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ETSU Retirees Association
Board Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, September 28, 2004



Board Members present:  President Bill Fisher, Pauline Cross, Joan Dressel, George Granger, Barbara Humphrys, Bill Miller, Betty Moore, Willene Paxton, Dorman Stout, and Betty Tester.  


President Bill Fisher presided.  The minutes of the August 31 were a matter of general discussion only as a quorum was not present.


Committee Reports:


EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:  Dr. Bill Fisher, Chair


Dr. Fisher said that the committee had not met.  Dr. Fisher did note that Ruth Verhegge will represent us on the Wellness Committee. The proposal to make new retirees automatically members for their first year of retirement was canceled by Dr. Fisher.




Ms. Cross noted that membership has been increased by 25.


FINANCE COMMITTEE:  Bill Miller, Chair


Bill Miller noted the Endowment Interest Income Account had increased from $1,725.28 to $3,220.66 due to the semi-annual crediting of interest income.


Operating Fund Account .............................. $ 3,611.67

Life Membership Account ............................. 11,525.00

Scholarship Investment Account.................... 68,050.35

Endowment Interest Account.......................... 3,220.66


Total Assets.................................................. $86,407.68


PROGRAM COMMITTEE:  Ms. Betty Tester, Chair


(a)    Mrs. Tester gave a detailed report on the income and expenses of the 2004 picnic.  Ninety-eight reservations were made and 86 actually attended, including 10 guests.  Expenses exceeded income by $184.63 as compared to $287.11 in 2003.


(b)   There was much discussion as to an agenda for the annual meeting.  Harold Johnson will have the prayer.  Dr. Stanton will be with us.  Wayne Andrews will present our program.  Betty will need to take our suggestions and come up with an agenda.  We are doing things a bit different as we will go to the cafeteria and bring our trays back to the dining area.  At some point the membership must vote on the 2005 Board.  Dr. Fisher and Betty led a discussion of nominees to be on the ballot.


TALES OF THE UNIVERSITY:  Dr. Willene Paxton, Chair


Dr. Paxton has received a few more "tales".  She suggested a new committee as her committee is exhausted.  She suggested someone from staff and from alumni and from the storytelling department be on the committee.


As this point Dr. Fisher led a discussion of the membership and ETSURA scholarship form. He will submit a new arrangement at the November Board meeting.


COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE:  Dr. Barbara Humphrys, Chair


Dr. Humphrys said all was well.




Dr. Stout said that there seems to be a lack of requests for our services other than the athletic department.  He will speak again to the Dean's Council.


LIAISON COMMITTEE:  Dr. William Fisher, Chair


Dr. Fisher noted that at this very moment Ms. Donna Finley of TCRS was conducting an informal meeting regarding the transfer program. Those desiring to transfer must complete the transfer by December 31, 2005.  ORPs have no provision for cost-of-living adjustments.  Reportedly only 20% of one's money in TIAA can be transferred.  Dr. Fisher gave out a schedule of TIAA-CREF counseling sessions for the Fall of 2004.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:35 p.m.  The ETSURA Board of Directors will not meet in October.  The next meeting will be Tuesday, November 30, at 3:30 p.m. in University Advancementís conference room.


Respectfully submitted,




George Granger



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