Retirees' News: March 2001

The University of Manitoba Retirees' News
Volume Five, Issue One
March 2001

Spring – time to meet again at the President’s Reception

For those in Manitoba, the sun is getting warmer and the snow is rapidly disappearing, so spring is not far away. And spring means it is time for another President’s Reception for Retirees. The date is Saturday, April 21st. We have chosen to hold it in the renovated University Club, on the Fort Garry Campus.

The reception will start at 2:00 p.m., when you can sign the guest book and print your nametag. About 2:15 we will have a presentation by Dr. Jay Doering, Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Geological Engineering, entitled “The Red River. How waterproof are we?” This topic about flooding on the Red River is of interest to many of us who live in Winnipeg, especially at this time of year. Following Jay’s presentation, Dr. Emőke Szathmáry will bring us up-to-date on happenings at the University.

Refreshments will be served immediately following the presentations. There will be plenty of time to get caught up with what other retirees have been doing over the winter and planning to do during the summer. The reception will end around 4:00 p.m.

The best place to park for this event is in Parking Lot F, right beside the Powerhouse. While you are there you will notice the construction of the new chiller plant in front of that building.

So that we know how much food to prepare, please let Kathy Vitt know you are coming by April 13th. You can call 474-8359 or e-mail her at Kathy_Vitt@umanitoba.ca. In case you are wondering, spouses of retirees and survivors of retirees are most welcome to come to the reception. In fact they are encouraged to do so.


You wanted to know how many retirees are there? Quite a number.

You may be interested, and probably surprised, to know that there were 1,498 retirees of the University, as of October 2000. Of this number, 324 (21.6%) were in the age group 65 to 69. The next largest group of 268 was between the ages of 70 and 74, followed by 254 between 60 and 64. There were 64 persons who are 85 or older. Of the total, 602 were formerly either academics or librarians, 568 were support staff and technicians and 285 were from food services, housekeeping and the skilled trades. So you can see, we are a very significant group of persons associated with the University.


Keeping in touch through the Internet

With the assistance of Dianne Boulay, Supervisor of Administrative Client Services, and Nick Donaldson, consultant with Academic Computing and Networking, we have established an e-mail mailing list for retirees. Currently, the list consists of those retirees who are on the University system and have indicated they want to be on the retirees’ list. The next step is to add those who are not on the University system. The list will function similar to the one for employees of the University. The address is all-retirees@ms.umanitoba.ca.

If you would like to have your name added to the list, please send your e-mail address to mundie@Ms.UManitoba.CA.


Missing the Bulletin?

In December and early January, persons receiving the Bulletin by mail were asked to return their address label if they wished to continue to receive it. In the rush of everything that happens at that time of year, you may have forgotten to send the label in. Or you might have thought you didn’t need to receive the Bulletin. In any event, now you miss it.

If this is your situation, or if you have never received the Bulletin by mail and would like to do so, please send your name and address to University of Manitoba Bulletin, 136 Services Building, 97 Dafoe Road, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2.


Out-of-country medical coverage

In the last edition of Retirees’ News we indicated we were investigating the possibility of joining an existing program with respect to out-of-country medical insurance coverage. Unfortunately, we were not able to achieve this. We are now investigating other possibilities.

When you purchase out-of-country medical insurance make sure you fully understand the terms and conditions of the contract. For example, most, if not all, contracts require you to report any change in your medical situation after you have purchased the contract and prior to the time you take your trip. A change can be as minor as your doctor prescribing a change in the amount of your medication or the frequency in which it is to be taken. If you fail to report the change, the contract may be no longer valid. Consequently, you will not have coverage for your trip. Often the change will require a change in the premium you will have to pay. So please, read your contract thoroughly. If you have any questions, contact the person from whom you purchased your contract.


Have a dependent taking courses at the University?

If you have a dependent taking courses at the University, you may want to check out the announcement regarding the University of Manitoba Employees Scholarship. It can be found on the University’s Web page. Or you can contact Ewa Morphy, Awards Establishment Coordinator at (204) 474-9261 or e-mail Ewa_Morphy@umanitoba.Ca.


Looking for your opinions on benefits for retirees.

The Staff Benefits Committee of the University is conducting an extensive review of the benefits available to employees and those retirees who qualify for them upon retirement. The purpose of the review is to determine what changes, if any, should be made to the current benefits programs.

The survey of current employees has now been completed and we are ready to begin the survey of retirees. Your input to the review of the benefits program for retirees is important. We would ask those who receive the survey to respond as quickly as possible.

If you do not receive a copy of the survey and you qualify as a respondent, please contact John Mundie at (204) 256-8245 or by e-mail at mundie@Ms.Umanitoba.CA.


Outstanding support of the United Way Appeal by retirees.

Norm Long reported that retirees again provided outstanding support for the United Way Appeal in 2000. Contributions were $59,809, compared with $53,941 in 1999, up 11%. Our goal was $55,000, so you can see we well exceeded that expectation. And the average gift was up; $234 compared with $209 in the previous year. Total contributions by members of the University community were $319,000. The participation by retirees greatly assisted the University in achieving its goal for the year. Thanks are extended to all who participated.


American Express Corporate Card

If you kept your American Express Corporate Card upon your retirement and have made use of that card, you should have received a letter from Paul Dugal, Manager of
Purchasing Services, asking you to confirm whether you wanted to retain the Card. If you did not receive the letter and wish to continue to use the Card, please contact Mrs. Nellie Drozd in the University’s Travel Services Department at (204) 474-8492.

You should be aware that while there is not cost to you for the use of the Card, there is a cost to the University and American Express to administer each Card. Consequently, you need to make a commitment to continue to use the Card on a regular basis.


Everyone enjoys a picnic

Each summer the world famous Delta Marsh Field Station, just north of Portage la Prairie, on the shores of Lake Manitoba, holds a picnic to which retirees of the University are invited. The picnic will be held on Saturday, August 11th. This will give you an opportunity to tour the Station, enjoy a walk along the beach and visit the marsh. Every thing gets underway at 1:00 p.m. and goes until whenever. There is a modest charge for the event.

For those who would like to spend the night at the Station, you will need to make a reservation. Included in the price of the overnight accommodation is a brunch served on Sunday morning.

For more information, watch the Bulletin, check the University Web site, or go the Web site for the Field Station. You also can call Mrs. Pat Gutoski at (204) 474-9297.

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