The University of Montana recently created its first Retirees’ Association. The association will provide all UM retirees the opportunity to remain involved with the University community through a variety of specially designed activities, events and service opportunities.
“The creation of this new association acknowledges the significant contributions retirees have made to The University of Montana and facilitates their active engagement in the campus community,” said Amy Kinch, UM faculty development coordinator.
The association is in the process of developing a set of bylaws and will elect its first set of officers in the next two months.
“The intention of the Retirees’ Association is to allow and encourage retirees of all kinds — faculty, administrators, staff and others — to remain connected to UM through social activities, extended-learning opportunities, interest groups and information sessions,” said Jerry Fetz, a member of the planning committee for the new group. “It also will help the University take advantage of [retirees’] expertise, wisdom, skills and advice in both formal and informal ways.”
The group recently hosted its first social, during which President Royce Engstrom provided an update on developments at the University. This spring the association is planning activities such as a guided art gallery tour, a birding outing, a highway cleanup event, informational meetings on the health care plan and the retirement system, and an evening of theater.
In June, the association will co-host the annual retiree recognition luncheon with the Office of the President. Other activities, such as luncheons, lectures, excursions and retiree interest groups, are being considered for the future.
The UM Retirees' Association is open to all faculty, staff and administrator retirees of UM-Missoula, including those from the College of Technology, as well as their spouses/partners and the spouses/partners of deceased retirees. Retired employees of other units closely affiliated with UM, such as the UM Foundation, also are welcome to apply to participate in the organization.