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2016 Welcome Letter

Charles Hay, EKURA President

Greetings fellow EKU retiree!

The Eastern Kentucky University Retirees Association (EKURA) is gearing up for another year of interesting programs and travel. We would love to have you join us! Meetings are held the third Tuesday of even-numbered months; trips and food & drink events are held during odd-numbered months. Up-to-date information on meetings and events is available on the EKURA website and on the EKU Community facebook page. Only once a year do we have a comprehensive mailing which includes a list of meetings, programs and trips for the academic year.

WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO JOIN BOTH EKURA AND KRTA (Kentucky Retired Teachers Association). Your first year membership in EKURA as a retiree is free; dues after that are $10 per person per year or $120 lifetime. $100 of lifetime dues supports our EKURA scholarship. Spouses, partners, widows and widowers of retirees are also eligible for membership at the same rates. You may pay dues by mailing them to Patrick Ridgley, Treasurer, 128 Buckwood Drive, Richmond KY 40475, OR they may be paid at any meeting. You may have recently received a dues letter from the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association (KRTA), an organization with which EKURA is affiliated. Membership in KRTA and its $20 yearly dues are in addition to EKURA dues. We encourage you to sign and return the “white card” that was enclosed. This will authorize KRTA to deduct yearly $20 dues automatically from your November benefit, and you will no longer have to remember to write a check to renew your membership. Membership in this organization is very important because it is our voice in Frankfort, making sure our pension plan continues to be viable and that our health plan protected.

Membership in both organizations helps keep you abreast of important information pertaining to your retirement benefits through KRTA publications and emails and website notifications from EKURA. If you have not been receiving EKURA emails on a regular basis, we do not have an up-to-date email address for you. Please contact Marissa Parmer at and provide your preferred email address so we may keep in touch. If you are not aware, you still have access to your EKU email address. It provides a free, secure location to receive communications from us if you wish to use it. And remember, information is always available on the EKURA website.

A continuing top priority of KRTA and KTRS for the upcoming 2016 – 2017 year is to support legislation that will improve the actuarial soundness of KTRS and ensure full funding of KTRS’ annuity and medical insurance funds. Besides keeping a close eye on legislation that might affect our retirement benefits, membership in the KRTA provides a large number of discounts and services.

We look forward to seeing you at our meetings and travel destinations this year. If you have questions about the EKURA or your KRTA membership, please contact us.

Charles Hay
Fawn Conley
President Elect
Jackie Vance

Published on August 28, 2016

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