February Meeting - Tom Hustad, professor emeritus of marketing and jazz aficionado, will discuss how he came to know and love the music of famed trumpeter and cornetist Ruby Braff. Tom will briefly describe his decision to write a biography of Reuben "Ruby" Braff and how their relationship evolved over the years spent researching and writing the book, Born to Play ( 2012).
The meeting will be at the DeVault Alumni Center on Feb. 10 at 2 p.m.
United Way--The IU Retirees Association's United Way committee announced at the Jan. 12 meeting that, as of that date, retirees have pledged $172,503. The goal was $145,000.
In 2014 retirees exceeded the goal of $135,000 by more than 13 percent, pledging nearly $153,000. This year the number of donors increased slightly, 201 compared to last year's 195, but the number of Vanguards, those pledging $1,000 or more, increased from 69 to 79.
Retiree Benefits: News from HR-- IU's Human Resources has appointed Karen Hill as its new liaison to the IURA. Retirees may address specific questions about benefits to Karen at email@example.com, 812-856-4459.
Committees for 2015-16 -- Program: Joan Curts (chair), John Hobson, Dick McKaig, and Carol Stokes; Hospitality: Harriet Pfister (chair), Carol Stokes, and Martha Wailes; Newswatch: Judy Schroeder; Database Manager: Doris Wittenburg; Webmaster: Suzann Owen; Historian: Bob Dodd; and Retiree Benefits: Bruce Jaffee.
Election of Board Members -- Joan Curts, Tom Hustad, and Doug Porter were elected to three-year terms on the IURA board during the April's Meeting. John Hobson will continue as past president.
Membership Dues -- The membership form is available on line. IURA welcomes to membership a large number of University employees who recently accepted the IU early retirement package.
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