Coalition of Oak Ridge Retired Employees
Minutes of Board Meeting on April 16, 2014, 10:00 a.m.
Oak Ridge Senior Center
Present: Mike Bradshaw, Shirley Cates, Steve Cates, Bob Hightower, Judy Kibbe, Dave Mason, Joe McGrory, Ken Moore, Dwight Morrow, Dave Reichle, Jim Rogers, Mary Helen Rose, Dub Shults, Ross Toedte, Mary Jane White, Dave Whitehead, Garry Whitley, Mike Willard, Bob Worrell.
Absent: Pete Peterson, Steve Stow
1. Call to Order. President Dave Mason called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. He reported that Charlene Edwards has resigned from the Board for various reasons.
2. Approval of Minutes. Minutes of the March 19 Board meeting were approved as written.
3. Treasurer’s Report. Mary Helen Rose highlighted the report, copies of which had been distributed. There were no new Contributing Members in March. The balance on hand at end of March was $24,317.11, with 3,560 Contributing Members.
4. Contractor Contacts.
a. URS/CH2M Oak Ridge LLC (UCOR) (Pete Peterson/Dwight Morrow). Morrow reported that the pension funding level at beginning of 2013 was 87.88%.
b. National Strategic Protective Services (NSPS) (Mike Bradshaw/Jim Rogers). Nothing to report.
c. Y-12 (Bob Worrell/Ken Moore). Worrell stated that Y-12 has not yet received the benefits package from CNS, but will inform CORRE as soon as they get the package.
d. ORNL (Dub Shults/Mike Willard). Shults stated that he has not talked to Mark Keck since our last meeting. They are waiting on the annual report, which is due out today. An email from Keck stated that the estimated ORNL cost for extending the 2% spouse option to retirees is $19 million.
5. Governmental Contacts (Joe McGrory). Nothing to report.
6. Committee Reports.
a. Communications (Judy Kibbe). Kibbe mentioned that a new supply of CORRE brochures was taken to Y-12 in response to their request. She said that Fred Strohl has our input for the next issue of Retiree News. She is planning to send out an email today about the Y-12 YES program and will include information from Ross Toedte on Club ORNL.
Kibbe was asked about the number of retirees on her email list. Later in the day, she distributed an email reporting that we now have 961 valid email addresses. (1,130 have been provided, but 169 are no longer good.)
b. Website (Dub Shults). Shults reported that he has been working on the new site for the past month and is very pleased with the way it is turning out. Shults said he is happy that Ross Toedte has agreed to take over as webmaster at some point.
c. Planning (Garry Whitley). Whitley stated that the Committee has not met since the last Board meeting on the three assigned items, i.e., (1) securing an advocate to help CORRE, (2) resolving the spouse-option issue, and (3) building a relationship with Y-12 and NSPS management. He has been trying to get in touch with a couple of people as possible advocates. He will try to set up a meeting with the new Y-12 plant manager as soon as possible. He said a new HR person from Lockheed is coming toY-12. The Committee will continue to pursue the spouse-option issue.
d. Health Insurance Issues (Steve Cates). Cates mentioned that some AARP/UHC premium increases have occurred.
e. Nominations (Mike Bradshaw). Bradshaw stated the Committee will hold its first meeting following the Board meeting.
f. Annual Meeting Planning (Steve Cates). Cates reported that the October 20 date has been reserved with Heritage Fellowship. A check to confirm the reservation will be issued today by Treasurer Mary Helen Rose.
A discussion of paper newsletters followed, based on information regarding costs that Mary Helen Rose distributed to Board members a few days. After various options were considered, a motion passed to send out one more paper communication notifying retirees that it will be the last one, and suggesting to them other ways they can be informed.
7. Other Business.
a. Numbers Associated with Spouse Option (Bob Worrell). Worrell reviewed the numbers related to the estimated increase in Pension Plan liabilities at Y-12 if the 2% Surviving Spouse option is implemented.
b. Bylaws Review. Dave Mason asked Joe McGrory to chair an annual review of CORRE’s Bylaws.
8. Adjournment. The meeting adjourned at 11:04 a.m..
Mary Helen Rose, CORRE Secretary