TI employees and retirees can help victims of Hurricane Harvey by making a tax-deductible contribution through a special fund set up by the TI Foundation. Hurricane Harvey struck Texas an unpresidented blow over the weekend, resulting in flooding and destruction in many cities and communities along the Gulf Coast, including Houston. The TI Foundation just voted to increase their contribution and will give an immediate $100,000 to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey disaster relief. Plus, through Sept.
"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
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.
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.
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.