The TI Alumni Association held its third Annual Meeting May 14 at the Women’s Museum at Fair Park. One of the highlights of the day was the election of new officers, which saw Jerry Brandenburg elected as President. His one-year term begins July 1. Ed Hassler was elected Executive Vice President, and Doris Mott was named to the post of Secretary. Anita Stinchcombe was reelected as Treasurer.
Carl Skooglund, who has served as the Executive Vice President for TIAA for the past two years, chaired the Nominating Committee. In bringing his report, Carl commended the officers who have served TIAA since its founding, including: Max Post (President), Ronnie Brandenburg (Secretary) and Anita Stinchcombe (Treasurer). In return, Max thanked Carl for his double duty, not only as an officer of TIAA, but also for his service as Chairman of the Board for the Texins Association for the past year.
About 120 TIAA members attended the event at the Women’s Museum, which included guided tours of the facility, refreshments and special presentations by TI speakers. Ann Pomykal, Director of Public Affairs for TI, gave an overview of the planning that went into developing the Women’s Museum. TI has been a major supporter since its inception and Steve Leven currently serves on the Board of Directors for the museum.
Ann also presented the schedule for summer activities sponsored by TI, which includes free admittance for retirees to the Arboretum, Fair Park attractions, and the Dallas Zoo on certain dates.
Jeff McCreary, Senior Vice President of TI and Worldwide Sales and Marketing Manager for the Semiconductor Group, gave an update on TI business. Jeff gave a lively presentation, which included a juggling demonstration using three softballs marked to indicate growth areas of the market — communications, connectivity, and entertainment. He pointed out that TI continues to be well positioned in the fastest growing markets of the electronics industry and is poised to gain market share as the market recovers.
Max Post presided at the meeting and recognized the hard work of the TIAA committees over the past year. He also recognized new TIAA members, who attended the annual meeting for the first time — this included Jim Huffhines, who was an early champion for Digital Signal Processing and Bill Brown, who was a manager in HR for many years and since retirement has been active in education and volunteer service in the community. In summarizing the activities of TIAA, Max commented, “You’ve done a lot this past year.” Some of the accomplishments by TIAA that Max pointed out included:
- Membership has increased to more than 2,200,
- Members have volunteered to help in schools, nursing homes, and helped build three Habitat Houses and
- Volunteer efforts helped equip the Jerry Junkins Engineering Building at SMU and raised $34,000 for Senior Source in 2002 in the golf tournament.
- When the call went out for the 9-11 project, TIAA members contributed more than $43,000 to help those in need.
- Members have stayed active in ongoing education, with hundreds attending four seminars in the past year.
- Fun activities have included game days, bus trips, and the Big Event.
All of this and more was made possible largely by TI retirees volunteering their time and talents. In closing the meeting, Max expressed his thanks to TI, especially to Steve Leven, Ann Pomykal, and Barbara Hirsch for their support. He expressed confidence that newly-elected president Jerry Brandenburg will keep the TIAA marching onward and progressing toward its goals.