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.
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
On Wednesday April 26th, TIAA members were treated to a seminar that focused on a variety of financial topics. First, they were given an update on the status on the economy by Financial Advisor Lisa Calloway. This included an update on last year's presidential election and the potential impact the new administration's policies could have on different industries such as healthcare, energy, infrastructure and real estate. We also heard from Financial Advisor Steve Combest about the Department of Labor's new fiduciary rule. This rule was designed to ensure that financial
The TIAA Annual Meeting will be held on May 25 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. at the recently restored 7th Floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St. in Dallas. Refreshments will be provided and buses will run at 12:30 pm from the Texins Activity Center on the Expressway Site. Free parking will be available in the Library’s parking garage for those who wish to drive. (Use the entrance on Wood Street.)