UC Davis Emeriti Association (UCDEA)
Report of activities May 2011-October 2011
The UCDEA and the UCDRA closely collaborates with the UC Davis Retiree Center, providing volunteer services, financial support, and contributing to the success of the Center programs through a variety of means, including funds, goods and services for social programs; providing volunteers to serve on event planning and implementation committees; and encouraging their members to attend the events.
The UCDEA/UCDRA joint program committee arranged the programs for monthly noon talks and assisted with arrangements for the quarterly general meetings. Committee members made speaker arrangements and provided coffee, tea, and cookies at the noon talks. The attendance for the monthly noon meetings averaged approximately 40 attendees during this time period. Attendance at the fall general meeting was one of the highest ever recorded, with 200 participants. At this meeting we celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Retiree Center with a review of the history of its formation and a slide show illustrating the many activities and services the Center has provided for the two associations and all UC Davis retirees.
While the Retiree Center provides the planning nucleus for most retiree social events, educational programs and day trips, the Emeriti Association contributes to their success by providing volunteer assistance and financial support. We have collaborated with the UCD Alumni Association this year for events including the football tailgate party and Vintage Aggies wine tasting. We continue to co-sponsor the Steak Bake and New Retirees Reception and to assist with the wellness challenge and day trips to educational and entertainment events.
The UCDEA Video Records Project produces video histories of the campus by interviewing emeriti/ae and campus administrators and producing DVDs of the interviews. A report from the Video Records Project Future Committee was received and a major focus was the upgrading of technical equipment to be funded by contributions from the Emeriti Association. As a result new video cameras were purchased which have greatly improved the quality and efficiency of the video recordings. Center staff provided technical and administrative support to the project, including attending meetings, ordering equipment and software, and assisting with software training. Currently 350 videos have been completed greatly enhancing the recorded history of our campus.
The UCDEA and UCDRA joint publication, Campus Connections, has been highly successful, providing information and timely announcements for both associations. The joint newsletter has been well-received, and the co-editors and Center staff continue to fine-tune the production process.
The UCDEA worked with the Retiree Center staff to create a brochure for the association. This brochure will be available at the Center, as well as at noon talks and other association events.
Executive board meetings were held monthly during the academic year. Reports from officers and standing committees were accepted and discussed. The responsibilities of standing committees have been established and published. Review and alteration of the UCDEA by-laws, and of Emeriti Rights and Privileges have been completed. The Emeriti Handbook has been revised, published and made available. The possibility of establishing an Emeriti/ae College on the Davis campus is under discussion with a report due in January.
The UCDEA membership chair worked with Center staff to coordinate new membership and annual renewal drives, and to update and maintain accurate membership rosters. Membership has increased by 10 members, net. The membership count as of 10/12/2011 was 436.
The UCDEA remains actively involved in the UC-wide umbrella organization, the Council of University of California Emeriti Associations (CUCEA). UCDEA members attended the state-wide meetings and through involvement in these groups, the association has influenced system-wide changes and has advocated on a state-wide level on behalf of all retirees.