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Membership Letter

Greetings fellow EKU retiree!

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 2015 – 2016 program year will be Tuesday, August 18, 11:30 am, at the Golden Corral Restaurant in Richmond. Please note the location for this meeting. Ordinarily we would collect school supplies at this meeting for the Model Laboratory School store run by students. However, because of the need after the floods in Johnson County, we feel the supplies should be donated to the Johnson County school system instead.

You may also pay dues 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.

Meetings are held the third Tuesday of even-numbered months; trips and food & drink events are held during odd-numbered months. EKURA does not meet in January due to iffy weather. Up-to-date information on meetings and events is available on the EKURA website at A list of tentative programs, trips and food & drink events is available at or for download in PDF format.

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 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 at

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” which will be included in the packet you receive through the mail. 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.

One of KRTA’s top priorities of the upcoming 2016 – 2017 legislative program 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. Also enclosed in your mailed packet will be a green sheet listing those benefits.

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 at or


Marshall Myers
Incoming EKURA President

Donald Calitri
Outgoing EKURA President

Published on August 06, 2015

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