"Impressive" was the comment most uttered after 19 TIAA members toured the new Parkland Hospital on August 15, 2017. This is the third Parkland Hospital to be built in Dallas County and they have come far from a wood-frame building in 1894 to this $1.7 billion modern structure -- up sixteen stories, in fact. Patients are at the heart of everything they do and it remains one of the busiest public hospitals in the nation with 864 private patient rooms and over one million patient visits each year. They are a Level I Trauma Center, partner with next-door Southwestern for the latest in medic
On July 18, over 90 TIAA members and guests visited the newly remodeled Plano Event Center to attend an informative seminar, focusing on Consumer Tips for Security and Savings. Carl Burlbaw of The Senior Source gave an overview of their successful Financial Fraud Detection and Elimination Program. This was followed by a presentation by noted consumer advocate and columnist for the Dallas Morning News, Dave Lieber, with tips on how seniors can save money and avoid scams.
Twenty-two TIAA members braved the steaming summer temperatures on July 20, 2017 to visit the British Flight Training Museum in Terrell, TX. A short movie showed us why this endeavor developed thanks to Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt. The Battle of Britain in 1940 caused many RAF fatalities, it was too difficult to train pilots in Gritaine due to their inclement weather and Roosevelt had bragged about the beautiful, blue skies of Texas, so the first of seven British Flying Training Schools in the USA was built in Terrell. A personal tour by docents told us the
Seven TIAA volunteers went to the Boys & Girls Club on Brown Street in Dallas. We visited and worked with 50 boys and girls ages 6 to 14. These children spend their days learning and playing games in highly motivated group activities organized by the Club’s Program Manager, Sophia Cordova and her staff. Our TIAA volunteers were assigned to one of three age groups consisting of 15 to 20 children to pursue further special assignments.
TIAA members braved the driving rain storm, hopped on a bus and visited the Texas Musicians Museum in Irving on June 9. This museum is becoming known as the premier conservatory of Texas music history. We had a private, guided tour by a very knowledgeable volunteer who gave us the inside scoop on fascinating memorabilia from famous musicians in many genres such as country, blues, heavy metal, Tejano, Rock 'n Roll, etc. We literally saw thousands of pieces from the rich and diverse Texas music scene pertaining to Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper, Bob Wills and the Light
Every Second Saturday of May is a special day in America as it is the day our US Postal Service collects food items from people’s front porch. Over the last 24 national food drives, letter carriers have collected more than 1.5 billion pounds of food, helped by untold thousands of fellow postal employees, retired letter carriers, family members and friends. The food is then distributed to local food pantries within the same communities where it was collected.
The TIAA Annual Meeting will be held on May 25 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. at the recently restored 7th Floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St. in Dallas. Refreshments will be provided and buses will run at 12:30 pm from the Texins Activity Center on the Expressway Site. Free parking will be available in the Library’s parking garage for those who wish to drive. (Use the entrance on Wood Street.)
March’s TIAA Community Involvement volunteer event was held at “The Family Place” Resale Shop located on Marsh Lane in NW Dallas. Ten TIAA volunteers boarded The Senior Source’s van to be transported to and from the store. We enjoyed the many tasks our resale store staff members prepared for us including sorting men’s and women’s clothes onto display racks, placing price tags onto jewelry for sale, stocking books, CD’s and DVD’s into display cases, and helping the staff tidy up the sales area item displays and clothing racks.
More than 60 TI and UT Dallas retirees joined together for a seminar to hear the results of the research being done by Dr. Denise Park and her associates at the Center for Vital Longevity. For the past four years in a major research project, they have tracked more than 500 healthy people to see what effect Amyloids have on brain activity. The research to date shows that individuals with the highest levels of Amyloids go on to have the steepest declines in brain activity. The center is currently pursing funding to extend the research for four more years.
Seven TIAA volunteers boarded a Senior Source van on February 13 heading to our latest Community Involvement volunteer event – the Crossroads Community Services facility located in downtown Dallas. We have volunteered for CCS over the past several years and always have been received warmly by the CCS staff. We served over 50 clients helping them to select gently used clothing as well as nutritious canned, boxed, frozen, and fresh fruits & vegetables for their families’ monthly needs. Everyone enjoyed making a difference in the lives of the CCS clients and watching