February 10, 2016 – Officers Meeting

George Mason University

Minutes of the Retired Faculty Association – Officers Meeting and February event

Feb. 10, 2016, 10:05-10:35 AM mtg. 10:35-10:50 AM social; 10:50 AM-11:45 presentation followed by lunch Aa’bee Persian & Mediterranean Fusion Restaurant, Fairfax, VA

Present:  Don Boileau, Bob Ehrlich, Esther Elstun, Joseph Lieb, Julianne Mahler, Jim Sanford, Janice Sutera, Veronique Klimonda (HR Liaison)

I.    The meeting began at 10:05 AM. Minutes of Dec. mtg. approved.

Action: Bob will follow up with owner regarding coffee/tea service and fixed price lunch options at Aa’bee and publish the charges to RFA membership for the final three meetings/events this spring.

II.  Succession Planning and Membership (Bob Ehrlich)

  • Joe Lieb assumed Jane’s unexpired term as Treasurer beginning today.
  • Jim Sanford attended meeting to observe.
  • Bob reported on the upcoming vacancy for the President’s position. He will continue to approach nominees in turn as needed.

III. Human Resources update (Veronique Klimonda)

  • Action: Veronique will assess how Mason’s People Finder lists retired faculty contact info. She will report at our next meeting.
  • Action: Veronique will provide Janice with stats on the number of faculty retirees each calendar year for at least 2015 and 2014 and a few prior years, if available.
  • Veronique provided Bob Ehrlich with contact info for all 2015 retirees which Bob incorporated into RFA database.
  • W-2s for 2015 are available on line.

 IV.   Programming (Bob Ehrlich, Julie Mahler)

  • Action: Janice Sutera agreed to publish upcoming events on front page of the website per Julie’s recommendation.

A. Polling about 2016-17 events (Bob Ehrlich)

Bob took an informal poll of those in attendance regarding a list of possible events for next year.  Partial list of  topics/events include:

-Tom Davis, current BOV Rector, former Congressman – Nov. 9, 2016 (already scheduled) – his ‘take’ on the election results,

-Visit and tour of Gunston Hall,

-Current state of Arab-Israeli peace efforts with Yehuda Lukacs,

-Cave exploration near Front Royal with Doug Mose.

B. Results of Programming Questionnaire (Bob E.)

  • Same time and day? 13 yes, 2 no
  • Off-campus? 15 yes, 3 no
  • Best time? 6 morning, 4 morn/afternoon, 4 afternoon, 2 afternoon/evening, 1 evening

C. Spring 2016 Event attendance:

D. Upcoming events: See website for updates: https://rfa.gmu.edu/activities/featured-events/

  • Wed, March 9, 10:30 AM presentation and discussion. Lunch and socializing to follow. Rebecca Goldin “Statistical slips in the media: How numbers make the news” Aa’bee Persian restaurant, Fairfax, VA
  • Wed, April 13, 10:30 AM presentation and discussion. Lunch and socializing to follow.  David Keegan, State Department Foreign Service Institute, “The Chinese economy: Opportunities and challenges. “  Aa’bee Persian restaurant, Fairfax, VA
  • Wed, May 11, 10:30 AM presentation and discussion. Lunch and socializing to follow.  Jack Censer, Professor Emeritus of History, The evolution of revolutionary ideas” Aa’bee Persian restaurant, Fairfax, VA

V.   New Business

VI.  2015-16 Executive Committee Meetings

  • Executive Committee Meetings will generally precede the monthly programs/events.
  • The following represents a list of executive committee meeting dates planned for the remainder of 2015-2016:

-March 9, 2016

-April 13, 2016

-May 11, 2016

-June 1, 2016

 VII. Adjournment: About 10:35 AM

Respectfully submitted,

Janice Sutera Wolfe, Ph.D.

2012 Retiree