Board Meeting Minutes – April 15, 2016



Friday, April 15, 2016 – 10:00 am, URC102


Present:  Janette Brown, Bob Church, Linda Forman, Bill Givens, Mike Klineman, Dick Martin, Art Ochoa, Jo Ochoa, Howard Saperston, David Tool, Lynn Williams

Absent:  Jeanne Church, Fred Dear, David Donovan, Sally Emerson, Carole Gustin, Connie Horak, Dixon Johnson, Harriet Servis, Donna Simmons, Victor Webb

Others Present:  Jill Hopkins

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

Minutes:  February 19, 2016 minutes were approved as corrected.  Moved, Bob Church; Seconded, Jo Ochoa.


President/Mike Klineman:

  • The President called the meeting to order, and introduced Jill Hopkins, a USC staff retiree.  He recognized our members who produce such great events.  He then asked all of us to think about the purpose of SRA.  Janette Brown suggested advocacy as one of our purposes.

Finance/Dick Martin:

  • Treasurer’s report: Dick circulated a detailed financial analysis of all income and expenses for the current fiscal year, as of 2/18/2016.  SRA finances are “in good shape!” with strong membership growth.  The USC Credit Union accounts total $25,956.12, with $12,327.90 in the checking account.  The SRA share of the Endowment Account is $49,740.82 (annual earnings rate = 4.30%).  Year to date for 2015-16 total funds received for dues, endowment and gifts are $14,737.00.
  • As of 1/13/2016 we had 306 renewals/new members for 2015-16 (plus 140 spouse members) with 88 2015 delinquents. Twenty members renewed beyond 2016, and we have 175 Life Members. Non-renewal letters and/or phone calls continue to be made.  All renewals from today forward will be good through 2017.
  • In the move from the School of Gerontology, the amplifier sound system was damaged. It will cost about $650 to fix.  Janette Brown is looking for funds to fix it.  If those funds cannot be identified, Dick Martin recommended that SRA help.  More to come.

Vice President’s Report Hospitality and Programs/Connie Horak and Harriet Servis:

  • The 31st Annual Staff Retirement lunch was held Thursday, March 17, 2016, at Town and Gown, honoring 130 staff members who retired in 2015. Thirty retirees attended as well as their guests and member of the Staff Retirement Association, for a total of 180 attendees.  Dan Stimmler, Associate Senior Vice President, Auxiliary Services spoke about campus construction including, such projects as Coliseum renovation and expanded parking at both the USC Village and the Health Sciences Campuses.  Other speakers included Connie Horak, Janette Brown and Mike Klineman.  Comments after the event concluded that this was one of the best run and produced Staff Retirement Luncheons yet.
  • The June General Meeting will be held June 10, 2016 at the Allan Hancock Foundation Building. A brief business meeting will be followed by lunch and tours of the Allan Hancock Museum. Bree Russell from the Cinematic Arts Library will give an overview of this unique USC historical monument, followed by small group tours of the four-room museum. We will have brochures on hand detailing history of the Hancock family in Los Angeles and the Allen Hancock Museum. If possible, we will show video of a classic Huell Howser visit to the museum – To entertain and inform us as we enjoy our brown-bag lunch which will consist of a variety of half-sandwiches, salad, fruit and water.  Of course, and most importantly we will enjoy each other’s company.
  • The September program has been arranged. Thom Mason, Professor of Jazz Studies, will speak on Frank Sinatra, hopefully in the Norris Theatre.  The speaker’s fee will be $150.  Rent is usually $350; Todd Dickey’s office will be contacted about possible support.  Once details are confirmed, a Board resolution will be required.
  • Next year’s Holiday Party is scheduled for Friday, December 2, 2016. An advance fee of $4,000, to be paid sometime shortly after the start of the new fiscal year, will be required to hold the date.

.RFA/Victor Webb:

  • No report

Staff Assembly Report/David Donovan (reported by Bill Givens):

  • Awilda Bergard reported to the Staff Assembly concerning long term care. The Assembly passed a resolution concerning a smoke free campus.

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

  • Neighborhood issues such as safety, emergency preparedness and traffic continue to be actively addressed.
  • David Tool attended the USC Veterans and ROTC banquet on March 30, 2016 along with Casey Kazlauskas and Professor Peter Exline. Thanks to Janette Brown for helping with the invitation
  • David also hosted a member of the Warrior Writers Program at his home, a program designed to help veterans with PTSD get their thoughts on paper.
  • A brochure is being developed to introduce new students at USC and Mount St. Mary’s College to the neighborhood.
  • At Janette’s suggestion, David will attend a LA Works meeting to explore volunteer opportunities for staff and faculty.

Internet/Web Site Content/Linda Forman:

  • Suggested changes to the SRA web site should be emailed to John Casagrande at with copies to Janette Brown and the Emeriti Center (EC) staff at

Benefits and Resources/Howard Saperston:

  • Janette Brown and Howard Saperston met in March to discuss reorganization of the Benefits and Resources Committee. The Committee will be inactive until reorganization is complete.

Special Events/Dick Martin and Bill Givens:

  • The Los Angeles downtown theater tour was well received, with 47 pre-registrants and some additional friends and visitors for a total of over 60 attendees, several of whom were first time attendees. After a welcome by Bill Givens, Escott Norton, Executive Director, Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation made a presentation.  The group visited the Los Angeles theatre, the Palace Theatre and the Globe Theatre.  The event concluded with lunch at Clifton’s Cafeteria.
  • A tour of the Los Angeles Asia museum is being organized, possibly on the 3rd or 4th Thursday in May. Details will be available on the EC web site.  Suggested transportation is the Metro rail to the Memorial Park Station in Pasadena.
  • Additional suggestions include: a visit to the Broad Museum followed by lunch at the family style restaurant next door; a small-group visit to the early California arts collection at the Jonathon Club hosted by member Mary Lane and organized by Harriet Servis.

Emeriti Center/Janette Brown:

  • Our student assistants are housed in URC 103. Emails to Janette Brown and/or the EC should also be copied to the student workers at, so that they can more effectively help Janette
  • So far on the docket:
    • A book signing and presentation by Oliver Mayer on his big dog books for children February 26 just prior to the visions and voices libraries event taking place later that afternoon, which included second graders from across the street.
    • A special physical therapy afternoon with multiple workshops conducted by USC PT Faculty and PhD students held on Friday, March 18.
    • Smart phone and iPad workshops at UPC and HSC.
  • Thanks to Jerry Walker’s efforts, Dagmar Halamka is presenting a six part “Joy of Law” workshop at the Palos Verdes library that started at the end of January.
  • SRA Membership Committee chaired by Connie Horak and Janette Brown will be looking for volunteers to make calls, and review new data, including information about retirees with 5-9.9 years’ service.
  • For May 4, 2016, USC Giving Day, a donation letter and email will be sent by the EC to SRA, RFA and EC members soliciting donations to the Caldwell Scholarship fund.
  • A volunteer’s web page is under development, possibly under the umbrella of Trojans Helping Trojans. We need to engage retired staff and faculty in the wide range of intergenerational volunteer activities available to us as USC retirees, focusing on the value of bringing together inter-disciplinary, inter-generational programs with our retirees as catalyst.

Emeriti College/Janette Brown:

Old Business:

  • None

New Business:

  • The Board discussed a free first year of membership for all USC staff retirees. The discussion also included raising annual dues from $20 to $25.  No decisions were reached and discussion will continue.

Future Meeting Dates:

  • May 20 – SRA Board Meeting
  • June 10 – General Meeting
  • July 15 – SRA Board Meeting
  • August 19 – SRA Board Meeting
  • September TBD – General Meeting
  • October 21 – SRA Board Meeting
  • November 18 – SRA Board Meeting
  • December 2 – Annual Holiday Breakfast
  • January 16 – SRA Board Meeting
  • February 17 –  – SRA Board Meeting
  • March TBD – 32nd Annual Staff Retirement Luncheon
  • April 21 – SRA Board Meeting
  • May 19 – SRA Board Meeting
  • June TBD – General Meeting and election of officers

Adjournment:  The meeting adjourned at 12:05 pm.

Recorded by Linda K. Forman