Board Meeting Minutes – July, 17, 2015



Friday, July 17, 2015 – 10:00 am, GERO




Present: Janette Brown, Bob Church, Sue Edwin, Linda Forman, Bill Givens, Connie Horak, Dixon Johnson, Mike Klineman, Richard Martin, Art Ochoa, Jo Ochoa, Leslie Pittman Howard Saperston, Harriet Servis, Donna Simmons, Bob Stallings, David Tool, Lynn Williams

Absent: Jeanne Church, Fred Dear, David Donovan, Sally Emerson, Carole Gustin

Others Present: Michelle Jones, Staff Assembly

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 10:00 AM by President Mike Klineman. The agenda was approved as corrected.

Minutes: May 22, 2015 minutes were approved. Moved by Jo Ochoa Seconded by Donna Simons Final approved minutes are attached.


Finance/Dick Martin:

  • Treasurer’s report: Dick circulated a detailed financial analysis of all income and expenses for the current fiscal year, as of 7/15/2015. Staff Retirement Association (SRA) finances are “in good shape!”, with strong membership growth The USC Credit Union accounts total $25,672.20, with 12,081.85 in checking. The SRA share of the Endowment Account is $44,674.50 (to be updated by university in October).
  • As of 7/15/2015 we had 380 renewals/new members for 2014-15 (plus 139 spouse members) with 48 delinquent. Three members renewed beyond 2016, 73 members have renewed to 2016 and we have 170 Life Members. Total funds received for 2014-15 for dues, endowment and gifts are $17,887.00.       Year to date for 2015-16 total funds received for dues, endowment and gifts are $2.902.00.

Special Events/Dick Martin and Bill Givens:

  • Details are being finalized for the Los Angeles downtown theater tour. A date will be announced soon. Publicity and reservations will be done by e-mail through the Emeriti Center’s (EC) system already in place.
  • A tour of the Los Angeles Asia museum is being organized. Details will be available on the EC web site.

Vice President’s Report/Connie Horak:

  • Next year’s Staff Retirement lunch is scheduled for Thursday, March 17, 2016. SRA has been assured that funds are included in Senior Vice President, Administration Todd R. Dickey’s budget for this popular event.

Emeriti Center/Janette Brown:

  • Janette is meeting this afternoon for a half hour with Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs. Elizabeth Graddy. A comprehensive report of best retiree programs across universities will be presented.
  • A vision statement for the Emeriti Center will emphasize seamless transition from pre to post retirement.
  • All meeting for SRA, RFA, the Benefits Committee and other EC Committees with be held at GERO through December.

RFA/Bob Stallings:

  • The RFA has been active since the distribution of Marty Levine’s June 1, letter
    • A 45 minute Q&A with Marty Levine and the RFA board of directors.
    • Scheduled a meeting with Vice Provost Elizabeth Graddy for August 14, in lieu of the regular RFA board meeting.
    • Sent an email to all retired faculty inviting comments to President Nikias, if they so desired.
    • Sent an email to President Nikias concerning the changes. The email was answered the next day by Marty Levine. .
  • The Caldwell Scholars semi-annual luncheon has been scheduled for Friday, September 11, 2015, following the RFA board meeting.

Programs/Leslie Pittman:

  • Following the SRA annual business meeting June 17, 2015 attendees toured the renovated Heritage Hall and the John McKay Center. Many thanks to Ron Orr, Becky Gramstrup and Chanel Buccola for all the help making this event a success.
  • The SRA September meeting will be held on September 16, 2015. Todd Dickey, Sr. VP, helped SRA secure the room. Mark Aliano (Senior Sales Manager-Hospitality Department) will coordinate room reservations. Room rental cost includes tables and chairs for 65 guests. Extras will be charged up to $786.00 (including food), which will be paid by SRA. Our speaker Ruth Kennison, will talk about Chocolate. She will do a chocolate tasting bar if we pay for the chocolate bars. Linda Forman moved and Bob Church seconded a motion to approve $200 for samples and an honorarium and authorized Ruth to sell her own boxed chocolates at the meeting. The motion passed unanimously.
  • A tentative date of December 4, 2015 has been set for the Holiday Breakfast. Town and Gown will be asked to hold the date.

Hospitality/Donna Simmons:

  • In the future SRA may need to increase its budget to cover USC service charges.
  • Need to check on the availability of Palmer Fuller and his students to provide entertainment for the December 4, Holiday Breakfast.
  • Under the new EC administrative structure, SRA needs to research the cost and liability of providing Electric Cart transportation from the parking structures to the event venue.

USC Neighborhood Network, Trojan Friends Network (TFN) and CERT/David Tool:

  • New CERT courses are scheduled for Saturdays May 30, June 6 and June 13 from 9am to 3pm. To date 65 community members have signed up for the training, including a retired deputy sheriff.
  • The TFN web site is under development. The students would like volunteers to help with editing essays/paper, and interacting directly with them. An article for the SRA newsletter is being written, and should be ready in time for the autumn newsletter.
  • David as been appointed the new USC representative to the Empowerment Congress North Neighborhood Development Council (ECNANDC). Previously he had been the Area 3 rep.

Encore & Trojans Helping Trojans/Carole Gustin:

  • No Report

Emeriti College/Janette Brown:

Membership Recruitment and Renewals/Open

  • Per President Mike Klineman, the annual membership renewal letter is being drafted for review and distribution.

Internet/Web Site Content/Linda Forman:

  • John Casagrande and Bob Scales are working to consolidate the individual “web platforms” used by the various EC-related groups. Minutes of the SRA board meetings are current on the SRA website.

Staff Assembly Report /Michelle Jones for David Donovan:

  • Last Thursday, the Staff Assembly was held at the Health Sciences Campus (HSC). David Donovan was the speaker.
  • The SRA/Staff Assembly relationship has been working very well.
  • Transportation voucher support for staff were eliminated from the current university budget.

Benefits and Resources/Howard Saperston:

  • The Benefits Committee has not met recently, so there is no report.

Old Business:

  • No old business

New Business:

  • No new business

Future Meeting Dates:

  • August 21 – SRA Board Meeting
  • September 16 – General Meeting – The History of Chocolate by Ruth Kennison
  • October 16 – SRA Board Meeting
  • November 20 – SRA Board Meeting
  • December 4 – SRA Holiday Breakfast – Town and Gown
  • January 15 – SRA Board Meeting
  • February 18 – SRA Board Meeting
  • March 17 – Staff Retirees Lunch – Town and Gown
  • April 15 – SRA Board Meeting
  • May 20 – SRA Board Meeting
  • June TBD – General Meeting

Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 12:20 pm.

Recorded by Linda K. Forman