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ETSU Retirees Association

Board Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, February 28, 2006


Board members present included Pauline Cross, Janet Fisher, William Fisher, Styron Harris, Kenneth Herd, Betty Hylton, William Miller, Chesla Sharp, Dorman Stout, Betty Tester.  Also present was Diana McClay.  Ted Hughes and Don Wilkinson were sick.  Ed Williams was traveling. 

President Herd called the meeting to order at 3:30.  The minutes for the January 31 meeting were approved. Herd made the following announcements:  (1) Plans for an ETSU Pride Walk have been placed on hold. (2) The honor college needs volunteers to help welcome international students to ETSU this fall. (3) Herd repeated David Logan’s request for volunteers to work with the courts as special advocates for children. 

Committee reports: 

Executive Committee: Ken Herd, Chair           

Ken announced that he would need 2 or 3 meetings of the executive committee to plan for the year’s activities of the Board. 

Membership Committee: Pauline Cross, Chair 

Pauline reported that there were four new members on her committee and the committee was contacting ETSU retirees that are not currently members of the Retirees Association. She noted that the figure given for membership in the Association at the last board meeting was in error. When the error is corrected and the new members since January are added, we have currently 280 members of the Association.  Bill Miller asked if an individual who had been employed at ETSU but had retired from another institution could be a member of the association. Betty Tester and Herd answered “yes” if the person had been employed for at least five years.  Diana said we had several now in that category. [Article II, Section 1 of our BYLAWS: All retired ETSU employees and their spouses and spouses of deceased ETSU employees are eligible for membership in ETSURA.  Other persons who have been employed by ETSU for a period of five years or more and are retired from other institutions or corporations and their spouses are also eligible for membership in ETSURA.] 

Finance Committee:  William Miller, Chair 

            Operating Fund Account ………………………. $     2,820.94

            Life Membership Account ……………………   $   12,165.00

            Scholarship Investment Account ………………  $   90,707.44

            Endowment Interest Account …………………   $     3,097.38

            Total Assets ……………………………………..$108, 790.76 

Program Committee:  Janet Fisher, Chair 

There was a discussion of the recent Eat and Chat.  We had 39 people there.  The response to both the food and location was good.  The next Eat and Chat will be Wednesday, April 19 from 11 to 2 at the Golden Corral.  Ken said he thought we needed to work to reach more retirees. 

President Herd raised the question of the status of the tales committee.  Betty Tester pointed out that tales is one activity under a special activity subcommittee, which may have other activities. The special activity subcommittee is under the Program Committee.  Bill Fisher suggested that we need someone from the history department to help give its special perspective.  Betty Tester said that emphasis has been on short, humorous stories.  President Herd was not able to get anyone to serve as chair of the subcommittee.  He ruled that he and Janet Fisher would study the issue of the special activity subcommittee. 

Communication Committee: Styron Harris, Chair 

Styron reported that the committee has added the two new members it needed and is fully functional. There was a consensus among the board that the committee did not need to call members of the board to remind them of meetings of the Association. 

Community Service: Dorman Stout, Chair 

Dorman reported that volunteers will be working at the basketball tournament March 2-4  and that the next need for volunteers will be for the golf tournament.  Diana McClay noted that she provides the list of retiree volunteers to campus departments requesting assistance for special events, etc. 

Liaison Committee: Bill Fisher, Chair 

Bill wants to remind retirees to volunteer to monitor their prescription drug plan and be able to give an account of the plan at our May l5 meeting.  Bill gave us a statement out of Nashville that preliminary data indicates that 363 people and $57,770,000 transferred form optional retirement plans to Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System from 2004 to 2005. 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 4:30 p.m.  The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 at 3:30 p.m. in the University Advancement Conference Room.


Respectfully submitted, 

R. Chesla Sharp


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