Board Meeting Minutes – 11/20/2015



Friday, November20, 2015 – 10:00 am, URC102



Present: Janette Brown, Bill Givens, Connie Horak, Dixon Johnson, Mike Klineman, Richard Martin, Leslie Pittman Howard Saperston, Harriet Servis, Donna Simmons, Bob Stallings, David Tool, Lynn Williams

Absent: Bob Church, Jeanne Church, Fred Dear, David Donovan, Sue Edwin, Sally Emerson, Linda Forman, Carole Gustin, Art Ochoa, Jo Ochoa,

Others Present:

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 10:05 AM by President Mike Klineman.

Minutes: October 15, 2015 minutes were approved as amended. Staff Retirement Association (SRA) Board members noted that it would be helpful to receive the minutes earlier and to have copies available for all attendees at the Board Meeting. Final 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 11/20/2015. Staff Retirement Association (SRA) finances are “in good shape!”, with strong membership growth The USC Credit Union accounts total $33,930.85, with $20,324.27 in the checking account.       The SRA share of the Endowment Account is $44,694.50.
  • As of 11/20/2015 we had 119 renewals/new members for 2014-15; 291 renewals/new members for 2015-16 (plus 167 spouse members) with 47 delinquent. Five members renewed beyond 2016, and we have 167 Life Members. Year to date for 2015-16 total funds received for dues, endowment and gifts are $12,637.00.
  • Dick asked that $3,000 be moved to USC to pay bills. He noted that after the move we will have about $13,000 in the Credit Union account. Move: Transfer $3,000 to USC account to pay for SRA expenses. Moved: Lyn Williams, seconded Connie Horak.

Special Events/Dick Martin and Bill Givens:

  • Details are being finalized for the Los Angeles downtown theater tour with lunch at the newly renovated Clifton’s Cafeteria. 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. Possible dates in January and February are being investigated.
  • A tour of the Los Angeles Asia museum is being organized. Details will be available on the EC web site.
  • SRA will attend the Spring Musical, A Little Night Music, April 2, 2016 at 2:30 pm in the Bing Theater.

Emeriti Center/Janette Brown:

  • Janette can now make changes to the SRA web site. Send feedback and specific corrections to her.
  • The EC Open House and the Medicare Part D workshop went very well.
  • The Benefits Committee is in “re-organization mode”, with intent to bring in people on campus. Staff Assembly and Faculty Senate representatives and the two Navigators will be included. With the central location at the URC issues of advocacy, wellness, work and family life, etc. can be addressed.
  • EC has also partnered with Trojan Travel (e.g., southern trips, trips to Cuba). Suggestions are welcome.
  • The Provost is responding personally to personal emails. We should correspond.
  • Look at the Face Book and Twitter pages. Links are on the EC web page.
  • Student workers are keeping track of room reservations at URC. They are housed in URC 106.

Vice President’s Report/Connie Horak:

  • Next year’s Staff Retirement lunch is scheduled for Thursday, March 17, 2016. The contract has been submitted, with help from Todd Dickey’s office.
  • Connie will be meeting with Art Ochoa and Bob Church concerning the SRA Hospitality File (re: invitations, files, stored supplies from prior years).
  • A photographer has been hired.

Programs/Leslie Pittman:

  • December 4, 2015 has been confirmed for the Holiday Breakfast at Town and Gown. We will be collecting gently used business clothes. Entertainment by Parmer Fuller has been confirmed. Invitation reminder post cards will be mailed right before Thanksgiving.

Hospitality/Donna Simmons:

  • Donna will send reminder email for the Holiday Party, with reply date the Friday after Thanksgiving. Confirmed ok to register Parmer Fuller and his student musicians for breakfast on the EC Guests list.

.RFA/Bob Stallings:

  • The Sherry Hour was great. See the RFA web site for more information on the next RFA Sherry Hour.
  • The Provost’s Annual Faculty Retirement Recognition luncheon will took place Monday, November 9, 2015. 56 retired faculty and 20 faculty honorees attended. See rfa.blogspot for more information.
  • A South Bay Region Social, hosted by Rich and Rosie Sundeen will be held in Manhattan Beach in the spring.
  • Kaaren Hoffman, RFA treasurer is allocating funds for the Holiday Party..

Staff, Student and Community Opportunities and Activities Committee/David Tool:

  • As part of emergency preparedness, 4 USC Neighborhood Network for Emergency Preparedness have qualified as “ham” radio announcers. Equipment is being investigated.
  • The first Neighborhood Council Emergency Preparedness Alliance meeting is scheduled for Saturday November 21, 2015. David will represent USC.
  • The Empowerment Congress North Neighborhood Development Council (ECNANDC), is looking for youth representatives. Youth must be over 16 years of age and able to attend evening meetings one or more times a month.
  • Work continues with the USC Vet Center to increase number of veterans with whom David works. Additional volunteers would be welcome. This would be a good opportunity for SRA and RFA.
  • Many USC Veteran students need USC friends and/or mentors. David is working on getting email lists for SRA to send out invitations to USC SRA membership to volunteer.

Encore & Trojans Helping Trojans/Carole Gustin:

  • Harriet Servis, assisted by Donna Simmons and Connie Horak convened a Trojans Helping Trojans meeting to plan for the future.

Emeriti College/Janette Brown:

Membership Recruitment and Renewals/Open

  • Dick, asked for permission to remove from the distribution lists all members who are two (2) or more years in arrears. Mike noted that we need to move more toward electronic notification. Leslie reminded the Board that we also need more of a presence at the Health Sciences Campus (HSC), perhaps hosting a meeting at HSC, possible a meet and greet or a lecture on work and family life. Bill Givens noted that the Staff Assembly meets at HSC every third time, and perhaps we could “piggy back”. We also need an SRA poster that we can put up around both campuses to recruit new members.

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. Janette has asked all SRA members to review the web site and email suggestions for corrections and improvements to her, including the URL of the page that needs corrections (see Emeriti Center report).

Staff Assembly Report/David Donovan:

  • Todd Dickey’s report to the SRA has been postponed due to illness..
  • Calendar year term Staff Assembly (SA) elections are coming soon. Half the seats come vacant each year (30 out of 60). After elections, officers are chosen by the SA.
  • The SRA/Staff Assembly relationship has been working very well.

Benefits and Resources/Howard Saperston:

  • See comments in the section Emeriti Center.

Old Business:

  • None

New Business:

  • None

Future Meeting Dates:

  • January 15 – SRA Board Meeting
  • February 19 – 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 12:04 pm.

Recorded by Donna Simmons, transcribed by Linda K. Forman