Club Events

Event Date:
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 4:30pm

The UMRA Social Activities Committee invites you to a summer wine tasting on the Campus Club Terrace with sommelier Jason Kallsen. Jazz music featuring vocalist Charmin Michelle will set the tone.

Event Date:
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 10:00am

The UMRA Social Activities Committee invites you to enjoy a day in the countryside with a midsummer visit to the Veit Automotive Museum in Buffalo followed by a walk through the marvelous Munsinger and Clemens Gardens in St. Cloud.

Event Date:
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 2:00pm

All UMRA members are invited to this Finance & Legal Group workshop at John A. Knutson & Co. in Falcon Heights.

Book Club

The UMRA Book Club has been meeting regularly since March of 2011.  We meet at 2 p.m. on the third Friday of every month except December at the 1666 Coffman Building, which is on Larpenteur Avenue near the St. Paul Campus.

We plan our book schedule for the coming year at our November meeting.

We are eclectic readers, our books being from all time periods, fiction and nonfiction, and from various genres. New members are welcome. Contact Pat Tollefson for more information (  A list of all the books we have read is available from Pat as well.

Financial & Legal Issues Group

In 2017 The UMRA Board of Directors approved the creation of a Financial and Legal Issues Group (FLG). Although UMRA has sponsored various workshops on Financial and Legal Issues in recent years. This FLG is designed to permit greater depth and continuity of discussion to facilitate problem solving and resource identification of retiree's financial and legal issues. FLG workshops based on FLG member suggestions include:

Tax Planning Year-end income tax actions based on the new Federal & MN Income tax code

Health care administration, Long Term Care (LTC), issues with LTC facilities, Lead Presenter: Jayne Clairmont, owner/consultant, English Rose Suites.

Identity Security. Lead presenter, Dave Bell, President of Cyber Solutions Inc.

Estate Planning, Lead presenter, an attorney specializing in estate planning.

The 2017/2018 workshops are on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. at John A. Knutson... More...

Social Activities

In September 2017, the Executive Committee approved the formation of the UMRA Activities Committee.  Its major function is to identify activities and opportunities to for gathering, beyond luncheons/workshops and involvement in UMRA governance.  Examples might include the organizing of an UMRA contingent to participate in events offered by another organization; developing new kinds of UMRA events; and stimulating the formation of additional clubs and special interest groups within UMRA.

Since its formation, the Committee has planned 6 events which have been well attended by UMRA members. The Committee is currently planning events for the remainder of the calendar year.  Please check the Social Activities page monthly for the latest event.

Below are some of the events that we have sponsored so far.

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Photo Club


The UMRA Photo Club is open to all UMRA members who have an interest in photography. We welcome photographers of all abilities. Most of us are struggling amateurs who like to take pictures and want to get better. We benefit from the kind help we get from each other.

We met monthly to share photos and talk about different aspects of photography. From time to time we met for a photography shoot somewhere in the Twin Cities. Recent shoots have been at the Como Zoo and Conservatory, along the Green Line in St. Paul, the Minneapolis Farmers Market and at the newly refurbished State Capitol.
Recent discussions and demonstrations have included photo books, restoring old photographs, and video tutorials on different aspects of photography.
There is also active sharing of web resources on photography by members of the Photo Club.
For the 2017-18 academic year we will be meeting on the second ... More...

About UMRA Cares Committee

The UMRA Cares committee members stand ready throughout the year to assist and support members who may be facing serious illness or experiencing the death of a loved one. This committee was formed by members who know first-hand how important it is to have support in times of stress or loss. If you or someone you know wants to talk with a member of UMRA Cares, you may contact members of the Cares Committee as follows: Ron Anderson, (Chair), Margaret Catambay <>, Patricia Kelly Hall <>, Larry Johnson <>, Ron Matross <>, Earl Nolting <... More...

The Journal of Opinions, Ideas and Essays (JOIE)

The Journal of Opinions, Ideas, & Essays (JOIE) is a new, open access, electronic journal sponsored by the University of Minnesota Retirees Association (UMRA), and accessed at JOIE is supported by the University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing system. Its purpose is to provide a digital venue for a wide variety of articles submitted by retired or active faculty, staff and civil service colleagues from the Twin Cities and Coordinate Campuses of the University. Articles may be intended for a broad, general audience or for a more specialized readership. Examples might be biographical, historical, or literary essays; matters of curricular interest; comments on University issues or issues in higher education; pedagogical essays; short stories or poetry; book reviews; speculative scientific hypotheses; or comments... More...

Professional Development Grants for Retirees

Jan Hogan talks about the Professional Development Research Grant -- the PDRG

The Professional Development Grants for Retirees Program, working with the Office for the Vice President for Research (OVPR), makes grants of up to $5,000 available to UMN retirees for professional development or research. This UMRA committee of retirees, reviews and recommends applications for Professional Development Grants for Retirees to help retirees pursue projects related to their scholarship.

All faculty members, professional and administrative, and civil service retirees from the Twin Cities and Coordinate Campuses of the University, who will be fully retired by July 1, 2018, are eligible to apply for the grants (up to $5,000).

Eligible expenses include travel and per diem costs related to research trips and conference attendance, stipends for undergraduate and/or graduate research assistants, photocopying, the purchase of books, computer, software, and other relevant costs of scholarship. Ineligible expenses include salary for the applicant and institutional... More...