As my first official action as President, I want to thank the Emeriti and Retirees Association Board for working together as a great team this past year. A major accomplishment was the addition of all retired UNL employees into the organization. This will greatly strengthen the Association as it moves forward with new programs and initiatives in the coming years.
I also want to thank outgoing President Rita Kean who fulfilled the major goals of the plan of work she outlined to the Board at the beginning her term. Under her leadership, Board representatives met with University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds and UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green to explore areas of common interest. She also encouraged and involved the Board in particular in the Nebraska Commission of 150 tasked with developing a vision for the future of the University. Rita will continue to share her talents with the Board as Past President during the coming year.
One of my major goals for 2019 will be to increase membership and participation of Emeriti and Retirees in the organization. We need the input of all members as programs and activities are planned and developed. Members have ideas and talents that can strengthen all aspects of the organization. So, to everyone, you are welcome and encouraged to participate fully in the association’s activities.
Please note that in the spring of 2019 portions of the East Campus Union will be closed for renovation. The Board is currently looking for other luncheon locations that offer convenient parking and affordable meals. You will be informed of any location changes through email notifications. Speakers have been scheduled for the spring 2019 meetings. They will address topics of interest to all members in the areas of local, community and University affairs. The UNL Foundation Luncheon is teatively scheduled for September 23 on Innovation Campus and the speaker for the October luncheon is John Hay, BSE, talking on Solar Energy and the Proposed Solar Park. Please note that the October and November luncheons will be at the Lancaster Extension Education Center, 444 Cherrycreek Road, while the East Campus Union is undergoing renovation.
If anyone has a topic that they would like to have addressed at our monthly meetings please contact me.
I am looking forward to serving the organization and working with the Board to make 2019 a great year and with your help it will be GREAT YEAR.
Jeff Keown, President Emeriti and Retirees Association
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