UIRA President Ken Starck attended the annual Big Ten Retirees Associations Conference August 8-10 followed by the biennial conference of the Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education (AROHE) August 10-12 at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

A photo report of the two conferences with quite a bit of detail in the captions can be found at the UIRA’s website at: uira.shutterfly.com/pictures/433.

The University of Minnesota Retirees Association (UMRA) served as host to the meetings. Purpose of both conferences is to share ideas and address retiree-related issues, from preparation for retirement to retirees as a community/university resource, from health to institutional support.

Registered for the Big Ten Conference were a total of 54 persons: 49 representatives from all Big Ten universities (that includes 27 from host UMRA) except for new Big Ten members Rutgers and Maryland and 5 special guests.

Registered for the AROHE Conference were about 110 persons from more than 30 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Also attending the AROHE meetings was Ken Kuntz, president of the UI’s Emeritus Faculty Council and past president of UIRA (2011-12).

The next Big Ten meeting will take place August 14-16, 2015, at Michigan State University, East Lansing. The 2016 AROHE Conference will take place at the University of Washington, Seattle.

A popular event at the Big Ten Conference is a session on “best practices.” Takeaway tips included: creating a website for interest groups; offering lifetime memberships (at Ohio State the cost is $250); establishing awards for service that can go to individuals or institutional units; sponsoring a reception for new retirees; organizing a group book reading and discussion; and instituting a travel photo contest (the latter suggestion from the UIRA).