TIAA is pleased to announce that Linda Stopani is our selection for the 2017 Volunteer of the Year award. Linda has been a member of TIAA for 9 years. Her volunteer projects include Texas Ramps, Garland Library, several TIAA committees, various Church and library activities, and service to many other organizations through the TIAA Community Involvement Team (CIT) throughout the year.
On the morning of November 14, five TIAA volunteers gathered to work a service project for Readers2Leaders located in west Dallas. Readers2Leaders develops and grows the reading skills of underserved Dallas children ages 3 through 12 so that they succeed in school and graduate prepared to live productive lives. Their programs include after school reading tutorials, help on homework and hands-on activities. Also, a summer camp is offered to improve young children’s reading skills and to experience fun field trips to keep them active when school is not in session.
On a bright and cool day when comments such as "awesome" and "perfect" were used to describe the weather, some 86 golfers teed off for the 18th Annual TIAA Charity Golf Tournament at the Woodbridge Golf Club in Wylie, TX.
By the end of the day, the tournament had raised $22,025 in donations to benefit The Senior Source. TI and the Texans Credit Union were underwriters for the tournament, making it possible for 100 percent of the donations to go directly to the non-profit agency that helps frail and needy seniors in North Texas.
"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
More than 60 TI retirees, former TIers, and guests attended the Annual Meeting of the TI Alumni Association, held May 25, at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. Gary Stopani, President, Greg Boydston, Executive Vice President, and Dorothy McAllister, Secretary, were elected to another term. David Reid, was elected as Treasurer, and joins the TIAA Leadership Team, having retired in 2014, after 26 years, where he served 12 years as TI’s Vice President and Director of Ethics. Gary recognized Kate Newman for her service as Treasurer the past two years.
On May 10 twenty-one TIAA members hopped on a bus to Arlington and attended a Texas Rangers vs San Diego Padres baseball game -- plus we availed ourselves of the promotional $1 hotdog night for dinner. The Ranger's ace pitcher, Yu Darvish, happened to be on the mound (it's always fun to watch him work), the big, bad storms passed us by with a lot of wind but without a drop of rain and the Rangers won 4-3 after three hours and 42 minutes and four pitcher changes! (Yes, of course, we were late getting back to TI but had no trouble getting on the TI site this time.) It was a very enjoyable
Go, go, go -- so that's what the TIAA members group did as a dozen of us met in Oklahoma City on May 3 to spend a few days viewing the landmark OKC National Memorial (once at night and again the following day). The attached, interactive museum, covering the devastating April 1995 bombing honors victims, survivors, rescuers and all affected by the Alfred P.
On April 27 nine TIAA volunteers arrived at the house of a senior who needed a ramp to increase his mobility. The recipient turned out to be James Lewis, a TI retiree with 35 years of service who retired in 1991. He was a locksmith and worked in the North Building. Probably many of us knew him especially if you were locked out of your office at some point. In 2010 he lost his balance, fell and broke his leg. He recovered from this injury just to fall again! With the lack of balance, he is pretty much limited to a manual wheelchair or walker. His family requested a