Board Meeting Minutes – May 20, 2016



Friday, May 20, 2016 – 10:00 am, URC102



Present: Bob Church, David Donovan, Linda Forman, Bill Givens, Jill Hopkins, Connie Horak, Mike Klineman, Dick Martin, Harriet Servis, Donna Simmons, Victor Webb, Lynn Williams

Absent: Janette Brown, Fred Dear, Sally Emerson, Carole Gustin, Dixon Johnson, Art Ochoa, Jo Ochoa, Howard Saperston, David Tool

Others Present:

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

Minutes: April 15, 2016 minutes were approved as corrected. Moved, Dick Martin; Seconded, Bill Givens.


President/Mike Klineman:

  • The President called the meeting to order.

Finance/Dick Martin:

  • Treasurer’s report: Dick circulated a detailed financial analysis of all income and expenses for the current fiscal year, as of 5/19/2016. The USC Credit Union accounts total $25,772.77, with $12,139.93 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 $14,995.00, with additional funds being received from the “Day of Giving” campaign.
  • As of 5/19/2016 we had 307 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. All renewals from April 1, 2016 forward will be good through 2017. A renewal letter will go out the first week of June, including the 88 2015 delinquencies.
  • Linda K. Forman moved and Bob Church seconded a motion to pay The Emeriti Center (EC) $500 for the second half of the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Passed unanimously.
  • Linda K. Forman moved and Bob Church seconded a motion to donate $500 to the Caldwell Scholarship Account. Pass unanimously.

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

  • 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.
  • This 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.
  • Planning is now underway for the 32nd Annual Staff Retirement Luncheon to be held in March 2017.

.RFA/Victor Webb:

  • With no permanent president, a small committee is being formed to suggest possible solutions. Ken Servis will serve at Treasurer for next year. Two new Caldwell scholars have been named. Nearly $2,000 has been raised, to date, from the “Day of Giving” campaign for the Caldwell Scholarship.

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

  • The annual ice cream social was a great success on both campuses. Janette Brown spoke at last month’s meeting. An ad hoc committee has been formed to recommend staff members for scholarships toward degree programs at USC. The permit parking rate will be increased for next academic year.

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

  • No report since David Tool was on jury duty.

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. Our best wishes to Howard for a full recovery.

Special Events/Dick Martin and Bill Givens:

  • 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.
  • A docent led tour of the Metro red line art displays is being organized. It will start at the downtown Metro station and include a lunch at Mel’s Diner, before returning to the downtown stations.
  • Additional suggestions include: a tour of the Holocaust Museum at Fairfax Park, 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
  • 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.
  • On May 4, 2016, USC Giving Day, a donation letter and email was sent by the EC to SRA, RFA and EC members soliciting donations to the Caldwell Scholarship fund. There has been a good response.
  • 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:

  • The Board discussed a free first year of membership for all USC staff retirees. It was moved to initiate a two year experiment for academic years 2016-17 and 2017-18 that all new members will be granted a first year of membership without charge. Moved: Donna Simmons Seconded: David Donovan. Motion passed. All new members with e-mails will receive a welcoming letter that includes the announcement. The few others will be welcomed via “snail mail”.

New Business:

Future Meeting Dates:

  • 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 12:00 pm.

Recorded by Linda K. Forman