Next Meeting -- Michael Shelden, a Bloomington resident who teaches at Indiana State University, will be the speaker at the December 11th luncheon at Terry's Banquets and Catering, 3124 N. Canterbury Dr. (off West Arlington Road). His topic will be "Mark Twain's Last Christmas."
The Christian Science Monitor and the Library Journal chose Shelden's biography of Twain, Mark Twain: Man in White, as one of the best books of 2010.
Shelden's biography of George Orwell was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and a New York Times Notable Book. His most recent work, Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill, is an international best-seller. The film rights for Young Titan have been optioned to Carnival Films, the U.K. producers of "Downton Abbey."
Reservations for the luncheon (choice of vegetable or chicken pot pie) are due by Dec. 6, and the cost is $16.50 per person. The reservation form is provided, and should be sent with payment to IURA, P.O. Box 8393, Bloomington, IN 47407.
United Way needs your help! -- With the campaign for next year entering high gear, the IURA is 64 percent of its way to the $125,000 United Way goal, Harriet Pfister announced at the Nov. 13 meeting. Ninety donors have pledged $79,553, with 42 people -- an astonishing number -- contributing $1,000 or more.
Doris Burton and Wain Martin are again sharing with Harriet the duties as IURA volunteers for the United Way campaign.
IU Perks -- The IURA board assembled a list of IU retirees' "perks" for distribution at the October 2012 meeting. It is available for download online.
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.
What is going on with e-delivery? -- If you signed up for e-delivery of Newswatch yet you continue to receive a copy through the mail, you may be wondering what is going on. This dual delivery is the result of IURA having to meet a minimum mail requirement to qualify to use the Postal Permit. To reach that minimum we need to include in our mailing those who have signed up for e-delivery. However, from August through November we meet those minimum requirements without including those who want e-delivery. Thus in the fall those who have signed up for e-delivery will receive ONLY an electronic version of Newswatch. Even with this strange arrangement, e-delivery still helps both the environment and IURA, just not as much as we originally thought. You can sign up for e-delivery at any time; just send a message to Gerald Marker.
If you live in Bloomington and want to talk to a real person about your TIAA/CREF holdings, you can schedule an appointment at the local office, 2852 E. Buick Cadillac Blvd., by calling 812-349-4443.