Book Club

East Bank

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. 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

Bruininks Hall, Skyline

In 2017, the UMRA Board of Directors approved the creation of a Financial & Legal Issues Group (FLG). UMRA had sponsored various workshops on financial and legal issues in recent years. 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. 

UMRA member's interested in attending and/or contributing experiences or resources are welcome to contact Andy Whitman, FLG facilitator, at or 612-747-6015.


Programs will be held at John A. Knutson & Co., PLLP
1755 Prior Avenue N
Falcon Heights, MN 55113
off Larpenteur just north of the St. Paul Campus.
For directions, contact Kim at kelm@jakcpa.comor 651-379-5732.

Armchair Traveler

Come share the wonders of the world in company of other UMRA travel enthusiasts.  We have three, 90-minute programs each year, with a short social time before and after the scheduled meeting times.  Please come early to meet other attendees.  Meetings are held in various parts of the Cities.  Each program usually shares travel highlights from two speakers.  We have seen Mongolia, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Germany, Hong Kong, China, Poland and more.  Contact Lynn C Anderson for more information or if you would like to share travel photos and memories. RSVP if you plan to attend.


Programs India and the world

Sept 10, 2019, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Don Johnson presents on India
Lynn Anderson will present an interactive tour of places around the world
Community Room 2nd floor
Highland Park Community Center and Library
1978 Ford Parkway in St Paul

April 9, 2019
Ron Anderson: Hong Kong
David Hansen: More...

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 meet monthly to share photos and talk about different aspects of photography. Recent meetings have started with “theme pictures”—club members contribute pictures related to a specific theme.  Members also bring pictures on a flash drive of their own choosing to share, talk about or seek help with. Attend a meeting to find out more and share in our fun and laughter.   From time to time we meet 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.  In May 2018 University photographer Patrick O’Leary led a photoshoot on the east Bank More...

Interest Group Events

Event Date:
Friday, July 17, 2020 - 2:00pm

Pat Tollefson will lead the discussion of Italian Shoes by Henning Mankell when the UMRA Book Club meets in July. Read more >>