The University of Minnesota Retirees Association (UMRA) is an independent organization, incorporated by the State of Minnesota in 1978. UMRA has about 500 members, including faculty, P&A, and civil service employees, all of whom retired from the University.
UMRA Board meeting September 23, 2014
The mission of this association shall be to promote, protect, support and advocate for the interests, rights, needs and welfare of persons who retire from the University of Minnesota. More specifically, UMRA Goals are:
- To help retirees successfully deal with the retirement process, both during their retirement year and into their retirement years.
- To provide all retirees broad intellectual stimulation as well as social and recreational services;
- To oversee and assist in the ongoing provision of benefits affecting the health and wellness of retirees;
- To facilitate opportunities for voluntary service to the University and community;
- To contribute to the development and welfare of the University and its mission and goals.
UMRA needs organizational volunteers to keep the retirees association growing and meeting its members’ needs. We are especially interested in involving those who have joined UMRA in recent years and may be able to offer new perspectives to established committees. Your ideas and your energy can contribute in many ways to the organization.
Volunteer to Help UMRA
Please consider serving on an UMRA committee. UMRA committees and their chairs currently include:
• Program: Jean Kinsey, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Membership: John Anderson, email@example.com
• Service Engagement: Victor Bloomfield, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Professional Grants Program: Jan Hogan-Schiltgen,
• UMRA Cares: Van Linck, email@example.com, and Earl
• Luncheon: Ben Zimmerman, Judy Leahy Grimes
If you are interested in learning more about the work of any of these committees, please contact the chairpersons listed.
As an organizational volunteer, you will not only serve fellow retirees, but you will also find that getting involved is a great way to get to know others and make new friends.
The program committee plans and schedules events and speakers. Each of the monthly meetings: September, October, and November plus January through May, features a speaker or other presentation at the luncheon meeting. The program committee welcomes suggestions – and feedback – by phone or email to any of its members. In addition to monthly meetings, the program committee may schedule other events of special interest to UMRA members. For example, the exhibition "Queen Alexandria, Lady Curzon, and Indian Textiles" at the Goldstein Gallery this past summer. This exhibition was a result of a Professional Development Grant to retiree Donald Clay Johnson, Curator Emeritus of the Ames Library of South Asia, and featured volunteer hosts from UMRA for its open house on June 18.
An active membership committee has worked from year to year welcoming new retirees into UMRA membership. In 2008 the board charged the Membership Committee with the tasks of improving communication with new retirees as well as reviewing services and benefits for members. The chair of this committee is John Anderson.
Membership Committee, seated from left to right: Judy Leahy Grimes, Nancy Helmich, Earl Nolting, Ginny Hanson
John Anderson, Virgil Larson, Ben Zimmerman, David Naumann
The Membership Committee is actively developing new activities and benefits for UMRA members and prospective members. Should you have suggestions in this regard, please contact the chair or any of the members with your ideas.
The UMRA Treasurer, Richard Skaggs, keeps the books and reports to the UMRA Board on the financial inflows and outflows at each monthly meeting. View or download a financial summary report for the just completed year 2013-14.
How To Join UMRA
All retirees or soon-to-be-retired faculty or staff, and spouses or partners, are eligible to join UMRA. Annual membership dues are $25 for individual membership and $35 for a couple. For retirees joining UMRA for the first time, membership is only $10 for a single or $15 for a couple for the first year.
Membership forms are available from the chair of the Membership Committee or any other UMRA officer, or you may download a membership form (in MS Word) here. Should you have any questions, use the appropriate phone numbers and e-mail addresses above.
Officers and Board Members, 2014-15
President:Harold A. Miller; firstname.lastname@example.org; 612-353-4939
President-Elect: Jean D. Kinsey;
Treasurer:Richard H. Skaggs; email@example.com; 651-483-3580
Past President: John S. Adams; firstname.lastname@example.org; 612-925-1340
Board of Directors
Sheilyn Goldsmith May
Program Committee (2014-15)
Jean Kinsey (President-Elect & Chair), email@example.com, 651-636-8636
John S. Adams (Immediate Past President),; firstname.lastname@example.org; 612-925-1340
Harold Miller (President), email@example.com;
Kathy O'Brien, firstname.lastname@example.org, 612-722-8475
Richard H. Skaggs; email@example.com;
Shirley Zimmerman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 952-926-8644
Ron Anderson; email@example.com;
Van Linck, firstname.lastname@example.org, 651-490-1385
Earl Nolting, email@example.com, 651-633-4333
Ginny Hanson, Newsletter Editor
Virgil Larson, Database Manager
David Naumann, Webmaster
UMRA Representatives to
Board of Regents
Senate Committee on Faculty Affairs
Health Care Benefits Advisory Committee
Retirees Volunteer Center
Senate Subcommittee on Retirement Plans
Civil Service Senate
Retirees Volunteer Center
Mailing Address, Telephone Number
University of Minnesota Retirees Association
University of Minnesota
McNamara Alumni Center
Room 264, Suite 250
200 Oak Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-2002
Phone: 612-626-4403 (messages checked daily)
Professional Development Grants for Retirees— grants of up to $5,000 for UMN retirees are available for professional development or research each year for several years. Applications for these awards are due mid-December. For more information see the UMRA Grants page.
UMRA Bylaws—Download the UMRA Bylaws as a PDF file.
UMRA Board Operating Manual now available
(version of March 2, 2015) Download PDF Version