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



Board Members present:  President Betty Tester, Pauline Cross, Bill Fisher, George Granger, Kenneth Herd, Bill Miller, Chelsea Sharp, and Dorman Stout.  Willene Paxton had reported that she would be unable to attend as she is in Washington, D.C.  Also present were Maggie Cooper of Benefit for Life; John Sanders, the newly hired Associate Vice President of Administration/Director of Human Resources, Shea Renfro, and Donna Williams.


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


President Tester introduced Maggie Cooper, Director of Benefit for Life, Heritage Family Cemeteries, Inc.   She gave each of us a folder of information on "how to eliminate unnecessary emotional and financial hardship for families following the death of a family member" and  pre-planned funeral arrangements.  Dr. Fisher, Dr. Allen, and Bill Miller were asked to further analyze the Benefit for Life program as a possible retirement planning program.


Committee Reports:




Dr. Fisher distributed a "higher education statewide retireesí group meeting proposal."  It proposed two possible meeting dates: October 23 and 24 as well as November 6 and 7.  The meeting is scheduled to be held at Henry Horton State Park, Columbia, TN.  President Tester moved and seconded by Bill Miller that Dr. Fisher and Dr. Jerry Gehre continue their efforts.


Dr. Fisher and President Tester led a rather lengthy discussion of Medicare Part D, the prescription drug provision under Medicare to become effective January 1, 2006 for those who have signed up.  There will be several options and one will need to seek input in order to make an informed decision.




Mrs. Cross reported that we were one short of last year and, therefore, Dr. Fisher paid the necessary $5 so Bill Coleman could be a member. Our total now stands at 320.


FINANCE COMMITTEE:  Bill Miller, Chair


Bill Miller noted there was little change with total assets of $99,808.10: 


Operating Fund Account .............................. $ 2,242.18

Life Membership Account ............................. 11,875.00

Scholarship Investment Account.................... 82,910.26

Endowment Interest Account.......................... 2,780.66


Total Assets.................................................. $99,808.10


PROGRAM COMMITTEE:  Dr. Kenneth Herd, Chair


Dr. Herd checked a few dates with President Tester.  The fall Eat and Chat and the Annual Meeting are scheduled.


TALES OF THE UNIVERSITY:  Dr. Chesla Sharp, Chair


Dr. Sharp encouraged us to submit ideas.




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Dr. Stout noted that several of us would be involved in Pride Week.


LIAISON COMMITTEE:  Dr. William Fisher, Chair


Dr. Fisher distributed a lengthy TIAA-CREF report including a percentage distribution of employees in each option under TIAA-CREF.  There is now a contact person for TIAA-CREF: Andrew Hall 1-866-842-2336, ext. 6405.  


The board has appointed for three years Dr. Jerry Gehre to the Benefits Committee and Dr. Jay Allen to the Wellness Committee.


There being no further business, Dr. Fisher moved, and Bill Miller seconded, that the meeting adjourn.  Motion passed.  The meeting was adjourned at 4:35 p.m.  The next meeting will be Tuesday, August 30, 2005, at 3:30 p.m. in University Advancementís conference room.


Respectfully submitted,




George Granger



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