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ETSU Retirees Association
Board Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, April 26, 2005



Board Members present:  President Betty Tester, Bill Fisher, George Granger, Styron Harris, Kenneth Herd, Bill Miller, and Chesla Sharp.  Also present was Diana McClay.


President Betty Tester called the meeting to order. Bill Fisher moved and it was seconded to approve the March minutes as distributed. Motion passed.


Committee Reports:




Dr. Herd and Betty discussed a few details relative to the picnic and we will discuss this later today.  Dr. Gehre will accept an appointment to the benefits committee.  It is hoped and assumed that Jay Allen will accept an appointment to the Wellness Committee.




No report.


FINANCE COMMITTEE:  Bill Miller, Chair


Bill Miller reported: 


Operating Fund Account ................................. $ 4,082.73

Life Membership Account ................................ 11,725.00

Scholarship Investment Account........................ 76,213.37

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


Total Assets................................................... $94,651.76


Mr. Miller moved and seconded by George Granger to move $2,000 from the operating fund to the Scholarship Endowment Fund so as to earn a higher rate of return. Some discussion followed as to the wisdom of so doing.  Dr. Herd said he understood the rational.  Dr. Granger called for the questions.  Motion passed. We will continue to give five $300 scholarships.  President Tester noted that we have nearly enough money to cover two years and this is good.


PROGRAM COMMITTEE:  Dr. Kenneth Herd, Chair


The picnic will be June 16.  Dr. Herd felt that we were bringing too much food. Betty went over what we order.  It was noted that last year some ten more reservations were made than attended; thus, food was left over. The Red Pig has been very good to us.  Last year they charged $4 per person for 2-1/2 oz. of meat, beans, cold slaw, paper goods, tea, etc.  Betty led a discussion of who volunteers to do this and that.  We all look forward to a great picnic.  Dean Paxton will be asked to recognize any recent deceased members.  As to a program we will ask the legislators to give us a report.


The Pharmacy School was suggested and it was decided to invite Dr. Bishop to give us a State of the Union report to include the Pharmacy School.  Fred Witty will be asked to bless our meeting.


TALES OF THE UNIVERSITY:  Dr. Chesla Sharp, Chair


No report.




All is well.




No report.


LIAISON COMMITTEE:  Dr. William Fisher, Chair


Dr. Fisher shared some correspondence from Dr. Byerly, UT.  Dr. Byerly congratulated Bill for the fine joint meeting held in November.  Dr. Fisher gave each of us a copy of the minutes from that November joint meeting.  ETSURA was represented by Dr. Fisher, Dr. Al Iglar, Dr. Jerry Gehre, and our president, Betty Tester.  Other schools may want to join in come next year.  

Dr. Fisher also shared with us two committee reports from Nashville:

(1) The Medigap allowance would increase by $10/month if approved, and

(2) our retirement base would increase by 5% if approved.

Both measures cleared the Council on Pensions and Insurance unanimously and have been sent to the House and Senate Finance Ways and Means Committees. 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.  The next meeting will be Tuesday, May 31, 2005, at 3:30 p.m. in University Advancementís conference room.


Respectfully submitted,




George Granger



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