MURANews Spring 2019 issue in PDF format
In this issue:
In spite of the sporadic warm days we’ve had so far, the daffodils and tulips are coming along and the grass is starting to green up — evidence that the season of renewal is upon us — including the upcoming MURA Annual General Meeting on June 5th.
A key feature of the AGM is the election of MURA Council and Executive including President and Vice President positions — a “renewal” of your MURA Council. You can read the Nominating Committee Report with the proposed slate of officers below. As always we are appreciative of the work of this Committee and thankful for the members willing to participate in the work of the Association on members’ behalf.
The AGM begins with a luncheon which will be followed by our guest speaker Stephen Heathorn, Chair of the History Department, who will give a very timely presentation on “The Unbearable Lightness of Brexit”. Details are given below.
Further in this newsletter you can read about significant changes and events around campus, where you can get involved (HR Website Review, volunteering), and where you can benefit (Optimal Aging Portal). There is also a profile on MURA’s most recent Scholarship winner.
MURAnews is produced four times a year by a small group of volunteers. Phyllis DeRosa Koetting, who has done an excellent job as production editor over the past several years, is relinquishing those duties to others after this issue. Many thanks, Phyllis, for ensuring members have a great publication packed with information.
A reminder that CURAC (College and University Retiree Associations of Canada) is being hosted by the University of Guelph’s Retirees Association this year. The conference runs from May 22 - 24, 2019. Retiree association members from across the country gather to share ideas and information and also to participate in a series of educational sessions geared to retirement life. This year’s sessions will have a focus on health. More information can be found at: https://www.ugra.ca/curac/conference.
Heather Grigg, MURA President
Notice of Annual General Meeting
Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Time: 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm
Place: Celebration Hall
RSVP is required by May 24, 2019 to establish numbers for the lunch. Contact Beth Csordas at email@example.com or phone 905-681-2075.
If you have an Ontario Accessible Parking Permit and require reserved accessible parking, please let Beth know.See below for details and plan to attend.
AGM Meeting & Luncheon
Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Time: 12:00 noon - 3:00 PM
Place: Celebration Hall (Basement of Kenneth Taylor Hall), McMaster University
RSVP is required by May 24, 2019 to establish numbers for the lunch. Contact Beth Csordas at firstname.lastname@example.org, 905-681-2075. Let Beth know if you have an Ontario Accessible parking permit and require reserved accessible parking, or if you have a dietary restriction.
See the below for Parking Information.
Luncheon: A light sandwich luncheon will be served while you socialize with friends.
Special Presentation to the AGM — The unbearable lightness of Brexit
The guest speaker will be Dr. Stephen Heathorn, Professor and Chair, Department of History. Stephen is a cultural historian of modern Britain and its empire.
In June 2016 a slim majority of British voters decided they wanted their country out of the European Union. At the time the leaders of the “Leave” campaign claimed this would be a straightforward process that would lead to Britain “taking back control” of their sovereignty. But in the three years since, the British government has struggled to make Brexit happen. Why? What has caused the sense of near-perpetual crisis in government over leaving, especially in the past nine months? This talk will attempt to explain why Brexit has proved so difficult to accomplish and why the referendum three years ago set in train a massive disruption in British politics and culture.
Complimentary Parking for the AGM
MURA thanks Parking Services for their generous support
Retirees who do not have a McMaster parking permit and transponder will have access to Parking Lots B, C and D close to the Student Centre, and to the underground Stadium lot. Come on campus via the Sterling Street entrance.
Park in any of these lots showing “Visitors - Open”. Take an entry ticket from the machine at the lot entrance and exchange it for a complimentary Rebate Voucher at the luncheon registration table. Your Rebate Voucher will be used at the exit gate to “pay” for your parking when you leave your parking lot.
If none of these lots show “Visitors - Open”, use the Help button at a lot entrance that indicates “Full to Visitors” to gain access or be directed to an available lot.
Retirees with valid transponders may park in any lot that shows “Transponders – Open”. During May to August, retiree parking permits allow access to Lots B, C, D, H, I, K, M, N, P and the Underground Stadium at all times.
PARKING SPACES ARE AT A PREMIUM. WHY NOT TRY CAR POOLING?
For the mobility impaired: If you have an Ontario Accessible Parking Permit and require reserved accessible parking, please be sure to tell Beth in your RSVP. Reserved parking will be provided in Lot C close to the Student Centre. Press the Help button at the entrance to gain access to the lot. Parking staff will be on duty to assist with accessible parking in Lot C. Please have an Ontario Accessible Parking Permit on display in your vehicle.
2019 Nominating Committee Report
MURA Council 2019/2020
Honorary President*: Alvin Lee
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