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ETSU Retirees Association

Board Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, November 29, 2005


Board Members present: President Betty Tester, Pauline Cross, Chesla Sharp, Willene Paxton, Bill Fisher, Bill Miller, Kenneth Herd and George Granger.  Also present were Crystal Gilland, Diana McClay and our four new Board Members: Betty Jane Hylton, Janet Fisher, Ted Hughes and Don Wilkinson. 

President Betty Tester called the meeting to order.  Bill Miller moved and it was seconded by Kenneth Herd to approve the minutes as distributed.  Motion Passed. 

President Tester drew to our attention the recent passing of Dr. Jewell Friend and of Lucille Shipley.  It was noted that Louise Falls has had a stroke and Joan Dressel had a niece die recently. 

Committee Reports: 

Executive Committee: Betty Tester, Chair           

Dr. Herd is working on his committee chairs for next year.  Bill Miller and President Tester are to assist Dr. Herd. The election of Officers is to be in January.  President Tester, Dr. Fisher and Dr. Gehre attended the state-wide November meeting at Fall Creek Falls. 

Bill Miller moved and it was seconded by Willene Paxton to send a letter to our membership seeking funds for the Scholarship Endowment.  President Tester will talk to the Foundation relative to the number of scholarships we can give and the amount of each scholarship. 

Edith Keys will no longer be able to serve as our Historian.  President Tester will send her a “Thank You” note. 

Membership Committee: Pauline Cross, Chair 

We ended the year at 324 members and now we will start over.  We have around 151 memberships for the year 2006. 

Finance Committee: William Miller, Chair           

            Our Statement looks extra good in as much as we have not yet paid for our annual luncheon.

Operating Fund Account……………………   $ 3,048.18

                        Life Membership Account………………….    $ 12,065.00

                        Scholarship Investment Account……………$ 84,033.26

                        Endowment Interest Account……………….   $ 3,807.38

                        Total Assets………………………… ……....$ 102,953.82 

Program Committee: Dr. Kenneth Herd, Chair           

People seemed pleased with the meal and with the program.  The room is getting a bit small and perhaps we should consider moving to the ballroom. 

Rick Carlson from TVA will bring a program on wind turbines.  Dr. Herd is securing the “Centre” for a January meeting on a Tuesday or Thursday from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.  Dr. Herd has talked to the Johnson City Power Board and they may help financially.  The program will be open to the general public.  Dr. Herd is excited about this program. 

Eat and Chat dates will be presented to the Board in January. 

Tales of the University: Dr. Chelsea Sharp, Chair           

The “tales” collected at the Fall alumni meeting are now being compiled and the ETSU archives will store them. 

Communication Committee: Dr. Styron Harris           

No report. 

Community Services Committee: Dr. Dorman Stout, Chair           

No report. However, President Tester noted the need to provide volunteer help at the basketball tournament on March 2, 3, and 4. 

Liaison Committee: Dr. William Fisher, Chair           

Dr. Fisher asked for money to offset the cost that our three representatives incurred while attending the Fall Creek Falls conference.  Bill Miller moved and it was seconded by Chesla Sharp to pay the remaining half of the cost of the meeting room and the cost of gasoline: total approximately $60.00.  The motion passed.  President Tester suggested that the Finance Committee and the Executive Committee should study the sources of funds and make a recommendation of how to handle such requests in the future. 

Dr. Fisher shared:

1.      Website instructions for information on Medicare Part D.

2.      Program agenda for the November 6 and 7 “First Annual Statewide Higher Education Retirees Group Meeting” held at Fall Creek Falls State Park.

3.      A “Fact Sheet” for the University of Tennessee’s Retirees’Association.

4.      Five separate pages of information relative to the Tennessee Technological University Emeriti Faculty Club. 

            There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 4:50 P.M.  The next meeting will be held Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 3:30 P.M. in the University Advancement Conference Room. 

Respectfully Submitted, 

George Granger, Secretary


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