suggested a written statement addressing the need be included in the next newsletter and that she be on the program for the June picnic.


Committee Reports:


EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:  Dr. Bill Fisher, Chair


No report.   However, Dr. Fisher noted that there would be no Board meeting in June due to the picnic.




Pauline reported that her committee members were telephoning non-members.  Dr. Fisher noted that Dr. Hougland had suggested to him that all new retirees automatically become members for the first year.  Donna Williams pointed out that all new retirees receive a packet of information upon retirement and our newsletters the first year.  Several questions were asked including what is a year? Dr. Fisher suggested that the issue be tabled until our July Board meeting.  Dr. Fisher distributed a copy of the current Life Membership application and suggested that the top portion be at the bottom.


FINANCE COMMITTEE:  Bill Miller, Chair


Mr. Miller noted that our investment accounts currently earn 1.05%.


Operating Fund Account .............................. $ 3,369.88

Life Membership Account ............................. 11,550.00

Scholarship Investment Account....................  65,050.43

Endowment Interest Account..........................  2,070.40


Total Assets.................................................. $82,040.71


PROGRAM COMMITTEE:  Ms. Betty Tester, Chair


Dr. Fisher and Betty Tester led a discussion of who will be invited to our picnic as our guests. There was concern about our running out of food.  There was a request to look at the minutes of last month, which reads as follows: " contact all non-members prior to the picnic.  They will be invited to the picnic as our guests."  President Stanton and one or two others will be invited.  Dorman Stout noted that they still must make a reservation.  He also suggested that if more guests make reservations than anticipated that the Board each bring an extra dish.


Betty talked about ice and where available, and she talked about the picking up of food and it should be there by 10:30.   Diana will provide the tablecloths.   Bill Miller and Willene Paxton will serve as greeters.  Betty will allow our state representatives and senators a few minutes "air" time.  Dorman Stout wants three minutes to make a "volunteer" announcement.  We will honor our deceased of the past year.  Dorman Stout requested of Bill that someone discuss prescription drugs under Medicare.  Roger Bailey will provide music.


TALES OF THE UNIVERSITY:  Dr. Willene Paxton, Chair


All is well.


COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE:  Dr. Barbara Humphrys, Chair


No report.




No report.


LIAISON COMMITTEE:  Dr. William Fisher, Chair


Bill gave out selected price indexes for 1990-2003 and a purchasing power conversion report for 1920-2003.  For example, in 2003 it would take $10.72 to purchase what $1 would have purchased in 1928.  Another example is that the price of white bread has increased 65% since 1990 while men's shoes have declined 5.1%.  Bill brought us up to speed on two or three miscellaneous items.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:35 p.m.  The next meeting will be Tuesday, July 27, at 3:30 p.m. in University Advancementís conference room.


Respectfully submitted,




George Granger



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