In 1985, Elwood Preiss, executive assistant to President Wendell Nedderman, called a group of people together to discuss the formation of an organization for UT Arlington retirees. The group included John Gardner, who was named chair of the Steering Committee; Joe Spradlin, who became vice chair/newsletter editor; and members Betty Hamilton, Fred Hunstable and Mary Smith.
Members of the Steering Committee formed several goals for the proposed Retirees Club:
Provide retirees with a means to sustain their relationship with the University, renew old friendships and make new ones.
Create fellowship opportunities for retirees to play games or gather for conversation.
Bring in University administrators to keep retirees informed about new developments and goals of the University.
Provide programs for enlightenment and entertainment.
The Steering Committee produced bylaws to govern the club. Officers included President, President-Elect, VP Membership, Secretary, Treasurer and Newsletter Editor. In 1988, the office of Games Coordinator was added. In 1989, the office of President-Elect became VP Programs.
In 1999, the Retirees Club formed a Retiree Roll of Honor to recognize the contributions of those club members who filled leadership positions in the club. Currently, 27 members have received this honor. They are listed here by year of induction.
To further recognize the contributions of UT Arlington Retirees to the university and community, in 2007 the club awarded it's inaugural Distinguished Retiree Service Award to Elwood Preiss, proclaiming the award to now be called the Elwood Preiss Retiree Service Award. Subsequent awards have been issued to Joe Spradlin and Thurman Jasper.
2015-2016 Monthly Meeting Schedule
September 8, 2015 – The Food Revolution - Lisa Nesta, Registered and Licensed Dietitian, Department of Campus Recreation.
October 13, 2015 - Living Well - Eunice Currie, AVP Human Resources.
November 10, 2015 - Aging Well - Susan Franks, University of North Texas Health Science Center.
December 8, 2015 - Retiree Musical Meeting - This event will take place in the Carlisle Suite in the University Center.
January 12, 2016 - Your Urban Vegetable Garden - Judy Shannon, Master Gardener, Tarrant County Master Gardener Association.
March 8, 2016 - Human Trafficking - Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson. (Maverick Activity Center Room 133)
April 12, 2016 - Cyber Security - Amy Schultz, former Associate Vice President, Communications and Community Relations, UTA. (Maverick Activity Center Room 133)
May 10, 2016 - Jay Tillerson, Assitant Chief of UTA Police committed to providing a speaker on "Campus Safety and Current Topics". (Maverick Activity Center Room 133)
June 4, 2016 - Retiree Dinner (5:00 pm Bluebonnet Ballroom)
July 12, 2016- Annual Benefit’s Meeting, UTA Human Resources
September 13, 2016 - The 2016 Elections - Allen Saxe, Associate Professor of Political Science. (Maverick Activity Center Room 133)
Except where noted, meetings will be held in Room 102B Maverick Activities Center (MAC) at 500 W. Nedderman Dr., from 10:00am to 12:00pm.