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ETSU Retirees Association
Board Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, January 25, 2005



Board Members present:  President Betty Tester, Bill Fisher, Pauline Cross, Styron Harris, Kenneth Herd, Bill Miller, Willene Paxton, Chesla Sharp, and Dorman Stout.  Also present were Barbara Humphrys, Edith Keys, and Diana McClay.


Past-president Bill Fisher called the meeting to order.  A motion was made by Dr. Fisher and seconded by Dr. Dorman Stout to accept the minutes of the November 30, 2004 meeting as distributed.  Motion passed.


A discussion concerning the officers on the Executive Committee for the year 2005 was held.  Dr. Fisher, as chair of the Nominating Committee, stated that George Granger has agreed to be a candidate to serve as secretary; Bill Miller was nominated as treasurer; and Kenneth Herd was nominated as president-elect.  An election for 2005’s officers was held.   Nominated and elected by acclamation were: 


President:                Betty Tester

President-elect:       Kenneth Herd

Treasurer:                Bill Miller

Secretary:                George Granger.


Committee Reports:




A discussion concerning the committee chair appointments was held. 

-          Pauline Cross will continue as chair of the Membership Committee. 

-          Bill Miller will continue as chair of the Finance Committee. 

-          Dr. Fisher will continue to serve as Liaison Committee chair. 

-          Barbara Humphrys briefed the board on the responsibilities and process of the Communications Committee.  Styron Harris accepted the position of chairman of the Communications Committee. 

-          The responsibilities of the Program Committee were discussed. 

-          Dr. Willene Paxton agreed to continue as chair of the Tales of the University Committee until the committee can be reorganized. 





Ms. Cross reported a final total of 320 members for 2004 and currently for 2005 there are 238 members.



FINANCE COMMITTEE:  Bill Miller, Chair


Bill Miller reported: 


Operating Fund Account .............................. $ 3,874.63

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

Scholarship Investment Account.................... 75,005.70

Endowment Interest Account.......................... 2,630.66


Total Assets.................................................. $92,935.99


Mr. Miller reported a significant increase in the balance because of donations to the scholarship fund.  Other fundraising activities were discussed.  The Magical Night of Giving at the Johnson City Mall was well received and it is recommended that this event be repeated.  Mr. Miller gave a brief synopsis of the purposes of each account for the new board members.



PROGRAM COMMITTEE:  Dr. Kenneth Herd, Chair


The next Eat and Chat will be February 22nd, 10:30 a.m., at Shoney’s.  The scheduling of future meetings and restrictions as to the available of Shoney’s room was discussed. 


TALES OF THE UNIVERSITY:  Dr. Willene Paxton, Chair


Dr. Paxton highly recommended that new members/organizations be added to gain a broader realm of stories.





Dr. Barbara Humphys reported she had prepared the listings for the calling committees for the month. 





Dr. Stout distributed copies of a flyer to be presented to the Faculty and Staff Senates.  He reported that the pool needed to be increased not only as to the number of volunteers but also the number of requests for services.  Dr. Stout gave a brief description of the duties and responsibilities of the Community Services Committee.  He requested that members volunteer to call other members.  A positive response was received from all members of the Board. 


LIAISON COMMITTEE:  Dr. William Fisher, Chair


                        Dr. Fisher reported on: 


-          Activities relative to Medicare changes.

-          Joint meeting with UT Retirees Association; distributed a report by Jerry Gehre.

-          Changes to the membership form.

-          Information from the UT-Memphis Retirees Association.

-          Tennessee legislature news.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.  The next meeting will be Tuesday, February 22, 2005, at 3:30 p.m. in University Advancement’s conference room.


Respectfully submitted,




Diana McClay

Acting Secretary


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