~ Enjoy monthly speakers addressing scholarly, timely, and
~ Dine, chat, renew friendships with former colleagues, and make
~ Strengthen your connection with the University community.
The Social Activities Committee identifies opportunities for gathering beyond luncheons, workshops, and involvement in UMRA governance. Wine tastings, local and regional tours, and events planned by other organizations are some of the activities offered to promote social interaction.
Current interest groups include the armchair traveler, a book club, photo club, a hiking club, and the finance and legal group. Members of each gather monthly or periodically to share common interests, have fun, and learn from each other.
This month's UMRA Forum and Living Well Workshop is on the home page. Reservations are required for the Forum and luncheon. Workshops are held in conjunction with each monthly program. Generally designed to be highly interactive, they are free and no reservation is necessary. Past topics have included housing alternatives, financial planning, long-term care, photography, and caregiving.
Our members share their professional and personal interests as they contribute to the broader community.
♦ Offering caring outreach to members facing serious illness or other
♦ Providing Professional Development Grants for Retirees
Jane Graupman, executive director of the International Institute of Minnesota, is a tireless advocate for new Americans in our community. As the featured speaker for our September Forum, she will provide a primer on their contributions and the challenges they face.
Our next Armchair Traveler program will take us to South Korea with Marilyn DeLong, and to Japan with Kathy Jensen and Gary Engstrand.
Join us at 9:30 a.m. for a 4 mile moderately paced hike around lakes and woods in the private conservation area of North Oaks. We will see eagle and osprey nests and hopefully a variety of wildlife.
The UMRA Photo Club welcomes all UMRA members with an interest in photography. "Perspective" is the theme for October 11.
Join us to hike Nine Mile Creek. It is a 5+ mile flat hike, with mostly paved roads, along a pretty winding creek. Slow to medium pace. It is not a loop, so you can turn back early if desired
UMRA’s October health insurance workshop will feature a discussion of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 and what it means for beneficiaries of Medicare. Staff from the U of M Office of Human Resources will then present their annual update on the University’s retiree health plans.
UMRA members Lee and Kevina Munnich will discuss how they have combined visiting their ancestral homelands with their travels in Europe when the Family History Interest Group meets via Zoom on October 19.
Mary Jane Towle will lead the discussion of This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger when the UMRA Book Club meets via Zoom at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 21.
Guest speaker Jessica Hellmann, Ph.D., is executive director and Ecolab Chair in Environmental Leadership at the U of M Institute on the Environment and a professor in the College of Biological Sciences Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. She will share with us the critical role that universities have to play in addressing the climate crisis.
The 19th-century novel Notes from the Underground is the selection for the meeting of UMRA's Fourth Friday Book Club on October 28.
Matt Guttman will give a webinar on Estate planning.
Review 2021 estate planning webinar.
Stephanie Daily will lead the discussion of West with Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge when the UMRA Book Club meets via Zoom at 2 p.m. on Friday, November 18.
Todd J. Koch, CPA, MBT, CFP /JAK Partner, has again invited UMRA members to attend the year-end tax planning presentation for JAK clients.