Coalition of Oak Ridge Retired Employees
Minutes of Board Meeting on June 19, 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, Pete Peterson, Dave Reichle, Jim Rogers, Mary Helen Rose, Joe Setaro, Dub Shults, Steve Stow, Ross Toedte, Mary Jane White, Dave Whitehead, Mike Willard, Bob Worrell.
Absent: Garry Whitley.
1. Call to Order. President Dave Mason called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. He noted that this would be Mary Helen Rose’s last Board meeting, since she gave notice early in the year that she would leave the Board at end of June. Judy Kibbe had kindly provided refreshments, and Dave presented Mary Helen a plaque acknowledging her service as CORRE Secretary from its beginning in 2000 to 2014.
2. Approval of Minutes. Minutes of the May 21 Board meeting were approved as written.
3. Treasurer’s Report. Mary Helen Rose highlighted the report, copies of which had been distributed. There were 6 new Contributing Members in May. The balance on hand at end of May was $23,882.23, with 3,567 Contributing Members.
4. Contractor Contacts.
a. URS/CH2M Oak Ridge LLC (UCOR) (Pete Peterson/Dwight Morrow). Peterson noted that UCOR head Leo Sain will be leaving and going back to URS, and Ken Rueter will replace him.
Grandfathered Employees Retirees. (See Attachment 1).
VSP Issue. Dwight Morrow explained the problem some people have been having with Mercer, but said he thinks it has been resolved.
b. National Strategic Protective Services (NSPS) (Mike Bradshaw/Jim Rogers). Nothing to report.
c. Y-12 (Bob Worrell/Ken Moore). Nothing to report. Several members noted they had received letters their medical benefit premiums would not change before January 1, 2015.
d. ORNL (Dub Shults/Mike Willard). Shults said he has tried unsuccessfully to contact Mark Keck to arrange for Shults and Willard to meet with Keck.
Shults said he has learned that Congressman Chuck Fleischman and Helen Hardin met at DOE-HQ with the Acting Secretary of Energy and Ingrid Kolb and discussed the Surviving Spouse Option issue. (Helen Hardin had called Shults the night before to get information.)
4. Committee Reports.
a. Communications (Judy Kibbe). Nothing to report.
b. Website (Dub Shults/Ross Toedte). Shults stated that he and Toedte got together and went over the website, which he thinks is about 90% up to date. Toedte is going to try to set up a parallel site so that members can practice inputting information.
c. Planning (Garry Whitley). No report in Whitley’s absence.
d. Health Insurance Issues (Steve Cates). Cates noted that Shults had asked him to check on the status of a lawsuit by LLL retirees. Cates learned that they have been going through the court system, and a hearing is scheduled for July 3 to decide whether they can proceed with a class action suit.
e. Nominations (Mike Bradshaw). Bradshaw stated the Committee will meet again following the Board meeting today.
f. Annual Meeting Planning (Steve Cates). Cates reported that the October 20 date has been confirmed with Heritage Fellowship with a check for $350, which has been cashed. He will have a Committee planning meeting possibly in August.
6. Other Business.
a. Bylaws Review (Joe McGrory). A mark-up of the Bylaws showing McGrory’s suggested changes was discussed (copies were distributed to Board members by email earlier). Consensus was reached on some of the changes, and another draft will be distributed to Board members prior to the July Board meeting, as which time approval will be requested.
7. Adjournment. The meeting adjourned at 11:03 a.m..
Mary Helen Rose, CORRE Secretary