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.
2013-2014 Monthly Meeting Schedule
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - Elder Law, Lisa Jamieson, Certified Estate Planning and Probate Law Attorney
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - President’s Luncheon in the Bluebonnet Ballroom, Lt Gen Rick Lynch, UTARI
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - Genealogy: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Ila Johnson, Genealogy Instructor
Tuesday, December 11, 2013 - Annual Christmas Musicale will be in the Carlisle Suite
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 3D Printers, Bob Samson, UTA Library
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - Winter Luncheon in the Bluebonnet Ballroom
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - Hope for Our Aging Brains - Heekyeong Park, Asst Prof, Psychology Dept
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - Social Media Pro’s and Con’s – Speaker Pending
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - Volunteering - Terry Gunnell, Corporation for National & Community Service TX Office
Saturday, June 7, 2014 – 19th Annual Retirees Dinner in the Bluebonnet Ballroom
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 – Annual Benefits Meeting, UTA Human Resources
Except where noted, meetings will be held at 500 W. Nedderman Dr., Room 102B Maverick Activities Center (MAC) from 10:00am to 12:00pm