Board Meeting Minutes – August 19, 2016



Friday, August 19, 2016 – 10:00 am, URC102

Present: Fred Dear, David Donovan, Bill Givens, Jill Hopkins, Connie Horak, Mike Klineman,

Harriet Servis, Donna Simmons, David Tool.

Absent: Janette Brown, Bob Church, Sally Emerson, Linda Forman, Carole Gustin, Dixon Johnson,

Dick Martin, Art Ochoa, Jo Ochoa, Howard Saperston, Victor Webb, Lynn Williams.

Others Present:

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 10:15 AM by President Mike Klineman.

Minutes: previous meeting Minutes were not yet available.


President/Mike Klineman:

  • The President called the meeting to order, with a brief discussion on recruiting new Board members.

Finance and Membership/Dick Martin:

  • Treasurer’s report: Dick emailed a financial analysis of all income and expenses for the current fiscal year, as of 8/10/2016. The USC Credit Union accounts total $31,277.44, with $17,630.42 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 $15,698.00. · As of 8/10/2016 we had 253 renewals/new members for 2016/17 (plus 127 spouse members) with 91 2016 delinquents. Three (3) members renewed beyond 2017, and we have 173 Life Members. All renewals from April 1, 2016 forward will be good through 2017. ·
  • We were reminded of the previous vote to offer free one-year memberships to all new 2016 retirees, clarified to include all those invited to the formal retirement luncheon in March, 2017. Bill Givens asked if there was a possibility for an online link for membership renewal. Per Janette Brown, progress toward that goal is “in the works”. We need to encourage more Lifetime Memberships and highlight advantages of the Gold Card.
  • Mike Klineman suggested we might invite Staff Retirement Navigator Keri Marroquin to a future Board meeting.

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

  • The September General Meeting will be held on the 3th in Room 108 of the URC (with a possible change of venue to the Norris Auditorium if it becomes available). Dr. Thom Mason, Emeritus Professor of Jazz Studies will present a special program on the Life and Times of Frank Sinatra, followed by a tour of the Norris Lobby Sinatra Memorabilia Collection. Connie brought the printed postcard invitations and labels from the EC office. The Board as a group attached labels to prepare the postcards for mailing Sept 6th. Connie ordered music-theme banners and napkins to be added to brown bag lunches.
  • Connie confirmed the March 2017 32nd Annual Staff Retirement Luncheon has been changed to Friday the 17th, due to a Town and Gown conflicting event on the previous Thursday.
  • A future membership meeting at the Coliseum Board Room followed by a Tour is in the works. Tours of the soon to be completed University Village and new Glorya Kaufman School of Dance were also suggested.
  • Plans for the Holiday Breakfast on Friday December 2nd are underway, with a preliminary target of 200 guests. The menu (and meal price!) will remain the same as last year, as we are returning clients with an internal requisition deposit guarantee. Harriet is corresponding with Dr. Parmer Fuller who has confirmed that both he and Thornton School of Music students will again present the entertainment program. We are delighted the RFA has stepped up to assist this year – Robert Harris has volunteered to coordinate the annual Professional Clothing Drive with the LA WorkSource Group. They have received our donations in past years. Donna will arrange details of check-in tables, etc. with Town and Gown. As in previous years, we will ask for volunteer greeters and set-up assistance for table decorations as the time approaches.

.RFA/Victor Webb:

  • Victor was absent, but Mike spoke about the recent RFA Board meeting he had attended as SRA President. The RFA is currently challenged for leadership. They have instituted a rotating chair and cut back from meeting monthly to bi-monthly. Their next meeting on Sept. 9th will include a luncheon to honor Caldwell Scholars and their families.

Staff Assembly Report/David Donovan·

  • The recent Staff Assembly meeting was held at the Hancock Museum, thanks to an idea from the June SRA meeting. – Some topics covered were:
    • Proposal to make USC a non-smoking campus
    • Lengthy discussion on the USC Child Care Center. There have been “a litany of non-stop complaints” since the Center was outsourced. The company says our Anna Bing Center is “the only bad one” in their company. However USC is looking for a replacement.
    • Interviews are underway for Staff Assembly for up to four (4) scholarships ($1K each -funded by Todd Dickey’s office) for staff members pursuing a degree. They are TAB eligible.

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

  • David circulated a formal report. He was re-elected to Board of North Area Empowerment Congress and chairs a Veterans Committee. Welcome Back Vets on campus, Vets Mental Health Clinic at Bob Hope Patriotic Hall – free to Vets and their families.
  • Attended USC-DPS active shooter seminar, with a drill planned later this year and highlighted important details at the meeting.
  • Janette has asked him to document neighborhood activity for EC information.
  • He needs mentors, tutors, chat-buddies for student veterans at the USC Vet Resources Center.
  • He circulated draft copies of a new “Welcome to the Neighborhood” brochure for our comments/suggestions. Items include LA codes on bikes, skate boards, noise, alcohol open-carry, dogs, etc.
  • He also circulated a flyer on Student Partner Program at Keck USC Medical School at the HSC – interviewing retirees.

Internet/Web Site Content/Linda Forman: no report

Benefits and Resources/Howard Saperston:

  • Connie Horak took minutes at a poorly-attended meeting on Aug. 2nd. However both Retirement Navigators were there. Keri Marroquin mentioned the Transitions program[s] may soon be online, and they’re looking into presentations in Spanish, too.

Special Events/Dick Martin and Bill Givens: ·

  • Bill listed some recent ideas for special events: Woman in Gold movie tour, New Holocaust Museum at Fairfax Park tour, USC Doheny Library Special Collections tour, Disney Hall Organ performance and tour, Motion Picture Academy Library

Emeriti Center/Janette Brown: Janette was absent.

  • Below is a reiteration of previous comments. 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. · 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. · 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:

  • See the EC web site for details concerning EC programs available to all, at

New Business: none

Adjournment: The meeting adjourned shortly after 12:00 pm.

Recorded by Donna Simmons

Future Meeting Dates:

  • September 30 – General Meeting
  • October 21 – SRA Board Meeting
  • November 18 – SRA Board Meeting
  • December 2 – Annual Holiday Breakfast
  • January 16, 2017 – SRA Board Meeting
  • February 17 – SRA Board Meeting
  • March 17 – 32nd Annual Staff Retirement Luncheon
  • April 21 – SRA Board Meeting
  • May 19 – SRA Board Meeting
  • June TBD General Meeting and Election of Officers