~  Enjoy monthly speakers addressing scholarly, timely, and
          entertaining topics.
     ~  Dine, chat, renew friendships with former colleagues, and make
          new acquaintances.
     ~  Strengthen your connection with the University community.

View upcoming Forums and Workshops.  Watch recorded programs.

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.


East Bank

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 pageReservations 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.

     ♦  Volunteering,
     ♦  Offering caring outreach to members facing serious illness or other
         life crisis,
     ♦  Providing Professional Development Grants for Retirees

Monthly meetings and workshops. Here you will find photos of members present and past.


Event date: Sep 27 2022 - 11:00am

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.

Event date: Sep 28 2022 - 10:00am

Our next Armchair Traveler program will take us to South Korea with Marilyn DeLong, and to Japan with Kathy Jensen and Gary Engstrand.

Event date: Oct 3 2022 - 9:30am

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. 

Event date: Oct 11 2022 - 12:30pm

The UMRA Photo Club welcomes all UMRA members with an interest in photography. "Perspective" is the theme for October 11.

Event date: Oct 17 2022 - 9:30am

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

Event date: Oct 18 2022 - 11:00am
2023 Benefits Enrollment Guide, cover image

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.

Event date: Oct 19 2022 - 10:00am
Borgund Stave Church in Laerdal, Norway. Photo: Visit Norway

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.

Event date: Oct 21 2022 - 2:00pm

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.

Event date: Oct 25 2022 - 11:00am
Jessica Hellman, Ph.D.

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.

Event date: Oct 28 2022 - 2:00pm
Notes from the Underground, book cover

The 19th-century novel Notes from the Underground is the selection for the meeting of UMRA's Fourth Friday Book Club on October 28.

Event date: Nov 7 2022 - 9:30am
This hike may be changing.  Stand by for updated info. 

Event date: Nov 7 2022 - 10:00am

Matt Guttman will give a webinar on Estate planning.

Review 2021 estate planning webinar.

Event date: Nov 18 2022 - 2:00pm

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.

Event date: Dec 14 2022 - 12:00pm

Todd J. Koch, CPA, MBT, CFP /JAK Partner, has again invited UMRA members to attend the year-end tax planning presentation for JAK clients.

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