Board Meeting Minutes – February 17, 2017



Friday, February 17, 2017 – 10:00 am, URC102



Present: Janette Brown, Fred Dear, David Donovan, Linda Forman, Bill Givens, Jill Hopkins, Connie Horak, Dixon Johnson, Calvin Lau, Dick Martin, Howard Saperston, Harriet Servis, Donna Simmons, Lynn Williams

Absent: Bob Church, Sally Emerson, Mike Klineman, Art Ochoa, Jo Ochoa

Others Present: None

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 10:06 AM by Vice President Connie Horak.

Minutes: Minutes of the January 19, 2017 were approved as corrected. Moved, Dixon Johnson; Seconded, Howard Saperston.


President/Mike Klineman(Connie Horak acting as President in Mike Klineman’s absence):

  • Connie Horak called the meeting to order and commented on the upcoming retirees’ luncheon.

Finance/Dick Martin:

  • Treasurer’s report: Dick circulated a detailed financial analysis of all income and expenses for the current fiscal year, as of 2/15/2017. The USC Credit Union accounts total $25,755.33 with $12,077.80 in the checking account.       The SRA share of the Endowment Account is $56,175.94 (annual earnings rate = 4.50%). Year to date for 2016-17 total funds received for dues, endowment and gifts are $13,555.
  • As of 1/17/2017 we had 293 renewals/new members for 2016-17 (plus 131 joint members) with 73 2016 delinquents. In addition we have 120 new gold card retirees who received their first year of SRA membership free. Three (3) members renewed beyond 2017, and we have 162 Life Members.
  • The Marshall School of Business runs a small business clinic which has offered the help SRA review, and if necessary update, its organizational structure.
  • At Dick Martin’s request, Linda Forman moved to renew the six (6) month certificate of deposit (CD) at the USC Credit Union. Donna Simmons seconded the motion. The motion passed.

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

  • Planning continues for the 32nd Annual Staff Retirement Luncheon to be held March 17, 2017. Florists have been contacted; arrangements will cost about $700. Town and Gown services, including AV and a 6 passenger cart and food will $8,945. Dan Stimmler will speak. A special mailing has gone out to the 120 2016 retirees. Donna developed a welcome card describing the free first year and asking for a current email address. The group picture of new retirees will be taken immediately after lunch is served, around 1:45 pm. Board members should wear their badges. In discussing the retiree luncheon planning process, a suggestion was made to incorporate the Vice Provost’s even planner as a permanent member of the committee.
  • The 2017 Holiday Party is scheduled for Friday, December 1, 2017.
  • Some locations for future general meetings were shared (e.g. Glorya Hoffman School of Dance visit, and USC Village tour).

RFA/Calvin Lau:

  • Calvin Lau is currently interim President for the Retired Faculty Association (RFA) and will officially run for the position in March. The RFA Board is reviewing all governing documents.
  • The RFA Board meeting date is the second Friday of each month. The RFA Executive Committee meets before each RFA Board meeting.
  • Elections will be held in March. Calvin Lau has been nominated to serve as President, Jerry Walker as Vice President, Jack Sanders as Secretary, Ken Servis as Treasurer, and Victor Webb as web master.
  • RFA members have reported problems with obtaining Gold Cards for their spouses.
  • The RFA Board is consolidating focus on outreach to newly retired faculty, its Sherry Hour programs and the USC Caldwell Scholarship.

Staff Assembly Report/David Donovan:

  • David is now secretary for the Staff Assembly (SA). This month’s SA program was held in the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance auditorium. Todd Dickey spoke, describing new projects, including USC Village retail locations (e.g. Trader Joes and Target Express).
  • David noted that a smoke free university wide program will be implemented shortly.

Staff, Student and Community Opportunities and Activities Committee/Open: No Report

Internet/Web Site Content/Donna Simmons:

  • The EC, RFA and SRA web sites are being actively updated. We need volunteers to review the changes. Please go to the following web site: (and the links to SRA). Review for appearance, ease of use and content. Email suggested changes to the web sites to John Casagrande at with copies to Janette Brown and the EC staff at

Benefits and Resources/Dixon Johnson:

  • More retirees are needed to participate on the Benefits and Resources committee. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month.
  • The committee is looking at peer universities and what they offer their retirees. Of special interest is health insurance offerings and packages for retirees under the age of 65. Also of interest is a proposal that new retirees can donate their excess leave to current employees.
  • Kari Marroquin and Debby Jones reported that some former USC employees are homeless. They are working to get these people in touch with the proper agencies to provide support.
  • Hearing technology is now available in many buildings. A coordinator is needed to handle receivers.
  • Gold cards, labeled spouse, will be available for SRA spouses. Contact Keri Marroquin to make arrangements.
  • The Accessibility Advisory Committee is documenting buildings that are handicapped accessible and have hearing assist options.
  • Keri Marroquin has restructured the Retired Transitions Seminars into smaller monthly seminars for 20-30 people. Janette Brown suggested a broad range of topics for the seminars.

Special Events/Dick Martin and Bill Givens:

  • The SRA has 60 tickets (at the reduced price of $8) available for the April 1, 2017 matinee performance at 2:30 pm of the School of Dramatic Arts spring musical, which this year will be Evita.
  • A tour of the Los Angeles Asia museum is being organized. Details will be available on the EC web site. Suggested transportation for the tour is the Metro rail to the Memorial Park Station in Pasadena.
  • Additional suggestions include: a tour of the pipe organ at Disney Hall, a request by Christine Shade for a tour of a recycling facility (aka “Blue Bin”), a tour of the Los Angeles Federal Reserve Bank, 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, repeat of docent led tour of the Metro red line art displays, and an LA Coliseum tour sometime this spring.

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.
  • The Emeriti Center Newsletter is in the mail.
  • The university has no plans to build senior housing on or near the campus. Any such housing will be incorporated into a unit built by a developer. Hal Bastion has been invited to meet with three (3) former Deans to discuss a big event about reinvigoration of the Los Angeles Coliseum area. Bob Scales and Bab Harris are writing a document about developing inter-generational housing project(s) in the area.
  • Emeriti Center events such as the Medicare end of life workshop, iPad training and many more can be found at
  • Janette described a Shades of Ireland trip that is being organized for retirees. Contact her for more information.
  • Nominations for the J. Tillman Hall Award are coming in. The J. Tillman Hall Award committee will make its choice soon.

Emeriti Center College/Janette Brown:

  • The Emeriti Center College (ECC) is currently in limbo. The position of Director for the ECC is open. A volunteer is needed who can spend five (5) to ten (10) hours per week organizing and managing the ECC. The EC web site has many details concerning ECC programs available to all. See the web site at

Old Business:

  • Review of By-Laws changes was tabled to the April meeting.

New Business:

  • Dixon Johnson is Chair of the nominating committee. SRA Board of Directors nominating committee for the July 1, 2017-June 30, 2019 term.
  • Move: Send a post card to 2016-2017 retirees with less than ten (10) years of service, offering a free first year membership in SRA. Moved: Donna Simmons; Seconded: Linda Forman. Passed.

Future Meeting Dates:

  • March 17 – 32nd Annual Staff Retirement Luncheon
  • April 21 – SRA Board Meeting
  • May 19 – SRA Board Meeting
  • June 16 – General Meeting and election of officers

Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 12:02 pm.

Recorded by Linda K. Forman