Old News from the SRA President, Dixon Johnson:

We’re at work on a survey, an improved website, and more

During fall semester your SRA board has been busy with matters including operational decisions, events, developing materials, improving our website, and a survey. Here’s a little bit about each.

Effective with the upcoming March 2015 luncheon honoring 2014 staff retirees, the board has voted to give the honorees a one-year free membership in the Staff Retirement Association. Thus they will not have to pay the $20 membership fee for their first year of membership.

Our September 2014 membership meeting featured George Salem Department of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, reporting on the physiological benefits of yoga. His informative and entertaining PowerPoint presentation, (which featured an appearance by Elvis!), was well received by the more than 75 SRA members in attendance.

The SRA website originally developed by Len Wines is in the process of being updated and will provide access to all Board minutes, By-laws, listing of members and their contact information, a current activity calendar and other useful information. This updating could not have occurred without the superb assistance of John Casagrande and the postings by the SRA Secretary, Linda Forman.

With the help of the Emeriti Center and Bob Scales the Emeriti Center is now conducting a survey of all staff retirees. This Internet-accessed survey will help the SRA better understand retirees’ activities and involvements with USC and lead to an even more effective and responsive SRA. So be sure to complete the 15 minute survey!

A very useful publication is currently being developed to assist retirees who live alone. It will contain helpful hints and contact information about available services. The content is based on the suggestions and experiences of a group of 27 USC retirees from the “Trojans Helping Trojans”group led by Carole Gustin.

Our programs and events are possible through the dedicated efforts of our program and hospitality committees ably led by Leslie Pittman and Donna Simmons. The terrific Annual Holiday Breakfast in December, which brought together both retired faculty and SRA members, was successful because of their dedicated efforts and the excellent work of their predecessors, Jeanne and Bob Church (Programs) and Carolyn Watanabe (Hospitality), as well as volunteers from the Retired Faculty Association, Emeriti Center, and Diana Seyb.

The SRA works to represent the interests of USC retired staff to the University and to offer programs and activities for our retirees and spouse/partner members. We are always looking for creative people who want to help with the planning and hosting of our activities, so please contact me, and we’ll get you more involved!

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Michael Klineman
Staff Retirement Association