Board Meeting Minutes Academic Year 2019-2020

Meeting DateMajor Topics (Click on the meeting date to see the full minutes.)
5-14-2019 This was the first Board meeting of the new Board for the 2019-2020 Year.  President Jan Thompson welcomed everyone and then outlined her four (4) goals for the next year - 1) Increase the visibility of ASURA across all campuses; 2) Grow the membership; 3) Increase the activity level of the members; 4) Have fun!  The financial report was accepted by the Board.  Committee reports were given by the committee chairs who were present at the meeting.  The Adopt-A-Family committee is in need of a new chair.  The scholarship recipient has been selected and notified.  Video history project conducted two (2) interviews.  A new venue for the Fall meet & greet and the holidy potluck was approved.  Plans are in the works for the January trip to Iceland.  Seminars are being scheduled for the year.  Jeri reported that there are no bills presently before the legislature that have any negative impact on the ASRS.  A change in email services for new retirees is going into effect July 1, 2019. 
9-8-2019 The preliminary final 2018-19 budget was presented.  The Foundation was slow in closing the books for this past fiscal year, so the final version will be presented to the Board at the Novemer 12th meeting.  The proposed 2019-2020 budget was presented to the Board for review and acceptance.  The Board accepted the proposed 2019-2020 budget.  The Seminar Committe has finalized the seminars for the 2019-2020 year.  The Pre-Retirement Committee presented the scheduled of seminars that have been scheduled for 2019-2020.  We will be offering $10K again this year for the scholarship.  New video history videos have been posted to the site.  Discussion regarding membership in AROHE (Association of Retirees Organization in Higher Education) as well as participation in the 2020 conference being held in Phoenix took place.  This discussion will be continued at the October 8th meeting. 
10-8-19 The financial reports sent out with the agenda (an attached here) were reviewed and approved by the Board.  Ginny Sylvester chair of the Adopt-a-Family Committee reported that she has a family from ASU and still waiting for a response from Tempe.  Fall luncheon speaker will be Dr. Clive D. L. Wynne,an ASU Psychology Professor and founding Director of Psychology's Canine Science Collaboratory.  The Holidy potluck is set for Friday, December 6, 2019 and will be held at the Ability 360 facility. Jeri Meeks reported on the recent Governor's Council on Aging meeting which focused on transportation options for seniors.  Links to various agencies are included in the minutes.  The Executive Committee japproved ASURA to go ahead and get the membership in AROHE for the next year.  Information on the upcoming AROHE cnvention being held in Phoenix will be sent out in the eNews.  New Board Elections committee needs to be formed.  Contact Tara if interested in working on this committee. 
11-12-19  The financial reports were reviewed and approved by the Board.  Barry Bruns did indicated that while we are in good shape going forward, we do need to keep in mind that our expenditures are increasing - room rentals rates as an example. Holiday Potluck is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 at the Ability 360 Facility.  A summary of the Tri-University meeting from Jeri Meeks is included as an attachment to the agenda/minutes. The travel committee is working on setting up both in-state in international travel trips.  Volunteers are needed to serve on the Board Nominating Committee.  Contact Tara if you are interested.  The annual meeting is set for Friday, April 17, 2020 at the Ability 360 facility.  David Sailor, Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning will be the guest speaker
December  No meeting will be held in December
01-14-20 No major issues to the Financial Report since the November meeting.  Two new interviews were conducted in the fall for the Video History Project.  The December potluck and bake sale was a success!  $150 was raised by the bake sale.  The January seminar is "10 Things Nobody Told you Abour Retirement".  Pre-retirement seminars are held on a monthly basis.  They are being recorded and the recordings can be found on the ASURA website via the "Planning for Retirement" page found under the "Retirement Information" tab.  The Travel Committee reported on upcoming trips and events.  The Legislature Committee reported on ADOA's consideration of becoming self-insured.  Employee Recognition BBQ will be held on Feb. 3, 2020 at the West Campus.
02-18-20  Nothing new to report on the financial report.  Don Nilsen reminded everyone about the Emeritus College Short Talks Luncheons on the second Tuesday of each month.  Barbara Fargotstein will be taking over for Joy Shearman as chair of the Scholarship Committee in May.  Vidoe History project continues to edit interviews and update the metadata for existing interviews.  Seminars are now being streamed using Zoom.  The next seminar will be on email migration and cyber security.  Travel committee is working on getting some instate tours setup for the group.  Several bills are before the State Legislature that are of interest to the group.  See the full minutes for a summary.  The publication of "Third Decade of Success" will be compiled by Connie and Barry McNeill and is targeted to be reday by the 2021 annual meeting.  Annual Report reports are due to Jan by March 15th.
03-10-20  Financial report was reviewed and accepted.  Kendra Burton reported on the ASU and ABOR budget requests.  Joy reported that 33 candidates have been received for the scholarship applications.  Jeri reported that several bills are on both the House and Senate agendas regarding  clean elections and voter rights.  Jan suggested we nominate the Video History Project for an AROHE Innovation Award that would be presented at the upcoming conference.  A donation was made by Bill Stasi to support the publication of "The Third Decade of Success" book.  Results of the Board elections were given.  Carl introduced the new Executive staff for the 2020-21 Board year.
April  Information on the Annual Meeting will be posted in September.  The meeting has been rescheduled to coincide with the annual meet-and-greet.