A Remarkable Tribe Called Retirees—and How to Join

It’s late August, and I’ve just returned from five days of remarkable meetings attended by remarkable people from all over the country. They’re part of an emerging tribe I joined a few years ago. We’re called retirees. That means it’s time for life’s encore.

Welcome to the expanding world of retirees in higher education.

First there was the annual Big Ten Retirees Associations Conference. There were a few musings about Big Ten football, but the focus was on the serious business of retiring and retirees’ relationships to their institutions. That was a warm-up to the larger 7th Biennial Conference of the Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education (AROHE), also held on the University of Minnesota campus. AROHE’s theme was building connections.

Relationships and building connections—those thoughts are still bouncing around in my mind as I contemplate the year ahead for our Retirees Association. Our organization has come a long way since it was founded two decades ago by our perceptive predecessors. Based on my observations in Minnesota, we still have a long way to go in building relationships with the university and contributing to our own well-being as well as that of our community.

We hope you take this opportunity to become acquainted with UIRA as a first-time member or, if you’re already a member, to renew your membership (see form accompanying this newsletter). It will be a good way to build new relationships and connections—and, as I’ve discovered, to be around remarkable people.
--Ken Starck, UIRA President