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ETSU Retirees Association

Board Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, May 30, 2006


Present:   Pauline Cross, Bill Fisher, Styron Harris, Ken Herd, Betty Hylton, Ted Hughes, Ches Sharp, Betty Tester, Ed Williams, Diana McClay, Crystal Gilland. 

Ken Herd called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m.  The minutes of the April meeting were approved. 

Ken reviewed issues pending before the board: (1) Wilsie Bishop informed John Sanders that the University would not be able to fund a full-time person in human resources to work with retirees this year.  We were told we could place the request again in the next fiscal year.  Ken indicated that he would at the appropriate time.  (2) Ken indicated that October 31 was the deadline for buying bricks for the ETSU Pride Walk at the reduced price.  Ed Williams moved that the Board buy one in the name of the Association.  The motion was seconded by Betty Tester and passed by the Board unanimously. The brick should carry the following inscription:      ETSU Retirees Assoc

                                                                                                                                                                  Still supporting


(3) Ken announced that university archives were very happy to accept the scrapbooks compiled by Edith Keys. The board voted to act on an informal resolution which we had made earlier to honor Edith’s work.  We voted to purchase a brick in her honor for the ETSU Pride Walk. Styron suggested we have the Association pass a resolution of thanks for her work at its annual meeting.  Styron was asked to come up with the wording for both the resolution and the inscription on the brick by our September meeting.

(4) Ken announced a meeting of four members of the Association on June 5 to discuss possible travel for members of the Association.

 Committee reports: 

Membership Committee:  Pauline Cross, chair.

            Pauline announced the membership was at 315. 

Finance Committee:  Bill Miller, chair.  ETSURA financial statement as of April, 2006: 

            Operating Fund Account                                                  $2,844.97
            Life Membership Account                                               $12,490.00
            Scholarship Endowment Investment Account                 $91,754.59
            Endowment Interest Income Account                             $3,097.38
            T0TAL ASSETS                                                              $110,186.94 

            The University now grants six scholarships from our scholarship fund ($300 each per academic year). 

Communications Committee:  Styron Harris, chair.

Styron announced that he thinks the committee is now reaching everyone.  Twenty five individuals are now on Betty’s e-mail list. 

Ken brought two issues to the Board. (1) Robert Plummer wants to know if the retirees want a tent for collecting tales at homecoming. (2) Lewis Thornberry wants the board to invite Jerry Robertson to speak to the board on collegiate football.  After some discussion Ken decided to talk to the two people. 

Liaison Committee: Bill Fisher, chair. 

Margaret Hougland has agreed to represent ETSURA at a national meeting of retirees’ organizations in Arizona.   Bill points out that the existing contract between BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and the State of Tennessee expires at the end of 2006.  By January 1, 2007   those of us with State Medicare Supplement may have a new provider. 

The Board voted to follow custom and not meet in June.  Styron’s report on photos and the archives was rescheduled for the July meeting.  The meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m.


Respectfully submitted, 

R. Chesla Sharp


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Mailing Address:  Office of Human Resources
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Johnson City, TN  37614-1707
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