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 and Legal Issues Group (FLG).  UMRA had sponsored various workshops on Financial and Legal Issues in recent years. The 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. FLG workshops based on FLG member suggestions include:

Tax Planning Year-end income tax actions based on the new Federal & MN Income tax code

Health care administration, Long Term Care (LTC), issues with LTC facilities, Lead Presenter: Jayne Clairmont, owner/consultant, English Rose Suites.

Identity Security. Lead presenter, Dave Bell, President of Cyber Solutions Inc.

Estate Planning, Lead presenter, an attorney specializing in estate planning.

Charitable giving and the new tax code, Presented by: Todd Koch, CPA, MBT, CFP, Partner at John A. Knutson & Co., PLLP

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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 More...