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ETSU Retirees Association
Board Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, February 22, 2005



Board Members present:  President Betty Tester, Pauline Cross, Bill Fisher, George Granger, Styron Harris, Kenneth Herd, Bill Miller, Willene Paxton, Chesla Sharp, Dorman Stout, and Ed Williams.  Also present were Jeff Anderson, Cedric Andre, Rich Ashley, and Diana McClay.


President Betty Tester called the meeting to order.  On the tables were copies of our bylaws, the Memorandum of Understanding: scholarship endowment, ETSURA Committee Structure, 2005 membership list, and the ETSURA financial statement 2005 showing total assets of $93,159.11 as of 02-22-05.


George Granger moved, seconded by Dorman Stout, that the January minutes be approved as mailed.  The motion passed.


Committee Reports:




President Tester noted the need to appoint someone to the University Wellness Committee.  Jay Allen's name was mentioned and Betty will ask Jay to serve.




President Tester congratulated Mrs. Cross for having done such a good job last year with a membership of 320. Mrs. Cross will serve another year. Ten members have joined since the January meeting.


FINANCE COMMITTEE:  Bill Miller, Chair


Bill Miller noted that the only real change form last month was two new life memberships.  Operating balance is $3,895.75.  Bill presented a fund raising opportunity at the Mall and Betty said she would check it out.


PROGRAM COMMITTEE:  Dr. Kenneth Herd, Chair


It was noted that an Eat & Chat was held this morning and two to three new people were in attendance.  Betty led a discussion of an alternative meeting site for Eat & Chat. Two or three places were suggested including the Golden Coral. The next Eat & Chat will be April 13 or 20th. The picnic will be June 16 (Harris Pavilion).


TALES OF THE UNIVERSITY:  Dr. Willene Paxton, Chair


No Report. 




Dr. Harris is working on organizing his "calling committee."




Dr. Stout is seeking volunteers to assist him and his committee.  Dr. Stout has spoken to the Faculty Senate as to our willingness to help out as needed.  He then introduced Richard Ashley, Training Coordinator, Employee Development Center.  Mr. Ashley would welcome any volunteers to teach as he gave out a list of potential topics.


LIAISON COMMITTEE:  Dr. William Fisher, Chair


Dr. Fisher has suggested a joint meeting in the year and that Memphis be invited.  This would substantially increase travel time.  Bill has suggested a pre-retirement planning session to be 3-5 years prior to retirement.  ORP participants need to understand the procedure for transferring to TCRS.  Bill noted that our retirement check will increase 3% in July.  Medigap plans will no longer provide for drugs come January 1, 2006 because of changes in Medicare.  Dr. Paxton voiced approval of a workshop on employee/retirement benefits.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.  The next meeting will be Tuesday, March 29, 2005, at 3:30 p.m. in University Advancementís conference room.


Respectfully submitted,




George Granger



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