Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 TIAA Annual Meeting was conducted as a “virtual” meeting, over Zoom on May 20, 2021. Attendees heard presentations from both Debi Heaton, TIAA President, and Terri West, Chair of the TI Foundation. Terri’s presentation included a summary of the TI Foundation’s focus areas in the community and also highlights of this year’s United Way campaign
TI Announces Virtual Volunteer Projects Available to TI Retirees
and TIAA Members during the United Way Campaign
TI has invited retirees and other TIAA members to participate in this year’s TI United Way Campaign, set for May 3 through 21. Terri West, a recent TI retiree, is heading the TIAA Campaign this year.
United Way has been a long-time partner of Texas Instruments to build stronger communities through its giving and volunteering programs. The three areas United Way focuses on -- education, income and health – are considered the basic building blocks of opportunity that many of us have often taken for granted. But if the last year of living through the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us one thing, it is this: Our financial stability and our health are precious, and too many of our neighbors have been impacted.
The winter storms and record cold temperatures that battered Texas have forced millions of the state’s residents to search for survival basics, including shelter, food and water. Many of our company’s nonprofit partners are on the front lines addressing the humanitarian crisis created by the storm.
At its January 2021 meeting (held via Zoom), the TIAA Leadership Team approved extension of the free membership program first announced at the 2020 TIAA Annual Membership Meeting. The action is being taken due to the extended curtailment of normal TIAA member activities as a result of COVID. The team remains hopeful that health guidelines will allow the resumption of “live” activities sometime in the second half of this year.
Richard Guldi Recognized with the
TI Founders Community Impact Award
Richard (Dick) Guldi – who has been an environmental activist for years – has been recognized as this year’s TI retiree recipient of the TI Founders Community Impact Award for outstanding contributions to the communities where we live and work.
The TI Foundation Matching Gifts Program encourages philanthropic giving by TIers, retirees and directors. Dollars contributed to eligible organizations will be matched up to $30,000 on a dollar-for-dollar basis by the Foundation. Matching gifts for 2021 must be requested by Jan. 31.
For details on how to request a match for dollars donated this year to qualified nonprofits (must be at least $25) and/or for volunteer hours (must be at least 10 hours to a qualified nonprofit), click on the link below and sign-in:
Wilma Jean Smith
March 13, 1930 - January 10, 2021
Wilma Jean (Frair) Smith of Allen, Texas passed away on January 10, 2021 at age of 90. She was born on March 13, 1930 to John Craig Frair and Lola Frances (Pigg) in McKinney, Texas. Wilma married Wylie J.C. Smith on February 8, 1947.
Dear TIAA Member:
2020 was a challenging year for TIAA, and also for so many individuals and organizations throughout the country and the world. But there is HOPE for a brighter 2021 with vaccines on the horizon.
TIAA officers have continued to meet (virtually) each month and our hope is that by sometime in the second half of the new year, health guidelines will allow us to begin holding “live” activities.