2017 Welcome Letter
Greetings fellow EKU retirees!
We hope you are enjoying your retirement. 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!
Our first meeting of the 2017-2018 program year will be Tuesday, August 22, 11:30am at the Golden Corral Restaurant in Richmond. We will be collecting school supplies at this meeting for the Model Laboratory School store run by students.
Meetings are held the third Tuesday of August, October, December, February, April and June. Trips and food & drink events are scheduled for September, November, March, May and July. EKURA does not meet in January. Up-to-date information on meetings and events is available on the EKURA website at http://retirees.eku.edu. A list of tentative programs and trips are available at http://retirees.eku.edu/ekura-2017-2018-schedule.
It's also time to pay your dues. They can be paid at the meeting or mail them to Patrick Ridgley, Treasurer, 128 Buckwood Drive, Richmond, KY 40475. Your first year 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.
To help make this a successful year for our organization, we would like to bring two important items to your attention.
First, the EKURA communicates upcoming events and important information pertaining to your retirement benefits primarily via email. 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 Fawn Conley at email@example.com or Jackie Vance at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 at http://retirees.eku.edu.
Second, 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". 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. (SEE: KRTA Fact Sheet to learn more about KRTA.)
One of KRTA's top priorities of the upcoming 2018 legislative session is to support legislation that will improve the actuarial soundness of KTRS and ensure full funding of KTRS' annuity and medical insurance funds. Given the current political situation your KTRS or KERS pension may not be protected. Besides keeping a close eye on legislation that might affect our retirement benefits, membership in the KRTA provides many discounts on items you may wish to purchase and services that you may wish to access.
We look forward to seeing you at our meetings and travel destinations this year.
Published on August 14, 2017