Luncheons and speakers: UMRA luncheons are held from 11:30 to 1:00 at the Campus Club the fourth Tuesday of each month September through May, except for December. Invited luncheon speakers from within and outside the University address a variety of scholarly, informative, and entertaining topics. These luncheons allow members to renew long-standing friendships with former colleagues, make new acquaintances, and strengthen a sense of connection with the University community. Reservations and a luncheon fee (make reservations) are required. An optional pre-luncheon coffee hour (no charge) begins at 10:30.
Workshops: A "Living Well in Later Life" Workshop is held from 1:30 to 2:30 pm after most of our luncheon meetings, and in the same room. Workshops are generally designed to be highly interactive. There is no fee for workshops, and you need not have attended the luncheon to participate. Sample recent workshop topics have included housing alternatives, financial planning, long-term care, photography, and caregiving.
Annual meeting: The final luncheon meeting of the year, in May, is considered to be our annual gala social event, an expanded menu and an especially entertaining program. UMRA officers hold a brief business meeting, and the membership elects new association officers and board members to lead the next year’s activities. There is no May workshop.
Governance meetings: The Executive Committee and the Board meet most months during the academic year; other committees meet as needed.
Other: Clubs and special interest groups are informal, self-governing groupings of UMRA members who share a common interest. Currently they consist of the Photo Club and the Book Club, both of which meet approximately monthly during the academic year. Social events in addition to the luncheons are organized on an occasional basis and publicized through the newsletter or emails to the membership.
Our February workshop will feature two experts in fall prevention from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Drs. Jean Wyman and Siobhan McMahon, discussing common myths about falls and what can be done to reduce the risk of falling as one ages. They will also connect us with an opportunity to volunteer for a fall-prevention study at the U of M.
Our February luncheon speaker, Emily Baxter, is the executive director of a media-based advocacy organization that seeks to be a catalyst for conversations about crime, privilege, punishment, and second chances. And it’s her thesis that we are all criminals, although most of us don’t get caught
New UMRA interest group, Finance and Legal Group (FLG), will meet February 21 for a workshop on identity security.