Did you know that Roly-Poly’s (more commonly known in Texas as pill bugs) are listed as part of the family of lobsters? They have gills and the males carry a tiny drop of water next to their face for the female to put her eggs into? Yes, aquatic. Did you also know that once a bee has collected the pollen from individual bluebonnet flowers, the white part of the flower turns pink? Then the bee knows not to try that flower again. It was a fun trip, and very educational, for the TIAA members who signed up for this private, 90-minute tour on April 4, 2019. Fortunately,
On March 21, TIAA took a trip to downtown Dallas for our walking tour and it worked out well as our guide was a young architect who led us down Main Street and up Commerce Street pointing out buildings, who designed them, when they were built, what they originally were used for, and architectural features of the building. With a number of historic buildings built for banks or oil companies, it was easy to see the importance of these industries to Dallas. Many of the old buildings have been converted to residential use.
TIAA sold all of our tickets and we met at Dos Banderas in downtown Garland, for a great Tex-Mex dinner and then walked to the 8:00 pm performance at the Granview Art Center. This is a funny, two-act comedy which takes place in a fishing lodge in rural Georgia where Sgt. “Froggy” LeSueur has dragged his depressed and socially awkward friend, Charlie. Froggy has business with the bomb squad at the nearby army training base and Charlie’s wife has less than six months to live so she requested that Froggy take Charlie with him to America.
On Tuesday morning, March 12, nine TIAA volunteers gathered together at the Dallas SPCA center located on I-35 west of downtown. Our first order of events was to tour the large, modern facility both indoors and outdoors – even though it was a cool, rainy day. The weather was not a bother because we got close to the dog cages to see how well the pets were treated. Inside, there were dozens of cages for both dogs and cats – and even a few small mice! The SPCA even has a surgery ward and we watched as a veterinarian and his assistants treated six dogs who were not too pl
The University of Texas at Dallas Alumni Association and The Texas Instruments Alumni Association hosted a joint meeting on Brain Health Thursday, March 14th at 1:30 pm at the UT-D campus. We started with refreshments and social time, followed by our interesting speaker, Molly Keebler, Head of Community Programs at Center for Brain Health, UT-D, at 2:00 pm. The program featured the latest progress being made in brain health and biomedical research at this outstanding school.
On Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 15 TIAA volunteers arrived at The Senior Source headquarters located on Harry Hines Boulevard to assemble emergency preparedness leaflets for the Medical Reserve Corps. Our Senior Source hostess had prepared the conference room with piles of leaflets and had also made ready coffee and snacks so we could be off to a great start. We put together the various emergency leaflets in the order specified and ended up filling several large boxes with the finished product – about 1,000 packets!
You just can't "beat" it as 18 TIAA members and guests learned again on January 29, 2019, at the Pocketbook Sandwich Theater. The Big Beats became one of the favorite groups of their time and they toured successfully for more than twenty years. Tuesday night they reminded us just how good that music was by including songs from Buddy Holly and The Crickets, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, George Strait, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and the Rolling Stones. Rock music lovers (that's us!) still go wild over these music pioneers as we watched these old guys jump around and play
Six TIAA members met at the DISD Francisco "Pancho" Medrano Middle School early on MLK Day – January 21st. Our objectives were to assist some 90 “City Year” members paint murals in the relatively new school hallways and to build lunch time picnic tables for students' use outside. City Year members are part of the “AmeriCorps” organization – the domestic version of “Peace Corps” - and they are dedicated to strengthening communities.
On a cold and windy night, twelve TIAA members bundled up to go Christmas lights hunting -- and found millions of them.
On October 23, 2018, two seminars were held at the Plano Event Center in Plano, TX to discuss TI health insurance plans, Social Security info and medical changes that would be of interest to TI retirees. The first one was at 10am for pre-65 TI retirees and there were about 100 in attendance who enjoyed the goodies furnished by TI before the meeting began. The second one was at 1:30 pm for Medicare-eligible TI retirees and around 385 came to hear the news, ask questions about health insurance plans and to partake in TI's refreshments.