UC Davis Emeriti Association (UCDEA)
Report of the Annual Activities (2009-2010)
The UCDEA and the UCDRA work collaboratively with the UC Davis Retiree Center, providing volunteer services, financial support, and other valuable contributions. During the past year, all three entities worked in a very positive manner on numerous projects. Both associations contributed greatly to the success of the Center programs through a variety of means, including contributing 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. Below are the activities of the UCDEA:
The UCDEA program committee arranged the programs for monthly noon talks and assisted in arrangements for the quarterly general meetings. Committee members followed through with the speaker arrangements, and provided coffee, tea, and cookies at all of the noon talks. The attendance for the monthly noon meetings rose from an average of fewer than 30 attendees the previous year to an average of 40 attendees this year. Attendance at the fall general meeting was the highest ever recorded, with 180 participants.
While the Retiree Center provides the planning nucleus for most of the social events, educational programs and day trips, the Emeriti Association contributes to their success by providing volunteer assistance and financial support. Successful programs this year include a tennis festival, football tailgate party, wine tasting, wellness challenge, steak bake and Older Americans Month speaker series. Trip destinations included the King Tut exhibit at the de Young museum, the California Academy of Sciences, and “Wicked,” the Broadway show.
The UCDEA Video Records Project produces video histories of the campus by interviewing emeriti/ae and campus administrators and producing DVDs of the interviews. This year, the committee completed a special project that produced 23 DVDs for the campus centennial. This year, the committee also formed a Video Records Project Future Committee to analyze the Video Records Project and plan for the coming years, both with regard to technical changes and committee roles and responsibilities. Center staff provided technical and administrative support to the project, including attending meetings, ordering equipment and software, and assisting with software training.
In June 2009, the UCDEA and the UCDRA voted to work together to produce a new joint association newsletter to replace the Retiree News and the EmeriTimes. Co-editors (one from each association) coordinated with the Retiree Center to create this publication, which was named Campus Connections. The new joint newsletter was well-received, and the co-editors and Center staff continue to fine-tune the production process.
Executive board meetings were held monthly during the academic year. Reports from officers and standing committees were accepted and discussed. Representatives from the Board served on the Retiree Center Advisory Board and the Retirees’ Association Executive Board.
The UCDEA membership chair worked with Center staff to coordinate new membership and annual renewal drives, and to update and maintain accurate membership rosters. The Center is working on a project to merge the membership databases for both associations and the Center into one combined database to enhance effectiveness in the future. This project is awaiting the Center’s planned move to University Relations, as it is likely that the Center will begin using a new database at that time. Below is a graphical representation of the membership trends. The UCDEA gained a total of 15 new members, for a 3.7% increase. Included in this total is a 16-person increase in life memberships. Shown below are membership details for the past two years:
The UCDEA remains actively involved in the UC-wide umbrella organizations, 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.
Biennially, CUCEA requests that each UC campus conduct a survey of emeriti/ae and the contributions they have made to the university during the previous two years. These survey results are then compiled for a report of emeriti/ae accomplishments. The report is presented to President Yudof, the campus chancellors and provosts, and other administrators. This year, UC Davis had a 50% response rate, the highest percentage of respondents of all campuses in the UC system.