Don't Forget to Renew Your UIRA Membership for 2015-2016!
As of July 31, a total of 404 individuals have renewed UIRA membership, and 25 new members have been added. According to the membership roster, that leaves 193 persons who have not renewed. Please check your checkbook register to make sure that you have not overlooked your renewal.
The renewal options are $10 per person for one year or $25 per person for three years. If you have any questions about your membership please contact Dick Johns, Membership Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-354-1904. UIRAMemberShipForm.pdf
The purpose of this association is to facilitate support of the University of Iowa by retired faculty and staff members and to promote the interests and welfare of those retirees. We strive to help retired members of the University and their spouses, widows, widowers, or domestic partners keep in touch with each other and with the social and intellectual life of the University.
At present, more than 600 UI retirees and their spouses or domestic partners belong to the UIRA.
Programs are offered monthly September through June, including a picnic in June and an annual banquet in April. See Programs and Events for a full list of programs offered.
Other examples include:
- Discussions of University programs
- Local cultural and civic activities
- Tours of University buildings
- A yearly presentation by Staff Benefits on health insurance options for retirees
- UIRA's annual flu shot clinic
Any former faculty or staff member who has retired from The University of Iowa and his/her spouse or domestic partner may become a member of UIRA. Any spouse, widow, widower, or domestic partner of a faculty or staff member who died while still employed by the University may become a member of UIRA.
Associate Membership (non-voting, non-office holding) is open to those who have present or previous ties to the University. Individuals may become members upon submission of the membership form and payment of dues of $10. Dues cover The Gray Hawk Newsletter, mailings, printing, and other expenses.
A member may terminate by written notice to the treasurer of UIRA or by non-payment of dues.
A History of the UIRA: 1995-2015
An anonymous gift of $1,000, a boost from the UI Foundation and a band of determined retirees led to the formation in 1995 of the UI Retirees Association. From the outset, UIRA leadership, with Arthur Canter as first president, welcomed into its membership both staff and faculty. Through the efforts of Jean Hood (UIRA president 2010-11) and assistance from Ken Starck (UIRA president 2014-15) and Jennifer Dybicz (intern), the association has compiled this history in observance of its 20th anniversary. UIRA-History-1995-2015.pdf