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May 27, 2014 Festive Luncheon and Annual Meeting

“Making the most of later life–with Music” illustrated by Clif and Bettye Ware: Our final program of the year features UMRA members Clif and Bettye Ware, whose presentation will illustrate how music and
performance helps us enjoy the challenges and opportunities presented in later life. See our meetings page for more information.

Workshop: There will be no workshop today

 See the meetings page for more details.

Invite your tech-savvy grandchild to volunteer for UMRA!

UMRA is looking to dip its collective toe into the icy, swirling waters of Internet “social media.” This would mean Facebook – at least to start, and we will need some tech-savvy volunteers to assist this effort.

Because we have had little success in finding volunteers among our “in later years” membership, we’re also looking for anyone else who is interested. Not surprisingly, very few of us are nearly as comfortable with Facebook as those who are growing up with smartphones and their “apps.”

The Communications and IT Committee surveyed members in March, and discovered some very strong opinions, both for and against social media. We think learning more about Facebook, how to use it, and how to use its privacy and security features will alleviate most concerns. Usage of any social media is always optional for individuals, and UMRA has no intention of exclusively channeling anything through it.

A knowledgeable volunteer would help establish our presence, help hold at least one training session for members, and continue to monitor issues or problems for UMRA in using Facebook. With a new website with new capabilities coming soon, key news and schedules could be shared to Facebook automatically, potentially improving our communications and supporting member-to-member communications and sharing.

Interested volunteers can text me at 612-382-9856.
— David Naumann, UMRA Webmaster,


May meeting includes annual election

During the business portion of the meeting on May 27, members will elect next year’s UMRA leadership. The nominating committee presents the following for your approval.

For Officers:
President-elect — Jean Kinsey
Secretary — Julie Medbery (fourth one-year term)
Treasurer — Richard Skaggs (fifth one-year term)
For Board of Directors:
— Carl Adams
— Roger Clemence
— Sherilyn Goldsmith May
— Jeanne Markell
— Donna Peterson

Profiles are on our page of candidates.

After election, or re-election, the above members will join in leading the organization with the following continuing officers:

President, 2014-15 — Hal Miller
Past president — John Adams

and board members who are continuing to serve out terms: Joanne Eicher, Vern Eidman, Virgil larson, Vandora Linck, David Naumann, Kathleen O’Brien, and Paul Quie.

Board members who are completing their terms in May are: Past President Ron Anderson, Victor Bloomfield, Jan Hogan, Judd Sheridan, Craig Swan, and Julia Wallace. Please join in the festivities of the May Special Luncheon and annual meeting to celebrate a successful year and to thank these members for their service and leadership.


UMRA to recognize five members with service awards at Annual Meeting luncheon

UMRA’s first awards recognizing retirees for special service were presented at the Annual Meeting in May 2013. The inaugural Outstanding Service Awards went to Judy Leahy Grimes for UMRA Service; Paul Rosenblatt for University Service; and Gary C. McVey for Community Service.

To learn more about the awards, see the May 2104 (or 2013) issue of the UMRA Newsletter, page 4. Issues can be accessed from the Newsletter page.


The Frugal University Retiree

October 29, 2013: Our intrepid explorer Earl Nolting has scoured the U to bring us the latest in discounts. See them on the Member Benefits page. Back

About UMRA's PDG Program

Announcing the 2014 –15 Professional Development Grants for Retirees Awards

in February a committee of retirees, appointed by Frances Llawrenz, associate vice president for Research, reviewed and recommended 12 of the 14 applications for Professional Development Grants for Retirees. Brian Herman, vice president for Research, recently announced the grant recipients.

Support the Professional Development Grants for Retirees Program

You may now directly support the Professional Development Grants for Retirees (PDG) program through your directed contribution to the University of Minnesota Foundation at Your gift will support and strengthen this important program. See our Grants page for more information.

— Jan Hogan-Schiltgen, chair, PDGR Committee Back


REMINDER: Senior Citizen Education Program

The Senior Citizen Education Program (SCEP) is part of a 2012  Minnesota state statute and applies to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MNSCU). The University of Minnesota has chosen to participate in order to provide senior citizens with higher education opportunities.

If you meet the residency and age requirements of the SCEP, you may audit courses free of charge or take courses for credit at $10 per credit. Whether you audit or earn credits for the course, you must pay any required laboratory or materials fees. To register and for more information go to the senior citizen section of the University's ONE STOP student services page. Back

UMRACares Group

the UMRA Cares committee members stand ready throughout the year to assist and support members who may be facing serious illness or experiencing the death of a loved one. Tthis committee was formed by members who know first-hand how important it is to have support in times of stress or loss. If you or someone you know wants to talk with a member of UMRA Cares, please e-mail them at or call and leave a message at the office phone: 612-626-4403.

Throughout the year, including summer, your UMRACARES committee hopes to provide you with support and resources through emails, programs and on our website on dealing with the death or serious illness of a loved one.  We will keep you posted as we move along and establish these programs.

Grief Support Groups This list, courtesy of Allina Health, has been compiled to help those who may be interested in seeking assistance through grief support goups or individual therapy.

Please n call any member of our committee with questions or comments you may have with regard to dealing with the loss or serious illness of a family member.   Or call us with ideas you would like to offer for the continuing operation of this UMRA program.   

Van Linck           651-490-1385
Earl Nolting        651-633-4333
Harriet Reiss      763-544-8016


Current Links of Interest to Retirees

Invite a retiree to an UMRA lunch

If you know someone who is recently retired or will be soon, invite them to the next luncheon. Prospective members receive a complimentary meal, just so they can check us out! When you make your reservations, call in to tell us that you want to bring a prospective member, and UMRA will trreat them to their first luncheon program.

UMRA members launch unique digital Journal of Opinions, Ideas, and Essays

The University of Minnesota, through the good offices of the Provost and the University Digital Conservancy (UDC) announces a new, unusual, and perhaps unique digital journal, The Journal of Opinions, Ideas and Essays(JOIE).

As the title implies, it will be a vehicle for the publication of a broad variety of high-quality articles on a wide assortment of topics that may not be encouraged by or suitable for publication in conventional, scholarly journals. It will include reviews, short stories, poems, photographic essays, essays on scholarly topics, opinion pieces, and discussions of pedagogical or curricular issues.

JOIE is managed by UMRA (University of Minnesota Retirees Association), and will be accessible to anyone with electronic access to the UDC.

The board of editors invites submissions from any member of the University community, past or present.

You may view the inaugural issue at There you will find representative articles, instructions to authors, and contact information.

We encourage you to submit articles and to read what we hope will become a popular vehicle for intellectual exchange.

— Martin Dworkin and JOIE Board of Editors Back



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UMRA membership

An application/renewal form is available here. Retirees joining UMRA for the first time get a 60% reduction in fees. This "introductory membership" costs is just $10 for a single or $15 for a couple for the first year.

For members who are sure they want to attend every UMRA luncheon, you may pay for the first seven, September through April, in advance with your membership application or renewal. The price is the same, but you don’t have to write a check each time.

No refunds are available and a missed luncheon is considered a donation to UMRA. You still need to make a reservation for each luncheon by phone or email. The price is $112 (7 x $16) for one package.

UMRA has a telephone number, 612-626-4403. Messages are checked and processed on a daily basis. Back

We hope you find this website useful and we invite you to send comments and suggestions to the Webmaster, Dave Naumann, at


Luncheon guests October 2012

Luncheon guests October 2012

Luncheon guests October 2012

Luncheon guests October 2012

Luncheon guests November 2012

March 2012 after-luncheon Workshop