The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 20, 2020, marks the 25th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. This is observed each year on the third Monday in January as “A day on, not a day off,” and is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. The Corporation for National and Community service has been charged to lead this effort for the last quarter centur and, on January 15.
TIAA volunteers took a Senior Source bus to the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) headquarters on Mockingbird Lane to participate in the organization’s annual gift-wrap program for the seventh year in a row. We grabbed scissors, tape, and wrapping paper and then immediately went to work. The VNA folks provided boxes of toiletries including soap, hand lotion, toothpaste and toothbrushes, socks, and many other items for us to wrap. Once wrapped, the items were placed in boxes to be delivered on Christmas Day to over 4,000 Meals-on-Wheels’ clients.
The annual TI Retiree Luncheon was held at the Mesquite Convention Center on November 14, with 360 retirees and guests in attendance as TIAA celebrated it's 20th anniversary. During the program, TIAA President, Debi Heaton, recognized those who were involved in the creation of the TIAA in July 1999, including 31 charter members in attendance at the luncheon. During the luncheon a slideshow told the history of the TIAA, with photographs highlighting the many activities of the association over the past 20 years.
On October 15 two seminars were held at the Plano Event Center in Plano, TX to discuss TI health insurance plans and medical changes that would be of interest to TI retirees. The first session was at 10:00 am for pre-65 TI retirees and there were more than 140 in attendance. The second meeting was at 1:30 pm for Medicare-eligible TI retirees and 435 came to hear the presentation, ask questions about health insurance plans and visit with friends.
Once again, TI has kindly invited TIAA to visit the Dallas Arboretum as it kicks off the annual “Autumn at the Dallas Arboretum" festival (from September 23 to October 31) with one of the most spectacular pumpkin and gourd displays in the world. The garden has transformed itself via thousands of blazing-colored florals as 75,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash come together to form the nationally acclaimed storybook Pumpkin Village.
Our TIAA volunteers performed pre-event tasks for the 9/11 Heroes Run which honors the sacrifices of those heroes from September 11th and the wars since, including veterans, active duty personnel, first responders, and families of the fallen. We performed pre-event tasks, such as packet stuffing, and assembled emergency response bags relating to emergency preparedness for the Dallas County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). The 311 bags we assembled were handed out to those that ran the 5K run or the 1M fun run/walk this year.
Twenty-six former TIers and guests registered and braved the hot July night to attend the Shoot for the Moon event by Dallas author James Donovan. It was held at the Allen Public Library and dinner (topped off by a moon-shaped cake with craters!) was provided from their cafe. Most of us could remember watching a small, black-and-white TV screen and hearing, on July 20, 1969, "Houston, the Eagle has landed" -- and the world has not been the same since.
Even a dark and stormy day didn't prevent 85 TIAA members and guests from attending our Annual Meeting which was held at Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas on May 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Great refreshments were provided from the kitchen of Wolfgang Puck, courtesy of TI.
Linda Abraham-Silver, Chief Executive Officer of the Perot Museum, gave a highly informative briefing about the museum. TIAA President Debi Heaton then gave us an update on TIAA and reviewed many of the organizations activities over the last year.