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May 12, 2020

 The first meeting of 2020-21 with new board members was held through Zoom due to COVID-19. New and continuing members introduced themselves. The board determined that the combined Meet and Greet event and Annual Meeting which was to be held on September 8, 2020 at Ability 360 should be cancelled due to COVID-19 and the vulnerablity of the attendees.  A new card-key lock was installed on the ASURA office.  Many Arizona Lesgislative actions were not addressed due to the virus.  Dick Jacob, has been chosen to serve on the State committee choosing the insurance type and carrier for the future five years.  ASURA will conitinue to mail out print copies of our newsletter. 
September 8, 2020  The ASURA September Board meeting was held on September 8, 2020 via Zoom.  The Board tentatively approved the ASURA Scholarship amount of $10,000.  This amount will be finalized at the October meeting with the budget approval process.  Barry and Connie McNeil are working on the 3rd Decade of ASURA book as they receive submissions.  The Video History Project is also moving forward.  Connie McNeill reported that membership is up from last year. We are especially happy to see more renewals which translates into more money. The next meeting will be held on October 13, 2020 via Zoom.
October 13, 2020  The October meeting of the ASURA Board was held on October 13, 2020 via Zoom.  The main item was the approval of the 2020-2021 budget.  An additional $1000 was added to support virtual interviewing for the Video History Project and $1500 for the publication of the 3rd Decade of Success book.  Since renewals and donations are up this year, all line items will be commensurate with last year’s amounts. Both the Video History Project and the 3rd Decade of Success book are making good progress. ABOR has asked for $5.6 Billion to support Arizona’s universities, plus another $35 million to make up for the cuts in last year’s “skinny” budget.  The Arizona state medical insurance options are extremely complicated this year and reenrollment is required.
November 10 2020  The ASURA Board met through Zoom.  There were some amendments to the previously approved budget and the amended budget was approved.  It was noted that the ASU enrollment for Spring 2021 is lagging 5-6%. However, ASU is doing much better than UA and NAU and has tot had to reduce staff or faculty personnel.  There is active construction occurring on both the Tempe and Downtown campuses. ASU is updating the look and feel of their websites.  Connie McNeill expressed concern about the difficulty of making adjustments due to technology changes.  Several pre-retirement seminars are in the works.  There are no ASURA face-to-face events planned due to COVID-19.
December (no meeting)  
January 12,  2021  The meeting was held on Zoom.  Joy Shearman reported that she has spoken with our scholarship recipient and she received all A’s for Fall 2020 Semester and is sheltering at home with her mother and children.  Bev Buddee reported that there are 3 upcoming seminars focusing on technical training, nutrition, and physical therapy.  Larry Carlson is collecting books and now can take them directly to the South Phoenix Public Library. Barry McNeill asked that Carl Cross request the financial review of the ASURA books which was due in fall of 2020 but has not been completed. Jeri Meeks reported on the Governor’s State of the State message (see minutes for details) and ABOR’s request for funding in the new state budget.  The Tri-university committee on retirement issues met again in November to talk about best practices in retiree recruitment.  At the meeting, the issue of joint membership was discussed.  The general feeling in the ASURA was positive about that potential but many details need to be ironed out before approval.  The next meeting will be February 9, 2021 via Zoom.
February 9 2021  ASURA Board met on February 9, 2021. Connie McNeill was nominated and approved as Treasurer. She gave the annual financial report. ASURA finances are in a positive position with growth in paid memberships. Simin Levinson, ASU Academic Senate President, reported on the appointment of a new Provost and Vice Provost positions. ASU is taking an active role in COVID 19 testing and vaccination. ASU is advancing on all fronts with a new model that includes three enterprises: Academic, Knowledge, and Learning Enterprises. President Crow presented ABOR with this model in the Strategic Enterprise Plan. Pat Schneider will take over as seminar chair from Bev Buddee next year. We are looking at the appropriate mix of in-person and virtual seminars. ASURA is keeping a close eye on Arizona state legislature activities.  There are at least 100 bills relating to election processes.  In particular, ASURA is concerned with bills that relate to retirees and state insurance options.  The next board meeting will be held on March 9, 2021 at 10:00 am via Zoom.
March 9, 2021  The ASURA Board met on March 9, 2021.  The budget is in good standing and offers the opportunity to spend extra money on various items such as printing hard copies of Celebrating A Third Decade of Success. Simin Levinson, President of the University Senate, reported on the strategic efforts of the University which are primarily aimed at technology through the Fulton Colleges of Engineering.  The engineering programs at the ASU Polytechnic Campus will be expanding.  Joy Shearman reported that the scholarship process has experienced a slight delay but will have a recipient selected prior to the Annual Meeting. Also, our current recipient will be available to make a short presentation. Jeri Meeks and Pat Schneider have been keeping an eye on the Arizona Legislature. There are several bills dealing with election voter restrictions and support for aging. Five new board members were elected and the officers confirmed for the coming year include: President Larry Edmonds, Past President Carl Cross, Vice President Kathy Gunn, Treasurer Barry McNeill, and Secretary Jane Carey.