The 2009 TI Retiree Luncheon drew approximately 800 to the Mesquite Convention Center Oct.27 to celebrate the TI Alumni Association’s Tenth anniversary and TIers in the community. The fellowship with friends, barbecue and an informative program were big hits, as was musical entertainment by the popular Levee Singers. A total of 627 retirees, former TIers, spouses and guests returned the event survey form, and 595 (or 96 percent) said they liked the event overall. For 108 (or 17 percent), this was their first retiree annual event. About 16 percent(116) traveled more than 50 miles to attend. TIAA ran buses from Sherman for the first time, as well as from the Plano and Dallas Texins Activity Centers. One person wrote on the survey form, “Just getting together is a blessing. Thank you all!” This seemed to be the general feeling among the attendees.