2017-02 From the President: UMRA offers social time before luncheons

UMRA offers social time before luncheons

As those who have experienced it know, the UMRA lunches have become so popular, the luncheon room is filled to capacity with tables and people. That makes it difficult to move about the room before the lunch to find and make contact with friends.

In an attempt to find a solution for this, we have arranged for a social time in the spaciousness of the Campus Club Bar and Lounge just down the hall from our ABC luncheon room. Beginning this month, in February, plan to come early before the UMRA luncheon and enjoy coffee together. This social time will give you a place to meet and chat with friends and make some new friends in comfortable surroundings—enjoy a cup of coffee, plenty of room to move about, and, of course, great views from the windows.

We have arranged with the Campus Club to try this for the four remaining lunches this year. There is no need to RSVP for this, nor is there a charge. And for those of you who do come early for coffee and conversation in the bar, please let UMRA Board members know if you think this is something that should become a permanent event before each luncheon.

The Board knows that building and maintaining community is very important for us retirees. Our monthly luncheon speaker and workshop programs provide us with new tools for living and intellectual stimulation. But just as important is time to connect with friends.

The Board will continue to seek opportunities for UMRA members to connect with others as a community. And if you have suggestions or wish to assist with this or in planning another event, please communicate with me or one of our board members

— Donna Peterson, President 2016–17