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ETSU Retirees Association
Board Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, November 30, 2004



Board Members present:  President Bill Fisher, Pauline Cross, Joan Dressel, George Granger, Kenneth Herd, Harold Johnson, Bill Miller, Betty Moore, Willene Paxton, Chesla Sharp, Dorman Stout, and Betty Tester.  Also present was Diana McClay.


President Bill Fisher presided.   Dr. Fisher and Better Tester discussed a time scheduled for our Eat and Chat meetings on Tuesday is not the best day for Shoney’s to accommodate us.  Bill also mentioned the need for an overall 2005 time schedule of events.  The first Eat and Chat will be February 22nd at 10:30 a.m.


A motion was made and seconded to accept the minutes of the September 28 meeting with one correction being that Harold Johnson’s name was omitted from the list of those in attendance.  Motion passed.


Committee Reports:


EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:  Dr. Bill Fisher, Chair


-         Changing quorum requirements:  The Board referred to Article III, Section 3, which states that seven members shall constitute a quorum.  The consensus was that Section 3 should not be changed and no further action was taken.

-         ETSU-UT Retirees Joint Meeting:  Dr. Fisher and Mrs. Tester attended.  There was much discussion concerning benefits.  It was the consensus of those attending that the meeting should become an annual event.  The UT group is pretty visible but promotion of the joint meeting will probably need to come from ETSU.

-         Wellness Committee Representative:  Dr. Fisher is hoping that our current representative will continue in 2005.

-         Election of Officers for 2005 was postponed until the end of the meeting.

-         ETSURA Endowment Scholarship fundraising letter will be sent out in December.




Ms. Cross reported that we have eight new members.


FINANCE COMMITTEE:  Bill Miller, Chair


Bill Miller reported an operating fund of $3,735.94 and he noted that we received $415 from the sale of Magical Night of Giving tickets. 


Operating Fund Account ................................. $ 3,735.94

Life Membership Account ................................ 11,425.00

Scholarship Investment Account........................ 68,646.70

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


Total Assets................................................... $87,028.30


PROGRAM COMMITTEE:  Ms. Betty Tester, Chair


Mrs. Tester reported that the 2004 Annual Meeting showed a profit of $63.68.  The next Eat and Chat will be February 22nd, 10:30 a.m., at Shoney’s.


TALES OF THE UNIVERSITY:  Dr. Willene Paxton, Chair


Dr. Paxton noted that we need a new committee, one with fresh ideas.


COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE:  Dr. Barbara Humphrys, Chair


No report.




Dr. Stout reported that some 20 members have volunteered their services but there have been few requests except by the Athletic Department.  The board felt that we should continue to volunteer our services, and it was suggested that Dr. Stout make the Faculty Senate aware of our willingness. 


LIAISON COMMITTEE:  Dr. William Fisher, Chair


Dr. Fisher gave out AROHE information and he reported on the 2nd International Meeting held October 8-10, 2004, in Nashville.  Health insurance is the most important concern of retirees.  CREF was very visible at the meeting.  Dr. Fisher shared election results information noting that in the Senate the Republicans now have a 17-16 majority; however, it is reported that two Republicans will cross and supported the re-election of a Democratic Lt. Governor. 


Mr. Bill Miller shared several fundraising suggestions including asking for a concession stand at the Bristol Motor Speedway.  He noted that this calls for considerable hard work.  He feels we must make a serious effort to increase our scholarship fund.


The election of officers was deferred until the January board meeting.  Dr. Fisher appointed a nominating committee consisting of himself, Betty Tester, and Dr. R. C. Sharp who are to report at the January meeting.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:55 p.m.  The ETSURA Board of Directors will not meet in December.  The next meeting will be Tuesday, January 25, at 3:30 p.m. in University Advancement’s conference room.


Respectfully submitted,




George Granger



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