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. The survey respondents included 214 (or 35 percent) who noted they volunteered for community service in 2009. TI retiree volunteers average 17.4 hours per month at various agencies. TIAA again offered free one-year membership if attendee had worked at TI and had never been a TIAA member. It was not necessary to have retired from TI to join.TheTIAAMembershipCommittee enrolled 11 new first-year members and accepted membership renewals from six TIAA members.
More than 25 exhibitors had booths at the event, including major sponsors for the Tenth annual TIAA Charity Golf Tournament, benefiting The Senior Source. In the medical area, 156 luncheon attendees received seasonal flu shots, and 39 other pneumonia vaccine. Also, medical testing probably saved one man's life, discovering a large aneurysm. He went to the hospital the next day.
Ronnie Brandenburg,TI Alumni Association president, took event goers on a slide-illustrated memory trip, recapping what TIAA accomplished in its first 10 years and recognizing the volunteers who have served as TIAA leaders. “We’ve come a long way in 10 years, thanks to TI and you retirees for joining our great organization,” Ronnie said.
TIAA started in 1999 with about 50 members and now has about 2,700. This was the tenth year that the TIAA Activities Committee, chaired by Max Post, was responsible for the TI Retiree Luncheon, a really big event that is TI’s annual gift to the company’s retirees.
Andy Smith, TI director of Corporate Philanthropy, presented Ronnie with an official State of Texas resolution from Representative Carol Kent honoring TIAA for its contributions to the community and recognizing the tenth anniversary.
A panel composed of Andy Smith; Ann Pomykal, TI Foundation executive director; Marv Lane, TIAA United Way campaign co-chairman; and Max Post told how TIers—active and retired—are making a difference in their communities. A “Volunteer Wall of Fame” in the exhibit area spotlighted community service by individual TI retirees — TIAA’s own “Points of Light.”
Retirees attending the luncheon brought toys and toiletries to donate to the Community Partners of Dallas, which provides resources and support to Dallas County Child Protective Services caseworkers.
Venu Menon, TI Vice President, Analog Technology Development, presented a quick update on TI, commenting, “The good old days are still going on at TI.” He said TI third quarter results exceeded Wall Street’s expectations. Demand for TI products is up as customers have begun to increase production levels in their factories, not just replenish their inventories.
“We reported higher margins and solid revenue growth in the right areas – analog and embedded processing,”Venu said. “TI had its second consecutive quarter of 20 percent growth in analog. We have continued making strategic investments in the economic downturn, using our strong balance sheet to add manufacturing capacity.”
TI has started moving equipment into the new Richardson fabrication plant. The RFAB will be the world’s only production facility to use 300-millimeter wafers to manufacture analog chips.