Fall 2013

Handshakes and hugs

Dates set for fall 2013 Retirees and Friends meetings

We would love for you to join us at our fall Retirees and Friends meetings. The gatherings include a delicious lunch, handshakes and hugs, and a thought-provoking speaker.

Oct. 3     Gallatin
Oct. 9     Nevada
Oct. 10   Springfield
Oct. 18   Sedalia
Oct. 24   St. Charles
Oct. 25   Jackson
Oct. 28   Columbia (first day of the annual MU Extension conference)

Oct. 3  Gallatin meeting — 11:30 a.m. at Gallatin Lion's Club, 801 W. Grand, Gallatin

Presentations: "Quilts, Barns and Money" by Cynthia Crawford
Lunch: Dutch treat buffet catered onsite
RSVP: RSVP one week before meeting; contact Bob Teagarden, teebob@greenhills.net or call 660-425-5613.

Oct. 9  Nevada meeting — 11:30 a.m. at Nevada Senior Center, 301 N. Main, Nevada

Presentations: Regional update by Wayne Prewitt and "Impact of the Affordable Health Care Act on Retirees and Families" by Lisa Wallace
Lunch: Dutch treat lunch onsite
RSVP: No RSVP necessary. Local arrangements: Leonard Ernsbarger

Oct. 10  Springfield meeting — 11:30 a.m. at Brie’s Belgium Waffle House, 1882 James River Rd., Ozark

Presentations: Regional update by Jay Chism and "Impact of the Affordable Health Care Act on Retirees and Families" by Nellie Lamers
Lunch: Dutch treat lunch onsite
RSVP: Please RSVP one week before meeting; contact Sarah Grubaugh 417-865-0707 or grubaughs@missouri.edu. Local arrangements: Jay Chism

Oct. 18  Sedalia meeting — 11:30 a.m. at Best Western State Fair Inn, 3120 S. Limit, Sedalia

Presentations: "The Economy" by Dr. Abner Womack
Lunch: Dutch treat buffet onsite
RSVP: RSVP one week before meeting; contact Owen Fox at 660-826-3269 or twofoxes@att.net, or mail reservation to Owen Fox, 1402 S. Warren, Sedalia, MO  65301.

Oct. 24  St. Charles meeting — 11:30 a.m. at St. Charles Extension Center, 260 Brown Road, St. Peters

Presentations: Organizational update by Bud Reber and "Impact of the Affordable Health Care Act on  Retirees and Families" by Damaris Karanja and Rob Russell
Lunch: Box lunch onsite
RSVP: RSVP one week before meeting; contact St. Charles Extension Center, 636-970-3000 or stcharlesco@missouri.edu. Local arrangements: Bud Reber

Oct. 25  Jackson meeting — 10:30 a.m. at Cape Girardeau County Extension Center, 684 W. Jackson Trail, Jackson

Presentations: Benefits update telecommunications session and "Impact of the Affordable Health Care Act on Retirees and Families" by Mary Gosche.
Lunch: Dutch treat lunch at Oriental restaurant after the meeting
RSVP: RSVP one week before meeting; contact Cape Girardeau Extension Center, 573-243-3581 or capeco@missouri.edu. Local arrangements: Don Boesch

Oct. 28  Columbia meeting (Annual fall conference) — Holiday Inn Executive Center, 2200 Interstate 70 Dr. SW, Columbia

Annual fall conference retiree events:

9:30-11 a.m.  Health Fair
11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.  Luncheon and opening presentation by Dr. Daryl Buchholz
1-3 p.m.  Epsilon Sigma Phi Tiger Stripe Ice cream break and networking
3-4:30 p.m.  Retiree meeting

Presentations: Greetings and organizational update by Dr. Michael Ouart, benefits update from Tamra Robbins and Kelli Holland, and additional information on how the Affordable Care Act will impact retirees and their families.
Lunch: Lunch provided as part of fall conference
RSVP: Register by Oct. 14. Contact Janice Perkins at 573-882-3407 or perkinsj@umsystem.edu, or register online at http://muconf.missouri.edu/muext. Local arrangements: Bryan Pfifer


Highlights from the spring 2013 meetings

photo: Cat Comley with retirees at spring 2013 meeting
Director of Development Cat Comley updated retirees and spouses in Nevada on MU strategic initiatives.

photo: Jay Chism presents at spring 2013 meeting
Southwest Region Director Jay Chism enjoyed greeting the retirees meeting in Nevada and spoke on MU Extension's history of being relevant, reliable and response, and how that will continue to be key in the next 100 years as well.

Nevada — Retiree and meeting coordinator Leonard Ernsbarger called the meeting to order at the Senior Center. Attendees represented the West Central and Southwest regions and welcomed Southwest Regional Jay Chism as speaker. Chism, Calvin Jones, George Graham and others agreed that a theme of University of Missouri Extension has always been change. Retirees experienced remarkable change through their careers to remain relevant, reliable and responsive to the needs of Missouri’s people. Chism briefed the group on cutting edge changes, including changes in regional configurations and program integration teams. Five program integration teams have been formed around educational attainment, environmental concerns, global food systems, health systems as well as community, business, economic and workforce development.

Sedalia — Owen Fox, retiree and meeting coordinator, greeted several retiree and spouses at the Best Western State Fair Inn. Director of Donor Education Cynthia Crawford spoke on Thrifty Estate Planning. “I decided one of the main reasons that people procrastinate about putting estate plans in place is because we don’t know how to make a perfect estate plan. Don’t even hold yourself to that standard. An estate plan that is in place and is ‘pretty good’ is a lot better than taking no action,” she stressed. “Also estate planning isn’t and all-or-none prospect. Putting transfer on death or payable on death beneficiaries on titled property is a great start!”

Jackson — Don Boesch’s efforts to coordinate the Nevada meeting were much appreciated by retirees and spouses that attended. Director of Development Cat Comley brought greetings from the University and provided an organizational update on regional configurations and the program integration efforts. The program was also on thrifty estate planning strategies.

Gallatin — Program Coordinator Bob Teagarden brought an enthusiastic group of retirees, spouses and current faculty and staff to the Lion’s Club building in Gallatin. Teagarden hosted the largest gathering for the spring meetings. Missouri Foundation for Health Policy Analyst Thomas McAuliffe led a town hall meeting on the affordable care act. He also did a presentation for Human Environmental Sciences specialists on the legislation. Certainly there are more questions than answers at this time. People need quality, correct information. MU Extension will begin helping Missourians to understand what their health care choices are under the Affordable Care Act through their Health Insurance Education Initiative. For more information, see the website http://www.covermissouri.org/

MU Extension has formed teams in each region and they will be monitoring and offering programming on what consumers in Missouri need to know about the affordable health care act and how it is being implemented in Missouri.

photo: Michael Ouart at spring 2013 meeting
Dr. Michael Ouart greeted retirees and guests at the Columbia retiree meeting and provided an organizational update.

Columbia — Norlin Hein was recognized traveled in from Minnesota for the Columbia gathering of retirees and friends. He joined an enthusiastic gathering at Jack’s Gourmet Restaurant. Thanks to Bryan Pfifer for volunteering to work details for the fall meeting. Dr. Michael Ouart greeted the group and brought an administrative update.

The presentation by Dr. Julie Middleton and Michael Hicks on the Eliot Battle documentary is remembered as bittersweet. Dr. Eliot Battle died on June 11, a month after the meeting, from injuries sustained after a car crash a few days earlier. Eliot Battle was 88.

Middleton and Hicks shared their experiences collaborating on a documentary that has already received a number of awards and is being used in Missouri and beyond to use Battle’s life for powerful lessons in leadership.

Battle: Change from Within is the story of educator Eliot Battle and his pivotal role in the desegregation of Columbia Public Schools. Battle, who had been an assistant principal at the all-black Douglass High School, became a guidance counselor and the first black faculty member at Hickman High School in 1960, serving as an advocate, mentor and mediator during the crucial early years of Hickman’s transformation into an integrated school.

Battle’s calm demeanor and work from within the institutions and systems of Columbia allowed him to bridge the gap between the two communities and get things done. Battle believes, “The only way you are going to make change is to be a change agent and be in there working with the powers that be.”

Director of Development Cat Comley and Director of Donor Education Cynthia Crawford were pleased to attend all of the Retiree and Friends meetings.

photo: Julie Middleton and Michael Hicks present at spring 2013 meeting
Julie Middleton and Michael Hicks discussed their collaborations for the Eliot Battle documentary.
photo: Cynthia Crawford at spring 2013 meeting
Director of Donor Education Cynthia Crawford was pleased to reconnect with her mentor and retired state specialist Pat Lieurance and her spouse, Harold.



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